take off tomorrow!

I’ve been super planning for our trip to Japan since the beginning. Researching things from the best metro pass to get, to how to pack 10 days worth of clothes into a carry on.

Now take off is officially tomorrow and I feel as prepared as I can be. I’m packed and our luggage is waiting at the door.  I plan on carrying on our bags at least on our first flight. This is because its quicker check-in and we have to go through customs during our layover. I feel it may be easier to already have them with us.

Right now I don’t have everything we are going to do set in stone, I do know the main things we definitely want to do. For example, Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory, KidZana, Kura Sushi Ikebukuro East Entrance, Asakusa and Yokohama Chinatown.

However, when it comes to packing I came across many people recommending rolling your clothes to conserve space. So I gave it a try and it actually works quit well. I also bought some inexpensive mess packing cubes to help with organizing. Right now my son prefers twill pants over jeans therefore they were a lot easier to roll. Also, at each of our hotels there will be a washer, therefore I plan on washing our clothes at least once.
In my sons suitecase I packed:

  • 4 pairs of pants
  • 7 long sleeve
  • 2 short sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • 11 pairs of underwear and socks
  • 1 hoodies in addition to the one he will be wearing on the plane


What’s in his backpack is very similar to the test flight list (but a couple more items):

  • Headphones
  • iPod
  • Chapter Book
  • Journal (for school)
  • Toys
  • Snacks
  • ID
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Travel Blanket
  • Travel Pillow (Wale turns in to a travel pillow)
  • Eye mask
  • Water Bottle
  • Change of Clothes


 I think we have everything we need. Only time will tell if we’re missing something.



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