I plan to backpack through France with one other person in mid-December. I have travel guides and maps, but I would like been-there done-that advice. Especially about what to pack...I always overpack for what-ifs. We are on a budget-about how much would be reasonable to bring for ten days(hostels/cheap hotels, walking/metro, trains, etc).
I bet you could do it with a smaller size suitcase/ rucksack. Your longsleeve shirts and/or sweatshirts could do with maybe one washing during the trip, and with 5 undershits that'd work just fine. Travel size shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste is great to bring and for space saving. I've always had a hard time finding travel size toiletries in Europe. Don't bring formal wear we all know nobody ever wears it. One pair of shoes - two if you plan to do a lot of hiking, but i'd just suggest typical walking shoes.
Check hostelworld.com for average per night prices to get an idea of what you'll spend. Or try couchsurfing.com for a more "backpacker" experience.
Hope this helps even a little bit. It's very late and I feel like i'm rambling.
Depending where you are traveling it will be cold, or very cold in December so have some warm clothing, especially good socks.
Cheap and cheerful hotels - around 30 to 40 euro a night for up to four people are mostly for car drivers and at the Autoroute access points or at the "portes" on the peripherique around Paris.
There are good last minute rail offers, student deals and special rates from SNCF - I find the "specila" deals you can buy for rail outside France are not the best deals.
Ther are a lot of bloggers in France - search in facebook -snip- for inside news and tips.
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What's an undershit ?
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 23, 2007, at 3:01 AM by stevieh ]