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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pack for a Trip to China#1

China is a very interesting and thrilling place to visit. There are a few key things that you need to be sure to bring with you, and some tips that can help you along your way.

1. Arrive prepared in China. Though there is shopping on every street corner, many of the things you may be used to may be unavailable to you in China. Bring toilet paper as most restrooms will not provide this. Plan ahead by saving toilet paper, in advance of the trip. Each time you have a partial roll left, place this in a baggie and toss it into your suitcase. Six to eight small rolls will last a family of four through a two week trip. Take only a key to your house or a car key with you. Leave all others at home.
2. Bring Pepto Bismol and Immodium chewables. Water quality in China is very poor and you may develop slight intestinal problems if you use tap water to brush your teeth or if you eat vegetables which have not been cooked after having been rinsed in tap water.
3. Bring clothes according to what season you are traveling. China gets VERY HOT in the summer, and quite cold in the winter. Bring plenty of clothes, but remember you can always find a laundromat to get your clothes washed. Beware, however, some laundry places use detergent that can irritate your skin if it is sensitive.
4. When you take a shower, be careful not to get any water in your mouth. It tastes normal, but could easily make you sick. Always brush your teeth with bottled water.
5. Consult your physicians in advance of travel. Physicians will prescribe antibiotics for you and advise you as to when to use the medicine. Be sure to have your prescriptions filled before your trip. China requires that you present a letter from your doctor indicating the need for the use of any psychotropic medicines you might be taking. Bring antibiotics and any other prescriptions you will have to take during your travel. Count enough for your days of travel, plus a few spare pills. Bring all of this in the original prescription container.
6. Write the contact information for each of your doctors on an index card and take this with you during your day trips in the event you have a medical problem, and need to call home.
7. Stock a hip pack for each member of your party with a small roll of toilet paper and a small bottle of hand sanitizer Enclose also a granola bar, some cough drops, as and some gum. These will come in handy as you travel around town.Include a flashlight since electrical blackouts can happen at any time, and you might find yourself in a dark room.
8. Take Travelers Checks, and some cash, as credit cards are not accepted by many restaurants and shops. Bring a security pack which will allow you to keep any return flight or train tickets and your travelers checks, credit cards, and or cash, safely attached to your person, underneath your clothes. This way you can keep essential items safe if there is no safe in your hotel room.

This is some Tips for trip to China

* Decide where you want to go, and do research before you leave. Know the general weather for the season and location you will be. There's nothing more miserable than being dressed for the wrong weather. Also, it is important that you dress conservatively. Long pants and nice shirts and tops are good.
* Read several histories of China to make the sights more comprehensible. Bring your guide books with you so you can read them on the airplane and in your hotel room so the information will be fresh in your mind.

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