Bag: Liz Lisa 2015 web-limited rose embossed fukubukuro trunk
On the way over to Japan, I usually pack this bag with all of the clothes and items I need during the trip and then pack it into my large black check-in suitcase. This way, it helps control how much I'm bringing with me, but also allows me to bring this Liz Lisa suitcase without actually having to hassle with rolling it separately.
On the way back to Hawaii, it's typically just filled with odds and ends and last minute purchases, fragile items that can't be checked in, plus minimal essentials. In this specific case, I had my white Liz Lisa coat, a set of roomwear, the satin blouson I wore on the last day but didn't need on the plane, socks, undergarments and accessories. I also had a 20 pack of Black Thunder, 5 Hi-Chew packs, the two Knot watches I purchased and the fishing lures I bought on the last day for my bf + a few other random things. The outer pieces and the fluffy roomwear took up quite a bit of space, but I wanted it handy in case I needed it for some reason.
Bag: Liz Lisa 2013 royal rose fukubukuro tote
US East Coast trip and that one definitely does not hold as much.
On the way over to Japan, this is my main carry on item which usually includes my footwear, a change of clothes and a few other essentials.
On the way back to Hawaii, this functions as my "personal item" and I have to shove a lot more things in there - most importantly my purse. I also had my knee high boots, slip on shoes (for the plane), Berri's sukapan which was a last minute purchase that didn't fit anywhere else, facial wipes, the airplane amenities kit and apparently napkins lol. Not pictured is the quart size bag with my cosmetics and other things I need to keep on me like my glasses and contact solution.
Bag: Liz Lisa rose quilted purse
Here are a few highlights of the contents that are must-bring items for almost every trip in Japan (somewhat in order of importance) -
Samantha Thavasa wallet, Kate Spade New York passport case with passport, JR Rail Pass/daily passes, Liz Lisa My Melody mook vol 1 tote, Liz Lisa handkerchief print small towelNot pictured: Pocket wifi unit and key to access accommodations (had to be returned while in Japan)
Some of these items are important for obvious reasons (wallet for money and cards, passport for international travel and identification), but the My Melody tote is really handy for carrying small items/packages from various stores or even sometimes an outer piece in one bag and the small towel is for drying your hands if there's no paper towel or hand dryer handy.
BCP, bandaids, face masks, tissue, Vaseline Lip Therapy, TylenolThese are items mostly related to health. I find it handy to carry around bandaids in case I get a blister or a small cut. Although you can buy them almost anywhere, sometimes you need an immediate solution and they're easy to carry around. The face masks are more essential in the colder seasons, but I often just carry it around in case I feel like wearing it since the climate in Japan affects my skin a little differently than Hawaii. I hardly ever use the Tylenol myself but it's expensive in Japan and I like to bring a few just in case I need it since the American version is also stronger.
Shinkansen reserved tickets with Liz Lisa Champouf pass case
Because I do a lot of planning ahead, we usually know when we would ideally like to catch the shinkansen for the various days of the trip and try to reserve our seats on the same day that we exchange our JR Rail Pass voucher so we only need to stand in line once. I keep the tickets in the inside zipper pocket of my purse until we're about to catch the train. At that point, I usually slip the set of tickets for that shinkansen ride into my Champouf pass case so I can easily be reminded of the car and seat numbers and have them easily accessible if I need to show them to the train staff.
File folder, important papers/information and flat souvenir itemsI keep a folder in my purse (another reason I like this specific purse is that a folder fits almost perfectly inside) so I can keep important papers/information safe. This includes print outs of the proposed trip schedule, directions to the Airbnb or hotel, emergency contact information, maps/diagrams, bus schedules etc. It's also really handy for keeping flat souvenirs in good shape such as stickers or purikura! Ofc much of the information we might have printed is accessible on/via the internet, but I like to have a printed copy in case something happens to my phone or wifi access. Having paper (and a pen) is also good in case you need to write or draw something to help you communicate.
Bag: TravelPro Crew 10, Expandable Spinner 25" suitcase
Here are a few close-ups from the hodge podge of items
This is the final post in my Japan trip Winter 2017 series! I hope it contained useful information or at least entertained a bit. It was a really good trip for me, and I'm glad we were able to have a few new experiences.
I'm always looking for ways to improve these kinds of posts, so please let me know your feedback or suggestions for what to write about in the future!
✲ Japan trip Winter 2017 ✲
Part 1: Arrival and Day 1 - Tokyo errands, Ebony/Liz Lisa & Shiodome Caretta Illumination
Part 2: Day 2 - Yokohama NOAH Inner City Zoo, Knot, Chinatown & Machida 109
Part 3: Day 3 - Nagano Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Omiya
Part 4: Day 4 - Tokyo shopping, Imperial Palace & dinner with Yuni
Part 5: Day 5 - Shizuoka Izu Cactus Park (Capybara onsen!) & Mount Omuro
Part 6: Day 6 - Last minute shopping, Ameyoko & Harajuku
Part 7: Liz Lisa & Other shopping purchases/coordinates
Part 8: Travel Notes - Airbnb, Pupuru pocket wifi & weather
Part 9: What's in my bag - Japan trip edition
✦ Japan trip Spring 2016 posts
✦ Japan trip Autumn 2015 posts
✦ Japan trip Summer 2015 posts
✦ Japan trip Spring 2015 posts
✦ Japan trip Summer 2014 posts