My name is Daisy and I am an Australian sewing enthusiast and lover of all things DIY heading to Tokyo, Japan to work as an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme.
With just over 2 weeks until I leave, I thought I would share my packing list in the hopes that it might help other incoming JET ladies like myself.
Disclaimer: A lot of these items will not apply to everyone, ESID of course! This is just a list of what I am bringing with me.
- My Passport
- My Debit Card | For online shopping
- JET Handbook & Japanese for Jets Book
- Money | I’m bringing about $5000 AUD but I was placed in Tokyo & have to find my own apartment
- Power Adapters
- A 1L reusable water bottle – It’s going to be hot!
- A lint roller| My cat does not want me to leave…
- Optional – Omiyage | I’m bringing Vegemite of course (STRAYA) and some yummy hard lollies
- An unlocked Mobile Phone
- A Laptop
- A Portable USB Charger
- Chargers for all my electronics
- Sanitary Products
- Period Proof Undies | Mine are from Thinx and they are actually great as a backup, especially when you are travelling!
- Razors | I’m just bringing one with me and will get more when I’m there
- Nail Trimmers
- Antiperspirant Deodorant | It’s going to be HOT!
- Antihistamines | As many as I can take
- Ibuprofen | ^^ Same
- Paracetamol | ^^^ Same again
- Cold & Flu Medicine | The good stuff!
- Hydralyte | Just for the first couple of days while getting used to the change in season and climate to stay hydrated
- Makeup Remover
- Makeup Remover Pads
- Contraception | Ladies!
- Dry Shampoo
- Hair Dye | If you colour your hair 😉
- Hair Ties | & hairpins to tame those flyaways
- Argan Oil | Just a little bit to help with the above & to keep my hair hydrated
- Shampoo & Conditioner | Without Sulphates
- A Hair Brush
Cosmetics & Makeup:
- Body Moisturiser
- Face Moisturiser
- Tea Tree Oil
- Paw Paw Ointment | Again…STRAYA. This stuff if the best!
- An eyeshadow palette | Just for a pop of colour every now and then
- Setting Powder
- Makeup Brushes
- Brow Gel
- A Brow Brush
- 1 Large Suitcase
- 1 Small Carry on sized Suitcase
- 1 Medium Backpack | To hold my Orientation things & Electronics
- 1 Handbag
- 1 Wallet or Coin Purse
- 1 Reusable Shopping Bag | I always keep one in my handbag when I am traveling in-case I take off a jumper or jacket. They are also super handy for grocery shopping and stuff! Woooo sustainability!
- Business Attire | Including a blazer, trousers and a couple of button up shirts or blouses to wear underneath.
- Lounge Wear or Sleep Wear | For the first couple of days all the new JETs will be sharing rooms at Tokyo Orientation so it’s probably a good idea to have a pair of PJs to wear. I will also be staying with a host family after that for a week and a bit so it just seems like I should have appropriate PJs for then too. My pair also doubles as regular day wear, and I made them myself! 😀
- Day Wear | I’m bringing a bunch of regular casual clothes plus a couple of “Cool Biz” items including dresses, skirts, tops and pants
- Camis | To wear under tops for modesty etc
- A pair of formal or business appropriate shoes | Something easy to slip on and off, comfy and looks nice with your business attire
- A pair of sandals
- A pair of sneakers | Mine don’t have much life left in them but they are super comfy still
- A pair of sports shoes
- A pair of indoor school shoes | This might seem like heaps of shoes but I have big feet!
- Photos of friends & family | To stick up on the wall for when I feel homesick
- Accessories | I’m an earring gal so will be bringing a bunch of my faves to jazz up some looks
- Washi Tape | Also a tape gal
- Stickers | I like stickers too eeeep
- Gift Bags | Will justify bringing these somehow
- A Positive Attitude 🙂
Update: I am aware that the cold & flu medicine I showed is one that is banned however I will be bringing some type of cold & flu medicine. I might also pack a swimsuit!
So that’s my JET Program Packing List! There may be things I regret taking with me in a month from now but at this stage, I’m feeling confident.
Have I forgotten something? Let me know in the comments on Youtube or send me a message on Instagram @daisy.braid 🙂
See you in Japan!