Well, 3 days in Tokyo, 5 weeks in Europe and 3 days in Las Vegas to be precise (in that order). I leave in a couple hours and this is what I’m taking. I intend to shop for clothes and a few makeup items in Tokyo and London, which is why I haven’t packed many of them.
Lets start off with the goodies. I’m taking quite a few electronics with me. Some may think too much, but I know from past experience that a lack of technology when you
need want it can be a real pain in the ass.
From top left:
- Airline adapter (for earphones)
- 2x earphones (one pair are starting to break and it’s nice to have a spare in case they break on the plane – happened before)
- Car charger
- USA, Europe and UK plug adapters
- Phone charger
- Samsung S4 smartphone
- Seagate portable hard drive
- Sony RX100 camera + bag (might not actually take the bag as it’s bulky. Still on the fence).
- Macbook Air + neoprene sleeve
- Kindle USB cable
- Macbook charger
Weight of electronics = 2.79 kg (leaving the laptop & accessories behind would save ~2kg, but I’m happy to sacrifice the extra weight for the convenience a laptop brings).
- Cheap hobo bag that weighs nothing (for laundry, shopping etc).
- Travelon Classic Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag
- Osprey Nova 33L backpack (it looks so small!)
Weight of bags = 1.33 kg
I have about 3 basic outfits with me, but I intend to go shopping when I get to Tokyo. I’ll pick up a few thermal items if I can find them (Uniqlo!) and I’ll be on the hunt for a nice jacket too. The pants in the top left of this photo are just something kinda comfortable to wear on the plane. They are pretty threadbare, so I’ll be chucking them when I find a replacement.
- Cotton pants (to be thrown out and replaced)
- Pyjama bottoms + 2 sleep tanks
- Merino cardigan
- Tank top
- Thin cowl-neck merino sweater
- Another Tank top
- Old jeans
- 5x socks, 2x bras, 8x underwear
- Not pictured: a thin silk scarf that I decided to take last-minute
Clothing weight = 3.02 kg
Although they seem to be proclaimed as an essential item on almost every travel blog I’ve ever read, I hate wearing jandals/flip flops, so haven’t packed them.
- Low-heeled ankle boots
- Merrell light hiking shoes
Weight of shoes = 1.19 kg
No makeup because I plan on shopping for some in Tokyo.
- Pouch for the small stuff
- Glasses + case
- Contact lenses
- Cleansing wipes
- Plastic pouch for liquids
- Plasters + various pills (vitamin C, ibuprofen, antihistamines, sleep aids, travel sickness pills, ginger)
- 2x laundry powder samples
- Combs + hairties
- Eye drops
- Lush shampoo bar + tin
- Cotton buds
- Nail kit (emery boards, scissors, clippers, nail hardener)
- Lush solid perfume
- Lip balm
- Hand sanitiser
- Moisturiser (in tiny tub)
- Sample-size shampoo (just to use up)
- Floss, toothbrush + toothpaste
- Not pictured: contraceptive pill and feminine products
Weight of toiletries = 1.85 kg
Toiletries can really add up. This lot will get lighter over time, but the weight will be replaced with makeup and other bits and pieces purchased on the road.
- Packing cube
- Neck pillow (totally unnecessary, but it’s been with me on 2 big trips so far and I feel oddly attached to it)
- Tic Tacs
- Combination cable lock
- Coin purse (no wallet as the Travelon bag has card slots – awesome)
- Eye mask
- Not pictured: credit/debit cards + drivers licence; earplugs, water bottle + travel towel (because I forgot)
Weight of other essentials = 0.7 kg
Total weight of everything (including the clothes on my back) = 10.88 kg
In reality of course, I’ll be wearing a kilo or more of clothes and the rest will be split between backpack (which has to be under 7kg on the flight to Tokyo) and purse. Still, it’s quite a lot of weight, especially when you consider I still have another outfit and coat to buy. I hope as I use up the toiletries and other consumables my bag will get a little lighter.
If you’re planning your own trip, I hope this gives you an idea of how much your bag may weigh and where to cut back if possible. If you don’t need (or want) to take a laptop, that’s an instant 2kg weight off your back. This list ain’t perfect by a long shot, but it suits me for now and you should work out your own needs and wants to find a solution that suits you.