What to Bring

Some packing wisdom:

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  • Travel light!
  • You will have to carry your own luggage, and you’ll regret taking an unwieldy amount.
  • Be sure to leave space in your bags for items you want to bring back from Japan.
  • Invest in a few covered luggage tags for your luggage and bags.
  • Pack necessities for at least a two-day stay in Tokyo in your carry-on bag in case your checked baggage is lost.
  • Practice carrying your packed luggage ahead of time.
  • Protect valuable items such as your passport, traveler’s checks, and cash by carrying them with you or in your carry-on bag.
  • You’ll be walking a lot in Japan, so bring a good pair (or two) of walking shoes. Sizes are generally smaller than in the U.S., so larger-sized shoes may be especially difficult to find in Japan.
  • Keep in mind that, generally speaking, Japanese people tend to dress more conservatively than Americans.
  • Because of high humidity, especially in the summer, and the relatively few automatic dryers in Japan, bring clothes that dry easily and don’t wrinkle badly.
  • When in transit, keep your passport, other important documents, and medication with you at all times. Do not pack them with your checked luggage.
  • The U.S. State Department produces a good resource brochure on what you can bring into and take out of the U.S. The booklet is entitled “Know Before You Go.” You may also find helpful information at http://travel.state.gov. See more at: http://www.kcpstudentlife.com/before-you-arrive/what-to-bring/#sthash.r6EoD24W.dpuf

 

Related links:

Sample Packing Checklist
Japan Survival Guide 2: Shopping and Packing Light, by Hector Santiago

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