By the time you read this, I'll be en route to Tokyo! We're spending the next two weeks exploring Japan and we're doing it all in a carry on. Woof.
I'm currently packing now and working through the details of what I'm actually going to take (and what will actually fit!) but both my husband and I will be taking two weeks worth of clothes in a large backpack. I chose The North Face Terra 40 for my pack - it fits one large packing cube and one small one (love my packing cubes, couldn't do it without them!), which is what I'll be using to pack all of my clothes. We chose to do backpacks instead of rolling suitcases because we'll be hopping around a lot. Japan doesn't have a lot of space for large bags, especially on the trains, and since we're staying about 4 or 5 different locations throughout our trip, it's easier to haul a backpack.
So far, here's what I've got:
I'm packing lots of shirts that are long enough to wear with leggings and some warm layers that go over anything. The coat is from Uniqlo and packs into a small bag, so it won't take up as much space as a real coat. I'm relying on scarves to add some interest and color to my wardrobe - since I can't take as much, I needed my wardrobe to be really basic. Everything has to go with everything else. These pieces are just a representation of what I'll be packing and not the exact items in all cases, but I spent some time putting together outfits to make sure I could come up with enough. Here's what I've got so far:
So what else? The boots might change - I'm not crazy about how the greys don't match, but they DO match my purse, so I'm torn. If I do swap them out, it'll be for a black leather pair. I'm also planning on packing tights (fleece lined) and extra leggings if they fit, and black & nude camisoles. At a certain point, I'll just be stuffing as much as I can in any extra spaces I may find.
This is going to be an adventure! I don't know if I'll be blogging much from the road, but I'll at least try to document how the packing in a backpack is going! Bon voyage...