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5 Things You Need To Have With You In China

Traveling to China can be completely different from anywhere else in the world. Unlike in North America and Europe, where traveling from country to country can be quite similar, in China not only is the country unique from those around it, separate regions of the country can have different customs. Here are 5 things you will definitely need in China.

1) Tissue Paper

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Source: Aliexpress

One of the many quirky things about China is the lack of toilet papers in public washrooms. In nicer upscale shopping centres and restaurants there may be, but most of the time the washrooms are not stocked with toilet paper. Therefore, make sure you carry around some toilet paper or a packet of Kleenex everywhere you go. And if you run out don’t worry, every convenience store sells little packets of Kleenex for those situations.

2) Anti-bacterial wipes/Hand Sanitizer

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Source: Wonderpolis

No one wants to get sick during a trip and although China is fairly well developed, the health standards and regulations are not as up to date as in North America. Making sure to carry anti-bacterial products is a great way to prevent you from catching any sickness. Also along with toilet paper, many restrooms don’t have soap to wash your hands, so make sure you have hand sanitizer to clean your self.

3) Basic Medicine kit

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Source: Weekendnotes

China is quite different from other parts of the world. With all the pollution in the air and drastic change in environment your body may not react well to it. Make sure to bring some basic cold medicine, aspirin, etc… in case you start feeling unwell. Although China does have medicine you may not be able to find the brands you like or it’d be hard to identify. Also, because of the pollution and dust, China’s air can be quite dry, so make sure to pack some eye drops and lip balms to keep you hydrated.

4) Hotel Business card

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If you don’t speak Chinese well, a must have is the business card of where you’re staying. After a day of touring and you want to go back to your hotel you can easily ask people to point you in the right direction. More so for if your lost somewhere at least you have the option to hop into a taxi and give this card to the driver. So make sure to get your accommodations business card or just written down so you have it handy.

5) Disposable Utensils

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Source: brenmarco

Back to the issue of sanitation, a lot of times if you choose to eat street food (which you definitely should try), they may not provide you with utensils or it might be unsanitary. That’s why it’s smart to carry around a few disposable utensils like forks and knives, especially if you can’t use chopsticks! Useful even at small restaurants where they might not have forks or you want to be extra careful not to get sick.

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Monica Guan

Monica Guan

Monica is a Canadian-Chinese travel blogger and marketer that has spent time in beijing, nanjing, guangzhou, shenzhen, hangzhou,and xitang, shanghai. When she isn't watching YouTube videos, you can find her writing or creating videos.
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