If you would like to travel unimpeded through China, the best way is to pack all your clothes and other necessities in one suitcase. Some tourists just want to bring only what they can easily carry on-board, however that may not work for your extensive trek in China. Whether you plan to pack your travel stuffs in a traditional suitcase or a carry-on suitcase, you can maximize your travel enjoyment by packing them carefully.
Learn the then weather in China when you plan to visit
When you plan to travel to China, you should know the weather and climate during your travel time. And the weather in north and south China differ greatly, especially in winter.
In the early spring of north China, the weather sometimes is changeable. It is still cold in the morning and evening but warm and sunny during other time of a day. And it even snows some time. While in the south China, the weather is very warm and the average temperature is nearly 20 degree centigrade. Some places of south China see a marked increase in rain time. Taking the Yangtze Delta as an example, heavy rain sometimes may result in floods. The weather in South China such as Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen is very warm and the day temperatures is above 25 °C.
In summer, it is hot and dry in northwest China. In central China (Yangtze valley area), the summers are typically uncomfortable, long, hot and humid. Wuhan, Chongqing and Nanjing are called as “threes furnace”.
Autumn is the best time to travel to the whole China. The weather is cool and comfortable. The autumn is the high-season for China tourism.
The winter in China’s north and northeast is from November to March/April of the following year. It is very cold. In the northeast China like Heilongjiang, temperatures can drop to -40°C. The temperatures in the most north China can fall to 0°C. But in the south China, the temperatures will not drop below freezing. It will still feel cold and wet.
Just take essentials
Whether you are going to trek in the Himalayas or explore the historical sites in Beijing or Xian, you need to make sure which essentials will be taken. You’d better bring a nice outfit even though you don’t think you need it because you never know what your China trip will bring your way. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary. Please include a towel and an umbrella besides some items of clothing. Although hotels offer towel, you will quickly clean yourself off if you get drenched by humidity or an unexpected down pour.
How to save space
Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This helps you save space and allow you to bring more clothes and can keep some room for your souvenirs. Take several plastic bags to help you separate the clean and dirty clothes. By the way, you don’t need to take a toiletry as most hotels offer it. In China, many public toilet don’t offer toilet paper so you should bring a roll of toilet paper.
How to pick items you will take for your China travel
Lay out on your bed the clothes you think you will need for your China trip and then pick only half of them. No matter what clothes you bring, please choose the items which are easy to wash and drip-dry and don’t need to iron. By the way, you should leave extra room for souvenirs you pick up during your China journey.