Packing: A Modern-Day Art Form

As our departure date nears, I’ve been drafting up lists (that I’ve revised time and time again) of things I will bring to Kyoto. In my eyes, packing is an art form that is mastered only over time and through experience, two factors of which I lack extensive knowledge. Will I overpack? Will I forget to bring a necessity? How will I account for unforeseen circumstances? Questions like these loom as I add and subtract from my list.

In spite of this, one must continue on — clothes must be folded and baggage must be weighed. Below are my preliminary checklists of things I will bring in my backpack and in my luggage:


  • laptop and charger
  • Wallet
    • Physical copy of hostel information:
  • iPhone, iPhone charger, earbuds
  • Binder
    • Copies of 1) flight itinerary and 2) passport
    • Assigned books and articles
    • Additional printed articles
    • Passport
  • Pencil case (pens, pencils, Chapstick)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Travel bag
    • Soap bar
    • Medication
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Face wash
    • Deodorant
    • Hair gel
    • Conditioner
  • Planner
  • Journal
  • Gum
  • Spare socks


  • fourteen pairs of socks and underwear
  • two polo shirts
  • one dress shirt
  • three pairs of pants (dress slacks, casual chinos, denim jeans)
  • two pairs of sweatpants
  • two pairs of shorts (sleeping)
  • four shirts (sleeping)
  • three crewneck sweaters
  • one fleece jacket
  • two beanies
  • one scarf
  • four shirts (for going out and about)

Hopefully this suffices!

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