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Goodbye Australia, Hello Japan!

30 Jan


Leaving Australia is  definitely a weird feeling.  I packed my bag and organised everything.  It took me a lot of effort to pack lightly but I’m glad I managed it.  If I packed as much as I originally planned then I probably wouldn’t have been able to carry my bag. 


The hardest thing for me will definitely be missing my family, boyfriend and friends back home.


I’m very glad my brother will be coming with me! being all alone in a new country for the first time since I was 4 alone would definitely be more scary. 



Look out Japan,  here we come!!!!


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