When you go on vacation, deciding what to bring to a foreign country is hard. Knowing what you will need for a whole year is even more difficult. Lets face it, packing a suitcase is a long, boring process. Many people, especially those with a tendency to over pack, have a hard time choosing what to bring or leave behind. Worst of all, what if you forget something important, but it’s too late! Going to China is no exception. So how do you balance your packing list by packing light and bringing over important items?

To start, you can find every type of product in China and in general they are very cheap. This makes it easier to buy items you would need just by visiting a nearby convenience store. By deciding to buy certain daily necessities once arriving in China, you will make more for more important things and avoid carrying a heavy suitcase.

Some of the easily found items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, clothes (though you should pack at least one suit or nice dress for special occasions), shoes (unless you have huge feet, then you may have to spend more to buy foreign brands), hair dryers, jewelry, electronics, and accessories (sunglasses, watches).

All of these can be found, if you search carefully, at a decent price. Daily items such as toothbrushes, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc., can be found almost everywhere. So don’t bring a huge tub of shampoo and soap. Travel sizes are fine until you make your first shopping trip.

For clothes, jewelry, electronics and others you can go to a “cheap goods market” or if you are looking for better quality, a shopping mall in your area may have what you are looking for.

There are pharmacies in China, but many people choose to bring their favorite over the counter cold medicines with them. Other harder to find items include deodorant, large bath towels, and tampons. Ladies should refer to this <article> for a more detailed description of product availability.

It is recommended not to bring too much stuff in your suitcase since you are bound to buy a lot in China to bring back home. When people don’t follow this advice, they end up having more stuff than they know what to do with and may need to sell extra belongings or mail things home. Think about your essentials when you pack and try not to go overboard.