First off, Friday night I stayed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (free night award). I intended to get a drink at the bar, look for Bill Murray, and enjoy the view. I even packed a pair of dress shoes just for this event.
It turns out they do have a dress code — no jeans, shorts, short-sleeve shirts, and appropriate footwear (read this online, so I avoided the awkward moment by just showing up). I have the wardrobe to get by this, but my slacks were pretty wrinkled and my dress shirt was also victim to The Night That Won’t Be Named. It smelled less like peaches and more like a long hike at the Grand Canyon.
The bar also has a ~$26 cover and drinks were about the same. I decided not to spend $50 to $70 to feel self-conscious in a really nice setting. Instead, I spent $15 to have a drink from the mini-bar while enjoying the view from my room.
Which is a long way of saying that I really needed to do some laundry, my goal for Saturday. As Chelsea can tell you, this isn’t always easy (Budapest comes to mind). So just my luck that I was early for checkin at my hotel and home for the next three nights, and they have coin-operated machines IN the hotel. At the mini-mart across the street I grabbed coins and some detergent (complete with me acting out scrubbing my shirt to the clerk) and got to removing three days of sweat and fear from my clothes.
I pack enough to get through about 7 days, wearing and pants or shirts twice. I was in the middle of day four and wearing pretty much the last things I could wear (slight exaggeration, but all t-shirts and undershirts were toast), so on this 13 day trip the timeline moved up quite a bit. Which is why it’s great the hotel has laundry, which I had been planning on being a good 4-hour adventure.
This is a Rick Steves inspired (stolen) packing strategy, but the idea is it’s better to do laundry once or twice than to struggle with luggage. Being mobile can be a lifesaver on metros, stairs and busy streets.
I am all-in on this packing strategy after four trips abroad, but it is possible your pack’s contents will prevent you from reenacting a movie scene now and then.
But don’t worry about me, I reenacted another scene the next morning.