What to Pack for a Trip to China in the Spring

Spring is a fantastic time to visit China and I highly recommend it! April specifically is when the weather begins to warm up and the flowers bloom. You beat the sweltering heat and tourist crowds summer brings, and the winter smog begins to clear up.

It’s important to have a great packing list for any trip. Here are my recommendations for what to bring with you and outfit inspiration for traveling China in the spring!

Packing List

Essentials:

  • Travel Documents – Passport, Visa & multiple copies (stored in different bags).
  • Travel Wallet – I like to use a Vera Bradley wallet that can attach to a lanyard I can wear around my neck! Store your Driver’s License, credit/debit cards, cash & accommodation address here.
  • Adapter – China is awesome because your cell phone charger will fit into their outlets! You’ll only need an adapter if you’re bringing a charging cord with 3 prongs, or your prongs have two different sizes (think hair styling tools).
  • VPN – Prepare ahead of time if you want to work around China’s censored Internet.
  • Camera – So important for capturing those beautiful moments!
  • Guidebook – Lonely Planet has awesome recommendations, itineraries & translations.
  • Backpack – I love fashionable travel backpacks. They’re so convenient for holding everything you need to explore a city all day long.
I almost always carry a backpack with me. This one from Target was cheap and big enough to hold my wallet, camera & guidebook!

Toiletries:

  • Hairbrush, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Deodorant, etc. – All your norms.
  • Travel Pack Tissues – This is so important for two reasons. First, you will react to the pollution in the air & need to blow your nose. Second, many public bathrooms don’t store toilet paper in them!
  • Allergy Meds – Mucinex might become your BFF while you’re there.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Not very common in China so bring it with you.
  • Face Mask – It’s a trend here to protect from the pollution. If you’re sensitive to allergens you may want to have some with you.
  • Tampons – You won’t find these in convenient stores, so if you don’t want to use pads make sure to pack them in your luggage.

What NOT to Bring:

  • Portable Charger – This will be confiscated at the airport. Even if you bring it in your checked bag you may find it’s gone when you arrive/depart. It has something to do with the wattage allowances.
  • Immodest Clothing – This is a conservative and censored country. Please be respectful of that.
Jean jackets are a must in the spring! They are so easy to layer and look good with everything. You can get really festive with a pink or yellow jean jacket.

Clothing

Layers, layers, layers! In the spring the weather can be unpredictable and you’ll want clothes that are easy to layer and stash in your backpack when it warms up. It ranged from 50-87 degrees over the two weeks I was there!

Tops:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or sweaters
  • Cardigan
  • Jean Jacket
  • Rain Jacket (Shanghai & Hong Kong)
  • Wind Breaker (Great Wall)

Bottoms:

  • Blue/Black Jeans
  • Colorful Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Jumpsuits

Shoes:

  • White sneakers
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sandals/flats
  • Rain boots (Shanghai & Hong Kong)

Accessories:

  • Sunglasses
  • Purse/Backpack
  • Headbands
  • Scrunchies
I love a good jumpsuit… until I thought about squatty potties!

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