Gearing up to go to China, one of the challenges in the next few days prior to my departure is deciding what and what not to pack. Packing is a touchy subject because it is a balancing act. Pack too much and you’re stuck lugging that 100 pound (I guess I should finally get acquainted with grams/kilos) suitcase everywhere you go. Pack too little and you risk not having what you need when you need it.
Last time I went to China for four months I packed one large rolling duffel. I had a little over a week’s worth of clothes (mostly light weight for the southern China), my tech equipment (camera, comp, cables, etc.), a bunch of English books, all kinds of OTC drugs, and a few other odds and ends. Even with just one bag, it was quite a pain of lugging stuff around. I ended up leaving all the English books in China for the return trip, but I don’t regret bringing all that paper because the books kept me sane.
This trip goes for sixth months (at least) and will cover weather ranging from extreme cold to hot/humid. I intend to pack one large travel backpack this time (ooh, how graduation-trip-to-Europe is that!). But this could get tricky. I need a heavy jacket and boots for the cold of Beijing but also dress clothes.
I already have an ongoing list that takes into account “less-is-more” but any suggestions from the comment gallery?