Ultimate Female Packing List For A Year In China

I packed for China frantically the night before we left. Start by not doing that! I’ve lived in Nanjing, China for about a month and a half now, and I’m learning what I will and won’t use. The packing list below includes the things that I use regularly, and the things I regret not bringing. At the end I include some extra tips, like this one: A lot of international airlines have weight limits for carry-on luggage, not just checked bags. Did you know that? I didn’t.

Unless stated otherwise, every single product linked in this blog post has been tested and used by me regularly since living in China, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend all of them to my friends and family. I will never post links on this website to a product that I wouldn’t recommend to my best friend.

Female Packing List For A Year In China

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Bags

  • Backpack
  • Cross-body purse
    • This crossbody has a ton of really cool anti-theft features that keep your most important stuff safe while traveling.
  • Camera bag (if you’re bringing a DSLR)
    • I got this bag for myself for Christmas and I love that it doesn’t look like your typical black nylon camera bag.
  • Shopping tote bag
    • I brought one that zips up to a compact little square and I use it ALL the time. This foldable tote isn’t the exact same, but it’s close.
  • Checked and carry-on luggage
    • We got this 2-piece set of hard luggage with 360 degree spinning wheels. Expensive, but this is possibly the best pre-China decision we made.

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Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Unlocked smartphone
    • When you come to China you can replace your SIM card with a Chinese one instead of buying a new device. If you can’t unlock your current device, I recommend Huawei phones in China – they’re the best bang for your buck.
  • Camera
  • SD card with lots of room
    • I made the mistake of bringing a 4 GB SD card and then spent hours searching dozens of stores before I found one. Here’s a better deal on the exact one I bought.
  • Portable USB charger
    • This one isn’t the same as mine (which I got free from a dentist office), but it’s very similar. If you want to get a much better yet still compact option, check this one out.
  • Kindle
    • I was gifted a used Kindle and I love having it! Here’s the latest one, which is still affordable.
  • Universal travel adapter
    • Below is an image of a typical Chinese outlet. You can fit a regular American plug into it, but it doesn’t take a 3-prong plug. An inexpensive adapter solved that problem for me.
    • Update: After using that inexpensive travel adapter for 5 months in Ireland and 9 months in China, I used it here in America and it started melting IN THE SOCKET… I feel much safer recommending this nicer one.

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  • Selfie stick
  • Lens cloth
  • All necessary chargers
  • Surge protector

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Toiletries

  • Feminine products
    • Chinese women almost solely use pads, so you’ll be lucky to find tampons at all in China, let alone get a decent price on them. I bought this box of 96 on Amazon and dumped them out to fill in the spaces of my checked bag. I’m sure TSA loved it.
    • Update: It’s about a year and a half later and I’m so close to finally using up all these tampons.
  • Toothbrush
  • Travel-size toothpaste
    • They’ve got familiar brands here, so just bring the travel-size and buy the full-size on arrival.
  • Travel-size shampoo and conditioner
    • Just bring 1 set and buy the full-size ones on arrival. There’s tons of options, and Pantene is easy to find.
  • Travel-size shower gel
    • There are tons of options here for body wash.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash smells amazing and really works. If you aren’t crazy about yours or you’re on the hunt for a vegan or sulfate-free option, you need to check it out. Plus, they don’t test on animals!
  • Hair styling products
    • Don’t assume that the brand you use at home will be available here, especially if you have curly, thick, or light-colored hair.
    • I have thick, coarse, curly hair and have been using this serum, this styling spray, and this finishing creme for years.
  • Nivea Creme
    • I’m talking about the thick lotion that comes in the little blue tin (image here) because it’s travel-friendly, it’s only $1 at major drugstores, and if you have to pack your regular moisturizer in your checked luggage, it’ll work as a facial lotion in a pinch.
  • Chapstick
    • I would recommend throwing 1 in each of your bags. My lips got really dry on the plane and I had packed all my chapsticks in my checked luggage.
  • 2 packs of pocket tissues
    • You’ll be regularly using them as toilet paper in China, so bring a few packs and then buy more on arrival.
  • Travel-size hand sanitizer
  • Eye cream
    • I suffer from sensitive skin and eczema, and I’ve been successfully using this eye cream for years now!
  • Moisturizer
    • This moisturizer with SPF is the same brand as my eye cream so it’s equally awesome for sensitive skin and it’s affordable, too!
  • Bug spray
    • Bug spray with deet is hard to find here, and let’s be real – it’s the only chemical that works for people like me who the bugs seem to be obsessed with.
    • Update: Eucalyptus oil has been working well as bug repellent for me – and it takes up much less room – hooray!
  • Deodorant
    • Bring all the deodorant you’ll need for your time abroad, because they don’t have very many options in China.
  • Floss picks
  • Hair ties
  • Comb
  • Makeup wipes
    • I’m such a fan of these natural ones.
  • Nail clippers
  • Prescriptions
  • 2-sided razor with replacement heads
  • Tea tree oil
    • The most natural, practical acne treatment for a girl on the go! I use it as a spot treatment, and you only need a tiny bit, which means you only have to bring a tiny container.
  • Sunscreen
    • The ones in China all have whiteners! 🙁
  • Towel
    • I would recommend taking a quick-drying travel towel – especially if you’ll be in a humid place! You probably won’t have a dryer for your clothes.
  • Shaving gel
    • One of my skincare regrets is not bringing any of my favorite shaving gel. I can only find men’s shaving cream here and it’s expensive. Learn from my mistakes!

Clothes & Accessories

  • Scarf
    • This one has a pocket for your passport!
  • Gloves
  • Warm beanie
    • A hat is the most compact travel accessory for keeping warm! I love the Neff beanies because they’re so soft.
  • Wide-brim fedora
    • I didn’t bring one and I regret it. I’ve got huge hair and a huge head, and I can’t find one that fits. If you’re not sure how to pack a hat without ruining it, click here.
    • Update: I found one at H&M from their Coachella collection and I love it!
    • Update: I left it in a cab and it’s gone forever.
  • 2 pairs of leggings
    • These Hanes leggings are such good value! They’ve lasted just as long as my $50 American Apparel winter leggings and my $40 Victoria Secret leggings.
  • Workout capri leggings
    • My longest-lasting, most comfortable workout leggings to date were these Nikes.
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of pants
    • Blue denim – these Lucky Brand ones are the best.
    • Black denim – Levi’s are always classic, and last forever.
    • Loose cotton pants – you’ll be thankful to have these when you’re tired of skinny jeans. H&M has good ones… so does Thailand 😉
  • Sweatpants
  • Stylish coat
  • Light, breathable sweater
  • Thick wool sweater
  • Cardigan
  • Waterproof coat
  • Booties
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
    • My Merrells are literally the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned.
  • Birkenstocks
  • Running shoes
    • Little tip: Chinese people don’t jog on the street. People tend to walk to a track and just run around that. I run on the street looking like a weirdo anyways, and these Asics have tons of gel cushioning for concrete.
  • Flip-flops
    • I’m on the Havianas bandwagon now. They really do last!
  • Neutral flats
  • 2 cotton dresses
  • 5 short sleeve tees
  • 3 long sleeve tees
    • It’s really nice if you own one that covers your butt so you can wear it with leggings.
  • Tank top
  • 2 camis
  • 2 nude bras
  • 2 sports bras
  • Sunglasses
    • I’ve had my current pair for more than a year, which is an all-time record for me! I guess that’s what happens when you invest in a pair you actually love. If women’s sunglasses tend to be too small on you, try the 51mm Ray Bans. The frames are a little bigger, so they’re perfect for big head, big hair people.
  • Bathing suit
    • China is a bit more conservative than the west, so you may feel more comfortable in a one-piece.
  • 12 pairs of underwear
    • I brought more than 20 and I don’t even wear most of them.
  • 12 pairs of comfy socks
    • If you’re all about comfy feet, try these socks – they’re pretty much the only ones I wear. I would also recommend bringing a pair of socks made to wear with flats. If you have a higher-rise flat, these are flats socks that ACTUALLY stay on your foot! I once put them to the ultimate test – wearing them with boots – and they rocked it.
  • Slipper socks
    • Bring them on the plane!
  • Long, fun necklace
  • Short, simple necklace

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Kitchen

  • Tea strainer
  • Chopsticks
    • Eric and I each have a pair of these chopsticks and use them at least twice a day. They fold up so you can easily carry them in your purse, and are especially handy for people who are freaked out by the sight of stained wooden chopsticks in a dirty mug at Chinese restaurants (a very common sight).
  • Water bottle
    • The best water bottle ever is right here. I haven’t even dented it yet, and I’ve had it for almost a year. Also, it’s vacuum insulated, so if you put ice in it and open it 12 hours later, you’ll still have ice-cold water.
  • Granola bars
    • They’ll have food on your flight, but it’s not the best, so you’ll be thankful to have these in your carry-on. Also, you will not find KIND bars in China, so they’ll taste even better soon 😉

Makeup

  • Mascara
  • Brow pencil
  • Lip stain
    • The NARS velvet matte lip pencil is the best lip product for lazy girls. I can successfully apply it without a mirror! If you’re not sure which color to get, Dolce Vita looks good on everyone.
  • Compact mirror
  • Loose setting powder
    • Laura Mercier doesn’t make you look like a ghost in photos, which is exactly what I look for in a powder.
  • Cream blush
  • Eyelash curler
    • You can definitely get a cheaper one than the one I linked right here, but personally I couldn’t resist the gold!
  • Brush set
    • For less than $15 you can create a full set of eco-friendly brushes with these two links: here and here.
  • Foundation
    • BYOF, because a lot of the ones in China are crazy pale and contain skin whiteners.
  • Beauty blender
  • Eyeliner
    • I tried a LOT of liquid eyeliner pens before this became my favorite.
  • Highlighter
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Bronzer

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Pharmacy

  • Ibuprofen
  • Diarrheal antibiotics
    • Ask your doctor for these. Your bowel movements will not be normal for a while, especially if you dive into the spicy street food like we did. My best advice is to eat a lot of rice at first.
  • Gas-X
    • When the antibiotics are over and you’re still in pain, you’ll appreciate these.
  • Band-aids
  • Allergy pills
    • My husband experienced seasonal allergies for the first time in Nanjing because there so many flowering trees! For the super allergy-prone, add nasal spray and an inhaler to the list.
  • Cough drops
  • Lactaid
    • If you’re lactose intolerant, you’ve probably read online that 90% of Chinese people are lactose intolerant, which will make you think “there aren’t any Chinese dishes with dairy.” Stay in China long enough and you’ll be gifted a buttery cake, or you’ll want to try those delicious pastries at your next meeting, or you’ll go out for pizza with friends and wish you had a pill to help you out.
    • Update: I’m pretty convinced that thing about Chinese people being lactose intolerant is a myth. Stock up.
  • Melatonin
    • I forgot to bring some and I still regret it. Whether it’s the buckwheat-filled pillow, the hard mattress, the megaphones blaring outside, or the new environment that causes you to lack sleep, you’ll be thankful to take a pill that knocks you out.
    • Update: I found melatonin at Carrefour in a locked cabinet. The bottle went from the hands of one employee to another with some kind of prescription form passed over, and then I didn’t get it until I paid for it. 
  • Ear plugs
    • It’s loud in China. Formal noise complaints aren’t a thing here. If you plan to sleep deeply any time between 9am and 8pm, you might want to wear them to bed.
  • Abreva
  • Cold Medicine
    • China has this cold medicine called “black and white”, which I tried in this video, but if you’re afraid of Chinese pharmaceuticals, BYO!
  • Benedryl
    • An instant allergy fix and a sleep aid when the melatonin runs out.

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Miscellaneous

  • China travel book
    • I hesitated on bringing this because it’s so heavy, but when the internet inevitably goes out, it’s nice to be able to read about Chinese history and dream about future sightseeing.
  • PocketMonkey
  • Passport and required documents
    • The “required documents” part really depends on the type of Visa you have, but don’t forget to bring the paperwork that you had to show to initially get the Visa, because you’ll need it at Immigration.
  • Extra passport photos
    • You’ll need 1 inch square photos to obtain your temporary residence permit, your permanent residence permit, and other things I’m forgetting. If you have any questions about obtaining your residence permit, let me know below! It includes a medical exam, which I was terrified of, but it’s not that bad.
  • Sturdy folder
    • For all your documents.
  • Sharpie, pens, pencils
    • Just 1 sharpie, 1 pencil, and 3 pens should do you for a while.
  • Scissors
  • Gifts
    • China is a gift-giving society, so it’s good to bring a few small things from your hometown to give as gifts to people you want to say thanks to. I brought 3 little packets of smoked salmon and 3 tiny jars of local marionberry jam.
  • 2 coin pouches
  • Diary-sized notebook
    • These are so pretty, I couldn’t resist.
  • Travel sewing kit
  • 3 quart-sized ziploc bags
  • Index cards
    • I found them to be incredibly difficult to find in China, and at some point you’ll want to make flash cards for your new vocab.

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Extra Tips

  • Check out my Moving To China Checklist to be sure you’ve got all your ducks in order!
  • If you’re a coffee drinker, get yourself ready for instant Nescafe. Hitting up a coffee shop every morning is another option, but not the most budget-friendly.
  • Don’t try to look cute on the plane – there’s no point. Just be comfy! Also, wear socks. And clip your toenails.
  • I didn’t realize until we were at the airport that the baggage weight limits on Asiana Airlines (and other airlines from what I hear) applies to carry-on luggage too, not just the checked bags. That had us re-packing things at the check-in counter to even out the weight between our two bags. Not fun. One of these will ensure you don’t have to go through what I did.
  • You can add a neck pillow to this list if you like, but more likely than not you’ll get a blanket and a pillow from your airline on the flight. I found my space to be so cramped with all the stuff I had and all the stuff they gave me, I almost didn’t want my neck pillow, even though I did use it.
  • Cash is king in China, so your card-filled wallet may not be useful to you anymore. I would suggest going with a simple coin pouch.
  • On the way back after your adventure abroad, it’s going to be cheaper to check a second bag than mail a box of stuff home if you’re planning to bring back a bunch of gifts and souvenirs. Let your parents know right now that they shouldn’t plan to mail you care packages. A small flat-rate box can be around $60!

Things I Regret Bringing

  • Bulky, oversized sweaters
  • Tons of travel toiletries
    • Just bring one of each thing (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste) and buy the full-size when you arrive. There’s no point in packing the extra weight.
  • Too many tops
    • I just went and counted all my tops, and I brought 22… which explains why I’ve been wearing less than half of them. You really don’t need that many, plus there’s so much good shopping here!
  • Umbrella
    • The waterproof jacket has sufficed. Rain seems to come so randomly and sidewalks are so crowded that I haven’t bothered with an umbrella.
    • Update: Summer came and I brought an umbrella. I couldn’t stand to wear my jacket in the humid heat!
  • Pocket dictionary
    • Go to the Google Play or Apple store app on your phone right now and download Pleco. It’s awesome. You’ll also want to add the plug-in where you can draw the character and it recognizes what you’re trying to say. Now you don’t need a pocket dictionary!
  • 5 notebooks
    • I bought myself a set of 3 notebooks before coming here and was gifted 2 others, so I brought them all. Guess what happened? I bought 2 more notebooks in China because the school supplies here are so damn cute.
  • 6 hair styling sprays
    • I have a hair product I’m obsessed with called John Frieda Dream Curls and I grossly overestimated the number I would need. It’s been almost 2 months and I haven’t even gone through half a bottle. Do your best to estimate how much you’ll actually use of each product.
  • Cards & games
    • There’s a laptop, a smartphone, and a kindle in front of me – why would I even bother with that deck of cards I brought?
  • Nail polish
    • Even though you shouldn’t bring it to China… this color is the best. Save it for when you get back.
  • Dressy tops
  • Western-style wallet
    • I explained this above, but to put it short: my American wallet is made for lots of cards, and I pretty much only use cash here.
  • Fun cropped tees
  • Huge high-quality headphones
    • I brought these, but I really only use my earbuds because they’re way more convenient.
  • Stylish tote
    • I have plenty of other bag options.
  • Fancy dress
    • If there is no fancy occasion that you know about in advance, there probably won’t be a fancy occasion to dress up for.
    • Update: I actually did wear that fancy dress one time, but I could have gone more casual. If you get a black cotton dress, you can make that thing look pretty fancy in a pinch!
  • Too many pairs of underwear
    • I think I brought 20…
  • Tights
    • Leggings work just fine!
  • Strapless bra

Also, don’t forget to purchase a VPN plan before you head out for China! I’ve been using this one for almost a year now, and they’re the best! If you’re still scared of using VPN or confused about how it works, check out my Ultimate Guide To Using VPN.

If this article helped you, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know where you’re going on your adventures abroad! For more helpful travel tips, check out my YouTube channel for a closer look at what it’s like to be a Westerner living in China 🙂

Thanks so much for reading! Talk to you soon,

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47 thoughts on “Ultimate Female Packing List For A Year In China”

  • Very comprehensive list. I’d add, if you care about animal testing, buy all your toiletries before you go. Even if brands don’t animal test, the government can do it themselves.

    I’m not actually in China but I never buy brands that sold there because I think it’s such a cop out for brands to say they don’t animal test yet are okay with letting the Chinese government do it to get the big bucks.

    sorry for the rant.

  • Wow this helped me so much! I am getting ready to embark on a year long journey to Spain (by myself no less). And your blog has by far been the most helpful site! I hope you are having a BLAST in China, which is on my list of travel places this year. Thanks so much!

    • Wow, Kate, thank you so much for your kind comment! I’m beyond happy that I’m able to help you out 🙂 That’s what this blog is all about!! Let me know how Spain is!! Everyone I know who has been says it’s amazing. Safe and happy travels!

  • Hello! I’m currently trying to pack for a year in China! Your post really helps 🙂 I will definitely reconsider the amount of underwear I’m bringing.

    I was just wondering about a few things:
    I’ve read about the health check and it really sounds scary. What is it? Just standard checking if I can cough without spitting blood?

    The resident permit and the health check will need passport photos, right? I think I’ve read somewhere that they both need multiple photos. Is it just 2 photos total or should I bring more?

    Hope you have a fantastic stay in China! Thank you for all the info 🙂

    • Hi Kristina! YAY!! That’s awesome 🙂 I made this list because I didn’t see anything on the internet like it!

      The health check isn’t scary, but you’ll need to bring a Chinese speaker along with you if you aren’t one yourself. It’s not terribly invasive, but might feel uncomfortable if you’re a reserved person. The good news is it goes really fast!! They draw your blood, do an ultrasound, check your ear/nose/throat, and do some kind of weird reading that required me to take my shirt and bra completely off.

      Yes, they’ll need passport photos at both places. The resident permit needs 2, and the health check needs either 1 or 2 so I would bring 4 or more to be safe. If you plan on moving to a new city in China some time during your year, you’ll have to re-do the resident permit and submit 2 more passport photos.

      You’re absolutely welcome, and I hope your time in China is amazing as well!! Don’t hesitate to reach out with more questions: hello@laviesanspeur.com

      Cheers!
      Lauren

  • Thaaank you! 😀 I just turned 20 and will be moving back to Canada, where I was born (spent the last 12 years in Germany),
    anyways that was very helpful! 🙂

  • Hello!

    I just wanted to ask did you fit all of these things into 1 checked bag and a carry-on? (If so kudos to you)

  • OMG Lauren you’re the best! I’m going to Kunming China for a Year and don’t want to overpack. This really helps me. with what I can leave home en def should bring with me!
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Shiva, I’m going to Kunming as well for 1 year in September, I was wondering if you are going to Yunnan Normal University ? And if you do, did you already received the admission letter for the visa ? I still haven’t received anything qnd was wondering if that’s normal ? It’s nerve wracking!

      Anyway, I hope to hear from you soon or to see you in Kunming!
      All best,
      Romina 🙂

  • This is a really great list. I’ve definitely fallen victim to overpacking for my China trips in the past and I’m trying to avoid the same thing this coming year (I’ll be in Nanjing too!) I would recommend to people with sensitive skin and limited language skills to consider bringing facial moisturizers and other lotions from home since a lot of Chinese brands include skin lightening ingredients…also if they plan on traveling somewhere in the north they should definitely consider bringing a sturdy coat (I spent spring semester last year and Harbin which is another level of cold that I was not prepared for as a Floridian) but overall a really good list! I’ll make sure to tell my friends also heading to Nanjing with me to give it a look.

    • You’ve got some great extra tips in here, so thanks for commenting! I hope your trip to China is amazing! I also feel you so hard on that sensitive skin issue. Luckily you can find Cetaphil in a lot of import stores now!

  • Awesome list and I am enjoying your YouTube posts as well. I leave for Wuxi in two weeks. I will be teaching full-time (high school – critical reading and writing), so I will need to pack some serious work clothes, which may add to my list slightly. My contract is for two years, but I get a RT ticket home after my first year.

    Are you familiar with Wuxi, I guess it is half way between Nanjing and Shanghai.?

    Thank you for all of your efforts on this project – loving you work!

    • I’m very vaguely familiar with Wuxi! Seems like a great location for exploring. Both Nanjing and Shanghai are fun and full of history. Best of luck on your adventures abroad! Keep me updated if you can 🙂

  • I’m going to China for three weeks and your blog has been so helpful! I’m trying not to overpack, but want to make sure I remember everything. I’m staying in Hangzhou. Did you travel there?!

  • Thank you so much for this post Lauren, I have pinned your blog and I am looking forward to many happy hours of reading in preparing myself for my move to Nanjing in January! Always great to have someone to tell you those things you wouldn’t have known!

  • Hey Lauren, this is such a helpful list, thank you. I’m planning to go to China ( Guangzhou, Hengyang, Chengdu, Beijing) during Nov/Dec. I was wondering how cold is it? I was warned that it is extreme and I needed to pack heavy gear. What do you recommend? Do you have any tips?

    • Oops just saw this second comment! I would recommend you do some research on “historical weather” of each city! Better safe than sorry. It’s especially important to pack heavy for the cold if you are a larger size. I’m a US 12 and found it nearly impossible to find clothing in China. Usually ended up in the men’s section at sports store when times got desperate. More on that topic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2VNfvskd0M

  • Hi Lauren, thank you so much for this advice! I’m planing on a trip to China at Nov/Dec and this has made my life so much easier. Just a few questions: I was warned that it will be very cold as it will be winter and I have no clue on what winter will look like over there. Do you have any advice or tips? How heavy do I need to pack?

    • Depends on where in China you’re going! If it’s Harbin, prepare for the coldest weather EVER. If it’s Beijing, prepare for some chilly weather with snow included. Hope this helps a bit!! Feel free to email me at laurenwithoutfear (at) gmail.com 🙂

  • Leaving for a year-long fellowship in 4 days! I packed & am way over the allotted poundage ! This helped so much with what I can weed out!

  • Hey Lauren, I will be studying abroad in Lanzhou for a year and all your YouTube videos and blog posts are really helping me figure everything out. I don’t feel as anxious about leaving at the end of this month so thank you sooo much! I’ve watched almost too many YouTube videos and looked at different blog posts but yours is definitely the most helpful to me on a personal level. I plan on traveling often while I’m over there, I’m so excited!
    Thank you!
    Madeline

    • I’m so glad you found my content and have been loving it! I’m even more excited that I’ve lowered your travel anxiety. Happy travels, and be sure to send an update to let me know what Lanzhou is like 🙂

  • Hi, I’m an 18 year old girl who’s moving to the Sichuan province later this year. I have really frizzy hair and I straighten it every day. Is it easy to find hair straighteners over there?

    • Hmmm… that’s a great question. Honestly, I don’t know since it’s not something I ever shopped for. You would definitely be able to find something on TaoBao!

  • Hi Lauren! I’m getting ready to go to China for the next two years to teach (being able to travel and go home in the summer and other holidays of course) after spending two years teaching in Saudi Arabia. Obviously, packing for this teaching assignment is quite different than my last and I really appreciate this list! I know how awful I am at overpacking so I will definitely be using this as a guide when getting my bags together.

    I haven’t had the chance to take a look at your other posts/YouTube videos but was hoping you could answer this question for me: in the past, I’ve had issues using appliances like a hair dryer/straightener/curling iron from the US in other countries and was wondering if you know if they use appliances with the same voltage and would be able to use these appliances from the US while in China?

    Thanks again for all the helpful info!

    • Hi Nicole, I would recommend purchasing a universal power adapter that converts the voltage so you don’t have to worry about electrical issues. I believe most outlets in China are 240v (vs 110v in the US), so if your appliances say 110-240 on it you can probably get away with a regular adapter, but if you don’t you’ll need the full on power converter. I don’t personally use hot tools on my hair, so I don’t have experience with it, but I hope this helps even a little bit! LenaAround would be a great person to ask 🙂 Her email is lelsbo13@gmail.com

  • Hi Lauren, thanks for the guide. I’m headed to shandong end of this month and your list has been really helpful. My only question is were all the things you carried within the luggage weight limit…and if so what was it for your flight.
    Celine

    • Hi Celine! We flew Asiana, so the weight limits were: up to 23kg(50Ibs) for the checked bag, and up to 10kg (22lbs) for the carry-on item. My bags were fine despite bringing way too many heavy sweaters!! My husband had trouble because of all his books, but we shuffled things around and they were nice so it all worked out!

  • Lauren, we are moving to Hangzhou in January for 2 years! Your list is awesome!

    I will definitely make of use of it when I start packing. Thanks! 🙂 🙂

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