Packing List

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1. Documents

There will be a lot of procedures that need to be done at the start of the semester, hence, the documents below should be brought along with you together, and making a few official copies of them will be a wise decision.

  1. Passport with visa
  2. University offer letter – original and photocopy
  3. Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW101 or JW202) issued by the university – original and photocopy
  4. High School Graduate Certificate – original and certified copy
  5. High School Transcripts and Certificates – original and certified copy
  6. Passport and visa images (1 inch and 2 inches)
  7. HSK, IELTS / TOEFL Transcripts (if applicable) – original and certified copy
  8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (if applicable)
  9. Scholarship Letter – original and certified copy

2. Basic Necessities

Living Necessities

  1. Bed Sheet
  2. Pillow Sheet
  3. Blanket
  4. Hair Dryer
  5. Cloth


  1. Towel
  2. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  3. Body Wash and Shampoo
  4. Personal Toiletries
  5. Comb
  6. Tissue Paper
  7. Hanger and Clips


  1. Plates and Bowls
  2. Lunch Box
  3. Cups
  4. Spoon, Fork and Chopsticks
  5. Water Bottle and Thermal Flask

Electronic Gadgets

  1. Smart Phone
  2. Laptop or Notebook
  3. International Conversion Socket
  4. USB Drive
  5. Calculator
  6. Charger


  1. Milo, Coffee or Tea Bags
  2. Chips or Snacks
  3. Maggi Mee
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Seasoning Powder
  6. Instant Sauce 


  1. Personal Medications, Emergency Medical Box
  2. Stationery
  3. Folders
  4. Books
  5. Umbrella
  6. Embroidery Items
  7. Canvas Bag
  8. Locker

3. Clothing

The weather in Shanghai is mostly warm and humid, with the highest temperature 39.9℃ in year 2013, and lowest temperature -12℃ in 1977. It’s spring and autumn are shorter, while winter and summer are longer. Hence, it is suggested that you should bring a few clothing from Malaysia to Shanghai and buy more when you reach there depending on the season.

  1. Formal attire
  2. Casual wear
  3. Sports wear
  4. Underwear
  5. Socks
  6. Winter clothes (sweater, coat, scarf, masks, etc)
  7. Traditional clothes (if applicable) (for international culture events in school)

4. Prohibited Items

  1. Arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds
  2. Counterfeit currencies and counterfeit negotiable securities
  3. Printed matter, magnetic media, films, or photographs which are deemed to be detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China
  4. Lethal poisons
  5. Illicit drugs
  6. Disease-carrying animals and plants; foods, medicines, and other articles coming from disease-stricken areas
  7. Food items containing certain food colorings and additives deemed harmful to human health by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) 

Learn more here.

*The maximum cash that can be brought in and out from China by one foreigner is 20 thousand RMB.

5. Luggage Packing Tips

Checked-in baggage

  1. Umbrella
  2. Liquid more than 100ml
  3. Clothing, basic necessities
  4. Use thicker clothes to wrap food that are easily crushed as protection
  5. Add a baggage tag outside of your luggage to prevent it being lost or wrongly taken by someone else

Hand-carry baggage

  1. All liquid and their respective container has to be less than 100ml
  2. A few simple clothing, one sweater, stationery (excluding sharp items like scissors or blades), etc
  3. Important documents and items, power bank
  4. All electronic gadgets that include lithium battery
  5. The size and mass of the hand carry baggage should strictly follow the regulations of the flight of your choice