Japan,  Packing

The Carry On Wardrobe

Before we left Sapporo, we shipped our large suitcase and snowboard bag back to Vancouver. It will take about 2 months for our bags to get to Vancouver. Surprisingly the cost to ship our bags back was a lot less than we expected. We paid about $250 for both bags.

I finally got rid of my winter clothes. I dumped my snow boots in the garbage can of the JR Sapporo Station the minute I stepped inside knowing that I won’t have to walk in snow for a long while. As much as the boots were my best defence against the cold and snow, I was not sad to see them go after wearing them for 43 days straight.


The jacket, which I wore for 50 days in a row, was dropped off at H&M in Tokyo after the temperature got warmer. H&M has a garment collecting program here, they take used clothing and reuse the materials. 

All my worldly possessions

Currently, I’m traveling with one carry on. Walking around Tokyo has been tough, I can’t buy anything because I’ve got no room to fit anything else in. I definitely miss my closet. I see Tokyo ladies wearing nice outfits and realize that I have something similar but I don’t have access to it.


Looking at my current wardrobe depresses me a little…just realized how many pieces of blue clothing I have. Lol

Right now I’ve got:

  • 2 black short sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 black long sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 sleeveless top
  • 1 sweater dress
  • 1 grey sweatshirt
  • 1 light denim shirt
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 1 jean skirt
  • 1 set wool thermal pants & top as sleepwear
  • 1 light green jacket with hood
  • 1 cotton scarf
  • 1 Uniqlo down vest (not in photo)

Once we get to Taiwan, I’ll need to switch out the heavier items for summer stuff like shorts and light tops.

Luckily all the places we’ve stayed at has laundry onsite. I have noticed that dryers in both China and Japan have a tendency to just blow cold air. One time it took me 6 hours to dry my clothes. We just do what the locals do now and hang everything to dry.

Drying laundry in cramped spaces

It’s been tough trying to look somewhat stylish with only a carry on and a limited wardrobe budget.

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