Travel Essentials for a Van Trip Around Japan

Jessie snowboarding in Japan

Recently, our social media director traveled around Japan in a van. Taking her experiences back with her, she came up with a list of top travel essentials to consider for a two week expedition in a van, while packing light.

Here's Jessie's top picks she won't go without on her next road trip - Japan or anywhere else her travels take her: 

1.  A JELT BELT

When you're traveling in a van, you are always on the go. Jelt belts are the perfect accessory for the days you are wandering the streets of Tokyo, or in and out of the van at the Michi-no-eki roadside stations. By the way, the snow in Japan is amazing and getting to ski there is a travel bonus! Jelts are the perfect belt to slip on and off ski pants and keeps you feeling extra comfortable through all of your outfit changes.  

2. ONE GOOD PAIR OF JEANS

As you may discover, when you're living out of a van, you rarely wear everything you bring. That's why having a good pair of jeans is key. You can wear your jeans in most restaurants in Japan. Jeans will keep you casual and comfortable while wandering through Yoyogi Park or visiting the Shinto Shrines in the northern towns of Nikko and Nagano. Our go-to is always a good pair of Levi's with a nice medium wash and straight leg. Pair it with a Jelt belt and you're ready to go!

3. COMFY HOODIE

When on the road, never underestimate the power of a great hoodie or pullover. Pack one that is simple, but can also be dressed up and down. You never know where you might go! 

Black hoodie with Jelt MT

 

4. A GOOD HAT 

Van life is not the easiest to maintain "camera-ready" hair every day. It's always good to travel with a fun hat that can easily be thrown on to complete your look (or cover your locks). 

We love Intrigue Ink for their rowdy hats that always catch your eye. We also love their local designs created right out of Bozeman. 

5. COMPRESSION SOCKS

A pair of compression flight socks are long socks available in various levels of tightness and compression. They are critical to help increase blood flow in your lower legs and reducing the risk of blood clots and swollen feet from flying. Perfect for the long flight to Japan. 

We love this Montana sock company Vim & Vigr. They have a very stylish selection of quality compression legwear. 

Make sure to check out Japan one day, it's amazing! Good luck on your travels and #jelting to show us all of the cool places you go.