3. Sheets of washi tapes
I like to scrap memorabilia in our travel journals, and washi tapes are an easy and decorative way to do that. I didn’t want to bring more than I needed, so I pre-cut some tapes and stuck them on a few glossy sheets to add to our kit. For versatility, I tried to keep them in a limited color palette, of black, white and gold. In previous trips, I rarely had the time to get crafty and taped things after the trip, but this time, I was more prepared and managed to do it during the trip. M was more than happy to delegate that task to me, by the way. :)
4. Extra Pens (and a pencil)
Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle 0.35mm in black:
This is my favorite gel pen in black, so it goes with me everywhere.
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica 0.4 mm with kurikawa brown refill from a regular Hi-Tec-C:
This was to test the Hi-Tec-C on a trip, and I really like the kurikawa brown color. But halfway through the trip, we both agreed that the skipping tendency of the Hi-Tec-C ink/tip was annoying, and we switched to the Pilot Juice (see #2 above).
Uni Style Fit Multi-Pen with 4 x 0.38mm gel color refills and one ballpoint refill:
‘Cause you never know when you’ll need to mark things with color. This multi-pen has come in very handy on our Tokyo trips, when we actually carried printed maps and were revising our itineraries on the go. During this recent trip, we saw no need for it but I plan on taking the same multi-pen on future trips.
Midori Brass Pencil:
Gotta take at least one pencil! This is a stylish and convenient choice, plus it has a generous eraser. We actually used this for playing crossword puzzles, which we got into doing recently.
5. Midori To Do List (sticky notes)
As mentioned above, we used sticky notes for adding extra notes to the journal, and this Midori pad has been a fun choice with its airplane theme. We also used it to outline each day's itinerary and for small to-dos, e.g. reservations to make, what to buy at a nearby drugstore, etc. On our last day, we used one to remind ourselves to take the chocolate truffles we’d purchased out of the refrigerator, before we checked out of our hotel room.
6. A mini pair of scissors
This was in the kit mostly for the washi tapes but I’ve used it in the past for unplanned situations, e.g. cutting tags off clothes I bought on the trip that I wanted to wear right away. Very useful to have around, just in case.
7. Muji oil-based marker with double tips
8. Mini roll of washi tape
This set, in a clear, resealable bag, is something I carry in my purse, traveling or not. It’s somewhat journal-related and proven to be handy, just like the mini scissors, so I consider it part of the kit. The oil-based marker (like Sharpies) is good for writing on unexpected surfaces, like various forms and luggage tags, and for writing on washi tapes. A roll of plain washi tape is good for anything that needs quick fixing or securing (and scrapbooking). On this trip, we bought a couple ceramic bowls, and while the store bagged them with some bubble wrap for us, they weren’t secured properly, so I used this roll of tape for extra reinforcement.