LuggingMy biggest lesson was that a piece of luggage stacked on top of a rolling-type luggage is a bad idea.
narrow train gates and....
narrow Limited Express and Shinkansen train aisles.
With the width of the purple bag or the bag over my shoulder, it wasn't easy to get through the bustle and bottlenecks. I envied the people with the 4-wheel-look-at-me-I-turn-sideways luggage, but apparently some folks are having trouble with more outdoorsy terrain (bricked sidewalks, streets, cobblestones, etc.).
The Ultimate Luggage Scenario would be paring it down to the one 2-wheel medium-small sized bag (one I can tip and haul up those no-escalator-option-here-pal train station stairs...
Or: go to the gym and get really strong and step the hell out of the stair-step machine.
Or: stick to 1 hotel.
Dead WeightAs far as what I shouldn't have packed: A) the big jacket. It was only really cold in the few mountain places we went, and I could just supplement my light hoodie with a cozy scarf and gloves and/or hat, and I was good.
B) Sleep sheep: As a fan-sound sleeper, I was satisfied with the bathroom fans and over-your-head A/C.
C) The fleece pajamas. Any place that was that cold had feather comforters if not heaters, so I was just setting myself up for sweat bath city. This wasn't winter, it was Fall.
On the GoI was glad of my big, light, yellow purse, though.
Easy to fit inflatable neck pillow, tablet, not-to-dry snacks, and MP3 player for the plane. And a humidifier. Haha, j/k, you have to check the humidifier, which defeats the purpose. Accept your destiny as human jerky.