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This list is compiled with answers from online sources that asked several Japanese women what was in their bags, or what they considered everyday essentials.

 

Self-explanatory – why would you go anywhere without your wallet?

 

Japanese bathrooms rarely have hand tissues for drying, and air dryers aren’t everywhere. Therefore, almost everyone carries around a hand towel.

 

These train passes ensure that you won’t have to buy a ticket every time you ride the train, which, if you’re wandering throughout Tokyo, could be more than 6 times a day. Just load up your Suica or Pasmo and you can use it as an automated touch-and-go ticket.

 

Planners are VERY important in Japan – almost everyone has one, or they use one on their phone. Japanese planners have blank pages for notes, detailed weekly/monthly agendas, and handy tables and subway maps for reference.

 

While most people have smartphones, this is for any kind of cell phone you have. It’s impossible to live in a city like Tokyo without having such accessibility at your fingertips.

 

This is essential, especially for people who spend most of their commute on the train.

 

For any touch-ups you may need throughout the day.

 

Some smartphone plans require that the phone not use 3G or 4G but rather its own personal Wi-Fi network. If you leave the house without this, you won’t be able to use the Internet on your phone.

 

Business cards, or 名詞 (meishi) are still widely used in Japan and are extra important for anyone who is job-hunting.

 

Whether you’re working long hours in the office or if you’re just out for the whole day, it’s always good to have a toothbrush handy.

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