Friday, December 07, 2007

Packing for me

I'm looking for advice for me this time. 2 pairs of jeans, 3 sweaters, 2 sweat suits (wear 1 on plane), 2 pairs of PJ's, 2 pairs of long underwear, 1 fleece pull over, 1 winter coat, hat, gloves and scarf. The only shoes I am bringing I will wear. They will be my UGG boots. They are warm, waterproof and the only footwear that have NEVER given me blisters. I figure if I need tennis shoes I can buy them there? How does that sound??????

Good Grief!!! Only that for 14 days?????

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well...never been to China, and since I adopted my daughter from a warm, Central American location I can't really give any advice on the coats & cold factor.

HOWEVER, Lilly was close to Abby's age when I got her, and I went through every shirt I had, as well as jeans. (Washed them in the hotel sink). Kids fling food and spit up on everything at that age...so my advice is throw a couple extra turtlenecks or longsleeve shirts in the suitcase. Also, I found that taking a kitchen sponge (the kind where one side has those little scrubby plastic things) helped...I could wash bottles AND it was great for quickly getting the chunky food off my jeans. Graphic & gross? Yes, but that is mommyhood!!!! WELCOME TO THE COOLEST CLUB EVER!!!!!
-Carrie (&Lilly)

Lisa, Doug & Briana said...

I wish I could give some advice about traveling in the winter! All I know was when I traveled in July and August - I sweated so much that I had to change clothes a lot! I went through lots of T-shirts and shorts!

14 days - woohoo!!

Sandra said...

I'm afraid I can't give you much advice, since I traveled in the heat of the summer twice, but I would bring some extra tops (I agree with the whole kids spitting/spilling on you).

I am not sure about buying tennis shoes in China. I don't remember seeing them, but that doesn't mean you can't buy them there.

It is getting down to the wire!!!

Gail said...

I would probably bring some type of Tennis shoe with me.
Guangzhou is similar to Florida.
I traveled in October and Guangzhou was very warm and humid!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

I would pack a couple of tshirts to layer under the sweaters. Inside might be hot with climate control. That and a clingy DAUGHTER ! might make sweaters uncomfortable.

Carol and Taylor said...

Thrown in a couple short sleeve tshirts. Guangzhou had a warm snap and was in the 70's for a few days when we were there in Jan. Next few days, 50's. Think Miami! As a sz 9.5 gal myself, if you're shoe size is much bigger than an 8, you may not find them easily in china.

Steffie B. said...

I think it sounds fine! ;) You can always get your laundry done. We did and it came back fine!

Debz said...

I'm taking notes.....That sonds like it just might work. Less is better right!

chloesmama said...

Well...we traveled this time last year, and were in Guangzhou the whole time. You'll be very hot if you plan to wear the clothes you listed when you're in Guangzhou. I only took tennis shoes, and I opted for cotton shirts (like turtle necks or mock turtle necks). I had a baby carrier for Chloe, and I wanted to snuggle with her a lot, so I figured that fuzzy sweaters would get too hot too fast. If you have the jacket from your sweatsuit, you'll be able to layer, so I really wouldn't take the sweaters at all, or the boots either. Of course, if you're worried about being really cold (like in Beijing), then plan on thick socks, and the long underwear idea. Your long underwear could double for pajamas, if you need a second pair, but I'd say you're good with just one set. Pack LIGHT. You'll need luggage space. I have my packing list, if you're interested. (I'm getting too longwinded.) Just drop me a comment on my blog, and I can send it to you. You'll be better off if you just plan to have your laundry done for you in China--there are so many places that do it, and it's not expensive at all. Bring some capris and a short sleeved shirt for Guangzhou if you run hot. I'm always cold, so I was still OK with jeans and longsleeved shirts. Hope that helps! I'm so excited that you get to go soon! YIPPEE!!!

Anonymous said...

The man I work with said where you are going (15 miles from his home) is like Texas. You might get a couple of 40 degree days, but for the most part plan on 60-70 degrees.

The layering is a good idea as well. T-shirts don't take up much room and if Abby has stomach distress you will be thankful for a quick change.

The Uggs, while comfortable, may be a bit warm as well. My favorite running errand shoes are those non-gender slip on shoes with the rubber non-slip treads. I'll be wearing them out today and we rec'd 20+ inches of snow this past week. yeah, it's gonna be a long winter, but the firewood is stacked and the wine rack stocked. Bring it on Lake Effect Snow machine.

How exciting is all this??? I'm so happy for you.

Love,
Aunt Debbie

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I can't believe you leave in 14 days...
YEAH!!!!
Time is going fast...
Hugs to you..
Can't give you any advice.. but I am taking notes from you..
LOL

Tonya and Matt said...

How exciting keep all of of in waiting posted.

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

14 days....wow. How are the butterflies in your tummy.

With regard to the packing. We went in the heat of the summer and we live in Florida. What are these clothing items that you speak of?

Anonymous said...

if you have danskos from work- take those instead, or sneakers- but NOT new ones! only broken in ones. Uggs will be horrible to wear. mistake.
Agree with other advise on t-shirts, jeans etc. Hotel will be very confortable
Safe trip!!

Kim said...

I've not BTDT but I am taking 2 prs jeans, 2 nice warm up suit type suits, 3 t shirts to wear under them, 1 zip up sweatshirt, hat, scarf, gloves and two lighter weight sweaters. If you follow my travel blog you'll see if that works or not and if I start to complain lol

My trip is 11 days, three of those on a plane.

I am wearing tennis shoes and I am bringing a pair of canvas ballet slipper type shoes for the sweaters in the warmer areas. I am afraid big foot here won't be able to find shoes if I need them!

Abby's Mom said...

Why not Uggs? They are the only footwear that has never given me a blister when a lot of walking was involved.

OziMum said...

I have no idea about travelling in China (looking forward to your posts!!!) But I'd take 2 pairs of shoes, just in case something happened to your other pair. I don't know about you, but I have size 9.5 feet, and cannot buy shoes in Bali, coz they all have such weeny feet!
One thing I have read, and have experienced this in Bali, take your feminine products (whether you are expecting that or not!)- you'll have trouble finding what you want in China (and if you take a side trip to Bali, you'll have trouble there too!!!)

Woo Hoo! 14 Days! Christmas in China - Bring it on!!!

Marla said...

What you have listed there sounds good, I'd just add another pair of shoes and maybe a few t-shirts (or even 3/4 length sleeves) for Guangzhou. We traveled Jan 1-16 in 2004 and it was cold in Beijing (20's), a bit warmer but still pretty chilly in Hunan (40-50's and raining) and then 60's-70's in Guangzhou.

Eliza2006 said...

If I could do over I would have packed a couple pairs of jeans and enough shirts to change every day. Not sure if you'll need long underwear...Abby might be enough of an extra layer for you (i'm very warm blooded though)! Whatever you pack, you'll be fine. No matter what you'll be home in 2 weeks!!!

Tiffany