Here we help you prepare what to pack for Hong Kong, based on our insider knowledge of the city.
Hong Kong is notoriously hilly, with lots of stairs around the city. For this reason, if you are traveling with a baby or younger toddler, we recommend using a baby carrier and not a stroller – although you will still want to bring your stroller if you plan to spend the day at Ocean Park or Disneyland during your Hong Kong trip.
Clothes-wise, what to pack for travelling to Hong Kong will depend on what time of year you plan to visit. Hong Kong is hot and humid in the summer and you will start sweating as soon as you leave the air-conditioned comfort of your Hong Kong hotel.
So light cotton clothing is recommended at this time of year. You will also need to make sure you have sun cream and insect repellent with you at this time of year, and you don’t want to leave your hotel without an umbrella in your bag during the Spring and Summer months.
The winter in Hong Kong can be surprisingly cold, so you will definitely need to pack a few sweaters and a lightweight jacket. You may even want to pack a scarf for the Hong Kong winter but you can leave the wooly hats and gloves at home!
Some of our favourite travel essentials for your Hong Kong packing list are highlighted below. We have included links to Amazon to make your pre-travel shopping super easy and have all your Hong Kong travel essentials delivered to your door.
You can download a full printable packing list at the bottom of the page, with checkboxes to tick items off as you put them in your suitcase.
And don’t forget to listen to our City Travel with Kids podcast episode all about Hong Kong before you travel!
Travel accessories for Hong Kong
If you are visiting Hong Kong with a baby or small toddler then we definitely recommend using a baby carrier instead of a stroller for most of your sightseeing, as navigating the city with a stroller can be tricky thanks to all the hills and steps. Remember in the Summer months it is very hot, so choose a carrier with a lightweight breathable fabric.
If you plan on visiting Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park then you will need to have a stroller with you. It is also good for shopping malls and obviously for the airport. Look for a lightweight stroller that is easy to fold, and also look for things like good storage and the ability to recline for naps.
Portable booster seat
You will probably want to use taxis while you are in Hong Kong as they are cheap and plentiful. A portable booster seat is a great investment to keep your little ones safe and is high on our list of things to bring to Hong Kong if you are travelling with younger kids.
- We recommend: the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat or the BubbleBum backless inflatable car booster seat.
Hong Kong is an extremely safe city and crime is rare, even pickpocketing and petty theft. However, when you are traveling it still makes sense to keep all your money and important documents safe, and a money belt is a great idea for this.
Having a day pack is always a good idea for city trips with kids, so that you can carry all the wet wipes, snacks, tissues, sun cream etc and still keep your hands free to keep hold of the kids. Look for a lightweight backpack that can be easily packed in your suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: the ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack or the Outlander Most Durable Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack.
Collapsible water bottle
Do your bit to save the environment and bring your own refillable water bottles with you instead of relying on buying plastic bottles of water every day. We love a collapsible water bottle that can easily be packed in the suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: Baiji Bottles Collapsible Silicon Water Bottles or the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle.
The Hong Kong weather is fairly unpredictable and, especially in the Spring and Summer months, you should be prepared for rain any day. Be sure to include an umbrella when packing for Hong Kong.
When you are traveling as a family, it is inevitable that you will end up with multiple accessories needing charged: phones, tablets, cameras, kindles etc. Don’t ruin the holiday by fighting over the charger; opt for a multiple charging station instead.
- We recommend: the Photive 60 Watt 6 USB Rapid Desktop Charging Station or the Vogek 6-port USB Charger.
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong voltage is 220V and most electrical sockets take the standard UK style 3-prong plugs. If you are traveling from a country with different style plugs, make sure you bring a travel adapter.
- We recommend: the Urophylla Universal Adapter Dual Fuses or the Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter with Quad USB charger.
Portable Charger Power Bank
Have you ever been caught out sightseeing with a low-battery phone and not been able to take photos? Or found your child’s iPad has run out of battery half way through a long haul flight? Don’t let it happen again! Go prepared with a portable charger power bank, a great tool to have in your travel arsenal.
Of course you have to record all your happy holiday memories, and having an easy-to-use waterproof and shockproof camera means everybody in the family can share in the photo taking, without having to worry about the camera getting damaged.
If you are visiting Hong Kong during the warmer months, you will definitely need to include bug spray in your things to pack for Hong Kong list, to protect you from the mosquitos and sandflies. Mosquito patches for the kids clothes are a good idea too.
It’s always good to have some hand sanitizer in your bag when you are travelling, for times when you can’t wash your hands before having a snack, or have been traveling on public transport.
- We recommend: Babyganics alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer on-the-go or PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer travel size.
You should always include suncream on your Hong Kong packing list. Even in the winter you can experience sunny days when the sun can be stronger than you realize.
- We recommend: Babyganics Mineral-based baby sunscreen spray or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen.
The Hong Kong humidity can wreak havoc on long hair – especially if you combine this with boat rides or swimming. Pack a Tangle Teezer to make everybody’s life a little more pleasant.
Books and Games
Hong Kong Travel Guide Book
No matter how much research you do online before you travel, it can still be handy to have a travel guidebook in your bag.
Leap & Hop Hong Kong
We love the Leap & Hop books. These fun kids fact and activity books can really help engage kids during their grown up city trips. The Hong Kong one includes many of the city’s top attractions, with ways to make them more fun for kids.
- We recommend: Leap & Hop Hong Kong.
It’s always handy to have a few activity books in your bag for your kids, for airports, flights, or when they just need some downtime after a hard day of sightseeing.
The family that plays together stays together! Pack a few fun travel games for fun family evenings, rainy days or airport layovers.
Clothes for Hong Kong in summer
If you are trying to work out what to wear in Hong Kong summer time, just remember that it will be hot and humid. So focus on lightweight natural materials and light clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts and sundresses. Bear in mind that this is still a big city, and so although it is hot, you should dress for the city rather than the beach (unless you are spending the day at the beach of course).
We recommend including the following for your Hong Kong outfit:
- Cotton t-shirts
- Shorts or skirts
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Nicer clothes/shoes for more upmarket restaurants
- Swimming costume
Clothes for Hong Kong in winter
Knowing what to bring to Hong Kong in the winter can be tricky, as the Hong Kong winter weather can be quite unpredictable. It can be as cold as 8-10 degrees Celsius or as warm as 20-23 degrees Celsius. Plan to bring layers for your Hong Kong clothing – you could end up in jeans and a t-shirt, or you could need a sweater, jacket and scarf too. Come prepared.
We recommend including the following for your Hong Kong winter outfit:
- Sweater or hoodie
- Lightweight scarf
- Lightweight jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Nicer clothes/shoes for more upmarket restaurants
Travel accessories for the plane
Multiple Passport holder
A multiple passport holder is invaluable for keeping all the family’s passports together in one place. Look for one that makes it easy to remove the passports, and that has space to store luggage tags, frequent flier cards etc.
- We recommend: Zero Grid Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder or the Apadi Travel Document Organizer.
Travel Pillow (neck support)
We all know how uncomfortable it is trying to sleep on the plane. While we can’t promise you a good sleep, we can recommend using a travel neck pillow to help ease your aches and pains once you get to your destination.
Travel Pillow (leg support)
Travel leg rest pillows have been a bit of a game changer for long haul flights with small kids. These inflatable pillows allow you to fill the leg gap between the seats, allowing small children to stretch out or even lie down flat. Note that some airlines have banned the use of these travel leg rest pillows. Check with your airline before you go to the airport.
We highly recommend headphones for everyone in the family. Noise cancelling headphones for mums and dads are great for cutting out the ambient sound of the plane, while kid-sized headphones with volume limits will ensure kids can watch their iPads without disturbing others, and without damaging their eardrums.
- We recommend: Bose QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones for adults and Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for kids.
If you’re looking for a new suitcase for your Hong Kong trip, we love the foldable luggage from Biaggi – these can be folded down into a small pouch for easy storage and saves you from having to step over your suitcases in your hotel room. We love the easy-glide spinner wheels on them too.
- We recommend: Biaggi Luggage Zipsack 31” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase and the Biaggi Zipsack 27” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase.
Packing cubes are so useful when you are traveling with kids. There is nothing worse than spending every morning rummaging through your suitcase looking for a matching outfit. Packing cubes allow you to segregate clothes into their own cubes, making it easy to find what you need. Look for cubes with a peekaboo window so you can easily see what is inside.
How many times have you found yourself rummaging around in your suitcase looking for a phone charger? An electronics organizer can save you plenty of time and frustration by keeping all your chargers, cables, memory cards, headphones and adapters in one handy pack.
Ziploc bags are a parent’s secret weapon when traveling. You can use them to store snacks, dirty clothes, nappy changing kits, puzzle pieces, small toys, crayons and leaky shampoo bottles. Be sure to add a few to your case!
Be super organized for your next city trip. Download our fully comprehensive printable packing list, with checkboxes to ensure you don’t forget anything.
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