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One of the hardest parts about packing is packing the right amount of clothes, depending on your destination, trip duration and season. I’m heading off to South Korea in the middle of winter, which makes packing a little heavier than usual.
The most helpful clothing you can pack is thermals, light, small, and easy to pack, but are a little on the pricey side. The median temperature high in Seoul in January is only one degree Celsius, with the low being minus seven. If you don’t want to freeze to death nor cop a fee for going over the luggage weight limit with your nineteen jackets, thermal pants and shirts are definitely the way to go ! Recommended brands are Kathmandu or anything with merino wool.
One of the best tips that I’ve received when it comes to packing I found in a travel book that my sister gave me before I went travelling on my gap year (why yes I did travel on my gap year, thank you for asking). It said to pack what you think you need, and then pack way less. The last thing you want abroad is a bunch of burdensome clothes that you may wear, but probably won’t. South Korea has a lot of shopping options for cheap clothes (DDP – The Dongdaemun Design Plaza has a heap of options, and street markets are a common occurrence all over South Korea), plus there is a wealth of coin laundromats for you to clean what you have. So it’s best to leave as much room as possible for souvenirs and anything else you want to bring home.
There are also some things that you’ll probably need during a Korean winter, but don’t necessarily have to pack them. A main one is an umbrella, it’ll rain and snow in Korea often, but you can pick up an umbrella for around $6AUD in any 7/11 or it’s Korean equivalent GS25. These stores have a wide range of just regular daily/home items for reasonable prices, so if you’d also like to save money on buying an adapter, you can just pick up a phone charger with USB inputs.
My personal favourite additional travelling companion is a Tacticool© Bumbag, I bought one in Japan for around $20 and it’s great way to keep your money, passport and any other valuables close to you. The one downside is you potentially look like a massive dork, but if you don’t listen to the blind critics, you’ll be glad you bought one.
From this my final pack list is :
1x warm jacket (wear it on the plane – I’d rather be sweaty for a 3 hour layover in Malaysia than cold in Korea)
3x jeans/pairs of pants
7x socks and underwear
2x sets of thermals
1x pair of shoes (stick to leather, or something waterproof/resistant for walking in the snow – avoid knit and suede)
1x portable charger
1x fully sick bumbag
This is enough for me to be able to have spare space in my bag while not needing to spend every 2nd day doing laundry. This list will of course differ depending on person and weather, but it’s a solid starting point for the three week séjour of a lifetime.
행운을 빌어요 !! (Good luck!)