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What to wear in France during October

Traveling from Normandy to Arles during the middle of October. Any travelers that might help with ideas of what to pack?

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Layers and rain gear. And the all-important sturdy, comfortable shoes. You are very likely to be dealing with some wet cobblestones.

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Make that "non-slip tread walking shoes"...
A raincoat with a hood is a good idea, because it will be windy in October, and umbrellas are virtually useless.
Light layers, unless you are very cold-natured, would be best.
And I would sneak in a t-shirt and a pair of knee-length shorts, just in case.

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Good ideas from other posters. Layers are best; I pack mostly short sleeved shirts, a couple long sleeved that can fit over the short sleeved (button down collared for example). In fall I use a thick fleece, SCOTTeVEST Chloe and my raincoat fits over that. I take a thick wide scarf and light ones. I also pack a thin pair of gloves, sometimes the cheap dollar store minimitts.

Enjoy France!

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A good rain shell that's waterproof and longer than a jacket (so the rain drips past your bottom), with hood, and covered zippers. I'd expect some rain, possibly with wind, in Normandy - unless you get lucky.

Shoes should be comfortable with non-slip soles and at least somewhat water resistant. Add wool socks, they don't have to be really heavy but wool performs when wet - cotton doesn't (at least pack something non-cotton). I'd also opt for quick drying socks rather than thick socks.

I'd go for pants that dry quickly, jeans dry very slowly.

Do warmth with layers, a sweater or two that can be layered over your shirt - under your rainshell - when it's cold or wet, but can also be worn with just a shirt when it's a cool/dry evening.

I think it will be relatively comfortable in Arles, so don't overdo it with warm things.

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We often are in Paris in October and usually wear jeans and a lightweight jacket with a sweater underneath if needed. The weather for us the last couple of years has been largely sunny and pleasant and cool. It is a wonderful time to travel to France. In the south it may be warmer so that a lightweight shirt is enough of a jacket. Always have rain gear for the showers, but recently we have not seen much of that.

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I agree with Janet....October is our favorite month to travel in France...weather is usually lovely. We do take rain gear , but have generally had sunny cool days.

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Note that last year in mid-September in Paris a few days of low temperature forced me to buy a thin pair of gloves in Monoprix, which of course was the signal for the sun to come out and warm things up. But be prepared.

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For an older man, it is easy. I take a wool blazer, cashmere sweater, North Face jacket with hood, mid-weight wool trousers and French wool scarf (2 meters long). (You can buy the scarf there at a men's store.) We have traveled in most parts of France from mid-September to mid-October, and I have never been uncomfortable.