That happiness and excitement led me to a series of wonderful experiences and moments in Japan. To say the least, my Japan trip was enriching, exhilarating and rejuvenating. Everything about the country is so intrinsically different from the US that I find myself thinking about going back to relive this beautiful country.
- Backpack. Bring a backpack that is able to fit everything you need such as make-up, book, planner, etc.
My all-time favorite backpack is my trusty Everlane Twill Snap Backpack, which does wonders in fitting all my essentials in one place and even has two side pockets to put your water bottle or any other small items.
- Carry On Bag. For small trips I only bring two bags to fit everything I need. Clothes, accessories and shoes usually go in my second carry on travel bag.
This one is Cath Kidston’s travel bag, which is both beautiful and spacious in design. It even has a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry.
- Water bottle. It is so important to stay hydrated, so bring an empty water bottle with you before you go through security and fill it up before you board on the plane.
I recently purchased the Camelback Eddy from Amazon and I absolutely love this bottle. It works as a sip cup so you don’t have to tilt the bottle and cause any accidental spills (like I usually do). I’ve found that I stay more hydrated with this bottle since it’s so easy to use. It’s definitely a must when you’re out on adventures!
- Beauty essentials. My toner water, make-up wipes, body oil and natural DIY deodorant are my holy grail products for traveling. They’re travel-sized, portable and meet the TSA requirements since they do not exceed 3.4 ounces.
After a long day of exploring or even on the plane, I use the Target generic brand of Neutrogena’s make-up wipes to remove my make-up and then go in with Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air toner water (it really does feel like a breath of fresh air on your face. Anasol’s extra virgin olive body oil works for hair, face and body, but I mostly use it as a facial moisturizer and it feels very hydrating and smooth! Of course, my homemade deodorant makes me smell fresh and odor-less every time I use it in the morning.
- Accessories. Your accessories and wardrobe should cater to how the weather will be. I usually either bring a comfy hat for sunny days, or a scarf and beanie to stay warm.
The hat is from Q, and the scarf and beanie are from Forever 21.
- Camera. Last but not least, I always need to bring my camera to document my travels and relive my adventures and memories.
Although I mostly use my trusty iPhone 6S to take wide shots, I use my Canon T3i and 50mm lens for beautiful, crisp close up photos and videos.
- WATER. It is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are going during the hot an dry summer seasons. Austin an I bought a 12 pack of water bottles from Target to last us the whole weekend, and it more than sufficed for two people.
- Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. I lumped these three things together because maximum protection from the sun is vital. Even on cool days you’ll want to make sure you are properly covered from any sun exposure. These three things together are especially important if you want to play safe. I got one of my favorite hats from a boutique called Fashion Q (here’s a similar one), and my sunscreen and sunglasses at Target.
- Facial towelettes. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it also works well to wipe off any dirt from camping excursions such as camping or frolicking amongst the wildlife. I use generic make up towelettes but you can use whatever you think will make you feel the most refreshed.
- Baby wipes. If you wanna take it a step further in your hygiene, baby wipes are super beneficial to feeling extra clean when you go to the restroom.
- Camera. If you’re like me and love to document trips you’ve taken, definitely bring a camera! I brought two: my Canon T3i and my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. These two are portable enough to add to my backpack and take with me to hikes and walking trips.
- Lip balm. If you’re going to protect the rest of your skin, your lips should be one of them! I like using EOS lip balm to moisturize and protect my lips.
- Tank top, shorts and shoes with traction. The best thing is finding comfort in style. I mostly wore a white tank top, shorts (similar), and my Nike Flyknits for the whole day.
- Backpack with lots of pockets. This is super helpful especially if you want to keep things like water bottles, sunscreen and other important knick knacks in there when you’re out and about. My absolute favorite backpack is from Everyone.
- Freeze dried food. This portable food package is super helpful and super easy to make in the outdoors when you obviously can’t bring much food to cook. All you need is a gas light, a small pot to boil water and utensils. We bought Thai Style Chicken Noodles from REI.
- Snacks and packed lunch. In addition to water, packable snacks and lunch will help you survive throughout your short weekend, especially if you’re on long hikes. We lose a lot of electrolytes and H2O in our system when we sweat in hikes, so it’s important to have some salty snacks and plenty of water to keep you hydrated and packed with nutrients to get you through the camping weekend.
Is there anything missing on this list that you always have on yours? Let me know!