Guess who’s getting ready to go back to Korea?!? With that in mind we thought is was VERY appropriate to try and answer this. Richard and I just sat together compiling a last minute list of some things we’ll be shopping for tomorrow to stuff in our suitcases before we fly back, but actually our list is rather small. Then again we already have a lot of stuff in Korea.
We mainly made this video with people traveling to live in Korea for the first time in mind. Generally speaking, you’ll need spending money if you’re a student. You’ll probably want the normal toiletries that you’re used to, at least enough for the first week or so. After that, if you shave a lot, you’ll probably want the razorblades you typically use. I know both Richard and I do, though that may only be out of habit alone. (I have purchased razors in Korea before but I don’t like using the Venus razors.)
As a college student you’ll also probably want sheets and a pillow case. Since you may be living in a dormitory, single bedding will do fine. Traditional Korean bedding is rather different than from what we have in North America and Europe and many other parts of the world. You can buy it but it’s rather expensive. If you can pack it in with whatever you’re bringing with you, I’d recommend it!
One of the things we mentioned in the video is to bring under garments/bras/boxers/whatever you wear under there LOL. I know for me what I wear underneath is important for my comfort and, in turn my confidence. The underwear I find in Korea is something I would imagine my mom wearing in many cases. If I wanted to spend a lot of money on panties, I could find what I’m looking for in Korea. But they actually don’t have what I want in Korea, so I always shop for these items in the US every summer when I’m home. As for bras, if you’re larger than a B-cup or very specific on what you like, you may want to consider bringing some with you. Like more than 2. There’s tons of underwear shopping available in Korea, but it may not be what you’re looking for or used to. I’m just saying.
I also stock up on shoes when I’m home because they usually don’t sell my size in Korea. Shoes can become a problem for me. I wear a size 9-9 ½ US or a 40 European, and unless I go to H&M and buy one of the 2 pairs in the size available, I’m probably gonna spend a lot more than I want to.
Other things on our list include gifts to give to people from your home country. I think this is a biggie. Also, some spices that you’re familiar with could come in handy if you like to cook and introduce your home cooking culture to new friends. Don’t forget to bring items that remind you of home like photos and small mementos. But most importantly: don’t forget to pack a great attitude! Korea is what you make of it, and I hope that you have a great experience.
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