What to bring

So you’re ready and set to go. Right!

Practical clothes:

Koreans are generally smaller than us westerners, so shopping for clothes that fit can be a headache.

Big-footed fellas will probably have to take a trip to Seoul to find shoes that fit.

Bring a few quality essentials, like jeans and basic, neat shirts. Ladies, Koreans have a thing about arm pits – they don’t show them. Neither should you. Cleavage is not appreciated, so neck lines are higher, especially at work.

Shoes are removed inside many places, including schools, and communal slippers are usually available. However, if the idea of sharing shoes makes your feet itch, or if you have really large feet, bring your own ‘inside shoes’ to keep at school.

‘Bridging food’: It’s a good idea to stock up on one or two things you think you can’t live without. If you like Marmite, rusks and Provitas, make sure you bring some over as you won’t find these items anywhere.

Deodorant is expensive, can only be found at large supermarkets and your choice is limited, so we’d suggest bringing over as much as your airline allows.

No inoculations are necessary for South Korea and pharmacies are on every street and stock remedies for any ailment. But get yourself some basic medicines, like headache and nausea tablets before you go, just in case. Any medication that’s specific to you.

For the ladies: If you are a bit taller a bigger size, clothes can become hard to find as well as shoes if you are a bigger size. Underwear (mostly granny panties here) as well as bra’s if you’re a big size. Tampons can be hard to find at times. Make-up if you have a darker complexion as they have very white make-up products. Deodorant, as you will only find Nivea Antiperspirant Deo here and it is quite expensive. Sunscreen less than 50 SPF or tanning oil for those who want to tan.