You are going on a 32 day trip to another country in Winter

With only one backpack. You plan on bringing souvenirs back, so you must do with what little space you have, and still have some leftover space.

> Backpack size
> What you absolutely must carry
> What you absolutely must not carry
> What you want to carry if there's space for it

I wish to travel to Japan for a month with only a decent sized backpack, so any other discussion is also appreciated.

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  1. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    50L and no, i won't bring souvenirs.
    Photos are souvenirs and it only takes the size of your smartphone.

  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I dont really know about winter, I travelled through asia (28 days) in summer with this, and I had an ordinary backpack for daily stuff.
    > What you absolutely must carry
    your medicine, at least two pair of shoes, comfortable slippers, swimming shorts. I had clothing for 1 week, and I always cleaned them at cleaning services or by myself if I didnt find any
    > What you absolutely must not carry
    electronics like laptop, tablet. shampoo-toohpaste will be provided at your acoomodation, (if not you can buy it in a kombini)
    > What you want to carry if there's space for it
    I like to give gifts to guys which are awesome during my travels and which help to talk with strangers. For example I opened my bottle of home made plum liquor on a night train in china, and it was a blast with the locals.

  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Real men use suitcases.

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >You plan on bringing souvenirs back, so you must do with what little space you have, and still have some leftover space.
    Oh my God, just mail them. International shipping is like $30.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Shipping to my country is 70$ for 2kg worth of stuff. And because of my currency, imagine paying that, but 5 times more. So 2kg shipping back home = 350$. Would YOU pay that?

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        sounds like pure fricking nonsense to me
        go through DHL
        I shipped 80lbs (35kg) of stuff out of Afghanistan in the middle of a war for $200 through DHL
        if you're from some third world shithole with devalued currency then whatever, you shouldn't be on SighSee looking for advice anyways since you are too different from the people here to get usable information about much of anything

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, but the haircut thing is spot on

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          We are all human bro. Currency doesn't mean shit. You're the one breaking the established rule in the OP and not managing your space. If I had extra money I'd just bring a luggage and book a full day stay in hotels of each town I visit. A lot more time saving and less troublesome.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Shipping to my country is 70$ for 2kg worth of stuff.
        Do you live in Antarctica?

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          Brazil

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did a couple weeks in the Baltics with a cheap/shitty Amazon 40l. Lots of socks, a flannel or two, long underwear, a long sleeve shirt or two, and a lightweight rain shell jacket in case it rains instead of snows (which it probably will if you're in Japan). Don't need to be able to pack your jacket in it, in fact all I brought was a fleece lined hoodie and I was fine.

  6. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >32 day vacation
    How the frick do you manage, won't your country get mad at you for taking more than 2 weeks of time off?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm going to either negotiate with my boss or quit my job. Going to Japan is a lifetime dream of mine, and the amount of money it will take is equivalent to 6 years of minimum wage, which I thankfully make double of. So if I'm going there, I'm going there to enjoy it for as long as I can.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Americans be like

      https://i.imgur.com/SFoTDY7.jpg

      With only one backpack. You plan on bringing souvenirs back, so you must do with what little space you have, and still have some leftover space.

      > Backpack size
      > What you absolutely must carry
      > What you absolutely must not carry
      > What you want to carry if there's space for it

      I wish to travel to Japan for a month with only a decent sized backpack, so any other discussion is also appreciated.

      How cold does japan get in winter? Here's probably what I would take
      >7 underwear, 3 sock pairs
      >Wool knit running shoes (those ones that are really soft and can be flattened and stuffed in the bag, allbirds and vessi specialise in this)
      >Nice shoes (worn on plane) depending on your style; desert boots, stan smith, whatever you wear at restaurants basically.
      >2 pairs chinos
      >1 sport shorts, just for physical activity or lounging at home
      >3 t-shirts, 1 plain colour button shirt
      >A sweater
      >A down jacket
      >2 pairs of sport tights (my secret weapon for staying warm)
      That's basically it. If there's extra room I would prioritise bringing a second sweater and perhaps even a peacoat or something if you like to look a little fancy sometimes. Depending on how cold it is, some cheap wool gloves will go a long way and something to put on your head. Tights + chinos + sweater + down jacket will keep you warm in almost any reasonable temperature.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        0-10°C in Tokyo during Winter. I'm actually likely to visit in Autumn where it would be 15-20°C, but since 15°C is Winter in my country and I'm constantly freezing and feeling like shit, I might have to change those plans.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          Travelling during warmer months is definitely easier and more comfortable. But I will say as an Australian who also finds 15 to be pretty cold, visiting places where the temperature gets lower than it ever does for me at home adds to the novelty of the trip which can be fun. For me, having a morning coffee in 0 degrees is really unique and that can make it enjoyable, even if I'm uncomfortable.

  7. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    You didn’t mention checked bags, and this all hinges on that. You doing carry on only? Why not spend slightly more for additional checked bags?

    Why not use attachable elastic netting on the bag? I just used mine to get some things home from Finland yesterday; they’re very handy.

    Why not get a tattoo? They’re traditional and take zero space. I’ve gotten 4 so far, and haven’t lost one yet.

    Why bring clothing back at all? Is your budget big enough to simply toss clothes after?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I wish to carry only the backpack with me if possible because the alternatives are shit. My plan is to go from town to town, trying to save money on accommodations when possible since that's the biggest expenditure. Thus it would be impossible for me to be carrying luggage around, all day long, entering shops with it and etc. A 50L backpack is probably the only thing I'll take. Upon arriving I'd buy a jacket for myself and then begin my trip.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you’re too chicken to get a tattoo, then I’ve found paper items to be the easiest to bring home.

        Izakaya paper lanterns are lightweight, and collapsible, I brought a few back from my trip to japan, Thailand and Taiwan. Collect miscellaneous fliers, too. Get the card thing listing the temples you’ve visited, and also buy some incense, I brought some back from the graves of the 47 ronin.

        Visit a second hand shop and buy a hapi coat, or haori. In fact, just get all your other clothing at second hand shops.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          Fans are traditional, and compact af

          Get a walking stick like the kind you get on Fuji, the airlines will let you stow it. Same with the raiden hat.

          Broken noses are badges of courage: fight the yakuza.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Careful when buying clothing in Japan, unless you're a manlet you might have trouble finding a coat that actually fits.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Lol, I just flew from Tokyo to Finland yesterday too. Maybe we saw each other on the plane.

  8. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wanted to ask this too, I chose Autumn because it says there's less people and prices are more reasonable. Is this true? Are prices lower closer to Winter, and with less people? I would probably go in October or November, right after what a lot of sites tell is is Typhoon season in September, and when the temperature starts to drop.

    I would be willing to tolerate some cold if it meant there was a noticeable drop in prices, especially for accommodations and attractions, but also for tourists itens.

  9. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >You plan on bringing souvenirs back
    put your trinkets in a box and mail it back to yourself wherever you came from

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Shipping to my country is 70$ for 2kg worth of stuff. And because of my currency, imagine paying that, but 5 times more. So 2kg shipping back home = 350$. Would YOU pay that?

  10. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Haircuts also make a neat souvenir, but to share it, you’d have to get one just before departure.

    Hopefully the souvenirs you bring back will be something unexpected, from a personal experience instead of the same bullshit everyone else gets

  11. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have the EXPED mountain pro 30. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Ideally you need a backpack with easily accessible pockets. My backpack usually weighs 6-8kg.

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