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.

Electronics

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.

Packed Electronics

From top left:

  1. Airline adapter (for earphones)
  2. Fitbit
  3. 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)
  4. Car charger
  5. USA, Europe and UK plug adapters
  6. Kindle
  7. Phone charger
  8. Samsung S4 smartphone
  9. Seagate portable hard drive
  10. Sony RX100 camera + bag (might not actually take the bag as it’s bulky. Still on the fence).
  11. Macbook Air + neoprene sleeve
  12. Kindle USB cable
  13. 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).

Bags

Packed Bags

  1. Cheap hobo bag that weighs nothing (for laundry, shopping etc).
  2. Travelon Classic Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag
  3. Osprey Nova 33L backpack (it looks so small!)

Weight of bags = 1.33 kg

 

Clothing

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.

Clothing Packed

This photo was taken in a rush, unlike the others. Please excuse the poor quality!

  1. Cotton pants (to be thrown out and replaced)
  2. Pyjama bottoms + 2 sleep tanks
  3. Merino cardigan
  4. Tank top
  5. Leggings
  6. Dress
  7. Thin cowl-neck merino sweater
  8. Another Tank top
  9. Old jeans
  10. Mini-skirt
  11. Gloves
  12. 5x socks, 2x bras, 8x underwear
  13. Not pictured: a thin silk scarf that I decided to take last-minute

Clothing weight = 3.02 kg

Shoes

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.

Packed Shoes

 

  1. Low-heeled ankle boots
  2. Merrell light hiking shoes

Weight of shoes = 1.19 kg

Toiletries

No makeup because I plan on shopping for some in Tokyo.

Packed Toiletries

  1. Pouch for the small stuff
  2. Tissues
  3. Glasses + case
  4. Contact lenses
  5. Cleansing wipes
  6. Plastic pouch for liquids
  7. Plasters + various pills (vitamin C, ibuprofen, antihistamines, sleep aids, travel sickness pills, ginger)
  8. 2x laundry powder samples
  9. Combs + hairties
  10. Eye drops
  11. Cleanser
  12. Lush shampoo bar + tin
  13. Conditioner
  14. Bodywash
  15. Cotton buds
  16. Razor
  17. Tweezers
  18. Nail kit (emery boards, scissors, clippers, nail hardener)
  19. Lush solid perfume
  20. Lip balm
  21. Deodorant
  22. Hand sanitiser
  23. Moisturiser (in tiny tub)
  24. Sample-size shampoo (just to use up)
  25. Floss, toothbrush + toothpaste
  26. 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.

Other Essentials

Packed Other Essentials

  1. Packing cube
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Neck pillow (totally unnecessary, but it’s been with me on 2 big trips so far and I feel oddly attached to it)
  4. Tic Tacs
  5. Combination cable lock
  6. Coin purse (no wallet as the Travelon bag has card slots – awesome)
  7. Pens
  8. Passport
  9. Eye mask
  10. 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.

Next stop – Tokyo!