Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Another Step on the Journey - Packing List and Other Information

Well we've turned the corner into February and the date of departure is fast approaching. As we continue preparations it is time to start thinking about what to pack (and what not to pack.) Here are some guidelines to help you decide.


•One medium size suitcase or duffel bag (to be checked through to Beijing)
•One carry-on (backpack for daily trips)

Carry-on Bag Restrictions

•No sharp objects
•No lighters or matches (you shouldn’t have them anyway!)
•No aerosol cans
•Small amounts (3 oz.) of liquid/gel-based products may be carried in a plastic bag (0ne quart zip lock!).


•All clothing should be in GOOD CONDITION! No holes, tears, patches….
•Classroom dress is expected. NO JEANS, even for the plane ride. Boys' shirts should be collared. Girls shirts must be long enough to tuck in and stay in-- bare midriffs or low cut shirts are socially unacceptable. All shirts must have sleeves; short sleeves are alright as well!

Suggested clothing:
-3 pairs of pants (dark in color is best)
-5 shirts
-1 light-weight fleece/sweater
-1 heavier fleece for layering while in Beijing.
-1 waterproof/windbreaker jacket.
-1 nice outfit, skirt/dress/or nice pants for girls, tie and sweater for boys.
-Undergarments and socks for 10 days
-One pair of comfortable shoes (you will be walking everywhere in China!)

Toilet Articles
-Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, brush, 6 small packets of tissues etc.


•Journal (to be distributed on bus)….you may want a personal journal in addition to your school journal.
•Digital Camera, extra memory cards. Extra batteries!
•Books and magazines
•A small bottle of hand sanitizer (pack in suitcase)
•Small head lamp for reading at night
•Personal music system—may be used when traveling, but NOT on tours or group activities.
•Host gift—Please see one of the chaperones if you are having trouble finding a gift!
•No Computers
•No Cell phones

•Comfort food—granola bars, crackers, trail mix…

****Remember that you will need to carry all of your luggage during our two long traveling days. Pack efficiently and as lightly as possible, you will want space to bring things home!

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