What to Pack as an International Student Moving to China

Preparing for a trip to China can be overwhelming, especially if you’re going as a student. To help new international students prepare for their move, our experienced team member Saskia offers some invaluable advice on packing and arrival.

To summarize, here are some essential tips and insights which you can use as a guide for your travel preparations. Watch the full video for all the useful information in detail.

Packing Tips

● Suitcase and Baggage Allowance

When booking your flight, be mindful of your baggage allowance. Different airlines have varying restrictions, so ensure you know the weight limits for checked and carry-on luggage. It’s advisable to pack light, as you’ll have access to laundry facilities in China and can buy affordable clothes there.

● Clothing and Weather Considerations

China has diverse climates depending on the region. If you’re heading to the north, pack for four seasons, including winter attire. In the south, the weather is generally hot, with occasional monsoons. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking around your university campus.

● Toiletries and Liquids

If you’re checking in your toiletries, there are no restrictions on liquids. However, if you carry them in your carry-on, each container should not exceed 100 milliliters. Ensure you comply with the regulations to avoid any hassle at security checkpoints.

● Documentation and Finances

Make copies of your passport, visa, and other essential documents. Store digital copies on your phone and carry paper copies as well. Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with using your card abroad. Carry some cash in Chinese RMB for immediate expenses.

● Electronics and Adapters

Check the plug types used in China and compare them to your country’s plugs. If they differ, purchase a universal adapter. It’s also wise to have a portable charger or battery pack for emergencies, as you may not always have access to charging facilities.

Arriving in China

● Cultural Adaptation

Be prepared for culture shock upon arrival. Language barriers and unfamiliar surroundings can be overwhelming. Consider downloading apps like Pleco and Baidu Translate to help you communicate and navigate Chinese characters. These apps assist with translations and can be valuable tools during your stay.

● Travel and Exploration

Pack a sturdy backpack for your adventures and bring a reusable water bottle. Airports often provide free drinking water, so having an empty bottle allows you to refill it without additional cost. Don’t forget travel insurance, which is mandatory for students in China. Consider getting short-term travel insurance to cover your journey until you register at the university.

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From managing your luggage to adapting to the culture, these tips will help you navigate the challenges and make the most of your time in this fascinating country. Safe travels!

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Kay is a marketing assistant at China Admissions. A "third-culture kid" based in Thailand, she has had lifelong exposure to international communities and has worked with top global brands. Having studied abroad herself, she encourages young minds to invest in their self-development and foster an appreciation for new countries and cultures.
Kay Marlowe

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