Happy first week of summer! Dan & I returned from Japan a few days ago and I can’t wait to share a full travel diary with you lovelies… but in the meantime, let’s get down to the travel wardrobe nitty gritty. Anybody who knows me knows that I refuse to check a bag, so I’m going to share exactly how I managed to pull that off for 2 weeks in Japan.
Japan In The Summer
What you need to know about how to pack for summer in Japan: It’s humid. And usually hot. And sometimes really rainy too. Most women dress fairly conservatively in Japan (aka: no cleavage or short shorts) so you may feel uncomfortable or out of place if you’re showing a lot of skin… so basically you’ll want to pack very breathable lightweight layers to stay comfortable. Linen is your friend, as are flat comfy shoes.
2 Weeks In One Carry-On
The Packing List:
- 1 dress (same as I wore here)
- 2 pants
- 1 skirt
- 5 knit tops
- 1 linen shirt
- 1 Mickey sweater
- 1 leather jacket
- 1 crossbody bag
- 3 pairs of shoes
- 1 panama hat
- 1 pair sunglassses (get your first month of unlimited designer sunnies free w/code: CLASSICINGRAY)
- my most basic jewelry
- Cheat: I also packed a special Disneyland outfit because I knew we’d be going and I’m a Disney nerd. Not counting this in my capsule!
By sticking to a mini capsule wardrobe of mix & match basics I was able to put together so many different outfit combinations. I included a few different examples to show the wide range of activities you can cover with such a small amount of clothing… I never repeated an outfit on the trip which was a pleasant surprise!
Because we stayed at an Airbnb we had access to a washing machine and were able to air dry our clothing. But even without a washer you could do a little laundry in the bathroom sink with these magical travel laundry soaps. Washing a few items here & there gives you the freedom to pack ultra light & save some room in your luggage for souvenirs… like all those Japanese sheet masks I hauled home with me 😉
Are you a light packer? Share your travel packing tips with me in the comments because I know you’ve got some good ones!