Packing for China

Packing for your trip to China What to Pack

You should bring what you will use, but you don’t need to over pack. You can buy most things in China. It's good to have some empty space to put your purchases. If you need another sweater, an umbrella, common toiletries or a hat you can buy it if you didn’t bring it. For more details see our section on shopping.

It's easy to buy cans of Pringles, Oreo cookies, disposable diapers, tampons, Listerine mouthwash and endless other western brands and products that have made their way around the globe. Pharmacies have common medicines, clothes are easy to buy and grocery stores have lots on offer.

Some good things to bring: sunlotion, spare eyeglasses, sunglasses, bug repellent, a mobile phone, laptop computer and prescription drugs.


Usually one rolling carry-on and a rolling check-in are a pretty good setup if you are on a tour. While international baggage allowances will vary, while in China if making domestic flights between cities then you must consider domestic limitations. Normally in economy class it is one check-in bag of 44 pounds / 20 kilograms plus a normal carry on. Enforcement varies so if you are over you may or may not have to pay excess.

Room for Treasures

Leaving empty room for purchases is a good idea, there are lots of fun things to buy if you like to shop.
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