I wish I could pack 8 pairs of shoes for a 3 day trip like I used to, but I’m not single anymore…
In this post, I am going to share everything I am bringing to Kyoto for our 2N3D trip in October
Our Destination – Kyoto
From Where to Where? Tokyo To Kyoto
How Many People? 2 Adults 2 Kids (6 and 4 both BOYS)
When? October 13th to 15th
Temperature? Average of 3 days : High 22°C / 71°F Low 15°C / 60°F – 30~40% of rain on the weekends.
So, what to do first?
Make A LIST
I hate sounding like your mom, but I am a mom, and I got over it. Being organized is the key to packing. Make a list for all your family members, and just WRITE or TYPE everything you need.
Weather is EVERYTHING
I hate traveling in the rain. There was a time when I believed in super positive vibes, and I thought I could work my way through any circumstances with a “positive attitude”, but I gave up. I am clearly not the person who can keep my smile long enough when I have to deal with two boys in an unfamiliar place on top of RAIN.
So, check the weather and temperature, and decide what to wear. It seems like there is a slight chance of rain on the weekends, but I’m going to take my chances.
I have tons of outfits with high heels boots and pumps pinned on my pinterest board, but honestly, heels are no longer an option when you only have room for 1 or 2 shoes on a short trip. So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I started building my outfit around my shoes.
I chose my Stella McCartney Elyse shoes to wear, and packed my Nike Sneakers.
I cannot stand the cold, so I wear a lot of layers and thick material. On a “How much I can’t stand the cold” scale of 1 to 10, I am definitely a 20 (not a typo). As I am writing this, the weather in Tokyo is 26°C / 79°F. I went outside in an Autumn trench coat, over a sweatshirt, over a T shirt. You get the picture.
If you are like me, go ahead and see what I packed. If you are not a 10, which most of you are, just bring one hoodie or sweater just in case it gets cold at night.
And obviously, I use Pinterest religiously for my fashion inspiration.
- 2 Baseball Caps
- 1 Beanie
- 2 Backpacks
- 2 Sunglasses
- 2 Bomber Jackets
- 1 Sweater
- 3 Shirts (If we dine “somewhere nice“)
- 4 T Shirts
- 4 Pairs of Pants (Casual and Semi Formal)
- 7 Underpants
- 4 Pairs of Socks
- 2 Paris of PJs
- 2 Swimming wear
This time, I am going to trust the boys with one pair of shoes, so I didn’t pack any.
Erika and Hiro
- 1 Trench Coat to wear on the way
- 1 Oversized Hoodie I used this pin for inspiration
- 1 Black Distressed Jeans (same pin as above)
- 1 T Shirt
- 1 Pair of Sneakers
- 1 Crop Top
- 1 Foldable Backpack
- Beauty and Care Goods
- 4 T Shirts
- 2 Pairs of Pants
- 1 Dress Shirt
- 1 Denim Jacket
- 1 Pair of Sneakers
- Swim Gear
- 1 Pair of Sweatpants
- 2 Underwear
Blogging Equipment etc
- Go Pro
- Selfie Stick
- Camera Chargers and Extra Batteries
- Portable Steamer
- Phone Charger
From Our Store!
Did you know we run a Baby Supply Delivery and Rental Company called Lileo? You can pre-order supplies you need for your family (child, mainly), and we send them to your hotel upon arrival.
When we travel, I always pack some things from my store.
My boys are a little too old for this, but I carry one because it is SO light. I don’t want to carry a large, chunky thermos in my bag, so I still use these just when I’m traveling.
If you have read our REAL guide to manners in Japan post, you’ll see that there are NO trash cans on the streets of Tokyo. I don’t know about Kyoto, but I will find out soon.
This Waste Bag is AMAZING. It prevents odor, bacteria, germs, you name it from getting out of the bag once you seal it. I used it everyday when my children were in diapers, but I still keep a few in my bag.
To Wrap Up
I am NOT a minimalist. I like to pack the exact amount of clothes plus a few extras, because if I run out of options, I don’t like to rush to find clothes while I could be enjoying my trip. I don’t believe in overpacking either, but who knows. I just don’t like being forced to buy things I don’t even really want.
I wish to do more of these posts, because I love how my country has 4 distinct seasons, and we can play around with our outfits to match the seasons. However, it could be very hard to pack for your trip if you are a first-timer to Japan, especially if you are coming from somewhere that doesn’t have 4 seasons like Japan.
Hope this post was helpful. Let me know if you liked it, or if you have tips on how to make it better 🙂
Additional comments written AFTER the trip
I am writing this AFTER I got back from Kyoto! To be very honest, I wish I had brought a few more options for myself! The weather was super nice, and but the mornings / nights were a bit chilly. I also used the swimming pool in the SPA every day, so after getting back from the pool I wanted to change into something warmer. If I could improve my packing list, I would bring a casual long sleeve dress and a sweater to add to my list.
On the other hand, the kids didn’t need the sweater, beanie, and two jackets, because the weather was warmer than we thought, and we didn’t walk around at night. I would add one pair of shoes to each boys and 4 more pairs of socks, as socks were thrown around in the hotel and one of my boys managed to step into the Kamogawa River in front of our hotel and get his shoes soaked. Here are the actual outfits worn during the trip.
If you want to read more about our Kyoto Trip, read our review of the Ritz Carlton Kyoto!