What To Pack On Your Trip To China

If you are planning on visiting China and are wondering which essentials you must bring on your journey – this article is for you.  China is a very beautiful, large country with a multitude of different regions – from mountains to flatlands, from desserts to seas, and hence there are a number of things that you should consider, before you finally zip-up your suitcase.

Generally, there are two main things that you should always keep in mind:

  • The climate – it depends on the region of the country.  For example, the capital city of Beijing has a moderate climate which is similar to that of most central European countries, that means cold Winters and hot, dry Summers (except for the month of July – which can get a bit rainy).  Hong Kong, on another hand, is located right on the South China Sea, and enjoys a more humid climate, with hot (and rainy) Summers, but warm (and dry) Winters.
  • The pollution – you have probably already heard that pollution is a huge problem in China.  Well – it is, and that’s why packing for China might be different than packing for most other countries.

Now, let’s look at the individual items:

– The Basics –

Skincare:

What to pack on your trip to China - Global StorybookWe are going to start with the skincare products first, because this is where the issue of pollution has a major role.  Especially, when mixed with humidity, pollution can wreak havoc with your skin and hair, and therefore you should consider packing these essentials:

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Haircare:

Teethcare:

  • a mouthwash – to kill any mouth bacteria (in addition to air pollution, China has a big problem with water contamination as well.  As a result – you should try to avoid brushing your teeth with tap water, even if you’re staying at a 5-star hotel.  Use bottled water instead).  We recommend: Freshburst by Listerine.

Other ‘Must-Haves’:

  • an antibacterial hand sanitizer.
  • a small bottle of liquid soap.
  • a few packs of tissues.
  • a small roll of toilet paper.

– The Essential Wardrobe –
Summer:

What to pack on your trip to China - Global StorybookSummers in China are usually hot, and depending on the region – can be very humid.  It can also rain a lot in such big megalopolises as Shanghai and Hong Kong, so do not forget to pack a lightweight umbrella with you, to avoid getting caught in a random downpour.

  • a sunhat
  • a pair of sunglasses
  • a pair of sneakers or comfy loafers (and socks)
  • a pair of open-toe sandals
  • a pair of shirts
  • a pair of pants
  • (ladies) a pair of skirts, and sundresses
  • several pairs of t-shirts and tank-tops
  • a light sweater (for any transportation with a strong AC)
  • a small, lightweight umbrella

Spring/Fall:

What to pack on your trip to China - Global StorybookSpring and Fall are usually the most changeable and unpredictable seasons, therefore you should pack a variety of clothes to be prepared for basically… anything.

  • a sunhat
  • a pair of sunglasses
  • a pair of sneakers or comfy loafers (and socks)
  • a pair of shirts
  • a pair of pants
  • a pair of jeans
  • (ladies) a few skirts (optional)
  • several basic t-shirts
  • several medium-warm sweaters
  • a warm jacket
  • a light scarf
  • an umbrella

Winter:

What to pack on your trip to China - Global StorybookThe Winter’s wardrobe relies heavily on the region of China to which you will be traveling to.  So before you pack your suitcase – check in with the region’s climate, to make sure that you pack the appropriate clothes.

Here’s what you should pack to Beijing or Xi’an, as an example:

  • a pair of sunglasses
  • a pair of warm pants
  • a pair of jeans
  • a pair of leggings or underpants
  • 2-3 long and short sleeve t-shirts
  • several warm (wool or cashmere) sweaters
  • an insulated, waterproof winter coat
  • a warm hat and a scarf
  • a pair of gloves
  • a pair of warm, waterproof boots
  • wool socks
  • an umbrella
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