How I Pack for a Trip

This post isn’t really necessary but here’s what I’m bringing on my big Japan trip! Let’s break this down by group.

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Clothing

This probably isn’t the first step you should think about when planning for a trip, but it’s always what comes on my mind. I have to take into account how long the trip is, what activities we’ll be doing, and what the weather will be like.

So, we’re out of the country for 10 days. Not a super long trip, but longer than a weekend getaway. So I want options, which means bringing a bit more clothes than probably necessary. I plan on visiting a lot of places, so we’ll be walking around a lot. So most of what I bring needs to have the comfort factor. But throw in a few nicer items for those special occasions should they arise.

I end up with a mixture of short/long sleeves, one pieces, pants, skirts, light layers, and necessary undergarments. For shoes, I’ve brought a mixture of flats and wedges (for small trips), and giant combat boots and sneakers for all day comfort. Basically, my whole summer/spring wardrobe but condensed to favourites and necessities. It takes up around 50-60% of my luggage really. I do pack it in quite tight, the bottom ones I roll up, and then the top layers are stacked on top of each other. Under all that are the shoes.

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Personals

This includes makeup, which I’ve already dedicated a post to. What’s left is general hygiene care, skincare and haircare. For this, I want to only bring the essentials (or what I view as essential). Those products and tools that I use on a daily basis and don’t want to go without.

Obviously, this includes the general things like toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and deodarant. I am also short-sighted, so I like to bring contacts so I have the option to not wear glasses.

As for hair care, I like to bring my own shampoo, but that’s cause I’m picky and don’t trust hotel shampoo for my fussy hair. Most places have a hairdryer, but not a straightener, so I bring that. Also, hair ties and general bobby pins. I could probably leave without these…but I want to bring them.

As for skin care, I used to only bring moisturizer, but now I also bring my two Derma E products. The vitamin c serum is refreshing on my face, and the Overnight Peel does wonders on pesky breakouts. This takes up another decent chunk of space.

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Bags

I like to bring around a little crossbody bag for everyday wear, as sometimes I don’t have pockets for things. I’m also packing my camera bag, to protect my camera. My actual camera however comes with me on my carry-on bag. I wouldn’t leave that in my luggage bag.

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That’s pretty much it really. The last thing I do is wrap up all those things with my big jacket I bring for when it’s really cold. To try cushion them all.

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Now we move onto my carry-on bag. It’s a very old bag, but it’s been with me for so long, I don’t really want to replace it.

Electronics

Both things to entertain me, but also necessities in this day and age.

Obviously, my phone. I also will be bringing my DSLR camera, kindle, and iPod. Also, an adaptor, and chargers for all these things.

Essentials

Passport, because how will I leave the country otherwise. Tickets and general booking forms tend to stay in my carry-on bag as I like to be official and have these things printed. Most are available on apps, but I like having the hard copy as well for peace of mind.

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That’s effectively everything. There’s bits and bobs I may not have mentioned, but otherwise I feel quite happy with everything I’ve listed!

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How do you guys pack when you go away on a big trip? Do you consider yourself an overpacker or an underpacker?

Angela.

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40 comments
  1. Over definitely. I like to have choice! Gets heavy. What is your prediction for weight of your case?

    1. I’m the same. It’s nice to have lots of things to choose from haha! I don’t know what the final weight would be, but I don’t think it’ll be too huge. I like to overpack just a bit 😀

  2. I love to see what people take on their trips with them! I think it’s so interesting to see xx

    1. Yay, I’m glad you think so! I’m the same really. Any sort of ‘what’s in your bag post’, I’m keen to read it haha!

  3. I’m an over packer. I’ll be dragging in suitcases, to see others wearing backpacks. Story of my life. Have a great trip, Angela! God bless! 🙂

    1. Haha, I could see myself doing that too! Thank you so much Stefan 🙂

  4. Definitely an over packer – I always take far too many clothes and then don’t wear half of them😅I’m getting better though

    1. Haha, I could see myself doing that. I try to co-ordinate outfits now, instead of just clothes I like. As that way I can be fairly sure that I’ll wear most of what I’m packing! 😀

  5. I’m Learning a bit of Japanese Language. So cool, i wish i could go to Japan!

    1. That’s awesome! We’ve learnt a teeny bit of Japanese, but we’re bringing a phrase book along to help with the language barrier!

      1. Cool! I have a friend who lived in Japan and we speak in Japanese sometimes! Have a great trip and be safe!

      2. That’s cool! I have a friend who’s from japan, he lives near me now. And we speak Japanese sometimes. Have a safe trip Angela! <3

        1. Thank you so much 😄

          1. Your very welcome!

          2. Your welcome!

          3. Your welcome

  6. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

    1. Thank you so much Diana! 😀

      1. Most welcome, Angela!

  7. Great post! Those are my two fave Derma-e products (:

    1. Thanks! They’re the only two Derma-E products I’ve tried but i already love them 😂

      1. I like the microdermabrasion from them as well (:

  8. I used to massively overpack all the time, but now I’m getting better. In terms of my carry on/things to do bag I know I definitely over pack but that’s because I get bored easily and like to know I have stuff to do if I want it. With clothing I’ve got a lot better. I still make myself pack one top for every day and of course underwear for every day, but I used to pack spares. Now I just carry a small bottle of baby shampoo with me so I can wash things if I need to. When I was in South Africa I over packed in the sense that I took 2 jumpers which I didn’t *really* need. One was a thicker jumper, but that was because it gets cold on planes plus it was our winter here so I needed that one, but then I also took a thinner lightweight jumper which i did actually use a couple of times. I find packing hard to get right though!

    1. I always feel the need to overpack, cause I feel like I might ‘need’ that one thing, so I always bring extras haha! I’m trying to get the balance right for this trip, so I’m trying to plan a collection of outfits for the trip rather than just tops/pants, as this way I’m not bringing as much 🙂
      Packing is definitely is a hard thing to balance!

  9. I loved this post! I am 10000% an over packer, as I’ve learned from other trips that some things that seem as obvious necessities to us, might not be valued highly in other countries…. Deodorant for example? WHO KNEW I WOULD STRUGGLE FINDING DEODORANT TO BUY? so I always like to know that I packed anything I would need. Travel sized things save my life though when it comes to overweight fees! Wrote a post about my Carry On Essentials too and we seem to have all of the same things in our bags! Awesome post!

    Georgia X |www.itsgeorgiaxoxo.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks Georgia! Haha, I’ve gone on weekend trips and forgotten something small but so necessary like deodorant! Luckily, I was able to find and buy one easily!
      Travel sized things is such a help! Especially for skincare and makeup, it just makes packing that much easier 😀

  10. Have a great trip to Japan, Angela!!

    1. Thank you Maha! 😀

  11. So interesting to see what you’ve packed to go with you to Japan!! Hope you have an amazing trip and can’t wait to hear all about it 😀 xx

    1. Thanks Amelia! I always love any kind of what’s in your bag posts, so I thought this would be fun 😀

      1. It’s okay it was super fun to read 😊 xx

  12. I am an underpacker and I joke that if I don’t have something I need I can just buy it when I get to my destination!

    1. I can’t do that haha! 🙈 I like to make sure I have everything I could need and a little extra!

  13. I’m pretty impressed with how you pack! I’m such an over-packer. I *know* I don’t need everything, and I’ve read all the tips about packing lighter, but I’m always so concerned that I will need something that I don’t have, lol. It’s a problem haha.

    1. Haha, I’ve been getting better! I still sometimes umm and ahh over bringing certain things cause I don’t think it’s really necessary but you never know right??

  14. I love this! Your carry-on bag is so cute too! I usually start out overpacking and then weed things down until I have (what I deem) just the right amount of items. I always try to mix and match clothes, but still have enough that if I spill or end up getting stuck some place, I have one or two extra outfits. <3

    1. Aww thanks! I love my little purple bag, it’s so handy with so many pockets!! Haha, I’ve been trying to pack less, but yours seems like a good strategy. Overpack first then try to narrow it down to necessities 😄

      1. it is so cute! And pockets are so vital! Hehe it is crazy how much I “unpack” from packing! :p Lol. <3

  15. Haha I love how you start off with your blog post not being necessary! We are planning a trip to Japan too! Not sure what year we will go but we are in the starting stages of planning!

    1. Japan is such an amazing place to visit! I hope you guys are able to go soon 🤗

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