Packing for Japan: A Fashion Adventure!

Traveling to Japan? Here's What I Packed in my Carry-On!

Packing for Japan with just a carry-on – see my video!


Oh, my dear readers, can you believe it? As you read this, I’ll be embarking on a thrilling adventure – my very first trip to Japan! cue the confetti Now, if you’ve been keeping up with my 30s bucket list video, you know that Japan has been at the top of my travel dreams for ages. And finally, the time has come to experience the rich culture, exquisite cuisine, and jaw-dropping beauty of this incredible country.

But let me tell you, my lovelies, planning this trip has been quite the challenge. With so much to see and do in Kyoto and Tokyo, the abundance of recommendations had my head spinning faster than a whirlpool onsen. But fear not! I managed to narrow down the must-visit spots and reminded myself that this won’t be my last trip to Japan. So, no need to cram it all in!

Now, when it comes to packing, I’ve always been a minimalist. I embrace the challenge of fitting everything into a carry-on, no matter where I go. checked bags? Pshaw! I hear you ask, “How on earth does she do it?” Well, my fabulous friends, since I’m about to embark on this grand adventure, I thought it’d be the perfect time to show you my packing secrets.

But first, watch the mesmerizing video below to witness my packing prowess in action. Then, gather ’round as I break down my strategies for you.

Packing Video

Plan Your Outfits: The Fashionista’s Delight

If there’s one thing you should take away from this article, it’s this: plan your outfits, darling! Before any trip, I embark on a fabulous fashion show right in the comfort of my own bedroom. I try on every single outfit I intend to wear, both day and night. Why, you ask? Well, it allows me to plan my accessories and undergarments to perfection. No more fashion emergencies and forgotten bras, thank you very much. Plus, this method keeps me from overpacking, because who wants to lug around an extra suitcase full of unnecessary clothes? Not moi! I even take mirror selfies of each outfit, creating my very own lookbook for easy reference. Genius, right?

Now, I must introduce you to my latest obsession: The Harlow Wide-Leg Pant. Behold its divine elegance and effortless style. Le sigh. These pants will grace my Japanese adventures with a touch of glamour that will make heads turn and hearts flutter.

The Harlow Wide-Leg Pant

Check the Weather: Coat or No Coat?

Ah, the weather. A crucial aspect to consider when packing, my dears. One might think that Japan in September calls for cozy sweaters and woolly jackets. But lo and behold, the forecast reveals it to be as balmy as a hot spring dip. So, no need to pack unnecessary layers that will only burden my stylish self. And if I do happen to bring a jacket or sweater, I’ll simply wear it on the plane to save precious space in my carry-on.

Allow me to introduce you to the Drapeweave Caldwell Double-Breasted Blazer. Ooh la la! This beauty will turn heads and make me feel like a chic urban explorer, all while keeping me warm on those breezy evenings.

Drapeweave Caldwell Double-Breasted Blazer

The 3-Bag Rule: Fashionable Functionality

When it comes to bags, three is the magic number, my stylish companions. Picture this: a carry-on suitcase, a large tote as my “personal item,” and a small bag nestled safely inside. This trio ensures organizational bliss throughout my journey. While en route, I use the small bag to hold my essential travel companions: wallet, passport, and phone. Once I arrive at my destination, the large tote becomes the perfect companion for a day of exploration, while the darling small bag takes center stage during my evenings on the town.

For this fabulous trip, I have chosen to bring my beloved Away Carry-On (with the oh-so-convenient front pocket), my elegant Beis Small Weekend Bag (a true under-seat gem), and my charming Roméo bag that will accompany me as I gallivant through the city. Fashion and functionality, all rolled into one delightful trio.

The Carry-On with Pocket

The 2-Shoe Rule: Kicking It in Style

Ah, shoes. The nemesis of suitcase space. But worry not, my dear fashionistas, for I have a fabulous solution. Drumroll, please! I present to you the two-shoe rule. Yes, you heard me right – only two pairs of shoes for this grand journey. Why, you ask? Well, shoes are notorious space invaders, and we must conserve room for all those fabulous Japanese souvenirs, après all. I start with my versatile and oh-so-comfy Common Projects sneakers, which I wear on the flight and rock with any daytime ensemble. Then, I add my trusty New Balance sneakers for all my hiking and workout needs. And lastly, a pair of versatile sandals or ankle boots that effortlessly transition from day to night. It’s the ultimate footwear trifecta for a fashion-forward adventurer like moi.

Behold the exquisite Pebbled Cutout Slides, whose elegance and charm will make every outfit shine brighter than the neon lights of Tokyo.

Pebbled Cutout Slides

Streamline Your Toiletry Bag: Skincare Saviors

Ah, the Achilles heel of packing – toiletries. As much as I adore my ever-growing collection of beauty products, I must exercise restraint when preparing for my adventures. It’s a delicate balance between essential skincare and makeup must-haves. Fear not, my lovelies, for I have mastered the art of the streamlined toiletry bag. I have two bags in my arsenal: the fabulous Beis cosmetic case for all my skincare needs, and a waterproof wonder for my marvelous makeup. My skincare bag is always at the ready, packed with travel-sized versions of my beloved products. And whenever one of these mini bottles runs out, I either replace or refill it from my larger stash at home. As for makeup, I stick to my tried-and-true essentials – products that never fail to give me that effortless glow. After each day of beauty, I simply toss those makeup treasures into my larger tote. It’s simplicity at its finest!

And now, let me unveil a few of my skincare and makeup superheroes. They may be small, but they pack a powerful punch. For my radiant skin, I rely on a good cleanser, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and, of course, sunscreen. And when it comes to makeup, my go-to favorites include Dr. Jart BB Cream With SPF, a touch of Laura Mercier Blush, a bronzer/contour stick from Westman Atelier, a sprinkle of Smashbox Halo powder, a trusty black mascara, a few luscious lip conditioning sticks from Beautycounter, and the ever-essential Anastasia Brow Wiz. With this sensational lineup, I am ready to conquer the world, one radiant step at a time.

Electronics: Tech-Savvy Traveler

Oh, technology, how you make our lives easier and more marvelous. When it comes to electronics, my dear readers, I must profess my love for the glorious iPad. With my trusty Magic Keyboard, it has become my travel companion of choice. No need to lug around a heavy laptop anymore. The iPad, along with my iPhone and AirPods, slips into my spacious tote like a dream. And to ensure I never forget those precious chargers, I keep spares in the pocket of my carry-on. One less thing to stress about on the morning of my journey. Phew!

Allow me to introduce you to the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-Inch, a tablet fit for a digital queen like myself. Its mesmerizing features and sleek design make it an essential tool for any world traveler.

Apple IPad Pro 12.9-Inch

And let us not forget the fabulous Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad, a sleek accessory that transforms my tablet into a productivity powerhouse. With this duo by my side, I am ready to conquer the digital world.

Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad (10th generation)

My Travel Uniform: Layers of Fabulous

Now, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, let’s talk travel fashion. Picture this ensemble: layered and sporty, with a dash of effortless style. On the plane, I strut my stuff in soft jeans or joggers paired with a chic oxford or linen button-down. And, oh, the pièce de résistance – an oversized sweater tied oh-so-casually around my waist. Comfort and style united in one fabulous outfit. And let’s not forget my beloved white Common Projects sneakers, which effortlessly elevate any ensemble.

Now, let me present to you The Deep End, the epitome of cozy chic. This oversized sweater will keep me warm on the plane and add that touch of understated elegance to my Japanese adventures.

The Deep End

And voila, my stylish comrades, that’s the gist of it! A system that keeps me stress-free and fashion-forward, all while leaving plenty of room for those delightful Japanese souvenirs. And let’s be honest, who wants to spend precious post-travel time unpacking and doing laundry? Not me, my friends. So here’s to a fabulous adventure filled with breathtaking beauty, delicious cuisine, and unforgettable fashion!

Cheers to packing like a pro!