Rucksack - WeGo in Harajuku
Hey guys! I thought it would be interesting to do a what's in my bag post for what I carry around with me in Tokyo, as some things are quite Japan-centric! I've found that carrying round a rucksack (and a hella cute one at that) is a lot more convenient than an over the shoulder bag as I live in the suburbs, so any time I go shopping or whatever is going to be a day out affair, and ain't nobody got time for sore shoulders.
Purse // Towel // Lipbalm // Tampon // Diary // Headphones // Deodrant // Pen // Painkillers // Tissues // Hand sanistiser // Oil blotting sheets // Portable phone charger // Hair tie // Plasters // Phone // Face mask // Umbrella
Firstly I try to remember to always carry around a small towel with me as the majority of public loos in Japan don't have any method to dry your hands with after you wash them (think this is to do with eco-friendliness), sometimes they don't have soap either so hand sanitisier is pretty useful too. I also always carry tissues, especially as outside in Japan is pretty frigging cold but inside like central heating city a lot of the time (although mental note blowing your nose in public in Japan is like farting in public, so I try and be discreet).
Furthering on the theme of runny noses, I try and carry a face mask with me if I'm ill, as it's considered good manners/a must to wear one of these on trains etc if you are ill as a courtesy to others. Also good for days where you cba to wear make up, polluted/smelly environments and for keeping your face warm! Saying that though I hate wearing them, as they make me feel like I'm suffocating.
Also tampons (pretty hard to buy/find in Japan) are a good idea as I've never seen these sold in women's loos in Japan, and no one wants to get caught short when your body unleashes an elevator scene from the shining moment on you. Another thing I bought recently and think is literally the best invention ever is the portable charger above for when my phone runs out of battery. I hadn't seen these in the UK before but I'm guessing they must be available, such a good idea!
Is there anything in your daily bag that's unique to the country you live in? xx