Singapore and Malaysia’s all-year summer season leaves us with no experience in surviving natural snow and winter climate. As such, packing for a first winter holiday may become a daunting experience for some. In fact, I was so anxious to equip myself against the cold climate that my luggage for my first winter trip was overweight and over-packed! Now, having experienced a few winter holidays in Japan, I am happy to share with you 5 essential winter wear, which are better off getting them in Japan directly for a warm and comfortable winter vacation!
1) Inner Thermal Wear
Most people are familiar with the HEATTECH thermal wear range from Uniqlo. If you would like a greater variety of colours and cuttings (such as varying sleeve lengths), you can also buy them from lingerie section in departmental stores or even lingerie / home wear shops along shopping streets.
Shown below: Triumph’s thermal wear with hot spring water treatment from Niigata Tsukioka Onsen for great moisture retention and hygroscopic heat buildup, as well as a moisturizing and smooth texture in nice burgundy.
Shown below: Wacoal’s warmest cotton series ½ sleeve thermal wear that is blended with acrylic and cotton yarn in warm pink. Made in Japan.
If you have low tolerance against cold, wearing just a set of HEATTECH thermal wear may not be sufficient to keep you warm. I would recommend you another great buy from Japan – the Ultra-Thin Thermal Wear.
“Powdery Inner” – an ultra-thin thermal wear range produced by S.Mile and manufactured in Shikoku, Japan is my all-time favorite thermal wear. Because of its ultra-thin and light material (resembling stockings material) at 0.25mm and weighing only 45 grams, I sometimes even wear them during cold spring and autumn. During warm winter, you can wear it on its own or pair it up with thicker thermal wear, such as HEATTECH from Uniqlo when temperature drops. The thin material also allows you to wash them frequently as they dry very fast. Available in 4 colors, I would recommend the nude color so that it doesn’t show under light colored clothing. Do note that the top and bottom wear are sold separately. Powdery Inner can either be purchased online from Rakuten or Amazon, or alternatively from PLAZA – a Japanese lifestyle store with more than 130 outlets countrywide, most outlets located either at major train stations or departmental stores. Cost of Powdery Inner: approximately between 1,000 yen – 1,300 yen.