Don’t Forget Your Deodorant in Japan!

 In Japan

One tiny deodorant on a small shelf dedicated to products for men. There was more hair gel than anything else. Super smelly soap too.

I’m always thinking of things I don’t have to pack, and I can just pick up along the way as we travel. With a baby in tow, less is better, if not ever my reality. I’ve read tons of blogs and packing lists that address this very thing.

Well I’m here to tell you, if you are planning a trip to Japan, don’t forget your deodorant, especially if you are a guy. Forget your toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, but don’t forget your deodorant.

When Mike and I were packing my bags for China, I was throwing random things in his suitcase to bring out to Japan. Long-sleeve shirts, a pair of jeans, a guidebook, phrase book and diapers.

I was taking our usual toiletries bag with me. I had thrown Mike’s toothbrush in the bag, but told him to remember to pack his deodorant before he came out. He forgot of course.

We spent three days in Osaka looking for deodorant for Mike. We looked everywhere; grocery store, random street shops that sold soap, 7-11 and other convenience stores. If it looked like the store might carry it, we popped in as we toured around the city for two days.

If the weather had ended up being in the 60s and 70s as we had first thought it would be when I started packing for China 4 weeks ago, then we would have been fine. Mike might have been a little more ripe at the end of the day, but nothing too harsh. However, it ended up being in the 80s and sunny for most of our trip. The weather was stunning, but we were also sweating a whole lot more than expected. Guess I didn’t need those long-sleeve shirts after all.

Finally, on our last day, we found a tiny bottle of citrus-scented, roll-on deodorant tucked among the body sprays. Not Sports stick or anything we were used to, but it would do.

We all learned a valuable lesson. If you like to wear deodorant, try not to forget it. A bar of soap you can get in many countries and cities, but not everyone has a deodorant obsession like some of us in the States.

Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Peke Penguin
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    Most Japanese men don’t use deodorant .. they don’t seem to stink. Their deodorant also seems much weaker. Not so good for Westerners. (or penguins)

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      We quickly realized this. I figured they must not stink the way we do. I never smelled any foul body odors during our trip, so it must be true. Sadly us westerners are a bit more stinky. Their deodorant did the trick though.

  • Cassie
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    This is so funny! I had no idea deodorant would be so difficult to find! We’ve had trouble buying contact lens solution in Latin American countries (it’s only sold at optical shops, not at pharmacies) and it’s REALLY expensive.

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