Shanghai is very fashionable and has adopted western styles, but leave shorts and revealing tops at home.
Clothing tips for men
As with elsewhere in China, remember no green hats!
For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the weather
Spring – March, April and May – is also the rainy season and you can expect rain everyday, so pack a lightweight raincoat.
Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.
The summer months of June, July, August and September are hot, and it’s a time when you can expect hurricanes too.
In winter (December, January and February) dress up warmly, with layers and take a warm smart coat and warm scarf, ear muffs and a hat. It will be cold and it will rain, although it rarely snows. Hotels and guest houses don’t have central heating here, and the cold, damp weather can make it really uncomfortable inside as well as out; make sure you have something warm to sleep in.
We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Other things to pack
Never, ever drink the tap water. Consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles and money.
Bathrooms are not a great experience anywhere in China and Shanghai is no exception, even in smart-looking malls. Carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser in your day bag.
Be sure to pack your dental floss and deodorant too, as they are not easy to buy.
Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee – it protects against loss, theft and damage.
If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
And a lightweight shoulder bag or day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance.