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 –


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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  • 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 –

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


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


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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  1. Thank you for the insightful guide!
    Another thing that I would add: China has a very strict policy on Facebook and other popular social networks and websites. You basically can’t access anything from there. So before packing your laptop and tablet, make sure to bypass this by using a VPN. (Just google it if necessary).
    Not really, a packing tip, but this was a real struggle for me that I had to deal with in China.

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