bits of packing advice...
When choosing gifts, think (1) flat and think,
(2) 'the smaller the better.'
It never hurts to carry a bit of bubblewrap
to protect breakable items. When I need it I
ask the hotel front desk for tape and no one
has ever refused.
Put the most breakable gifts in the middle of
your suitcase so clothing will provide protection.
To avoid damage from spillage, carry plastic
bags to wrap liquids like the travel size Dove
Shampoo with Chinese labelling.
Always ask the shop to wrap gifts in tissue
for you. Then you don't have to buy the tissue
and do it yourself.
Cut an empty plastic water bottle in half. Protect
breakable figurines by wrapping them in tissue
and putting them in the bottle and taping the
bottle shut again. Great cushioning.
Bring some foreign newspapers home. They make
great gift wrapping paper.
Collect cards from the merchants you enjoy.
Now you have a record in case you want to reorder
or would like to shop there again.
Carefully fold the shopping bags your purchases
came in and pack them separately. Recycle these
gift bags at home.
Always pack an extra soft foldable bag in case
you need another bag to bring extra gifts back