Saturday, April 23, 2011
On the Next China Trip...
...I'd do a few things differently:
1. I'd bring a broader range of clothes for myself. I ran short of clothes for hotter weather and I needed about two more outfits. Part of this problem has to do with the fact that I don't have many clothes to begin with.
2. I'd have a firmer meal plan in mind right from the start. Lunch was a meal that was particularly hard to get because we were usually in the middle of going somewhere or doing something and then have to scrounge around. I'd find two or three food sources and plan ahead a bit to make sure I get to one at a set time. I guess the trick is to actually SCHEDULE meals. I found department stores had the best market areas with hot food to go.
3. Have fewer toys and a wider variety. One coloring book would have been enough, not three. One set of little toys, not two (still haven't opened the Pol-ly Pockets, but did get good use out of the Lit-tle Ponies), wish I'd remembered to bring my stacking cups (needed a larger, but compact type toy), buying the scooter was brilliant, bringing the beach ball was perfect, but I'd bring two next time since they get holes easily (thank heavens for duct tape). I didn't need so many toys because we were always on the go. There was plenty to do all the time.
4. Have definite help set up for the first few days home with two back-ups. If I could have gotten sleep in the first 48 hours, I'd have been perfectly over any jetlag; the timing of the flights was perfect.
5. I think I'd like to take the train to Hong Kong instead of fly out of Guangzhou.
6. If I have the time and money, I'd like to see Beijing and climb the Great Wall and I'd like to see Hong Kong for real.
7. I'd pack so that all like items are together. I didn't want to buy a bag/case for cosmetics/grooming and health-related itmes so I used several small bags, etc... and it was hard to keep track of what was where. I had one container for all the hardware, like duct tape, converters, rechargers, etc..., and I called it the tool box, and it was great. If I could have had a single container for grooming items, it'd have been better.
Things I'd do the same:
1. I did not pack a pharmacy of drugs. I had children's pain and fever reliever, motions sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea medicine, Neosporin, Boogie Juice (Alkalol), aspirin and motrin and that's all. I only used the aspirin and motrin for myself once or twice and that's it. I did have some Eucerine and used it on Jie Jie three times and it cleared up two dry skin patches that have not returned.
If I was adopting a baby, I'd bring something for yeast rash (anitfungal), two different diaper rash creams, and that's it.
2. Bring my Ergo Carrier and harness/leash!!! These were the most valuable things I brought.
3. Bring a box each of three different sized ziplock bags. I used these for everything!