Guidelines for international travel had changed significantly in the last few years, so here are some important tips to keep in mind.

The TSA has adjusted its ban on liquids, aerosols, and gels, so you can now carry the following items on board your flight:

  • Travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in a quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag. One zip-top bag is permitted per passenger.
  • Beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area.

At the security checkpoint, place the zip-top bag of liquids in a bin or on the conveyor belt for inspection.
Passengers carrying on larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby formula, and diabetic glucose treatments must declare these at the security checkpoint for additional screening.

A full list of guidelines can be found at the TSA’s website.

For a packing list, here is an older list that will be helpful for preparation.  A newer version of this list will be posted later.

Japan Checklist (other than regular clothing):

Bolded Items are essential, all others are optional.


o    Your Passport (expiration date at least 6 months after 11/13/2011).

o    Copy of photo page of your passport.  Take one copy with you, and leave one with your family at home.

o    Your driver’s license.

o    A Visa or MasterCard credit card (for emergencies or for souvenirs).

o    Bring at least $100 in cash or travelers checks (for emergencies).

o    One carry-on bag, preferably with rollers (45” linear inches or less; under 50lbs.) and a backpack to carry on.  Please don’t plan to checka bag.  The airline permits 2 checked bags, but we have limited space on our buses for luggage, so don’t bring any bag that you can’t carry on the plane.

o    Bring your personal medical insurance card.

o    Medications in original containers.

o    Toiletries (shampoos, soap, etc.)

o    Sleep aids.

o    Fiber tablets

o    Addresses of your supporters

o    Towels (1-2), washcloths

o    Neck Pillow and wash cloth for plane ride

o    Alarm clock that is not electric

o    Pens, Bible, notebook, journal

o    Backpack (day pack type that you can carry on the plane)

o    Hair dryer (The current here is 100 as compared with 110 in the States; it will run but slower.)

o    Bathing suit (modest)

o    Camera and film

o    Umbrella and/or poncho

o    Socks or hose. (Bare feet are not appropriate)

o    Handkerchief – napkins are rarely available in Japan

o    (Optional: International Driver’s license)


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