You're finally getting ready to go to China to bring home your new baby. What a remarkable experience this should be! What will it be like? What do you bring? Now is the time to read as much as you can and ask your every question. Parents who have gone to China are happy to share their knowledge with you. Here are loads of tips to help your trip run smoothly:
What to Pack:
The first thing to consider is that you'll be carrying everything yourself, including a squirmy baby on the way back. So pack lightly. Each adult should have one check-in suitcase with a sturdy handle and wheels; one carry-on with a change of clothes and your documents; and a backpack for traveling around China and for holding all the baby gear you'll need on the ride home.
Bring an empty duffle bag to carry purchases, a luggage cart, an elastic luggage cord and fanny packs. Some people bring clothes they can discard in China to leave more room for souvenirs.
Second, you need to think about those important papers. How will you organize them and protect yourself against theft or loss? Make sure you have a safe place for your money; you'll be carrying a significant sum. Don't carry your passport or cash in a pocket or purse -- try a money belt. Make three copies of your documents -- one for each bag. Find a see-through plastic case (gallon-sized resealable plastic bags come in handy). Keep one set of documents with you at all times.
You will also need phone and fax numbers as well as email addresses of doctors and insurance companies in the U.S. You may need to call the airlines if it becomes necessary to stay longer. Prepare business cards and a list of phone numbers of family and friends to give to guides, your orphanage director and your caregiver.