I learned a few valuable lessons the first time around, and I'll be more sensible while packing for Japan. I have to put my whole life in two suitcases, which is a scary thought to most people, but I can pack really light. Do I need ten pairs of boots? No. And since I'll be living in Japan, I can buy things there over the course of my stay. Here's a list (again) of things I won't forget to bring:
Not the real kind, but the television kind. Friends have always been there for me, Friends never change, and Friends always cheer me up and are just so comforting. I won't leave without packing a few DVDs.
If I have a little bit of room left for a can, it's coming with me.
Pillow and small blanket
I never travel without my own pillow (it's tiger shaped), and a small blanket will make me feel cozy.
Spices and vitamins
Some spices we use regularly are impossible to find in Asia, and vitamins are so overpriced there.
Although it's not commonly used in Asia, I've seen it in Seoul, but it was expensive. I'll stock up before, just in case.
Mini French coffee press
Coffee is so expensive over there, I'll stick to making my own.
Fortunately the era of CDs is over, and everything fits quite nicely on my iPod. I actually am building a Japan playlist, I'm just dorky like that.
A few of my favourite movies
Lost in Translation, of course. And some comedies to cheer myself up on bad days. And some SATC.
Luckily I fit into Japan sizes for clothes and shoes (thank goodness), so that's not a big worry.
It's kind of hard to pick two suitcases worth of my possessions, but having it done a few times before really puts things in perspective. Moving overseas made me a bit less materialistic, as I learned to live with less, and to appreciate small treats. As I'm typing this, I'm looking around my living room, at my extensive movie and book collection, and it makes me a bit sad to part with it, but I know it's totally worth it.
Anything else you can think of?