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    Very cheap phone calls home!

    by lindyz Updated Jan 30, 2012

    Luggage and bags: If you happen to "over-buy" in Hong Kong then dont worry - you can buy a larger suitcase pretty much anywhere!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hong Kong has a tropical humid temperature most of the year, apart from mid winter. When we were here, temperatures ranged from about 30-35 degrees with about 80-90% humidity. So, basically as soon as you walk outside, you start to sweat! So, only pack light clothing, you will NOT need a jumper or jacket, unless you are visiting mid winter. And dont pack too much clothing either, as laundry is so cheap to get done here!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I usually pack all my toiletries and medicines and take them from home. But if there is something you have forgotten to pack, they are readily available everywhere in Hong Kong. Watsons is the main largest chemist we saw where you can get anything you need from. Also some smaller chemists too.

    Photo Equipment: There are sooooooo many photographic shops in Hong Kong. I am not too sure what the prices are like as we did not look or ask, but Id say they are pretty good. I am not even sure if you bargain in these stores or not, but there were always plenty people in the stores.

    Miscellaneous: I usually pack an old unlocked mobile phone with and buy a local sim card in the country I am visiting and I did this for Hong Kong too. I was advised to buy a China Mobile sim card and these are readily available on the streets, I think 7-Eleven is the best place to buy the sim card. Cost of the sim card I bought was only $60HK which had a small amount of credit on it. Credit is easily topped up at 7-Eleven also. We found that phone calls from our mobile using the China Mobile sim card were amazingly cheap, it was absolutely ridiculous!!! Phone calls to a land line in Australia worked out to cost something like Australian 3 cents per minute!!! I kid you not. We made a 5 minute phone call to an Australian landline and it cost only HK$1.25 which worked out to be 3c per minute. However, we did make one phone call to an Australian mobile phone number and that call chewed through all the credit .... so DONT make calls to mobile numbers! But basically phone calls to landline numbers were so amazingly cheap, we actually could not believe how little it was costing for us to stay in contact with children and family back home.

    The sim card we bought was called "Peoples IDD Talk prepaid Sim Card" and the cost was only $60HK.

    Also make sure you take a calculator with you, or if you dont that you buy one in HK. Otherwise the exchange rate can get a bit confusing, unless of course you are a mathematician haha!!!!!

    Download the MTR map and cover with contact or laminate it. Make it pocket size so that you can take it with you when out on the street. Even though there are MTR maps in each station, its always handy to have one with you at all times, as MTR stations can get a little bit confusing .... AS THEY ARE HUGE!!!!!!

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    Lite Travel

    by walterwu Written Jun 1, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Not much clothing is needed if you are going there in the month of May. It is hot and humid with intermittent rainfall. Keep Luggage and Bags to a minimum. Plenty of bags that can be purchased at the Ladies Market if you need for bags for the shoppings.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoe is required if you are on free-n-easy. A few set of clothing for change when they are wet by end of day due to the hot and humid weather.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Where I was staying, there at least 2 pharmacy type shop within 2 minutes walk.

    Photo Equipment: Good tripod if you intend to take pictures of the night scene and light display from Tsim Sha Tsui.

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    The More The Merrier!!!

    by Marisola Written Feb 10, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: I am not a light traveler. There is always more to bring home with you! Bring two suitcases on the way there, with one inside the other for souvenirs on your way back! It is also great to have a separate camera bag, for easy access! We want to see all of your photos when you return!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There is a rainy season in Hong Kong, so bring an umbrella! Layers of clothing are always best! You never know what the weather will be!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring vitamins for the heavy toll of traveling, and something for a headache.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't forget your sunglasses!

    Miscellaneous: Something to read is always good on the plane! Always have business cards on hand to keep contacts! Keep a journal so you can remember tips to write for VT!

    Time to Go!
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    three pronged plug (A MUST!!!)

    by barbie_sunrise Written Sep 22, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: I am confidently sure that 99.9% of vt members loves to take pictures and video's. I'm part of that great percentage. The biggest mistake that i have done when i went to Hong Kong is not knowing the electrical voltage in HK which is 220 volts AC, 50HZ. Electrical outlets HK specially hotels take a three-pronged plug. Well, i missed a lot of things to put in my video, the symphony of lights and our trip going to HK disneyland. I failed to take video of Disney's fireworks and The Lion King. This is so depressing, my battery is drained. I had the chance to buy a cheap adoptor in Night Market but whooolllaaahhh.... it does not fit to my videocams outlet. Anyways, im looking forward to go back to HK and putting this in my packing list. Hope you too be cautious with this fellow VT members.

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    Hand Carry Bag.

    by Princess_Emily Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: This tip is for a hand carry bag, not everything that we will be taking with us will be going in the suitcase. Important items to carry with you would be IE.. wallet, cell phones, cameras, passports, pens for filling out the customs form before arrival, your favorite stuffed animal, and other valuables. On most of, if not all, the major airlines the flight attendants usually have some kind of activities gift for kids just in case the little ones loose interest in the on-board entertainment center.

    Miscellaneous: Keep in mind the limited size and number of bags you can carry with you, Most airlines will charge you an extra fee for having to many or over-sized bags in the cabin with you.
    I would recommend checking with your air carrier about what is allowed and what's forbidden to be carried on the aircraft.

    Maya and my hand carry bag. My Disney Trading Pins. Pens and passports. Something comfy to slip into during the flight. Maya keeping an eye on my trading pins.
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    220 volts AC

    by TRimer Written Aug 6, 2007

    Miscellaneous: The standard electrical voltage in HK is 220 volts AC, 50HZ, so you will need an adaptor for your 100-volt appliances and electrical equipment if you are visiting from the US. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged plug.

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    Hot & Muggy some of the time

    by TRimer Written Aug 6, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One of the things I remember from living in HK is that it was so humid during the summer months that the walls dripped. We could not leave bread outside our refrigerator for a few hours or it would get moldy. So, if you are visiting between March and August, bring a change of clothing as you will be soaked outside. In the winter, a sweater or light jacket is preferred. Our flat did not have central heat, so it sometimes got a little chilly.

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    Things to bring in summer

    by stefantung Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: An umbrella is a must ! There is usually rain in summer in Hong Kong. If you go to the countryside, it is better to get a spray for anti-mosquitos.
    Oh ! I haven't bring all the stuff ! No worries. There are thousands of shops which can get them all, like 7-Eleven, supermarkets and convenience stores.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hong Kong is hot in summer, usually it reaches 33C in daytime. But in the night time, the weather may drop to 25C, especially during raining time. Bringing a sweater is a smart choice.
    By the way, some shops and plazas are air-conditioned, which can reach 15C ...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All these stuff can be bought easily within a to-minute walk. There should be a convenience store or supermarket nearby, even if you are in the countryside! So, just bring some medicine for emergency.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera with a night mode ! It is easier for you to get beautiful photos from the peak.

    Miscellaneous: Bring enough money to Hong Kong ! I am sure you need to do a lot of shopping in Hong Kong ~~~

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    Handkerchief and bottled water - bring both

    by Phildagr8 Written Oct 3, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Pack one suitcase inside the other, and pack the inside case with clothes, etc. You'll probably buy more clothes as they are less expensive, and then you'll have a spare suitcase to fill up!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring comfortable shoes that you can spend the whole day walking. Make sure you have good laces and tread on them. You don't want to try and replace a broken shoelace as your day begins to unfold.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a handkerchief. If you're in a hotel, bring a face washcloth. The air can be smoggy and you'll appreciate being able to wipe your face with something clean.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure your camera strap is firmly attached to the camera. Don't put it in your back pocket where a pick-pocket can steal it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are visiting during the Rainy Season, bring an umbrella. Find out when the rainy season is. You'll want to avoid it and the months afterwards. I call them the 95 degree, 95% humidity days.

    Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water with you. Don't fill your empty water bottles with tap water or you'll get sick. You'll thank me later.

    The smog can get thick. You can barely see the dom
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    extra foldable luggage bag

    by pamychan Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: other than ur main luggage bag, u should also carry with u a foldable luggage bag in case u buy too much and cant fit all the stuff in ur main luggage. this is very likely to happen and hong kong is well known for being a shopper's paradise. this is important coz the airport personnel just refuses to allow u to check in plastic bags. we had a totally unglam experience of having to open up our luggage and trying to squeeze our last minute shopping into the luggage right in the middle of the airport.

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    Luke, use the Deoderant...

    by Bela_LUng Written Nov 17, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's usually hot and humid there so wear lite clothing. And when it rains....well, have an umbrella on you!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deoderant! Seems like a rare thing in Hong Kong. While I was there the humidity made me sweat like a pig roasting.

    Also, most hostels do not provide towels, so bring your own or buy them there (el cheapo quality but cheapo prices too).

    Miscellaneous: Sandals! You will love them in Hong Kong. Hot western shoes suck when your toes are swimming in toe jam.

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  • Good news to UK residents! (wall sockets)

    by NoFuture Updated Aug 15, 2004

    Luggage and bags: You may want to leave room for the stuff you buy in HK, or take an extra empty bag.

    Make sure any handbags are secure (ie. have good zips that are hard to open for a pickpocket).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a jumper or cardigan because there is air conditioning EVERYWHERE and you may get cold.

    In summer I wear jeans and t shirts, cool enough for outside but you don't get too cold in air conditioned places. Also, strappy/revealing tops are generally frowned on and you may get stared at (unless worn for beach/evening etc)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy these quite easily and cheaply from reliable chain stores (Watsons, Mannings, Sa Sa, Park n Shop, Wellcome etc), so unless you require some personal specific medication, you do not need to bring any. However if you do not speak Cantonese it may not be easy to ask for the medicine you want as it may be behind the counter and you may not recognise the packaging. Some US brands are sold. (Pepto bismol, I think).

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera if you have one. (Or buy one here, they're quite well priced, go to a chain store like Fortress though, NOT Nathan Road). Film is cheap, developing film is significantly cheaper than the UK so bring extra films that need to be developed! (Go to Fotomax). They also give you a free photo album.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan to swim or go to the beach take swimwear, towels etc. Though, this is easy to buy and cheap in HK.

    If you plan to go hiking just take comfortable clothes and shoes.

    Miscellaneous: Hong Kong has the same electrical wall sockets as in the UK, so no adaptor required!

    Umbrella: In summer you NEED one:
    1. It rains and there are typhoons
    2. You'll want to shade yourself in the hot sun. Sounds odd to UKers, but loads of Chinese people do it there and you will not get stared at. Better than getting sunburn, I say.
    But, you can again buy one very cheaply from Watsons or a local market so don't worry about bringing it with you.

    Mosquito repellant. You need it in summer.

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Mar 30, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Hong Kong is a large city and if you are not getting picked up at the airport and dropped at your hotel door then I suggest you don't bring heavy, awkward suitcases. I did this once... never again! For those who just HAVE to use a suitcase then those groovy newer ones with the wheels are hard case are perfect. I used a backpack on my later trips through Hong Kong as I take the airport bus and a backpack is more convenient.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hong Kong is very hot and humid in summer. Bring appropriate clothes for these conditions. I was also in Hong Kong in spring. It was still pretty warm then too!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you could possibly want can surely be found somewhere in this city! Hong Kong is great for stocking up on Chinese Herbal medicines too!

    Photo Equipment: Thinking of buying photo equipment in Hong Kong? Then check out this site which has some good advice:
    Photo Shops in Hong Kong

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I don't think many people come to Hong Kong to go camping... you never know though! I personally didn't see this kind of equipment anywhere.

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    Bring Water!

    by coolpanda87 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Hong Kong can be a very hot place, & you could be walking a lot, especially in the wilderness areas. In urban areas, there are plenty of places to purchase beverages, but many country parks are not serviced by any retailer. So make sure to bring lots of water, for a dry throat in Hong Kong can be hard to stand.

    When you buy water, beware, for some places may sell you contaminated/ unclean water that has been illegally shipped in from Mainland China or another South Pacific country. Some even take used water bottles & fill it up with tap water! (Tap water in Hong Kong is not safe enough to drink if it is not boiled) The best place to buy water is to purchase it at ParkN'Shop, Wellcome, or any trusted large scale retailer in Hong Kong. If there isn't one around, make sure you check if there is original packaging, & that the cap has not been opened or been tempered with.

    Watson's Water
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    Bring a towel!

    by coolpanda87 Updated Jan 31, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Especially in the late spring & summer, the temperature in Hong Kong hovers around 25 - 40 degrees Celcius, & humidity stays around 80- 100%, so remember to bring a towel when you go out so you can wipe the sweat of.

    Like most sub-tropic & tropic places, you will sweat almost immediately once you walk out of the airport. However, unlike many places in Asia, most of Hong Kong's shopping centres & indoor public areas have sufficient airconditioning, so you can escape the heat wave in there. The only time that indoor malls heat up is when it gets too crowded(when you are practically immobile), especially at places like Shatin Centre...

    Towels :   )
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