Japan Female Packing List — Winter 2014

I just knew when I started taking Japanese language classes in middle school that my infatuation with this country would become a lifelong affair. For the second year in a row, I decided to spend my winter in Japan visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, and Kyoto. With the previous year’s visit still fresh in my mind, I decided to work on upping my style game (even if only slightly) while still packing light with a carry on suitcase and backpack.

Here are a few of my must haves for female travelers!  All of these items were actually packed in my suitcase. 
Accessories:  Scarves, gloves, and head pieces are absolutely clutch.  It’s likely you’ll be spending a lot of time outside checking out shrines, so make sure you are warm enough to travel comfortably.
  • Grey slouchy beanie — perhaps a little too slouchy, hardly worn
  • Teal knitted headband
  • Grey / black knitted headband
  • Black scarf
  • Grey / white / black scarf — adored by my travel mate!
  • Grey checkered scarf
  • 2 pairs of iPhone touch gloves


Bottoms & Shoes:  For a 10-day trip, I’d recommend bringing 2-3 pairs of pants.  2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes should suffice, and long pants to sleep in.  Fleece-lined tights and leggings can also go underneath pants to add extra warmth.
  • Black heeled riding boots
  • Tan suede ankle boots
  • Grey, green, and blue skinny jeans — perfect amount of pants with enough outfit variety
  • Collegiate sweat pants
  • Yoga Pants — best all around sleeping pants


Tops:  You can’t go wrong with a bunch of sweaters!  Pick a few in patterns and colors that will easily match.  Throw in an extra jacket or cardigan for layering, and camisoles to wear underneath everything.
  • Grey crewneck sweater — my main “go to” sweater
  • Sea Foam v-neck sweater
  • White striped sweater
  • Brown chunky knit sweater
  • Red and white striped sweater
  • Black motorcycle knit jacket
  • Burgundy open cardigan
  • Sleeveless black lace top — the only thing I didn’t wear, because we didn’t go to any nightclubs.
  • 3 long sleeves – black, white, grey
  • 4 camisoles – assorted colors

Outerwear:  You’ll definitely want 2 or 3 outerwear pieces.  Try to select different styles so you can mix and match to your daily agenda.

  • Khaki short trench coat
  • Grey Patagonia zip up fleece — worked well by itself or layering underneath khaki trench coat and pea coat if needed.
  • Navy blue and black pea coat
Of course, don’t forget about the usual suspects (electronic devices, jewelry, make up, and a couple extra granola bars for the flight).  

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