1. Easy shoes which can be put on and removed easily
In Japan there is still a custom to take your shoes off inside someone’s house. Some hotels, mostly Ryokan, will also ask you to take off your shoes while entering. Even temples sometimes ask you to take off your shoes, so make sure you wear easy shoes.
2. Recommendation for easy shoes, the multifunctional Rollasoles –
For all the girls who know the struggle of having to wear heels all night and not being able to walk when going home, or the girl who knows the struggle of only being able to pack 2 pairs of shoes on a trip, Rollasoles are heaven! These small rollable flats will take up limited space (they even fit into a small purse and can be taken with you when going clubbing) and are therefore a great option if you like to change shoes once in a while while on holiday. PS they come in great designs as well!
3. Sea to Summit Microfiber Towel –
Most hotels will provide free towels to use. Same goes for Japan. However, I do not like the idea of accidently finding one that doesn’t so I am not able to take a shower. Therefore I always brought along at least two towels with me. However, I found out I can save a lot of space by using an antibacterial microfiber towel. This quick dry towel can be used multiple times AND is very thin and lightweight. Therefore I now always still have a towel with me, but it doesn’t take up more space than 2 pairs of socks would.
Pack it easy and Light – This tip contains multiple gadgets to make sure you travel with the least amount of toiletries, but still are able to get as fresh as you want.
a. Buy Silicone bottles to store Shampoo, Conditioner etc in. In Japan, you will find almost all hotels providing shampoo and conditioner. However, I know it feels a bit riskey to not bring anything at all. Bring these small bottles with you instead of a full bottle of shampoo and save a lot of space and weight.
b. Eagle Creek Pack it Slim Kit –
I love this toiletry bag, since it is small, but can store so many great things. And one of the best things is that it has a hanger so you won’t have to drop it on the floor or on that gross sink in your hostel while taking a shower/brushing your teeth etc.
5. Apps –
Download Hyperdia, the Japanese train network app. This app will help you find all the train time tables you will need for your entire trip.
6. A large wallet.
Japanese Yen is a lot bigger than the Euro or Dollar billiets. Also, the Japanese do not often fold their money like Europeans and Americans do. If it is folded, most of the time it is only folded in half and that is about it. Therefore a large wallet is recommended to properly store your yen.