What does a 66 year old backpacker wear in China?
22.09.2015 - 18.10.2015 26 °C
Preparing is arduous.
I am using the same frameless backpack I took on my 89 day journey in 2012.
It qualifies as carry on and expands a bit if I check it coming home. In addition I have now borrowed a very light weight daypack from my son. It also expands if I want to bring back souvenirs in my carry on.
I pack and then edit. I can't rely on finding things to wear on the trip as compared to the local population I am an oxe. That happens to be my Chinese Zodiac sign. Rhea is a monkey.
I took, including what I wore, 2 pairs of capri pants and one pair of slacks, one sweater, one lightweight rainproof jacket, 5 tops, one pair of shoes, socks and underwear and a baseball cap. One top and a pair of leggings were my pjs. Almost everything was black.
Other things I packed and comment on are:
- tylenol for colds and flu - used these
- Polysporin and band aids - never used but just in case
- antibiotics just in case - used these!!
- ibuprofin, imodium and allergy pills - used them all!
- toilet paper - used, rarely supplied at public washrooms but you could just grab some from your hotel every day.
- A couple of sleeping pills just in case - did not use
- ear plugs - used a few times
- face masks for smog and germs - never used, well once as an eye ask to sleep
- purifying water bottle - not needed only drank bottled water
- inflateable pillow - used
- hand sanitizer, sunscreen, deet, bb cream, lipstick and mascara, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste - used
- p standing up gadget - never used, easier to squat
- plastic forks - used - I can't knit either and using chopsticks is a talent beyond me.
- granola bars - ate them up in first four days
- Cell phone for wifi and pictures (did not have phone service) and a tablet for backup. Handy for looking up hotels, points of interest, general entertainment when you can't sleep.
- chocolate, T-shirt for gifts - only gave away the t-shirt, super enjoyed eating the chocolate!!
- The jury is still out on the packable down jacket - I took it, brand new and lost it sometime during the first three days, never wore it but not only would it have been welcome in Pingyao, it would have been great back home!!!
- moleskin for blisters just in case - Rhea used the moleskin to make her shoes smaller.
- Reading glasses and bifocals.
- Eyeglass prescription just in case. I lost my reading glasses before our Hainon Airline flight left Seattle so wore bifocals during the trip and did not purchase glasses but glad to have the prescription along.
- 2 super compact survival towels, activates with water, size of a matchbox when dry. We always had towels at hostels and hotels, did not use.
- flat iron - hot and humid, so kind of a waste of time but used it every day.
- Pen and small noteblook - really handy for asking someone to write something for you in characters.
- Coffee packets for instant coffee - used them all!!
This was my uniform, I wore it the most, due to comfort:
- a pair of fold up ballet flats to wear on planes and trains. Two days into the trip I threw them out as they were not comfortable and were taking up room in the backpack.
On day 8 of our trip we purchased suitcases with 360• wheels, so much easier to move and walk with them, not much cobblestone in China or at least not where we went.
Temperature during the day averaged 26 degrees C and cooled off after the sun went down.
In retrospect a loose cotton dress would have been cooler.
I took wrinkle release spray but did not need as it was so humid.
Keep in mind the time frame was 22 Sept to 18 Oct and even Beijing had temperatures of about 26 degrees C, some days a bit warmer. We hadn't expected it to be so hot!!
I could have managed with one less top.