A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to China:
- Passport: Is it up to date? It must have at least six months' validity.
- Visa: Have you secured your Chinese visa?
- Vaccinations: Have you checked which shots you may need?
- Travel insurance: Are you covered?
- Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Subscribe to the latest Smartraveller updates for safety information on your destination.
- Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in China?
- Booking: Have you booked accommodation?
- Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
- Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around China, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
- Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
- Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps, or the CHOICE China travel guide onto your mobile?
- Medication: If you're travelling with prescription medication, do you have the original prescriptions and a letter of explanation from your doctor?
You can bring medication into China as long as it's a "reasonable amount for personal use". No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications
(even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining
what the medications are (using generic names), what they're for and dosage instructions.