Today, I drilled down on what I’m taking. I will have one travel backpack with a daily shoulder back inside. The smaller bag is for the stuff I need in my seat aboard the plane. The backpack will be stowed in the overhead cabinet. Because I only have carry-on luggage, I can avoid baggage claims and save time getting to my hotel, especially if my flight is delayed. I always make a packing list. But this year I created a visual list so I can see and evaluate everything I’m taking. I always feel like I have too many in my smaller daily travel bag. And my big bag got disorganized. Now seeing each item for each bag I better organize and group items more easily. For example, I need a container for all my toiletries/amenities. Then I can take out what I need when going around Japan. My travel bag essentials include my passport, wallet, rail pass, metro card, iPhone/iPad, pocket wifi, pen, earphones, tissues, hand sanitizer, snacks, toothpick, a small trash bag and a bag for coins.