Packed backpacks.

Studying in Japan: Travel Essentials

Leaving your comfort zone for a few weeks to a few months is a life-changing experience. As you prepare to study abroad in Japan, remember to bring these essentials to make the transition a smooth process.

Travel bags.

Clothing and shoes:

      • Underwear
      • Socks
      • Undershirts
      • Long/short sleeve shirts
      • Sweatshirt/ hoodie
      • Coat/Sweater (depending on the season)
      • Jeans/ Khakis
      • Shorts
      • Belt
      • Sleepwear
      • Swimsuit
      • Dressy outfit for more formal occasions
      • Dressy shoes/flip flops/ rubber shoe

Travel bags, Japan. | cheeweekhoo73

When packing clothing and shoes for your study abroad stay in Japan, make sure to bring the proper attire based on what you plan to do, the season of your term of study (i.e. winter clothing or summer clothing), attire for formal and casual gatherings, or outdoor activity. Your footwear must also be appropriate for the type of clothing and activity you plan to take part in. Often times, your schedule at KCP will be quite full, finding the time to fit your studies and other activities may be quite demanding. It’s best to be prepared. But always remember to bring only the necessities and to pack light.

Packed backpacks.

Toiletries and medication:

      • Toiletry Kit /1-quart zip-top Ziploc bags
      • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
      • Shampoo/ conditioner
      • Feminine products

Packed backpacks.  | Dominic Freeman

      • Soap
      • Deodorant
      • Brush/ comb
      • Shaving kit
      • Contact lenses and solution /glasses
      • Nail clippers
      • Make-up
      • Medicines/ medication (check bringing medication to Japan)

There are toiletry products readily available in Japan if you would rather purchase your bathing supplies there. However, if you are the type with skin and scalp sensitivities or feel more comfortable with the brands you are used to, you can always bring your own.

Other essentials:

      • Cellphone
      • Tablet
      • Laptop
      • Camera
      • Water bottle

When bringing your cellphone to Japan, it can be quite expensive to use the roaming feature of your current local service provider, you’ll save money in the long run if you use Japanese Wi-Fi or mobile phone service providers.

Different countries have different standard voltages and electrical sockets. Some of the gadgets and devices we have may not work in some countries if the voltage, plugs, and sockets are not compatible. Most gadgets and devices will work perfectly fine in Japan without an adapter. There are some things however that may not work properly, especially heating devices such as hair dryers and some other electronic devices. It’s best to check on what gadgets, devices and equipment that would not be best used in Japan before your trip for safety reasons.