Packing for South Korea
I’m moving to South Korea!
I know, exciting, right? As someone who has lived in Japan twice and travelled to South Korea twice, I am already somewhat aware of what I can and can’t find easily, what is expensive, and what costs an arm and a leg in shipping. This list contains items that are specific to a tall, black, female Brit moving to South Korea in winter. Bear in mind, I won’t be moving to a foreigner-friendly city like Seoul.
I will also be taking as many travel essentials as possible in my travel bag, however everything in this list will go into my check-in luggage.
(that is strong enough to tame the smell)
Foundation, concealer and powder
(it makes sense that a country with mostly pale Asians wouldn’t have a wide range of tan or darker shades)
(I heard that Korea is a pad-country. I want to reduce my waste and transition to a menstrual cup but until then…)
Afro pick, natural hair products & a satin bonnet
(for my baby afro)
(to bribe I MEAN culturally impress my students, boss and neighbours)
(OXO cubes for meat dishes, mushroom sauce and onion soup, and vegetable stock jellies for winter soups)
Hot water bottle
(I wouldn’t have survived Japanese winter without my hot water bottle and I’ve heard that Korea gets even colder)
Medication & Vitamins
(I’ve heard that Asian painkillers just don’t cut it)
(pencils, pens, highlighters, whiteboard pens and scissors for study and work)
(hopefully it will be full by the end of the year!)
Clothes and Shoes
(Skirts, dresses and shorts aren’t affected by height but it seems that 5”7 - over 170cm - is considered tall for girls in Korea)
Heels & Work shoes
(because I can buy trainers in the men’s section like I did in Japan)
(I heard that thongs are seen as erotic underwear so they are hard to find)
(because, y'know, I'm going to work)
Jumpers & Socks
(because Korea hits minus numbers in winter. In fact, I heard that it’s already snowing!)
Family photos & a poster
(for the feels)
My favourite perfume & cute Japanese money box
(the perfume smells like home and the money box is to help me hit my savings goal)
(to make it feel more like my own place with my own stuff)
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