Your Ultimate Packing List for COVID Quarantine in Hong Kong
22nd July 2022
In view of the COVID-19 situation, the HKSAR government has implemented a range of quarantine measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease. Spending 14 days (or more) in isolation may not be the most fun experience, so here’s a packing list from Alea to plan for it.
Who needs to be quarantined?
Under the current restrictions, unvaccinated travelers from outside China are required to stay in designated quarantine hotels for 14 days if you travel from Group A high-risk places (e.g United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Ireland, Malaysia, etc.). Check the government's thematic website for the complete list of specified places.
*Revision of quarantine requirements of incoming travelers
In effect from April 1, the quarantine period of vaccinated Hong Kong residents traveling back to Hong Kong may be shortened to 7 days in a designated quarantine hotel if they test negative consecutively on the fifth, sixth and seventh days of their hotel quarantine. Upon completing the shortened quarantine, travelers should enter 7 days of self-monitoring and take another PCR test at a local Community Testing Centre on the 12th day.
If any incoming travelers test positive after arrival, they will be sent to a community quarantine hotel for isolation instead.
Local cases and close contacts
The Centre of Health Protection (CHP) would notify you if you are ascertained as close contact of somebody who tested positive for COVID-19. After receiving the close contact status, a transfer would be arranged to a quarantine center within 24 hours, typically about 12 hours in practice.
Note: under the fifth wave of COVID-19, quarantine facilities are on tight supply. Thus, if the living environment is suitable, home quarantine will be arranged. Check the Centre for Health Protection for more details.
So, before setting off for the quarantine center, you’ve still got some time to prepare for the quarantine. Here’s what we suggest you pack.
What should you pack?
You would not expect the same quality of life inside a quarantine camp as that at home, but surely there is a lot you can prepare to make your stay a more enjoyable one. You may also note that you are allowed to pack as much as you like before setting off.
Toiletries and beauties
It is always important to maintain good personal hygiene, even if you are not meeting anybody during quarantine. While basic toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and towels are usually provided at the quarantine centers, it is recommended to bring your own set of toiletries just in case.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste (provided)
- Dental floss
- Lotion and moisturizer
- Lip balm
- Hairbrush or comb
- Razor (for men)
- Sanitary napkins (for women)
The quarantine centers are equipped with sanitized mattresses, pillows, and sheets, but you may prefer to use your own for a good night’s sleep.
- Bed sheets or a sleeping bag
- Eye masks
Since you will be staying in the room for a long time, get comfortable with some clean clothes.
- Clean underwear
- Cozy clothing and pajamas
- A few tops and pants suitable for the season
- Slippers or flip flops
- Extra hangers for laundry
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During quarantine, no housekeeping service will be provided. You may prefer to clean the place to your standards before and during the stay.
- Disinfectants and sanitizing wipes
- Dishwashing detergent
- Laundry detergent
- Tissue box
- Masks (for when you need to open the door to pick up meals or dispose of the waste bag)
Food & Beverages
Although you will be served three hot meals a day, you probably would not expect to receive the finest cuisine in quarantine. It is always a good idea to bring with you some sauces and seasonings in case the flavor tastes too “basic” for you.
- Sauces, seasonings, rice toppings
- Supplementary food
- Favorite snacks (e.g. chocolate, chips, cookies, etc.)
- Tea or coffee
- Instant noodles
- Insulated cup
- Kettle (provided)
- Cutlery (provided along with your meal)
As reported, no Wi-fi is provided at the quarantine camp, so make sure to devise a plan for internet access – the top of our basic human needs. Keep yourself busy with some gadgets.
- Portable Wi-fi or data SIM card
- Video games
- Chargers, adapters, and extension cords
Even though you are in quarantine, you do not want to lag behind your training schedule. So why not take some fitness equipment with you? And yes, we have heard of people bringing their own treadmill to their quarantine room!
- Yoga mat
- Jumping rope
- Small weights
If you are suffering from any chronic medical condition and need to take medications regularly, don’t forget to bring sufficient dosage for your quarantine period.
- Prescribed medications
- Vitamin supplements
Upon request, the Department of Health would generally allow one of the parents to accompany and take care of their children aged under 18 at the quarantine center. In the event that a parent tests positive and have to be hospitalized, the parents may arrange a caretaker (i.e. relatives, adult friends or domestic helper) to accompany the child in quarantine.
The Social Welfare Department would supply items including cots, blankets, bumpers, clothes, cutlery, toiletries, diapers, baby food and snacks, as well as coloring pencils and coloring books for children and babies. Disinfectors for milk bottles, milk warmers and refrigerators can be requested in addition. If you are staying in a quarantine center with a child or a baby, you may also want to bring your own set of utensils and appliances for your child — there is no guarantee of the quality of the supply.
- Baby food and snacks
- Milk bottles
- Baby wipes
- Ziplock bags to store food, etc.
- Toiletries (baby wash, baby lotion)
- Toys and books
- Clothes for change
- Baby masks
- Medications if any
- Food and snacks
- Cutlery for children
- Toiletries (shampoo and body wash, children toothbrush and toothpaste)
- Children clothes
- Laptop for online classes
- Textbooks and exercise books
- Children masks
- Medications if any
In case you forget to bring any essential items after arriving at the quarantine center, you may only ask a family member or friend to deliver the items under permission from the staff. Hopefully, your 14/21 days quarantine will pass swiftly and safely. Remember to pack all your belongings when you leave the camp. Check out the Centre for Health Protection for more information concerning your quarantine.
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