What should I pack for a trip to Tokyo?

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Sandra Barron

You’ll want to be comfortable, as walking is a wonderful way to see the city, but keep in mind that locals tend to dress up a bit more as they go about daily life. It’s rare to see people in sweats and sneakers outside of the gym. Err on the side of covering up a bit if you want to minimize funny looks: Women wear barely-there shorts, but are likely to pair them with tights and conservative necklines.

Twenty-four hour convenience stores are everywhere and they’re great for picking up just about any small thing, including socks, underwear, make-up and toiletries you might have forgotten. However, many of them do not have the simple cold and headache remedies you might want in a pinch. Best to have these with you. You’ll also want to make sure you have whatever brand of deodorant, toothpaste and other personal care items you prefer - local varieties are just different enough for some travelers not to like them. If you’re traveling during rainy season in the early summer, you’ll want to have some stylish rain gear with you!

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