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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.

Toiletries

  • Deodorant
    (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)

  • Feminine products
    (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)

In one packing cube: natural hair shampoo and conditioner, feminine care and birth control, pencil case, make-up bag

In one packing cube: natural hair shampoo and conditioner, feminine care and birth control, pencil case, make-up bag

British goodies

  • Souvenirs
    (to bribe I MEAN culturally impress my students, boss and neighbours)

  • Seasonings
    (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)

Easy, medium and hard-level English books for my students I’m also bringing Starbursts and Smarties

Easy, medium and hard-level English books for my students
I’m also bringing Starbursts and Smarties

Books

  • Pencil case
    (pencils, pens, highlighters, whiteboard pens and scissors for study and work)

  • Bullet journal
    (hopefully it will be full by the end of the year!)

Clothes and Shoes

  • Jeans
    (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)

  • Thongs
    (I heard that thongs are seen as erotic underwear so they are hard to find)

  • Work shirts
    (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!)

Comfort

  • 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)

  • Basic utensils
    (to make it feel more like my own place with my own stuff)

Happy moving,

deeyandra x

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