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Travel Essentials: What to Pack for Japan Fall/Winter 2017

I’m headed to Japan for 5 days this Fall/Winter. Afterwards I’ll be heading to Singapore and Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta) for 7 days. I am looking forward to my trip to Asia! This will be my first time visiting all three countries. Not only do I get to go to three new destinations, I’ll be visiting areas with varying forecasts. In Tokyo it’s going to be ~60 F and Singapore and Indonesia will be ~80-85 F.

Here is what I am packing for the Fall/Winter while in Japan. The weather will not be parka worthy just yet, but it will be cold enough that I shouldn’t be outside in shorts and a tank top. I recently created a Activewear Capsule Wardrobe for Fall 2017, so I will definitely be bringing many of these items along with me on my trip.

What to Wear (27 Units Total)

  1. 1 Jacket: Lime and Vine Mina Jacket (find similar items here)
  2. 2 Tank Tops: Inner Fire Mandala and Carbon38 Atom Tank
  3. 2 Tees: Stripe T-Shirt and Solid Alternative Apparel T-Shirt
  4. 2 Button Up Shirts: Frank and Eileen’s Eileen Button Up (Chambray black or blue) and Athleta Long and Lean Button Up Shirt
  5. 1 Pair of Jeans: Frame Skinny de Jeanne Skinny Jeans in blue or black ($199)
  6. 2 Leggings: Carbon38 Takara ($98) and Alo Moto Leggings ($118)
  7. 1 Evening Dress: Carbon38 Los Angeles Dress ($175) – Also comes in red!
  8. 1 pair of Shorts: Camo Shorts from Thailand ($4)
  9. 1 pair of Sneakers: Reebok Guresu sneakers ($80)
  10. 1 pair of Dress Shoes: Leather Mules
  11. 1 pair of Sandals: Ipanema Sandals ($20)
  12. 1 Scarf: I have a blanket scarf that I bought off of Amazon for $13. It also doubles up as a legit blanket.
  13. 1 Beanie: I have a promotional beanie from Essentia Water ($ Free)
  14. 4 pairs of Socks (mix and match thin and thick socks)
  15. 5 pairs of Underwear (hand wash when necessary in your hotel room)
  16. 3 Bras (2 sports and 1 clasp bra): My go to bras are lululemon’s Free to Be and Victorias Secret Wireless molded bra

Lime and Vine Mina Jacket in Graphite Inner Fire Mandala Tank Top Carbon38 Atom Muscle Tank Amazon Striped T-Shirt Plain Alternative T-Shirt Frank and Eileen Chambray Shirt Athleta Long and Lean Shirt Frame Jeans Carbon38 Takara Leggings Alo Yoga Moto Leggings Carbon38 Los Angeles Dress Reebok Guresu Sneaker Leather Mules Ipanema Sandals


  • 1 Luggage (small rolling or backpack)
  • 1 Backpack: Herschel
  • Passport and ID
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Laptop
  • Outlet Adaptor
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones
  • Eye Cover
  • Neck Pillow
  • 2-3 Credit Cards with no foreign transaction fees
  • ATM card
  • Emergency Cash (~$500)
  • 2 loads of detergent and 2 fabric softener sheets (recommended for a 2 week trip)
  • Toiletry Bag
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Body Wash
    • Cotton Swabs
    • Hair Brush
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Floss
    • Deodorant

Packing Tips while Traveling to Countries with Different Seasons

Avoid lugging your temporal clothes around. Leave your Winter garb at left luggage (usually  $4-$10 USD per day) while you travel to warmer countries. If you’re traveling with a partner, designate one suitcase/luggage as the Winter bag and the other one as the Summer Bag. This will help keep your items organized and ready for your next adventure.

Another tip is to only travel to areas with similar seasons. For this particular trip, we took advantage of a stopover in Tokyo. We knew the seasons would be different and that would present a challenge in how to pack for our trip, but it was too good of a deal to pass.

Lastly, check out the video below which shows you what NOT to wear in Japan.

I hope you enjoyed my post on what to pack for a Fall/Winter 2017 trip to Japan! If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

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