Packing Tips for Traveling China

Luggage packaging counter in an airport
Luggage packing counter in an airport

Before Packing

• Make a checklist and number them in order of importance.
• Reread you list. Think twice about the "desired or essential" items.
• Try to make the checklist as short as possible.
• Find related information about your destination and amend your list accordingly.

What to Pack

Travel light! Whenever you travel, remember that quality, not quantity is the order of the day. Hereafter are some useful tips for packing. Please read it carefully as it will surely help you.


Backpackers with light packages

•Do remember to take you passport, visas, related health certificates, tickets, ID, money, credit card, map, itinerary and other important documents needed during a visit
•Do remember to make a card upon which are your personal details in case of emergency•Do remember to make copies for your important materials. It is strongly recommended that you additionally store a backup of your information in your email account or other on-line storage.
•Do remember to bring guide and phrase books related your destination.

•Do not pack important items unprotected; put them into a waterproof bag to prevent damage.
•Do not carry too much money all in one place, spread it around your pockets.
•Do not keep your credit card and identification card together.
•Do not take too many reading materials, 1-3 copies is ok.


China Clothing Recommendations Map
China Clothing
Recommendations Map
•Do check the climate of your destination, and then see what kind of clothes you require.
•Do remember to take leisurewear which will keep you relaxed and comfortable.
•Do remember to take clothes that dry easily.
•Do remember to take a waterproof and umbrella.

•Do not take too many formal clothes, one or two is enough.
•Do not bring natural fibred clothing as it is hard to dry and are heavier than synthetics. 
•Do not forget to bring sunhat, sunglasses and sun block in summer
•Do not forget to take you toiletries and your personal items such as toothbrush, towel and so on.
•Do not take sturdy clothes 
•Do not wear military-styled clothing in case of unnecessary misunderstandings.

 Clothing Suggestion: 
Season  Month  Temperature  Suggesting Clothing
Spring Mar - May 50 - 71.6 F Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and comfortable shoes 
Summer Jun - Aug Above 71.6 F T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear
Autumn Sep - Nov   50- 71.6 F Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and comfortable shoes
Winter Dec - Feb Below 50 F Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required

 Electronic products:

•Do remember to take a power convert and adapter plugs. China's electrical system operates at 220 volts
•Do remember to take razor, camera, extra batteries, and chargers of all your eletronic products.

•Do not take those can be bought anywhere or are provided by hotels, hair dryers, for example. It will be a burden for you.

 First-aid Kit

•Do remember prescribed medications!
•Do remember to prepare some drugs for emergency use, including Aspirin, vitamins, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamines, remedy for diarrhea and antacid.
Packages •Do take along your medical history (Blood Group, Allergies, and Known Medical Conditions) and keep in your first-aid kit. This may be helpful if you need to see a doctor or become incapacitated.

•Do not carry excessive quantities of drugs; you may encounter problems at China Customs.
•Do not bring a pharmacy, just bring the essentials.

 Packing tips

•Roll your clothes instead of folding them or use vacuum bags. In this way you will save a lot of space and provide extra protection for your clothing.
•Put the items your will use regularly at the top.
•Bring several plastic bags with you. You will find many uses for them during your trip.
•Remember the rules on carrying liquids; you may have to remove them at the point of departure!

- Last updated on Dec. 14, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Packing Tips for Traveling China
Asked by Ann Liu from USA | Dec. 14, 2020 17:27Reply
can i bring the dried sea cucumber to China?
let's say 3 lb
Answers (1)
Answered by Camille | Dec. 14, 2020 22:33

As I know, it will be ok for you to bring them.
Asked by Mimzee from USA | Jan. 19, 2020 02:11Reply
Laundry availability in China
My trip to China is for 10 days in late October this year. I would like to pack VERY lightly with 2 or 3 pairs of jeans and 2-3 lightweight pullover sweaters. Along with hand washable underclothes and 2 pairs of shoes, I should be able to pack all this onto a carry-on bag. This should suffice for the trip if laundry facilities are available in the hotel. Do you have any information about this?

Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from POLAND | Jan. 19, 2020 18:47

Well, as I know, not every hotel in China has washing machine. And there are only dry cleaning shops on the street. Laundry is not common.
Asked by Ray from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 07, 2019 15:06Reply
Non prescription medication
How do I bring aspirin, antihistamine, anti diarrhoea tablets etc (non prescription) into China? Most replies to questions say to include a doctor's prescription but these would be only for emergency use and are not regulay taken, so doctor won't put on a prescription.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathan from CANADA | Sep. 08, 2019 20:38

Oh, generally speaking, it will be ok for you to bring these medication.
Asked by Loredana from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 05, 2019 01:32Reply
How can I find out if my prescribed medications are legal in China?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jason from CANADA | Aug. 05, 2019 19:16

You can find the related regulations based on the official websites of the customs.
Asked by Sandy from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 14, 2019 06:07Reply
Will my Australian MasterCard be accepted in major cities in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from USA | Apr. 14, 2019 18:46

Generally, there is no problem in large malls and restaurants in major cities. However, for small shops, you are suggested to prepare some cash.
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