See individual pages for travel tips and maps – Remember Gal Pals are self-sufficient and love public transportation whenever possible on the way to Paris. Gal pals are too tired and loaded down with purchases on the way back and take a taxi back to the airport. This also allows for more duty free shopping where my sole purpose is to find those pesky lollipops Mrs. Z. needs to keep those boys in line!
Preferred Airline from Houston: United Airlines
- They have direct flights certain times of the year – take the latest one in the day so you can sleep better on the plane
- Use frequent flyer miles to upgrade an economy ticket to 1st class for the ride over when sleep is more essential – Gal Pals hit the shops hard upon arrival and one wants to arrive fresh and ready to charge!
- Make sure seats are NOT near the bathrooms – 2008 Gal Pals were right in front of them on the way back and spent the whole return flight either giggling or gagging.
- Passport – apply at least 3 months in advance
- Pack lightly – many layers are best so you can be ready for all temps
- Pack in an expandable suitcase – carry on going from US to Paris so you won’t waste time upon arrival at the famously disorganized baggage area at CDG, you will have to check on the way back to the US because the Euro’s don’t allow large carry on bags at any time.
- Photocopy your passport and keep a copy on you at all times in case yours is lost or stolen – see link for US Embassy Paris info
- Converter plug for France
- Blow dryer with dual voltage for Europe – most hotels provide them but they tend to just blow your hair rather than dry your hair
- Extra collapsible suitcase for your purchases to check on the way home