We have a standard Family Packing list for all our trips in Japan: Beach Vacation, Flights with Toddlers, and our favorite – Road Trips! We use this list for our Day Trips from Tokyo and longer stays in Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Saga & Nagasaki. Here are some Japanese snack foods and Japanese Medicine Essentials for Baby & Kids to pack for your journey! Most can be found in Japanese drugstores and supermarkets. This list will differ slightly depending on the age of your kids so use as a general guideline. Always be prepared!
JAPAN ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS PACKING ESSENTIALS
TECH & ENTERTAINMENT
Anker PowerCore Fusion – I love this power core unit. It has two USBs, and works with iPhone, iPad and Android cords. No reason to carry around multiple power cores. Simplify your charging. 2,890 JPY
If the whole family is traveling, this multi-plug and USB is a savor. No more arguing who gets to change first. Runs about 2,900 yen .
Desert West Dash & Windshield Car Mount Smart Phone Holder – We love this smart phone holder. It’s easy to install and remove using a one touch button. Stick it to the dash using an Adhesive Gel or attach to the air conditioner outlet. It has 360 Degree Rotation and Telescopic Arm for vertical or horizontal viewing. Amazon Japan 1,999 JPY
Super cute Riwbox Kids foldable Bluetooth headphone with a lighting theme. Also comes in various colors and without the cat ears. The microphone comes with the D1 braided audio cable so you can make your phone calls in clear voice. 3499 JPY
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet – keeps your young kids entertained and engaged in the car. It’s ranked high for its affordable price, durable design, robust parental controls and long battery life. 11,980 JPY.
This Unicorn activity book is an ideal Practice Workbook for Kids to Learn with fun; perfect for children between 4 and 8 years old, for road trips, holidays, home, friends and family. Also good to work on when taking a break from tech. 915 JPY
ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS Packing Essentials
First Aid Kit – The Winglescout First Aid kit is portable, waterproof and durable, and carries all the necessary first aid supplies. Perfect for the car / home / office. 1899 JPY
Love the Anessa brand sunscreens– goes on light without the oily feeling. Does not contain alcohol, paraben, mineral oils and is Hypoallergenic. If Anessa isn’t for you check out this list of TOP Japanese Drug Store sunscreens. We also recommend you dress your children in sun hats, UV cut clothes and sunglasses to prevent skin damage.
Kirei Kirei Wet Tissue – Clean your kids` hands with these great travel wipes. They can be found at any pharmacy or convenience store. Pink packaging is Non-Alcohol type, and Green packaging contains Alcohol. Amazon Japan 3 packs (30 sheets each) 680 yen
You may find yourself at a Japanese temple / restroom without hand towels or a dryer. Japanese mums carry hand towels year round. One of our favorites is the Imabari towel. They`re highly absorbant, high quality and gentle on your skin. Pick up on Amazon Japan or at any department store towel section.
Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid– In Japan mosquitos usually start to hatch and bite starting in April and are active through the fall. Here is some handy information on Japan mosquito repellent and aid.
Healthy Foods / Packaged Snacks – Here is our list of Japanese Packaged Kids’ Snacks with calorie, tutorial and allergen comparison of 14 of the most common package snack foods sold in Japan. Most can be found at Japanese convenient stores.
Healthy Food Options: homemade rice balls, edamame, grapes, clementines, cheese and crackers.
- Keep little hands busy with 100 yen shop Crayons & notebook, Stickers and Origami.
- Pack Extra Clothes
- Plastic bags for dirty clothes
ROAD TRIP WITH BABY Packing Essentials
The Combi Fuge Baby Car Seat weighs only 4.4 kilos and can fit in the smallest of cars. Despite its size, it can be used with children weighing up to 18 kilograms. Available on Amazon Japan – 15,000 yen. Another favorite is the Britax B-Safe 35 – Infant Car Seat. The Britax brand consistently ranks high in safety, design and engineering. Suited for larger cars and more expensive than other brands but worth the price. Available on Amazon Japan – 27,000 yen
Extra Diapers and Baby Wipes – The top five popular brands in Japan — Pampers, Merries, moony GOO.N, and Genki! and can be found at drugstores and supermarkets. Read our Guide to Baby Diapers and Baby Wipes in Japan for more comparison and price.
- Baby toys
- Pack Extra Clothes
- Plastic bags for dirty clothes
- Japanese Medicine Essentials for Baby & Kids
Math / Programming APPS & WEBSITES
Prodigy MATH Learning Game – Suitable for G1-G8 students – Prodigy is a free, Pokemon-style math game that has been proven to improve student scores and confidence! It is aligned to the Ontario curriculum for grades 1-6, and features content from each of the five major strands. Encourage self-paced math practice in and out of school!
Scratch – Suitable for ages 8 – 16yrs – Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is provided free of charge.
KHAN Academy – offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. Lessons cover math, science, and more. Free for learners and teachers.
Story Pirates – Their mission is “to celebrate the words and ideas of young people and to create confident, literate students equipped with a variety of tools for written, verbal, and artistic self-expression.” Story Pirates’ original arts and literacy programs “improve the relevancy and effectiveness of classroom and extracurricular learning, create confident children who carry their ability to express themselves into adulthood, and build strong communities that celebrate the value of young voices from diverse backgrounds.”
WOW in the World – “We tell stories about incredibly cool things happening in the world right now. Stories that inspire families to use their imagination and follow their curiosity. Stories that invite families to lean in and say “Wow!””
KidNuz – Daily News Podcast for kids – “Five minutes of today’s top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more — all nonpartisan and age-appropriate.”
FREE E-book Library
Oxford Owl Free e-book Library – Suitable for ages 3 – 11 years – Select the categories and choose from the various options including Age Group, Book Type, Level, and Series.
Amazon e-books for kids – If you own a Kindle, Amazon has a list of 100 free eBooks for kids.
The Baldwin Online Children’s Project – This is an easy list of 548 free books that you can skim through by author, title of book and genre.
JAPAN ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS