24 hours in Wuhan: Travel Essentials

Tomorrow, I’ll be on my way to Guangzhou after a month-long work trip here in Wuhan. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I’ve been “living” in China. I’m ready to move on to the next city for a few reasons: 1) there’s not too much to do in Wuhan and 2) my hotel is about 40 mins away from anything, making it extremely inconvenient to explore.

During my off days from work, I ventured to some popular spots. But because my hotel was far from everything, I stayed out all day to make the most of my time. Honestly, you can probably hit up most of Wuhan’s major attractions in under 24 hours. At the end of this post, I’ll list some activities in Wuhan. Before I do that though, I wanted to share with you my travel essentials for an active day out in the city.

Here’s what I keep in my backpack for an all-day excursion:


Cash on hand is an absolute must. It’s very rare to find places that accept foreign credit cards. Do yourself a huge favor and withdraw some cash from an ATM prior to adventuring.

Cell phone

My phone is my everything when I travel — communication, map, camera, etc. I always feel safe having my phone with me. Also, I try to carry as little as possible and rely on my phone camera to take photos instead of lugging around a bulky DSLR.

Portable battery pack

I definitely need a portable battery pack to keep my phone charged when I travel. If you’re anything like me, you like to take pictures while adventuring. Between taking photos, recording videos, and using maps on my phone, it’s a must-have. I picked one up on Amazon for cheap; this is what I use.


Tap water is generally unsafe in China because of pollution and contamination due to old plumbing infrastructure. And although most popular places have vendors selling bottled water, it’s always a good idea to bring your own.

Important tip: When traveling anywhere, it’s always best to check whether it’s safe or not to drink the local tap water. Most developed cities will have clean water, but in others, tap water may contain microorganism that welcome diarrhea, hepatitis A, and other unwanted illnesses.

Toilet paper

Many public toilets don’t have toilet paper (!!!) so it’s safer to bring a pack of tissues or a roll of toilet paper with you on your day travels. Also, be prepared to use a squat toilet. Western toilets are very uncommon in most public places in Wuhan.

Wet wipes

I’m seeing, doing, and likely touching many things while traveling. When I don’t have access to water and hand soap, I like to clean my hands with baby wipes before snacking or eating. Occasionally, I’ll also use them to wipe my face and neck to freshen up after a long day of walking.

If you make your way to Wuhan and only have a day to explore, here are some awesome spots to visit:

  • Yellow Crane Tower
  • East Lake
  • Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
  • Guiyuan Buddhist Temple
  • Hubu Alley
  • Tan Hualin

And to recap, here’s a list of travel essentials for a day trip in Wuhan, China:

  • Cash
  • Cell phone
  • Water
  • Toilet paper
  • Portable battery pack
  • Wet wipes

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post although I was gifted all CALIA by Carrie products featured in this post. Affiliate links may also be included.

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