6. Packing List and Tips

Packing List and Tips

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Pack Light. This is best for traveling anyway as we board buses, trains and planes – so please ONLY onesuitcase and one carryon/backpack per person. Sally and I traveled for 11 years with our formerministry for 10-12 week trips using a 22 inch carry on bag each. 

Note: We may need to send several bags of craft supplies along with some of you, as yoursecond carry on. The details of this as needed will be shared later. 

The lists below are for reference only – a checklist to help you think through what you mayneed. You know your personal habits, likes and necessities. 


  • Bible—in your favorite translation. We will have the opportunity to buy Chinese/English Bibletranslations while we are overseas. 
  • Passport—make a copy of the first page of your passport AND of your China visa to bring too
  • Cash—to exchange for Chinese money. Most of your expenses are covered, with the exception ofout of pocket expenses (water or snacks) as you travel internationally. Bringing cash for souvenirs orother personal needs is helpful. $200 goes a long way. Especially once you learn to bargain. 
  • Debit or credit card—to use in case of an emergency. Make sure that you call your bank and tellthem you will be traveling to China, otherwise your card may be denied. 
  • Money belt or pouch around your neck—the safest place to keep your passport, money, contactnumbers while traveling
  • Student ID—If you have one, this reduces prices of some tourist site entry fees in China. 

What to Wear 

NOTE : Over our years of international travel, we have hand-washed our own laundry in sinksevery few days, and bring only 3-5 sets of clothes. Our hosts in every country have also beenamazed at all of the clothes the U.S. team members bring. You can virtually always bring lessthan you think!

  • Light rain jacket/Umbrella—for possible rainy days
  • One nice casual set of clothing—to wear at church and for meals with officials. Wear shoes withbacks on such occasions. 
  • T-shirts or other short-sleeved shirts or tank tops
  • Long-sleeved shirt—for a chilly morning
  • Shorts—of a modest length
  • Pants—you really only need one pair “just in case,” and remember jeans will not dry easily in thisclimate
  • Capris
  • Undergarments—even if everything else you are wearing is dirty, a clean set of these is great.  Recommendation: pack a lot
  • Socks
  • One-piece swimsuit
  • Hat—useful for keeping your head cool (and hiding greasy hair) 
  • Shoes
    • Flip flops (especially good for wearing in bathrooms and showers) 
    • Solid pair of sandals
    • Shoes you can hike in (my sandals and athletic shoes are both sturdy enough for this)  athletic shoes (for sports or?) 
    • (Shoes and sandals that are backless are not to be worn to church and nice dinners)   

**Weather in Hong Kong & Wuhan will typically be in the upper 80’s, 90’s, and low 100’s. 

**Clothing items that are a wicking fabric that dry quickly are especially good in this hot-humidclimate. Check out the fitness/workout clothing section of a place like Target. (People have broughtnormal clothing though and been just fine)

**Because of the sensitive religious environment, wearing t-shirts that explicitly proclaim Christ/Bibleverses is discouraged. 


General Note: Pack important medications in your carry-on in case there is any problem with luggage

  • Ibuprofen—or any pain reliever that works for you
  • Allergy/cold/flu medicine--know your own body and anticipate what it might need
  • Multivitamin or other daily medication—bring more than enough for the summer
  • Cipro or other anti-diarrheal medications—don’t leave home without it! A doctor can give aprescription for medication to treat traveler’s diarrhea, but over-the-counter meds work as well (i.e.  Imodium) 
  • Laxative
  • Dramamine—even if you typically don’t get motion sickness, some bus rides can be quite thechallenge... 
  • Z-pack or Arithomyacin (This is a course of general antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. We areencouraging people to bring these this year. You need a prescription, but then if you don’t use itduring the summer we can leave it in China for future camps) 


If your run out/forget anything, most of these are available to buy in China. Think travel sizes for all.

  • Washcloth
  • Towel—a normal towel will never dry. A small, lightweight towel is best—Packtowl brand works well
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss
  • Comb/Brush
  • Hair binders
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Contacts/Contact solution/Glasses/Lens cleaner
  • Chapstick
  • Handy wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex packets
  • Toilet paper—(Will probably only need one roll. Most public restrooms do not provide this, but we willprovide it at camp)  Any other personal items
  • Laundry detergent—not really a toiletry but since we will be washing our clothes by hand in sinks,  we’ll list it here. Find travel-sized packs OR...what we found to easiest last year...laundry bar soap.  Just remember to store it and any other potentially messy toiletries in... 
  • Ziploc bags—it is disappointing to find soap and shampoo all over your suitcase


Please be responsible with your valuable techie items. You are not required to bring any of these, butteam members in the past have brought them. 

  • Laptop and charger—we will have a team laptop you can access to contact home and write emails
  • Camera and camera battery charger
  • Flash Drive
  • Outlet converter and plug in—China uses 220V and not 110VExtra memory card
  • Kindle/Nook/Ipad—a great way to read books without the hassle and weight of packing them


  • Carry-on backpack
  • Pillowcase—instead of packing an extra pillow (pillows are provided), it can be easier to pack apillowcase and then stuff it with your own clothes as needed. 
  • Watch
  • Gum
  • Gatorade powder packets
  • SunglassesBook—a devotional book or other book for pleasure-reading when you need a break
  • Notebook – some people having a pocket notebook that’s easy to carry with you
  • Journal
  • Pens/pencils
  • List of contact numbers
  • Pictures of family and friends to show your students
  • Gifts for the other teams—ALWM will come up with a gift idea for our fellow counselors from Chinaand Hong Kong. You may also want to consider simple gifts for the students you will work with eachweek—bookmarks, thank you notes, small mementos from your hometown or school, etc.
  • Comfort food: 
    • Tea packets—water is often served HOT at restaurants, and available from water coolers.  Perfect for tea lovers. 
    • Granola bars—perfect for the days you need a break from Chinese food
    • Chocolate—savory snacks you and your team members will love; however, melts super easyin the heat. 
    • Peanut butter—difficult to find in a typical Chinese supermarket. Easy to pack in your suitcaseto save for a rainy day. 
    • Freeze-drieds – I found that there were days I was hungry, but just not craving Chinese food.  Freeze-drieds are a great way to get an actual meal that tastes American...and it’s super lightweight
    • Other snacks 
William Moberly