We suggest you pack
Medium/large sized rolling suitcase.
Black or earth-tone colored medium/large sized, quality, non-frame backpack
(this will be used as your carry-on for your overseas flight).
The size must be 35-40L.
While in Mainland China, your rolling suitcase will be stored in Hong Kong and you will have to pack all your needed personal supplies for the trip in your backpack. You will be pulling a rolling cart filled with Bibles.
You have the common sense to pack the basic clothing you need for such a journey but we will give you a few tips:
Hong Kong is warm in the summer but can get quite cool (and even very cold at night) in the winter. Check the internet for weather conditions of the city you are traveling to in China and prepare accordingly.
One of the most important things is to take is a comfortable pair of walking shoes (do not try to “break in” a pair of new shoes on the first day of your trip).
As you pack your wardrobe bring travel clothes that are “respectable looking”—like “student dress”. Do not wear “shaggy” T-shirts or worn-out clothing and be mindful of slogans and imprints that could be misunderstood. Because of the nature of our travel in China do not wear bright colors or extreme fashions, “earth-tone” colors are recommended. And, Of Course, all clothing should be modest and fit properly as the Chinese dress in very modest fashion.
What To Wear:
Respectable looking—“student dress”
Earth-tone colors are recommended for China travel
All clothing should be modest
Comfortable walking shoes (do not try to “break in” a pair of new shoes)
No t-shirts with slogans and pictures that could be misunderstood
No scary looking t-shirts
No spaghetti straps, tank tops, low-cut tops (no cleavage)
(There is a lot of bending over, packing etc. Wear higher necklines so you will stay modest during these times.)
Shaggy or worn-out jeans or clothing
Bright colors or extreme fashions (we blend-in in China)
Jeans with lots of holes
The only money you need to bring is personal spending money. Click Here to view the details of what the trip cost covers.
Cash – The best way to bring money is by USD cash. It can be easily exchanged and is readily available.
Credit/Debit Cards – can be used in only some places such as major restaurants and stores; but the more rural you go, they less these will be accepted. This is only recommended as a backup source of money because ATMs are sometimes hard to get to and most places do not accept credit cards.
IMPORTANT: if you do bring a credit/debit card, be sure to notify your bank that you are traveling to China and they will make a note on your account, otherwise when a charge is suddenly made “in China” the card agency will sometimes cancel you card as they think it was stolen.
It is very advisable not to wear a lot of jewelry into Mainland China. It would be wise not to wear diamond/gemstone jewelry or lots of gold or silver necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings. You will be like a walking “$” if you do and more susceptible to thieves and designing people. You, just being a “Westerner” will draw a lot of attention to yourself; it is wise not to increase it.
Band-aids (large and small)
Alcohol cleansing wipes
Cold & sinus pills
Acidophilus pills (good bacteria)
Vitamin C pills
Advil or Tylenol
Tums or stomach ache pills
Emergen C electrolyte powder drink packets
Other Items to Take
- Money belt or passport holder that you wear under your clothes
- Photocopies of your passport and Visa
- Toiletries, Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and small Kleenex packages
- Medications (Do not “count on” being able to buy any necessary medications either in Hong Kong or China. Bring a supply large enough to last you for the entire trip.)
- Personal Bible
- Photos of family, home, etc… (These can be very helpful to identify with the Chinese you meet)
- Portable phone/ipad charging pack
- Sealable travel mug
- Refillable Water Bottle
- Book, Card Games, Favorite snacks
- Towels (some of the places you stay will may not provide a towel for showering)
- Soaps & Shampoos (some of the places you stay may not provide soaps & shampoos)
- Earplugs (may be used during travel such as on the plane or train)
- Rubber Flip-Flops (may be used in some hotel bathrooms or showers)
- Laundry Bag (small)
- Umbrella (small)