Luggage preparation

Below you'll find all the information you need to prepare your luggages for a smooth arrival. Whether you have traveled to China for the first time or not, it is never easy to prepare your luggage for China. There are, of course, essential items for any trip, however, a visitor must also take into account the travel season, region and altitude of their desired locations.

Carry-on Luggage

A small backpack is helpful for any outing on a day trip. Inside, you can put your travel documents and other essentials. These may include:

  • Your camera with chargers and other appliances
  • Toilet paper because in public restrooms they’re rarely provided in China
  • A water bottle, which we give you in the morning
  • Your money and credit card(s)
  • Accessories that are dependent on weather and season: hat, sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer, raincoats, umbrellas, etc.
  • A small, notebook can always be helpful 

When you fly remember to put a change of clothes inside this backpack in case your luggage is delayed.

Storage containers for papers

Always take with you all important papers that you brought to China, such as your passport, ID, money, credit card(s), insurance papers, etc. Make a copy of these documents so that you can keep the actual documents in a different place. Thus, in case of loss or theft, these copies will prove helpful.
Do not take essential documents outside of your room like your driver's license or credit card if you do not intend to use them. You do not want to lose these items or others during an outdoor excursion.

Essentials to put in your bag

Whether you have travel plans that are adventurous or relaxed, be sure to bring good walking shoes, considering certain excursions can be long and strenuous without the right shoes.
In your luggage you should have toiletries. Keep in mind that conventional hotels that we offer provide soap, shampoo, shower gel, towels, hair dryer, toothbrush with toothpaste and even a disposable razor. If you choose a more adventurous tour, however, like a night in a yurt,  you must have your own toiletries. Look at your itinerary and determine what toiletries are necessary and which are not before departing.
Note that these are generally basic products intended to provide a more comfortable experience. Feel free to bring other toiletry items that you would like to use such as lotion, makeup, shaving cream, deodorant, nail clippers, etc.
Before you leave, ask a doctor to prepare a small list of pharmaceutical items for you to pick up before traveling. These items will help to prevent any potential issues you may have that including, diarrhea, nausea, motion sickness, headaches, altitude sickness (for Tibet mainly), etc. See if your doctor also recommends any vaccines for you that are necessary before your trip to China. Or you could refer to the Traveler's Health to see the required vaccines you have to get before leaving for China.
Do not forget creams or sprays that protect you from mosquitoes, especially if you are going to the southern region of China.
For people who are receiving any treatment, bring enough medicine for your trip and do not forget your prescription if you take them in the cabin of an airplane. Talk with your doctor and get an order in English for delicate treatments such as procedures that require an individual to use needles.
A second pair of glasses can be useful for those with prescription eye wear. If you do wear glasses, you may also want to consider getting a solid case for your glasses to prevent potential damage while traveling. For people that wear contact lenses, you may want to bring other necessary products with you (e.g. contact solution, contact holders, etc.).
Generally, China Escapade chooses standard hotels that offer Sino-Western breakfast to ensure our customers receive coffee, bread, fruit juice and other goodies to start their day. However, for those that enjoy a good breakfast, be aware that some hotels in remote areas in China may not provide such a selection of items. In these scenarios you can bring coffee packs with you or buy coffee in any major Chinese supermarkets in the morning. You may also want to bring jam with you in case you love toast and jam in the morning. Although Chinese people often eat salty foods in the morning, you can find bagels, fruit and tea as well.
If you have any back problems and have a fairly high impact tour scheduled, take back support items and a seat belt with you. Transportation conditions in remote areas can often be difficult, thus, it would be best for you to have a seat belt on hand to avoid any inconvenience or discomfort throughout your trip.
Most major hotels offer adapters made for any type of charger. It is best to bring enough adapters for your journey based on the number of devices you have.

Seasonal considerations

In the winter, other than in the southern coast, the rest of China is immersed in cold temperatures. As you go north, the temperature drops below 0°C. During this time be sure to bring heavy layers of clothing during to stay warm. The south is a tropical wetland, so it does not get too cold. However, you should bring a sweater for the evenings and trips to higher altitudes.
In the summer, it is very hot in China. The north is very dry, while the south is more humid. It is best to bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for all regions. Although light clothes are comfortable, you may want to try bring shirts and long pants in the south to protect you from mosquitoes. Spring and fall are mild seasons where you can bring a light jacket or sweater with you.
Whatever the season, plan to bring or buy an umbrella and raincoat (mild summer) because rain is inevitable.
When your travel plans include higher altitudes, always bring warm clothes for the evenings. You may also want to have long sleeve attire to protect you from the sun in the summer as well as sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

 

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