The Orion standard-issue China travel kit

Part of making beautiful devices at Orion Labs (formerly OnBeep) is sending a lot of people to China.

After our first trip to China with Highway1 in 2013, Star Simpson & I came up with a basic “away team” kit. This is based on the the essentials on the CDC travel list for China and includes a few extras that are difficult to get when you are there.

I thought I’d share here in hope that it helps you.

First… a word on Toilets & Hygiene

  1. You have to carry your own tissues or small roll of toilet paper for the bathrooms in China, as it will rarely be provided outside of your hotel. Our kit includes a few packages of Kleenex White Facial Tissue, which I preferred to carrying little rolls of toilet paper.
  2. Chinese toilets are typically squat toilets. You will want to know how to use one before you need to use one. (Here is guide to using a squat toilet, here is another one.)
  3. Western-style commodes are often used by locals as squat toilets, which is why you will be glad you brought Charmin To Go Toilet Seat Covers.
  4. Soap is not something that is always provided either, so carry that Hand Sanitizer Gel!

Travel Health

You should see your doctor or your international travel clinic to get current CDC recommended vaccinations for travel to China. Your doctor may also prescribe an Antibiotic for Traveller’s diarrhea, along with other medications such as an antiemetic.

The Orion Travel Kit

We started with the Adventure Medical Travel Medic Kit and supplemented it with extra Advil Tablets (which I needed), Imodium, and RecoverORS Rehydration Powder.

We also added Bonine Motion Sickness Protection because you can expect to spend so long in long bumpy van rides going from the factory to the hotel and back again.

Here is the our full kit…

Here it is fully assembled

Here it is fully assembled Orion China Travel Kit. Get yours at

(Want your own Official Orion Travel Kit? We’re hiring!!!)

Edited from an article originally published at on May 20, 2014.