Trip preparations and packing list

Clothing:

It is essential to respect the local customs/traditions with the clothing that you pack.  Please respect this and pack modest clothes.  You will be asked to change your clothes if these guidelines are not followed. This is extremely important!

Please note there are no laundry facilities on this trip, however you can hand wash your clothes if necessary. Most people make the mistake of bringing too much clothing.

Travel light – you are away for one week. Pack only one bag/suitcase to check in and one carry-on bag/backpack. Best to have identification tags on your luggage.

Essential
Clothes appropriate for the climate and season (November in Chengdu sees a high of 16 and a low of 10 degrees)
2 Long trousers (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel).
2 Long Shirts (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel)
Fleece or sweater – you might get a little cool in the evenings as the temperature dips to a low of 10 degrees
2 Shorts (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel)
5 T shirts. (Please, no offensive slogans or images.)
Light rain jacket
Comfortable footwear to wear during free time
Sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes also suitable for work site
Durable trousers for work site
Flip flops
Undergarments/ daily essentials
Sunglasses and hat
Pyjamas
Personal hygiene products (tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Sunscreen and insect repellent
Any medication you normally take (with the prescription clearly indicated. You will need to talk to your trip leader about this)
Torch
Reusable water container
Sufficient money (in USD, or local currency) for souvenirs, shopping, soft drinks and snacks

DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT and two printed copies of your Visa  If you have more than one passport, make sure you bring the passport that you gave a copy of to school to use in buying your airline ticket.

Technology:  You do not need technology on this trip.  If you would like to bring your phone/ipod that is ok, we ask you to be considerate and thoughtful in relation to your use of the technology, particularly when we are at the village.

Spending money:   A visit to the local market in on the itinerary the local markets  and the students will have an opportunity to make purchases. We recommend a budget of US$10 to US$20 per day is sufficient.  It is advisable to bring all of your money in form of cash.  The trip leaders will not be responsible for safe-guarding the money.

Valuables: Like most places in the world, you need to be security conscious whilst travelling in China. Please do not bring unnecessary valuables along with you such as jewellery or expensive watches. Although all care and attention will be exercised, teachers will not look after your valuables. Make sure your day bag is secure with a zipper rather than a flap to close it. There have been cases of phones being stolen by pickpockets from open bags.