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December 9, 2010 2:46 PM Subscribe
I will be living out of my 45 liter/2,700 cu. in. backpack for three weeks in a foreign country (Japan). Help me not lose my mind: please share your tips & tricks to stay sane.
posted by halogen to Travel & Transportation around Japan (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Previous attempts to live out of a backpack (as opposed to suitcase) have always been a nightmare: it takes me forever to find the things that I am looking for, I never have enough clothing, there are way too many shoes in there, and even my clean clothing ends up smelling bad if I'm in a place where smoking in public places is allowed.
I welcome all kinds of advice about making this work, but here are a couple of specific questions, too:
Is it safe to assume that in Japan, every time I go out to a restaurant or bar (so, every night), my clothing will end up smelling like cigarette smoke? What's the best way to deal with that if I can't do laundry?
I'm packing Woolite, which will allow me to wash underwear and shirts in sinks, but if you have any other tricks to de-stinkify outerwear, etc., please share.
How do I avoid getting clean and dirty laundry mixed up and insanely wrinkled?
I'm hoping to downgrade to a single pair of shoes (my trusty hiking boots to keep my feet warm) and one pair of jeans. Would the majority of restaurants and bars let me in with jeans and hiking boots? How many sweaters should I pack for a 21-day trip?
I'm not really willing to purchase clothing marketed for travelers (I don't want to look like my entire wardrobe came from REI – the hiking boots are sufficient, I dislike single-purpose clothing, and I don't like the inflated prices of brands like ExOfficio and Patagonia), but I'll listen if you have nothing but wonderful things to say about it.
Other than that, I'll be bringing just a laptop and a Kindle, as well as toiletries and a pretty big dSLR.
If it makes a difference, other than an initial week in Tokyo, we'll be spending an average of 1-2 nights in each subsequent hotel room.