I’ve received requests from my readers to write an entry about the contents of my bag (or in this case, my backpack). Much obliged! I will fulfill your wishes with this post. Here you are:
- 古都之美. “The beauty of the ancient capital”. A Chinese calendar I bought in Shenzhen. Every page features a beautiful picture of Chinese nature or art, usually related to Beijing.
- Chinese health tea from the local market. This is loose tea which consists of flowers, berries, herbs and actual tea.
- Campus map. (Not really for me anymore, but for confused taxi drivers.)
- Notebook. I use this to scribble down people’s names, random thoughts, pictures, addresses, facts.
- Kaixinguo, “happiness fruit” (pistachio nuts).
- Dried cranberries. These are popular here.
- Tangerines. (Kumquats weren’t available.)
- Jasmine tea.
- The by now-infamous respirators.
- My room key.
- Chinese student insurance card.
- Blister adhesive tapes.
- Hand disinfectant.
- Malaria medication. (I only take this before travelling to Yunnan. There’s no need for it elsewhere.)
- Camera with equipment.
- Jungle oil. (= miracle mosquito repellant I purchased before conquering Mt Kebnekaise. The mosquitoes in Lapland are known for their stamina, and this repellant actually did wonders).
- General malady ointment.
- Ecological comb. I recommend wooden combs to everyone. The plastic ones are charged and create frizzy stand-up hair in the dry winter air.
- Menstrual cup. I highly recommend this to every female as well. You will save a lot financially and ecologically, and you don’t need to worry about soiling five-star(?) hotel sheets.
- Dried Lactobacillus bacteria with vitamins. I haven’t really needed any of the “medicines” I’m carrying, they’re there just in case. The hygiene level is relatively good here.
- Stone shaped like a heart from Morocco. I forgot it in my bag and apparently it goes through fluoroscopy without any problems.
- Wuhan University “accomplishment notebook”. You get a stamp every time you finish a course.
- Sanitary towels.
- Knife and peeler for fruit and vegetables bought at the outdoor markets in case of acute hunger.