Traveling abroad requires a different kind of preparation than traveling domestically.
This time, having traveled abroad 30 times, I have compiled a list of things for women to bring so that they can leave for their trip with peace of mind.
Also, based on my experience of traveling to countries in Europe and Asia, I have picked up things that I thought were good to bring with me for each area, so please take a look.
Be well prepared and have a pleasant trip abroad!
★★★★★：You must bring it with you!
★★★★: I will definitely bring it, and I think everyone should bring it too.
★★★: I will definitely take it with me, but some people may not need it.
★★: I always bring it with me, but some people may not need it.
- Necessities for Traveling Abroad
- Useful things to bring when traveling abroad
- Things to Bring to Europe
- What to bring when you go to a resort
- What to bring to Southeast Asia
- Beware of liquids in your carry-on
- Beware of LCCs! Checked baggage fees may not be included in the price
- List of items that are convenient to bring on board
Necessities for Traveling Abroad
In this article, I’m going to divide it into two categories: essentials for overseas travel and things that are convenient to bring with you.
Let’s check the essentials first!
Passport, copy of passport ★★★★★
You can’t travel abroad without your passport, so don’t ever forget it!
Be sure to check that it has six months of validity.
Make sure it is valid for six months and keep a copy in case you lose it.
Keep a case on it to protect it from dirt and tears.
Please check if you need one for your destination.
If you are going to a country that does not require a visa, you do not need to make any special preparations.
You can check the visa requirements at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs page.
Airline Tickets ★★★★★
These days, there are many electronic versions of e-tickets.
Print out the e-ticket with the flight number and other information you have booked and bring it with you just in case.
You can get a secure ticket at the check-in counter at the airport.
Overseas Travel Insurance or Epos Card ★★★★★
If you get into some trouble while traveling abroad and go to the hospital, it may cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There is a wide range of coverage that overseas travel insurance can provide, such as theft and camera damage, so be sure to get insurance.
Be sure to bring cash with you.
It depends on the country, but don’t worry if you have $100 for each day of your stay.
Credit cards are more accepted overseas than in Japan, so if you shop too much, pay with your card.
I keep my passport, cash, credit cards and other important things together in a security pouch and wear it hidden under my clothes.
(Reference: Is a security pouch necessary? No more tacky! Manage your valuables well with a stylish pouch)
Credit card ★★★★
You don’t really need it for everyday shopping, but when you have an urgent expense (such as a hospital or a differential purchase of an airline ticket), the cash on hand may not be enough.
It’s a good idea to have more than one credit card.
But be sure to keep the phone number of your credit card company handy in case you lose it or it gets scanned (i.e., the card information is copied).
When traveling abroad, a shoulder bag with a tightly closing lid is recommended.
Close the zipper and wear it diagonally to prevent pickpocketing and snatching.
Mobile phone charger: ★★★★
Make sure you put your cell phone charger in your bag in the morning!
Some planes allow you to charge your phone on board, so it’s a good idea to have it in your carry-on luggage.
Conversion plug ★★★★
In some countries overseas, electrical outlets are shaped differently than in Japan.
Most of Europe uses the C type, but the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore use the BF type…
It is difficult to match the plug of the outlet in different countries.
The above is a multi-plug that can be used for outlets all over the world.
It also comes with four USB ports for charging.
Having one of these will make your trip abroad a breeze!
Rental WiFi ★★★★
When traveling abroad, even if you have the phone you use in Japan, you will not be able to connect to the Internet.
There are free WiFi spots in hotels and cafes, but they often do not work for Japanese people.
It’s a good idea to have a rental WiFi in case you get lost or get into trouble.
Contact Lenses and Glasses ★★★★
Don’t forget your contact lenses and glasses!
It’s easy to forget your glasses, especially if you normally wear contacts. Make sure you check them in the morning!
Women should be sure to bring cosmetics as well, things they normally use.
Since it is not possible to procure the same items locally, bring on board those items that are essential for daily life.
Since you will be taking many pictures during your trip, a slightly darker blush and lipstick will look great.
It is better to bring medicines that you are used to taking.
The same medicines as in Japan are not available overseas. Don’t forget to bring them with you.
I often bring EVE and Seirogan, which are painkillers.
Change of clothes, underwear, socks (for the number of days you will be staying) ★★★★★
Count how many days you will need and don’t forget to bring them.
Socks can get wet in the rain, so it is a good idea to have a spare pair.
There are no pajamas in hotels abroad, except in high-end hotels. Be sure to bring your own.
Shampoo and body soap ★★★★★
These are also often not available in foreign hotels.
Girls also need other makeup remover face wash and treatments. It is also convenient to bring a travel set, which includes a small amount of shampoo and conditioner.
Lotion and milky lotion ★★★★
In Europe, it is much drier than in Japan. It’s better to prepare something that can moisturize your whole body.
It is also convenient to bring a whole trial set of lotion.
Folding umbrella ★★★★
It doesn’t get downpoured as often as in Japan, but a folding umbrella is a good idea wherever you go.
The key is to put the folding umbrella in your suitcase, not in your carry-on.
If you put it in your carry-on luggage, it will take a very long time during the baggage check. It is also annoying for the people behind you, so please put it in your suitcase.
A foldable umbrella for rain or shine is a good idea to protect yourself from sunburn.
I also bring a parka that repels water.
You can use it as a hoodie normally, and when it rains you can use it instead of a raincoat, really convenient!
It is tiring to wear shoes all the time in the plane.
Shoes are also useful when you arrive in a foreign country, as there are no slippers in hotels.
Some airlines give you simple slippers, but many do not, so prepare slippers that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Some airlines give you simple slippers, but many do not.
You can put it in your suitcase, but since you have a lot of time before you arrive, take it in your carry-on.
I was going to make plans on the plane, but I put it in my suitcase! This is often the case.
Cameras are also a bit of a shock when you have a loss-baggage, so bring them on board.
Also, if it is an expensive camera, it may be stolen by the airport staff while you are checking it in.
I use an Olympus mirrorless camera, and I like it because it takes much better pictures than the ones I take with my smartphone, even if I don’t know much about cameras.
It’s basically cold in the airplane on overseas flights.
Also, in Southeast Asia, there is a belief that too much air-conditioning is a form of service, so it is a good idea to bring a jacket that can be worn lightly even when going to hot areas.
Basically, most hotels abroad do not have toothbrushes.
You can get one locally, but you should bring your own.
Also, if you are flying to Europe or America, you will not be able to brush your teeth without a toothbrush for more than 12 hours, or more than 16 hours if you are in transit!
I like to brush my teeth in the lavatory after eating in-flight meals, so I bring my own. By the way, please note that toothpaste is treated as a liquid.
Mobile Battery ★★★
When traveling abroad, it is also a good idea to bring a mobile battery to charge your phone.
Especially if you are planning to take pictures with your phone, it is recommended to bring it with you.
If you use the camera function, it will run out of charge faster than you think…
The one above is a small battery that fits in your pocket, but it can charge your iPone more than twice.
Ballpoint Pen ★★★
You may need to write immigration documents on board.
It is convenient to have your own ballpoint pen at that time, so you can take it on board. During your trip, you will use it to make notes in guidebooks, etc.
Useful things to bring when traveling abroad
Bring it on board to prevent dryness. It is also useful to avoid exposing your dumb sleeping face to the people around you.
Many parts of Europe are drier than Japan, so masks are useful for preventing dryness.
A spare wallet ★★★
Prepare a wallet with only about $20 to $50 in cash in case you get pickpocketed.
By using this spare wallet as your main source of cash when sightseeing, you can minimize the damage caused by snatchers and pickpockets. For a safe trip, be sure to prepare it.
Wet Wipes ★★★
In foreign restaurants, hand towels are not provided.
This is why it’s a good idea to have some hand gel or wet wipes with you so you can wipe your hands before you eat.
Ziplocs are very useful for traveling. I use them for the following purposes.
- Place wet clothes or folding umbrellas
- Place uneaten snacks
- Storage of pamphlets and receipts
It’s handy to have more than one of these in your bag!
Plastic Bags ★★★
Useful for storing your clothes, underwear, and wet things.
It is useful for storing guidebooks, drinks, and souvenirs you bought. Carry them with you when you go sightseeing.
Disposable spoons and forks ★★
When you buy food at supermarkets and convenience stores abroad, spoons and forks are often not included.
If you don’t have a fork when you are ready to eat, you will be in trouble, so prepare one and bring it with you.
Also, if you have a paper plate, you can share it with several people when you buy salad or dinner at the supermarket.
Hangers in other countries may be difficult to use or there may not be enough of them, so it is convenient to bring them with you.
Bottled water ★★
Rather than buying drinks locally every time, it is more convenient to bring a few bottles of bottled water in your suitcase.
You might forget to buy some locally and not be able to drink it when you want to, and in some countries water is more expensive than in Japan, so it’s a good idea to have some in your suitcase.
In the Netherlands, I was surprised to find that a 500ml plastic bottle cost $3!
A knit hat is a must for cold weather, and a hat with a brim for hot weather. Don’t forget to bring them with you.
Puchi-Puchi (air packing) ★★
is useful for wrapping broken items.
This is useful when you buy fragile items such as mugs. You can get it at a hundred-yen store or home center.
It is recommended to have one, especially when going to hot areas.
Depending on the season and region, the sun may be even stronger than in Japan.
A calculator is useful when shopping and negotiating prices.
You can use the calculator function on your smartphone or cell phone, but in some areas there is a risk of it being snatched while you are using it, so a calculator is safer to use.
Hair irons for overseas use ★★
These days, you can change a hair iron that is compatible with international voltages for less than $30.
You don’t need a transformer to use them, so they are very convenient.
If you bring one that is compatible with overseas voltages, you can use it whenever you go to any country.
Things to pass the time on the plane ★★
LCC passengers do not have personal monitors, so bring something to pass the time on board.
You will have to spend a very leisurely time without internet access…
I recommend that you download a movie.
As long as you download them, you can watch them even if you don’t have internet access on your phone.
Things to Bring to Europe
When I travel to Europe, I especially try to bring the following items with me.
- Disposable spoons and forks
- Security pouches
- Moisturizing cream
- Folding hangers
In Europe, you don’t get disposable spoons and forks at the supermarket. Most supermarkets also charge for plastic bags.
In Europe, you cannot get disposable spoons and forks at supermarkets.
Also, take measures against pickpocketing, moisturizing, and making yourself comfortable in old hotels.
Be sure to wear warm clothes in winter
Winters in Europe, where the latitude is higher than Japan, are just plain cold. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes.
- Hat or ear protection
- Thick socks
What to bring when you go to a resort
- Waterproof phone case
- Waterproof camera
These days, you can buy a cute swimsuit for under thirty dollars!
Since you’re traveling abroad, make sure you have your favorite one!
Waterproof phone case
When you go to a resort, it’s a good idea to have a waterproof phone case.
It can hold your money, your phone, and keep track of your valuables!
I regretted that I should have bought a waterproof camera when I went to the resort, even if it was cheap.
If you are planning to go to a resort, you should consider buying a waterproof camera to take pictures of the beautiful fish in the sea and playing on the beach.
Do not take towels out of the hotel, but prepare your own.
A thin, non-bulky, quick-drying towel will come in handy on your trip.
Beans are fine for the pool, but if you are going to the beach, the type that can be fixed at the ankle are safer.
If you have one pair of black sandals, you can easily match them with any outfit.
If you are going to the pool or the ocean, a leisure sheet is useful.
They even sell a type that folds up pretty small for travel!
What to bring to Southeast Asia
When I go to Southeast Asia, I am mainly concerned about hygiene.
There are many things to be concerned about, such as water, toilets, bathrooms, beds, and so on.
After all, hygiene is not as good as in Japan, so it is wise to take care of your surroundings.
- Wet wipes
- Bug repellent spray
- Seirogan (stomachache medicine)
Especially in Southeast Asia, mosquito bites can cause dengue fever.
Please take all good insect repellent measures!
Beware of liquids in your carry-on
Please be careful about liquids in your carry-on when you go abroad.
Liquids in containers of 100 ml (g) or less should be placed in a zippered, resealable, clear plastic bag with a capacity of 1 liter or less.
Liter capacity or less, so the size (20cm x 20cm) is a bit large. The bag will not be full if you put eye drops or lipstick in it. Please make sure that you are allowed to bring your own baggage before you leave.
Beware of LCCs! Checked baggage fees may not be included in the price
If you are flying overseas with an LCC (e.g. Air Asia), please make sure that your ticket price includes the cost of checked baggage.
What is checked baggage?
This is the cost of the baggage you check in at the check-in counter; LCC fees often do not include the cost of checked baggage.
If you check in at the counter on the day of your flight, you will be charged an additional fee of about $20, so make sure you check before you go.
You can take up to 7 kg per person in your carry-on
When I flew with Air Asia, I kept my luggage to 7 kg or less and only brought carry-on luggage.
Checked baggage costs about $50, so you can save money by limiting it to 7 kg.
By the way, I added the option of checked baggage only on the way back at that time.
List of items that are convenient to bring on board
When packing, it is helpful to prepare separately for carry-on and checked baggage.
Keep your valuables close to you and in your carry-on
- Credit card
Checked baggage is basically something you leave to others.
Put everything you don’t want to lose in your carry-on and take care of it yourself.
Put hard-to-find local items in your carry-on
- Makeup tools
- Chargers, mobile batteries
If your suitcase is checked in in Japan, it may not make it to the airport.
It is also advisable to carry medicines, guidebooks, cosmetics, and other items that are difficult to get the same locally in your carry-on.
It is also a rule that mobile batteries should be carried on board.
A trip abroad can become a bitter memory if you get into trouble.
If you’re going on a trip abroad, be sure to prepare ahead of time so you can have an enjoyable trip!
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