Packing for my Japan trip feels a bit like being in the “What Not to Wear” TV show. Don’t get me wrong. I have a decent fashion sense. At the very least, I’m not the worst dresser. I like my casual “lived-in” clothes, but I can get a bit stylish when I want to. I “clean up good” and all that.
I’m traveling as part of an educators group and I’m expected to wear business casual, on most days. Nothing scruffy nor too casual.
Since I’ll be there during the rainy season, I also have to wear light clothing, but not shorts nor anything too revealing. Pants would be too hot. I have to wear comfortable shoes, since we’ll be walking a lot, but somehow match them to my “not too casual” attire. Because of the humidity, I have to make sure the clothes do not easily wrinkle. Linen is recommended.
In other words – I have to wear business casual with comfortable shoes AND be prepared for rain and humidity. On top of that, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothing that may get soaked and muddy.
Will I have to sacrifice my fashion sense and wear some plastic poncho with orthopedic looking shoes and some old lady outfit?
Ah…NO! Before I’m tempted to dump all my clothes in the “toss it” pile, like on the TV show, I found ideas (from online and elsewhere). Here goes:
- Carry an umbrella (and light rain jacket) with you at all times (in small bag);
- Cotton and linen work – as long as it’s breathable fabric;
- Don’t wear leather shoes nor sandals; your shoes will get soaked at some point either from puddles or rain;
- Skirts work best, although you can wear business capris and the skirts can’t be short nor tight;
- Carry socks to change into when you enter almost everywhere;
- Light conservative shirts will work and it’s okay to wear sleeveless but no cleavage;
- Err on the side of conservative;
- Carry a small towel or hanky for wiping sweat; also carry Febreze or extra deodorant;
- I found other (non-fashion related) tips here: Surviving the Rainy Season;
- Dresses work too, but not low cut.
After re-reading my list here, it dawned on me that humidity is no stranger to this Miami girl! I lived in Florida for half my life and my parents didn’t even have air conditioning! If I survived Florida humidity without A/C, I can survive ANYTHING!
Oh, and here’s a picture of that great group of new friends I mentioned in my previous post. I can’t wait to get to know them better during the trip::
Now…where’s that travel-sized Febreze?