TRAVEL INFO . . .
Generally speaking, even though we are going for a month, you should pack lightly! You will have the opportunity to wash clothes in Qufu and will have to wash some by hand in Hohhot. Most of
our travel in China will be by air and the weight restrictions are pretty tight. There is no point in getting monster bags to bring enough clothes to last you the whole four weeks. The overweight charges in China
are very, very high.
Based on my personal experience and my experience with groups of teachers and students over the past six years (this will be my seventh or eighth trip to China) I would
recommend that you bring a decent size back-pack with pockets and light luggage. J.C. Penny's brand of luggage is light, quite durable, wheelable (which is important!) and relatively inexpensive. As I
mentioned earlier, we'll be taking many flights while in China.Your checked luggage for those flights must weigh less than 44 pounds. Please remember that if you bring something, you will need to carry or wheel it.
From our carrier: (United Airlines)
For travel worldwide on United Airlines, you may carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer. A carry-on bag must fit under your seat or
in the overhead bin and cannot weigh more than 50 lbs. Its linear dimensions (length + width + height) cannot exceed 9" x 14" x 22". United Airlines may require that a carry-on item travel as checked
baggage if the item cannot be safely stowed on a particular flight.
United exempts the following personal items from the one piece limit:
- Child safety seats for ticketed children
- Assistive devices (e.g. canes, crutches, etc.)
- Outer garments (e.g. coats, hats, etc.)
- Small purses (no larger than 25 linear inches)
- Laptop computers
For travel within the U.S. and Canada, and to many other destinations, you may travel with two free checked bags.
Your largest checked bag must have linear dimensions that do not exceed 62 inches and must weigh no more than 70 pounds. Each checked bag must have
the name of the person traveling on the outside of the bag.
You may substitute bowling, fishing, golfing, shooting, or skiing equipment for one piece of the two allowable checked pieces.
Military personnel may substitute one duffel/B-4 bag free in lieu of their largest checked piece. Contact United or your travel agent prior to
your trip for details regarding acceptance and restrictions for these or other checked items.
If your ticketed itinerary includes any ground transportation, you must retrieve your
luggage and transfer it between the airline and the ground transport.
If you are traveling outside of North America, United's free baggage allowance may vary. Contact United or your travel agent prior to your
trip for details.
Dangerous objects not allowed in the cabin:
No knives of any length, or made from any material, are permitted in the cabin of an aircraft. (Plastic knives are permitted for meal services.)
Cutting instruments of every kind are banned, including but not limited to, carpet knives, box cutters, knives with folding or retractable blades (regardless of blade length), steak knives,
straight edge razors, ice picks, and metal scissors with pointed tips. Other prohibited items include baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, and hockey sticks.
Medically necessary needles and
syringes are exempt from these prohibitions if passengers have in their possession prescription medication with a professionally printed label that identifies the medical office, pharmacy, or
manufacturer of the medication.
Articles listed in the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations and/or the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations are restricted.
These will only be accepted subject to advance arrangements and compliance with regulations.
For safety reasons, dangerous goods may not be packed in checked or carry-on baggage or taken on board with you. Restricted articles
include but are not limited to:˜
- Lighter fluid
- Flammable solids/liquids
- Oxidizing materials
- Corrosive materials
- Compressed gases
- Etiologic agents
- Radioactive materials
- Irritating or incapacitating sprays
- Noxious materials
- Briefcases and attache cases with installed alarm devices
Call United‚ at 1-800-241-6522 in the U.S. for more information about hazardous materials.
Federal regulations require that firearms in checked baggage or in their own shipping case be unloaded and declared. Firearms are not allowed
in carry-on bags. Firearms in checked baggage must be packed in a hard-sided bag or gun case. A maximum of 11 lbs. of small arms ammunition is allowed in checked luggage and must be packed separately from the
firearm in the original manufacturer's box or securely packed in a fiber, wood, or metal box to prevent movement of cartridges.
I will send you information in the mail next week regarding things that you will need to bring with you and four forms which you and your parents
will need to fill out and return to me by March 15.
Please don't hesitate to call me at home (874-4266) or e-mail to my First Class account and I'll get right back to you.