Hey Internet!

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
  • Headphones
  • A Laptop
  • A Portable USB Charger
  • Chargers for all my electronics


  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • 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
  • Tweezers
  • 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
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Makeup Remover
  • Makeup Remover Pads
  • Contraception | Ladies!

Hair Care:

  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hair Dye | If you colour your hair ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 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
  • Cleanser
  • Sunscreen
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Paw Paw Ointment | Again…STRAYA. This stuff if the best!
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • An eyeshadow palette | Just for a pop of colour every now and then
  • Mascara
  • 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! ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Day Wear | I’m bringing a bunch of regular casual clothes plus a couple of “Cool Biz” items including dresses, skirts, tops and pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • 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!

Extras: Optional

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

See you in Japan!

6 replies on “What I’m Bringing To Japan | Jet Program Packing List

  1. All the best! I live in Tokyo too, and yes, the summer is SO HOT! The only other things we bring are things like sunscreen โ€“ we just make it better in Australia and food things like brown sugar for oats and poppy seeds. If you would like a sewing (albeit learner) buddy on arrival, let me know!


  2. Iโ€™m going on the JET programme too this weekend! Iโ€™ll be in Akita;) Iโ€™ve been sewing like made before I go, but as usual I have overestimated how much I can do in the short time before going, so quite a few unfinished projects. Your packing list is great-havenโ€™t started packing yet! Canโ€™t wait to visit fabric shops in japan again!


  3. I was wondering if you could share which brand or specific cold medicine you took/ are legal to take to japan? Please and thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


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