When you pack for China, there are a couple things that you should make sure to bring. While you can get most everything in large Chinese cities, the following 3 items may not exist, or be the brand youre used to.
Deodorant / Antiperspirant
Most westerners I know use deodorant or antiperspirant every day, and hardly any Chinese do. Maybe its a genetic sweating issue, or maybe a cultural one, but youll be hard pressed to find your favorite brand in the Middle Kingdom. And, trust me, in the 95+ degree heat of the summer, youre gonna need it.
2. Stomach pills
These are the pills you take when you have diarrhea, stomach cramps, or the like. In the US, Pepto Bismol and Imodium fall into this category. Being in any new country can play havoc on your stomach, and China is no different. You may find yourself being able to tell how clean a restaurant is solely based upon after affects. So, bring several bottles of varying strengths, and youll be able to conquer any problem faced.
So, maybe you dont floss right now, but use your move as an opportunity to start. Flossing prevents gum disease and removes stuff stuck in between your teeth. Also, flossing is important for preventing bad breath, and whats more of a turn off when meeting new people in an international city than some stanky breath.
Luckily, the above items wont take up too much space, so can fit in between all your other larger items. Depending on how long youll be staying initially, stock up on a several months supply of floss, pills, and especially deodorant.
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