What to Pack for a Trip to Southeast China
A very popular way to begin a Southeast China trip is to fly into Hong Kong. Once there, you'll find the city somewhat similar to other bustling destinations like New York or London, with a variety of activities to fill your itinerary -- from shopping and gourmet restaurants to swanky nightclubs and tourist attractions. What sets Hong Kong apart from other big cities is its rich, multi-national culture and history. As with most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. The RFID Blocker Money Belt DLX is a convenient way to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. And for a convenient option (for women) looking to keep a few credit cards and ID safe, the Silk Undercover™ Bra Stash is the perfect solution.
From Hong Kong, you can easily take a single day or overnight trip to Macau, where you'll get a Las Vegas experience with Chinese flair. It's about an hour ferry ride so going for the day to check out the sights is an easy option -- just pack a travel day pack like the Eagle Creek Packable Daypack with a light sweater for the evening ferry ride home. If you're interested in catching the famous House of Dancing Water show or doing some gambling at one of the casinos (which you should totally do!), book a hotel room and stay for the night. You'll likely want a change of clothes and a few overnight necessities, so another great option for you - with a little more organization and versatility - is the ultra-light 2-in-1 Backpack/Waistpack.
For travelers who are looking to stay within Southeast China but want to get away from the city experience, there are some gorgeous options. Yangshuo is famous for its stunning mountains and rivers. Once there, adventurous travelers can enjoy in hiking and rock climbing, while those who want to opt for a more peaceful experience can take some Tai Chi classes. Hikers, climbers and really anyone doing a lot of walking should consider investing in a Pack-It Specter Shoe Sac to keep their dirty shoes packed safely away from clean clothes. For a tropical escape from the hustle and bustle of this vast country, Hainan is Southeast China's paradise. Pack for a trip to Hainan the same way you'd pack for a trip to Hawaii -- sandals, bathing suits and tropical prints.
If you're following the itinerary we've laid out, you'll notice that a Southeast China packing list is fairly extensive since there are so many types of activities and climates to pack for. One of our favorite travel accessories to help keep your suitcase from overflowing, use the Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set to help you compress bulky items and keep your suitcase organized. Using Pack-It Compression Cubes will allow you to be prepared for anything on your journey, while keeping you organized and able to close your suitcase!