If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I used to travel a LOT for work! I used to travel for months at a time, but this time I'll share what I bring with me for a week's travel! This might help you if you are going on a short vacation!
Top row, from left: Toner (Clinique), Toner (HadaLabo), Retinol cream (Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle), Shampoo, Conditioner, Angels on Bare Skin
Lower row, from left: Moisturizer, Facial Wash, Body Wash, Makeup Remover
Razor, Scissors, facial net (you MUST make your facial wash bubbly with this!!!!), two types of cotton, dental floss, tape (to close up my bottles), nail clippers
Not shown: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens stuff
Not must haves, but I like bringing tea and bath bombs with me if I am traveling within Japan.
I usually also bring a sheet mask with me, but this time I brought some Crest White Strips.
I get asked a lot how do I know how much shampoo/moisturizer/makeup remover/etc to bring. I know I don't like lugging around extra!
I'm an engineer, so I've figured out exactly how much I use every day. I multiply the usage by the number of days I'm traveling to get the total usage, and then I'll put it in an empty bottle.
For example, if I use approx 4 ml of shampoo a day and I'll be gone for a week, I need a bottle which holds about 28ml of product. I'll usually find a 30 ml bottle and fill it with my normal shampoo!
Lodging is expensive in Japan, but you can find lots of teeny hotel rooms like this one:
This is literally the size of the room, but there is a separate shower/toilet and a desk.
They are called "business hotels" and will be somewhere between $60-$100 a night.
I've stayed in many rooms like this one in many cities including my recent trip to London. I like to walk around when I'm in a new city instead of staying at the hotel, so as long as I've got a bed, a shower, a toilet, and an internet connection, I'm happy!
Here are a few snacks I picked up:
and an Ekiben (a bento to eat on the train):
I've found a home, thanks!!!!