5 Packing ‘Must Haves’ For A Trip To Normandy, France | The Girl Who Wore Freedom

1. American Flag Apparel

Director Christian Taylor of The Girl Who Wore Freedom and others wearing an American flag scarf normandy

During D-Day, the towns in Normandy fill-up with American and French veterans, American soldiers and families who are visiting for all of the remembrance celebrations and ceremonies. American Flag apparel was a big hit while our crew was working. We would wear American Flag shirts or scarves to add a pop of color and fun to our wardrobes at these fabulous events.

2. Rain Boots

Walking around Normandy with rain boots

While The Girl Who Wore Freedom crew was in Normandy, the weather was pretty unpredictable. Located on the coast of the English Channel, gusty wind and rain is normal weather for this region with temperatures between 65-40 degrees. One major item that came in handy while visiting in late May/early June were rain boots. While visiting the beaches, cemeteries, and more, there was a lot of walking involved in the misty outdoors. Rain boots were a lifesaver on this trip!

3. 1940s Attire

People in Normandy wearing 1940's attire

To celebrate and remember WWII, the French host many parties, dances, and re-enactments. A 1940’s outfit is a must-have while visiting Normandy, especially at D-Day. Whether you pack a dress or hat, the options are endless and you are sure to feel like you stepped back in time to the 40s. You will blend like a local or reenactor at these events, not to mention it is so much fun!

4. Windbreaker/Rain Jacket

Shooting The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Normandy while raining

This goes right along with the rain boots or work boots concept, but I am serious, you will want this item in your suitcase on your trip. Living in Normandy for a month with The Girl Who Wore Freedom crew, we can attest that it rained more than 70% of the time. This is one of the most important items to bring in order to embrace the elements and explore the beautiful countryside of France!

5. Army Green Inspired Clothing

Savannah Woods of The Girl Who Wore Freedom wearing an army green jacket in Normandy

Army green colored clothing is a super simple and easy item to purchase and pack for your trip to Normandy. With military and WWII around every corner, this is a great way to feel festive at every beach and museum you visit.

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Savannah Woods

Savannah Woods

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Savannah is an Arkansas native, currently residing in Oxford, MS where she studies at The University of Mississippi. She is pursuing degrees in Integrated Marketing Communications and Journalism. She feels passionate about people and the power of storytelling. She credits two family members for playing a pivotal role in her interest in World War II. Her great-grandfather, John West, served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Strong, and her god father, Hugh Shell, served in the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima with the United States Marine Corp.

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