Top 10 Things to Bring to China

Top 10 Things to Pack for China

As I am waiting for my work permit to finish processing, I am thinking about things I should bring back to China. This is my fourth time embarking on a trip to China and will be my second full year of teaching.

Top 10 Things Tyra is Bringing to China

1. Deodorant

There is only roll-on deodorants in Jinan, not much options. So I will be going to Sam’s or Costco to buy a year’s supply.

2. Bras/ underwear

Chinese bras tend to have this thick lining at the bottom that annoys me. Also, their bras are not attractive at all. I like to feel good in my underwear so I bought some here.

3. Tampons

Particularly the ones with an applicator. Ob brand tampons are not for me.

4. Facial cleaning products

So many products in a China has whitening in them. I am a proud black woman, I just want to clean my face not whiten it.

5. Makeup foundation

Chinese women do not like to be dark, so the makeup foundation options are limited. The darkest color I have found was like natural beige. This is very light for my skin.

6. Medication

It takes about 8 Chinese ibuprofen pills to equal like 1 western pill, so I’m bringing my mess, especially for cramps!

7. Hair products 

I’m fortunate to have found online vendors on taobao that sells hair, but hair products for ethnic hair is sparse and expensive in China, so I’ll be stocking up on my coconut oil, hair brushes, grease, etc.
8. Body towels

80 yuan for a body towel in Chin! Our house has ton of towels at home. I just need to steal two and take it with me…or I can purchase a microfiber one, but I’m a cheapo.

9. Sunscreen

Can you believe sunscreen in China has whitening in there! TF?! The purpose of sunscreen is to protect my skin, not to whiten it!

10. Teaching Supplies

Dollar Tree and Target have tons of useful English and Primary School materials which are more useful then the Chinese made ones.

MISC stuff I already have in China but would be useful for first-timers

Travel adapter, shoes if your size is above 9 or 10, snacks from your home country. I was going to put razors, but you find some at Miniso in China.


don’t bring any valuable clothes. It will get ruined in the washers, cause there washers on China aren’t the best. There are also no dryers…..but dry cleaning here is CHEAP!

Let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything!

Missing China


我想念中国的三大事情。 Top 3 things I miss about China.

1. 我学生们和朋友们。My students and friends

2. 我跟中国人聊天。 Speaking Chinese

3. 美团外卖。Takeout food 

Week 15-22: 济南



Teaching Moments

Ninja Turtles M1 Class

I decided to do an awards ceremony and class competition for my babies. The parents loved it! I was so surprised to see a couple of my four years old give a self-introduction such as ” Hello, my name is Damon. I am 4 years old. My favorite color is blue and I like to eat sandwiches.” Can you believe in 5 weeks a 4 year old is able to confidently come up to the front of the class and give an introduction in English?! I was blown away. Some of my students even came up to the board to write their name as well as read a book to everyone in the class. I am SO SO proud of them!
Of course one thing they still struggle with is staying still for a picture. Look.

The Force Beginner Class

I also did the awards ceremony and class competition with this class! I was really surprised at their ability to spell their vocabulary words! This beginner class knew no english before they came to my class, yet they are able to spell words such as orange, hairdresser, owl and so on.

Banana First Grade Class

I took over this class from another teacher and this has been my most difficult class to plan for, but after three tests they have improved on their reading comprehension charts!

Longhorns Beginner Class

This is a new class that I started a few weeks ago. Yes, I named it after my alma mater. They are a crazy group, just like their teacher. The boys each class quickly try to finish their writing so that they can air guitar with me to the song “Immortals”by Fall Out Boy. This. Happens. Every. Class.

Zootopia M1 Class

I only see these babies once a week and I swear the only thing they can remember is London Bridge is falling down only because it’s their favorite game.  By the grace of God they were able to pass their test haha.

Moonlight Beginner Class

I took over this class a week ago from another teacher and one thing I am happy about is that it’s 9 sweet students. So much easier to teach. I look forward having more updates about this class
So in total I have 6 classes. I have a full schedule and it has been crazy busy so far. I’m currently planning Halloween Activities for the kids and they are excited to wear costumes to school. I can’t wait to show you guys those photos. And sorry about the lack of photos for the other classes, I’m seem to forget to take photos haha.
Quick Beijing Post up next. It’ll probably only be about burgers.