Planning a trip to China? Well, lucky for you, everything is pretty easily accessible in China thanks to Taobao (the Amazon of China). However, there are still certain things that you might need during your trip that won’t be easy to find at a local store. Here’s a list of things to pack on your next trip to China.
If you’re used to finding soap in a public restroom, let me burst that bubble for you now. Most likely you probably won’t be able to find soap available in most public bathrooms. I always like to carry a travel-sized hand sanitizer around just in case I’m going out to eat, need to use the bathroom, or I got my hands dirty while hiking up the Great Wall of China.
Always carry around your student ID card when you’re traveling. Luckily, my student ID card from 10 years ago never put my graduating date, so I’ve been able to use it most of the time while traveling to get discounts. In China, most national parks and museums will give discounts to students with a valid ID card.
I hate to tell you this, but most travelers who travel to China end up getting a tummy ache from eating all the delicious street food. I don’t want to scare you because YOU SHOULD try the street food in China. It’s one of the best things about going there, but you should also be prepared. Before you leave for your trip, you should buy some activated charcoal pills in case you do face food poisoning… This stuff will help A LOT!
Before you pack all your electronics, don’t forget to check the outlets for China. China uses 220V, 50HZ and outlets used in Japan, Australia, and most of Europe.
I’m not sure why, but I always have the most difficult time finding deodorant in Asia. If you use deodorant, I strongly advise you to pack some before you leave. Otherwise, you’re going to end up spending a lot of time searching for a store that carries deodorant and a lot of $$$ to buy one measly deodorant.
I always like to carry a TSA approved travel lock with me to lock up my carry-on on the plane, train, or bus, and to lock up my lockers in a hostel. Some hostels will provide a lock for a small deposit, but not all will. Better safe than sorry.
If you plan on traveling around China to see the different provinces, most likely you will spend a lot of time on different modes of transportation. I always like to carry my travel pillow when I fly, ride the bus, or sleep on the train. China is a huge country, and if you want to see the most of it, you might end up taking 15+ hour train rides across the country–it’s worth it!
This is hands-down my favorite travel pillow! You can roll it up and stick it in your purse once you’re done.
It’s pretty hard to come across a bookstore that sells books in English texts. I personally always love to read while I travel, so make sure you bring a Kindle or a book from home to keep you entertained during your long travels. Some hostels also have a book exchange shelf where you can leave a book you finished for another traveler and exchange it for a different another traveler left behind.
9. Positive attitude and an open mind: Priceless
Lastly, just remember to have a positive attitude and an open mind when you travel to China. China is definitely a country with a rich history and culture, so enjoy every moment of it.