Yesterday, I gave you an overview of when to plan your geeky honeymoon to Tokyo, and now I'll tell you what you should bring. Although I have plenty of travel faves, there are a few essentials you'll want to pack along in your suitcase or backpack.
For example, if you don't speak Japanese, a few translation apps can be a lifesaver when you are navigating the subway. It's a very complex, yet advanced system underground, and it's easy to get lost and confused. Google Goggle's new translation feature is perfect for your trip abroad — just snap a photo of what you want translated, and Google Goggles will do the heavy lifting. Other apps you may find helpful are Talk to Me and Trippo Mondo for Android, Google Translate on your phone's web browser, and the Tokyo Subway Map app ($2) for your iPhone.
Find out what other gadgets I'd pack along after the jump.
- A quality camera — My Canon T1i played a key role in capturing images from my trip to Japan, and it's essential to document your honeymoon as well.
- A smartphone — All the apps you'll need to translate, get directions, and find good restaurants will be in your pocket with a smartphone. Be sure to talk to your wireless carrier about roaming charges, and set up a travel plan if you can before you take off.
- iPad or Netbook — There's plenty of places to hop online with free WiFi in Japan, so toting a lightweight netbook or iPad would be a great way to update your Flickr stream with new pics, post to Facebook, and make a few calls via Skype to the folks back home.
- Nintendo DS — Kids and geeks aren't the only ones playing with a Nintendo DS in Japan — people of all ages whip it out for a quick game on the subway, or during long train rides.
- Ereader — Speaking of long rides, your flight to and from Japan, not to mention any traveling you do around the country (via JapanRail), will give you lots of time to catch up on some of your Summer reading titles. Keep an ereader in your backpack to pass the time.
Tomorrow, we'll start tackling what to see while you're in Tokyo, so stay tuned!