Getting to China

What to bring and how to master the airports
Weather
China is humid — prepare accordingly.
Average Temperatures for China​:​
  • Shenzhen:
    • Spring - temperatures range from 69 - 81 F
    • Summer - temperatures range from 80 - 91 F
    • Fall - temperatures range from 72 - 86 F
    • Winter - temperatures range from 56 - 71 F
  • Shanghai:
    • Spring - temperatures range from 53 - 76 F
    • Summer - temperatures range from 70 - 90 F
    • Fall - temperatures range from 60 - 80 F
    • Winter - temperatures range from 38 - 52 F
  • Beijing:
    • Spring - temperatures range from 33 - 69 F
    • Summer - temperatures range from 66 - 88 F
    • Fall - temperatures range from 46 - 67 F
    • Winter - temperatures range from 17 - 41 F
  • Hangzhou:
    • Spring - temperatures range from 54 - 70 F
    • Summer - temperatures range from 70 - 93 F
    • Fall - temperatures range from 59 - 82 F
    • Winter - temperatures range from 35 - 52 F
Packing Tips 
  • Most Chinese people hang dry their laundry so keep that in mind when packing clothes, consider clothes that don’t have to be washed frequently
  • Have clothes that mix and match well
  • ROLL your clothes! This allows you to fit more into a small suitcase
  • Keep one set of clothes and underclothes and toothbrush and toothpaste in your carry-on bag (you will thank us on your layovers!)
  • Remember that China may not have things you take for granted at home. Some things difficult to find are:
    • Your favorite deodorant – Western stores carry some brands but not many, local stores don’t sell it

    • Body lotion – it gets really dry in Beijing in winter

    • Face creams, cosmetics, any skincare products – Almost all brands are available, but the color palette is focused on the Asian type with pale skin and dark hair

    • Hair coloring supplies if you color your hair yourself and your base color is not black

    • Q-tips – You can buy them there, but the quality is just not the same

    • Coffee – it's more expensive there, plus usually no decaf

    • Vitamins

    • Over the counter medication (Ibuprofen, Advil, etc.)

    • Tampons/pads

    • Ibuprofen

    • Favorite snacks (Big brand name snacks and sweets are usually easy to get but some may not be)

  • ​Keep clothes that wrinkle easily on the top

  • Wear your heaviest clothing 
  • Keep in mind to wear shoes/jackets/belt that are easy to take off for airport security
  • Don’t wear a lot of jewelry or have a lot of change in your pockets for airport days
  • Weigh all your luggage prior to departure
What to Bring
  • A side bag that has a strap which goes around you / fanny pack
  • Kangaroo/inner wallet
  • 8 shirts, some casual and 1 or 2 nice ones for going out to dinner
  • 3-4 pants
  • 8 underwear
  • 1-2 jackets
  • 1 scarf (if going September - May, keep in mind they have cool ones there as well)
  • 1 pair tennis shoes
  • 1 pair nice shoes (for dinners and going out)
  • Toiletries (tuck these into the corners of the suitcase, or inside shoes and wrap them in plastic so nothing gets ruined if they spill)
  • Travel-sized hand sanitizer
  • 1 or 2 books or a Kindle
Suggested Luggage
  • 1 rolling check in bag (gold star if you do a carry on!), with maximum exterior dimension (length + width + height) of 62 inches and less than 50 lbs
  • 1 carry-on bag (small backpack or purse)
 
For the Kids
  • Chalk
  • Face cards
  • Other small games
  • A few easy-to-read books (Optional: it might be nice to leave these books with the family)
 
For the Family:
  • Gift - It is very polite and customary to bring a gift for your host family
    • Bring them something they can’t get in China
  • Some good ideas are:
    • A coffee table photography book of Utah/America (see the shop page for ideas)
    • Maple syrup extract
    • A nice picture
 
Airport Etiquette
  • Be prepared; have your itinerary, passport, ID, and wallet in a place easy to access
  • Exercise punctuality; be aware of time and arrive at least 2 hours early to the airport for international flights
  • If you have carry-on luggage, pack lightly and compactly 
  • Weigh all your luggage prior to arrival
  • Wait in single file and have all documents ready before it’s your turn
  • Respect personal space and be aware of your luggage and feet
  • Be the composed person in line ready to help someone if they need it, rather than the person who is disorganized
  • Wait patiently
  • If you see a senior citizen, disabled person, or pregnant woman always offer them a chair before you sit down
  • Listen and follow instructions and speak kindly to others
  • Keep your belongings to a minimum
  • When going to the restroom, carry your belongings with you into the toilet
  • Wash your hands
  • Remember that you represent both America and Rome Abroad
  • Be mindful of people around you and where their hands and eyes are
  • Speak kindly and use the words "Please" and “Thank-you”
  • Don't be scared to ask for help — if you need help, ask airport personnel, especially at help desk
  • If you do miss your flight, or it gets cancelled, talk to someone in an airports uniform or someone at the closest help desk to get the latest information so that you can adjust your plans and let your host family/Rome Abroad know about the delay
  • Hydrate yourself with water regularly during the flight and take a walk every couple of hours
  • If you don’t have a key code on your phone, set one up
  • Carry only the cash you need; we suggest using an ATM once every few weeks for what you need
  • DON’T flash cash and be inconspicuous about where and how much money you are carrying
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