Travel Survival Skills in China
One thing we discovered while traveling to and from China, packing light has huge benefits. Alicia and I each brought only a carry-on size bag and a backpack. That meant using travel survival skills like doing laundry on a daily basis.One thing we discovered while traveling to and from China, packing light has huge benefits. Click To Tweet
Alicia brought a laundry bag, TSA approved laundry soap, and a clothesline. And I packed quick-dry outfits. Three outfits did the trick. And I highly recommend Danskin clothing for this. I brought three pairs of pants, four tops (two short sleeve), and three hoodies. Layers were my friend as we traveled to three different climates.
We were in China for eighteen days. And our hotel bathroom looked like a laundry room most of the time. But when it was time to go to the next city we were so thankful for less rather than more.
Other useful travel survival skills items:
A/C adapter – though most hotel rooms were equipped with both 120 and 220 sockets.
Over the counter medications: It is difficult to find medications in countries like China. We brought saline spray, Benedryl, sinus medication, Pepto Bismol, Tylenol, Ibupropfen, infant Tylenol, chewable vitamins, etc.
Prescription for Cipro: (check with your doctor) in case you get traveler’s diarrhea.
Download a Virtual Private Network (VPN): China has very restrictive internet policies. You can’t access Google, Gmail, Facebook, and many other websites that we can access here. Logging onto the hotel WIFI and then engaging the VPN did the trick. We could email family back home. We also used Google and Facebook. Be sure to set up your VPN before leaving home. We used the BetterNet APP which you can download from the Google Play Store.
Don’t Drink the Water
The water isn’t drinkable for travelers in China. The hotel provided bottled water every day when they cleaned out room. But two bottles didn’t go very far. Plan to buy bottled water. And be sure to avoid eating raw vegetables and fruits because they were washed in tap water. Also use bottled water for teeth brushing. Be cautious while showering too.
International Travel is Exhausting!
Any travel is tiring, but international is especially exhausting because there are so many things to think about. There is the language barrier…try Google Translate for this. You can download from Google Play and then save phrases to use in country.
I hope these hotel and travel survival skills are helpful for your next journey.
So glad to be home from China,
PS: Traveling light is something that has spiritual significance too. Paul talks about throwing off every weight and hindrance so we can run the race. Tell us about how this verse in Hebrews 12:1 speaks to you in your walk with Jesus.
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