DOCUMENTS

It’s really important that you bring all your original documentation with you when coming to China. Once you’re here, you can make copies and use them later for minor things but just in case you need to change job or provide your originals which is very likely, you might want to make sure that you get everything in check by the time your flight is due to leave.

– DEGREE
– CRB CHECK
– CV
– TEFL/CERTIFICATES
– REFERENCE LETTERS
– MEDICAL NOTES
– INSURANCE DOCUMENTS
– CONTRACTS
– RECEIPTS (flights, degree etc…)

MONEY

Prepare to budget for between 150rmb – 250rmb per day (£17-£28). This is a very generous budget and based on the first few weeks in Shanghai. However, I would say that if you’re in a smaller city or somewhere rural, then this budget would drop considerably.

The main things you have to prepare yourself for are those moments of cluelessness. What to eat? Where to shop etc etc… Hopefully, our blog will help you  with such obstacles but being hungry, not knowing what to eat and just settling for a mcdonalds is very easily done. It takes time to adapt so don’t forget to budget realistically.

– CASH
– CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS (VISA)
– IBAN NUMBER AND INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER INFO
– ONLINE BANKING APP/DETAILS
– BANK CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBERS

It doesn’t take much to explain the importance of having all your information stored and ready should you need it. I take pictures of all my documents, save them in different places like my email address, my phone and my computer, just in case.

I returned to China in 2014 after a two year break and to cut a long story short, I was totally unprepared and seemed to forget some very important things. Don’t be me, don’t neglect your needs.

CLOTHES

So what should you pack in your suitcase? This is obviously to your own personal preference and something I couldn’t possibly tell you what to pack but bear in mind that winters are very cold and the summers are very hot!

As a bigger framed guy, I found clothes difficult to come by in smaller cities but not so much in places like Shanghai and Beijing. The good news is that, bigger people exist in China too and there are definitely places that you can shop for nice, quality clothes.

LANGUAGE

When you arrive in China, the first thing that’s going to hit you is the fact that you are now having to struggle for the simple things that in your life, have always been easy to find and obtain. Be sure to think about how you intend to communicate once you arrive

– GOOGLE TRANSLATE APP

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This might possibly be the most important aspect of travelling to China and making sure you are prepared, could save you some serious discomfort or even your life.

– MEDICATION FOR EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS
– FLU AND COLD RELEIF (Lemsip etc..)
– HAND SANITIZER
– TRAVEL/HEALTH INSURANCE
– VACCINATIONS (Some are Optional)
– MEDICAL HISTORY DOCUMENT

Only you know what you are like and only you can decide what to bring. Just be aware that over here, you can get most basic western medicines but if there’s a chance to stock up on your own, then it’s worth bringing what makes you feel comfortable when you’re sick or feeling down.

Whenever I go home, I always stock up on lemsips for the winter months so just remember to think about yourself before coming over.

ELECTRONICS

Who doesn’t own a computer or phone? The two things you’ll need more than anything when coming to China, if not for lesson plans and school related research, then at least for you sanity!

– LAPTOP
– UNBLOCKED SMART PHONE
– CAMERA (Optional)
– USB STICK WITH MUSIC AND FILMS
– PLUG ADAPTOR (UK – China)