Tips for Travel


  • Prior to your trip, order a type 1 China plug adaptor from Amazon. This will allow you to plug in and charge your devices. We recently bought a 3-pack for $7.

  • Prior to your trip check out what the weather will be like. It is ok to pack less clothing and wash at the hotel. You may find some great things to wear while there, so leave room in your suitcase.
  • Prior to travel notify your cell phone carrier of your travel and ask to add an International package to your plan. Also, notify your bank and credit card company.
  • Remember to print out and take your medication calendar and your medications with you in your suit case.
  • Limit the amount of liquids in your carry on. I always pack a small pack of wipies, tissues, a tooth brush and tooth paste, and a small travel size face wash.
  • Arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight. That way you can make sure to get to the correct International Boarding area and wait through the line and get through customs with time to spare.
  • Upon arrival, take your time. You will need to fill out a card on board for customs and have this and your passport ready to exit the airport. It is easier to keep these in hand or at least somewhere with easy access.
  • The airport should have a currency exchange There is a fee for exchanging currency. I usually will carry cash and exchange in the Beijing Airport. Some hotels and street markets also have exchange sites.
  • Once you get to your hotel unpack and relax. Then explore it! Check out what amenities are available to you. Enjoy and relax! 
  • Have the Hotel staff write on a business card in Chinese where you are going and have them call your Taxi. This will make it easy to show your driver where you want to go and then you will also have the return address on the card. Pay attention to your Taxi color. It will be the same color Taxi you will need to get back.
  • There is a large time difference. Ease yourself in to the new schedule. Be ready to need a short nap in the late afternoon. This is normal. It’s also normal to be wide awake at 3am.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your clinic questions about everything; from food, to culture, to medications, to transfer, to tour guides. They have a Public Relations person who will spend some time with you and show you the ropes.
  • Take tissues with you everywhere! Not all bathrooms have toilet paper.
  • If you like spicy food there is no spicy like China spicy. It will knock your socks off. If you don’t, stay away!!
  • Never go anywhere with anyone you do not know. Stay in crowded areas with others to be safe.
  • If meeting your Intended Parents is part of the plan, do not be nervous! They are just as anxious as you are.
  • If you have any questions after transfer, do not be afraid to ask. If you need anything while on bed rest, do not be afraid to ask. We are all here to help and support you. There are staff living near the hotel and clinic available to you at all times.
  • Transportation back to the airport will be arranged for you. It will come 3 hours before your flight leaves. Be packed and have your passport ready prior to leaving.