Bring some books in English
There are many parts of France where English-language books are rare and expensive. Naively, I only packed two books with me when I flew to France, supposedly to make more room for multi-vitamins and socks. High Fidelity and the Portable James Joyce: I reasoned that I would want one light book and one that would be a little more substantial. But I soon found myself hungering for more English. I got by reading American short stories in the foreign language section of the bookstore and exchanging cheap romance novels among my Anglophone coterie. But then I discovered Amazon.fr: a whole world of used English-language books shipped cheaply from within Europe. I could suddenly afford as much Nick Hornby as my heart desired.