What to Pack?!

22 Jan

Image8 more days!!! I’m starting to get beyond excited, also a little freaked out. This will be my first time travelling overseas since I was 4-years-old! It will really be a big adventure!

Now is the hard part for me, packing light. I only have a backpack, and while it may be a big backpack, I don’t want to take too many things as I’m pretty sure I’ll want to buy a lot in Japan. Since I can’t take as many bags as in the photograph I’ll have to plan this as well.  So here is a list of things that I think I will need:


  • Cash
  • Cash Passport
  • Credit Card
  • ATM Card


  • Passport
  • Copies of all documents – stored separately
  • Driver’s licence
  • Travel Sim
  • Address of Australian Embassy – 2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8361
  • Guidebook
  • Maps
  • Phrasebook
  • Extra passport photos
  • Diary
  • Bushiness cards – I have heard that they are used a lot in Japan – does anyone know if this is true?


  • Bottle of water
  • Snacks for long waits – nuts

Clothes: – probably fairly important

  • Tops
  • Jeans/Tights
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Thermal wear
  • Jacket
  • Scarf, Gloves, Beanie
  • Swimmers
  • Money belt

Medical Supplies:

  • Any prescription medicine
  • Sunglasses
  • Chap-stick
  • Pumice stone
  • Creams


  • Quick dry towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Soap & Shampoo – might just get in Japan
  • Face towel
  • Moisturizer
  • Brush
  • Make-up
  • Perfume
  • Ear buds

Electrical Equipment:

  • Wall socket adapter
  • Camera, Charger, Batteries, SD Cards
  • i-Pod
  • 3DS


  • Bag Locks
  • Duct tape – in case the bag breaks or for any quick repairs
  • Plastic bags
  • Sleeping mask, Ear plugs

That is all I can think of. Because a lot of this is small things I think I should be right. Hopefully!

Hannah x


3 Responses to “What to Pack?!”

  1. Peggy Tee January 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    The general rule I go by is – halve the amount of “stuff” and double the amount of money! You’ll find most of the things you need there and its a good idea as you flagged – to buy toiletries and heavy liquidy things once you get there. Also instead of plastic bags, pack some ziplock bags in different sizes, they come in surprisingly handy! Have a wonderful trip and keep warm!

    • hannabealla January 28, 2013 at 12:40 am #

      Thank you! I’ll have to get some ziplock bags. I’d imagine they would come in handy..

  2. Z January 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Are you planning on meeting people here in Japan? Well, even if you are not, you’ll never know who you’ll meet so do bring your business cards with you because yes, exchanging business cards in Japan is a very common thing. But more importantly (or most importantly), exchanging cards is a cultural ritual almost like an art form and you must follow certain rules. No joke. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of8UgykfUbw <—— Watch this video on how to exchange cards. It's better than me trying to explain it in words. But one thing they didn't mention is that you should present your card with both hands and with your information facing the other person where they can read it. Only when they begin to take your card, then you can use one hand (usually the right) to take theirs. In short, just mimic the person you are exchanging cards with. You also don't put the card away until you are done talking with the person. It's a sign of respect and this sort of etiquette is very real so be careful. Have fun packing 🙂

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