Travel Tips and Packing Lists

Southeast China

A trip to Southeast China could include anything from gambling at Macau's Las Vegas-style casinos to a peaceful mountain retreat in Yangshuo. This packing list for Southeast China will help you pack for everything the region has to offer.

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Checklists

Pre-Departure

  • Passport/Visa(s)/Personal Identification
  • Cash & Credit/ATM Card(s)
  • Check expiration dates on Passport, Drivers License, and Credit Cards
  • Inform bank/credit cards companies that you’re traveling abroad
  • Travel & Medical Insurance Documents
  • Health Documentation/Vaccination Card
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Student ID Card/Frequent Flyer Card(s)
  • Reservations & Itineraries
  • Hotel/Tour Contact Info
  • Hotel Loyalty/Hostel Membership Card(s)
  • Transportation Tickets
  • Printed copies of Tickets/Passports/ Emergency Information
  • Email yourself a photo copy of a your passport, drivers license, medical cards & itinerary
  • Research local customs in order to be culturally aware/sensitive during your travel

Travel Gear

Everyday Basics

  • Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking, Easy Care Clothing (Consider bringing clothing with bug repellent or SPF protection properties)
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
  • Outer Shell/Windbreaker/Fleece
  • Moisture-Wicking Quick Dry Underwear/Wool Socks
  • Base Layers/Clothing for Layering
  • Flip flops for showering & travel
  • Camp Shoes/Travel Shoes
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit (modesty based on region)
  • Brimmed Sun Hat
  • Water-resistant Gloves/Wool Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Scarf/Bandana

Everyday Accessories

  • Language Book, Guide Books & Maps
  • Cell/Smart Phone & Charger
  • Travel Aps: Currency & Distance Conversion
  • Camera/Video Camera, Memory Card & Charger
  • Music Player, Headphones & Charger
  • Water-resistant Wristwatch
  • Electrical Converters & Adapters
  • Travel Alarm
  • Travel Pillow/Blanket/Eye Shade/Ear Plugs
  • Travel Journal & Pen(s)
  • Reading Material & Games (download to tablet)
  • Address Book
  • Sewing Kit/Clothing Care Kit
  • Clothesline & Detergent
  • Duct Tape

Toiletries

Travel Health

*Consult your health center or physician for help in planning your trip’s medication needs.

  • Travel Health Information
  • First Aid Kit (Bandages, Gauze, Adhesives, etc)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Pain & Fever Relievers/Thermometer
  • Children’s Strength Pain Relievers
  • Cold Medicines
  • Diarrhea/Laxative Medicines
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream (for allergic rashes)
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Insect Repellent/Mosquito Net
  • Sting Reliever
  • Motion Sickness Pills/Bands
  • Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes
  • Glasses & Case
  • Extra Contacts, Solution & Case
  • Dry Eye/Allergy Eye Drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines & Vaccinations specific to region/ activities (ex: Malaria, Altitude Sickness Pills)
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Energy Bars & Blocks

Home Checklist

  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Post Office to hold mail/stop newspaper
  • Arrange care of pets, lawn & plants
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place

*If gone for more than 30 days check with homeown- er’s insurance for specific directives.

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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!

Suggested Gear

Luggage & Packs

Considerations for a main bag can vary based on how long and where you’re going. Your method of transportation is a big factor as is your itinerary:

A Switchback™ convertible backpack that can be carried as a backpack or rolling bag allows for maximum versatility. Plus the full size zip-off daypack is perfect for daylong excursions.

A Gear or Duffel Bag – A great choice for flexibility on the road if you’re not carrying your bag over long distances. Choose one with tuck-away backpack straps to give you even more carry options.

A traditional Travel Pack gives fluidity to your travels. If you’re taking a commuter plane, hiking to a village for an overnight, visiting rural communities inaccessible by roads, sometimes a backpack duffel bag will be the best option.

Pack-It™ System

The Pack-It™ System will help keep everything you need easily accessible. You’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Pack-It™ Cubes – compress clothes and maximize packing space by rolling t-shirts, undergarments, and workout clothes; multiple cube sizes offer versatility

Pack-It™ Folders – to keep your clothes wrinkle free and looking good

Pack-It™ Shoe Sac – keep dirty shoes away from clean clothes

Pack-It™ Wallaby Toiletry Kit – just the right size for your essentials

Pack-It™ Compression Sacs – compress bulky items or store dirty laundry up to 80% of their original size.

Pack-It™ Sacs – tuck away all the little things that seem to get lost.

Necessities

Stay well-rested and comfortable and keep your valuables away from greedy hands.

Travel Pillow, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs

Money Belt or Neck Wallet

Converter & Adapters

Guide Books & Maps

Travel Towel

Rain Jacket/Umbrella

Packable Duffel or Tote

Tip: Use Pack-It™ Cubes or Sacs to organize daily essentials

Day Travelers™

Your day bag should be comfortable and organized for long days and overnight excursions.

Backpack – perfect for all-day hiking or sightseeing; check to make sure zippers are lockable to deter theft and that it organization for your daily needs

Shoulder Bag – a small cross-body bag is great for the essentials; perfect for exploring new places and with the ability to tuck away inside your backpack if needed

Waistpack – Maybe it’s as easy as a waistpack – everything you need right at your fingertips