How to pack for your trip to Japan in February

As you may or may not have read in previous posts, we went to Japan in February. We spent 2/3 of our time on Hokkaido in Niseko and 1/3 in Tokyo. Skiing in Niseko required more warm layers, as the temps were 20-30's F. In Tokyo, the weather was much warmer in comparison, reaching the 40's F. 

Here's what I ACTUALLY packed to go to Japan in a 36 Liter Osprey Women's Kyte backpack


Clothes:

Winter gear:

Shoes:

Others:

  • Canada flag pins (for personal thank-you's)
  • Travel Towel
  • Japan travel book
  • Playing cards
  • Space saver roll up bags (x2)
  • 3 packing cubes (with items packed in them)
  • Ski goggles
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Red leather day bag to carry around town
  • iphone and charger

Toiletries:

  • Chapstick
  • Conditioner
  • Bobby Pins
  • Deodorant
  • Sports tape
  • Sewing kit
  • Tissues
  • Tampons
  • Undereye concealer
  • Eyebrow crayon
  • Hair ties
  • Nail clippers
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Eye drops
  • Face lotion
  • Face cleanser
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Stain stick
  • Advil
  • Inhaler (for asthma)
  • Dramamine
  • Shout wipes
  • Cold and flu meds (x4)
  • Bandaids
  • Gas-ex strips
  • Imodium and traveler's diarrhea meds
  • Tums
  • Allergy meds 
  • Headband

 


    The items in italics are items I did not use on this trip. You can see that there are few items I did not use. However, I would not have gone without any of the meds in my toiletries; they are invaluable if needed (I'm never sure what kind of meds are sold in foreign countries). I would have taken 1 less pair of underwear (not that it would have made much difference in space) and left the travel towel (which I brought to bring to onsens, but every one provided towels). On the way to Japan, I was able to put my day bag in my larger backpack and only have 1 bag to carry on (yes, 36L is carry-on size) and on the way home, I took it out, giving me additional space in the Kyte. I had plenty of room for souvenirs; I brought home 2 kokeshi dolls about 5" high and 1 bottle of Japanese whiskey, as well as some other small trinkets.

    What are your packing experiences at this time of year for Japan? What would you do differently?

     
    HOW TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP TO JAPAN IN FEBRUARY