Now that you know what NOT to bring, here are some ideas on what to bring;
1.Adaptor; I can’t tell you how many people I meet who completely forget to pack adaptor when they come. It’s an easy thing to forget but pack 1 or 2 international adaptors. If you’re American you’ll also need a surge protector which can be bought here.
2. Bath Towels; For some strange reason, Koreans don’t use big bath towels like we do. So it’s worth it to bring 2 of the biggest towels you can find with you. The smaller sizes you can buy here.
3. Swimsuit; Korea isn’t exactly known for its beaches but whether you go to a water park or Busan or just the pool, you’ll need a swimsuit.
4. Work Clothes & Shoes & underwear; Check what the dress code is like at your workplace. If it’s smart then bring enough work clothes from home. We don’t have Dunnes Stores or Pennys here so it’ll be worth it. If you’ve got larger feet, bring enough shoes for every occasion, summer, pair of boots for winter, school shoes, indoor shoes, going out shoes. If you’ve got an unusual bra size you should bring enough with you when you come. Same with regular underwear. You can get it here of course but it’s just not the same…….
5. Brown Mascara & other beauty products; It is very difficult to find brown mascara in Korea so if you use it, bring it with you. If you have colored hair and use a special shampoo, you might want to bring this with you also. The water here can strip your color easily.
For the men, good quality shaving products like aftershave. There is a poor variety here and they are expensive. For the women,quality perfume. If you wear Viktor and Rolf, YSL Cinema or anything other than Chanel, Dior, Burberry or a few other big names, bring it with you. And deodorant. Yes you can get spray deodorant here but its a good idea to bring stick with you because that’s harder to find (but still available) Either way a bring enough to last you a while.
The last thing is Colgate. You can get it here but so many people responded on my Facebook post by saying you should bring it. A happy medium is to bring one or 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste with you and buy it here when it runs out.
6. Things from home; Everyone has a bad day here. It happens. It’s a good idea to bring a few pictures or something from home that you love.
7. Food and Drink; The all important one. Remember all food and drink only lasts as long as it takes you to eat them. Might be a good idea to bring seeds for herbs, Colmans mustard, Lea and Perrins, chilli powder. Cadbury’s chocolate to keep you going for the first while. And of course Barry’s Tea. You can never have too many tea bags. But remember chocolate and tea and technically all foodstuffs can be sent over easily so don’t take up too much room packing food! Also stock up on duty free liquor like Jameson and the like, only the major brands can be found here.
8. Musical /sporting goods; If you’re Irish and you play music, you should bring your instrument. Irish music is getting stronger in Seoul so there’s no reason not to keep playing. That goes for other musicians also. Same goes with sports. If you play gaelic or hurling bring your gear with you so you can continue to play in Korea.
9. A good attitude; Coming to Korea isn’t going to be a walk in the park everyday. Life is different here. Come with a good attitude and an open mind and it’ll make things easier. Even the most random experiences here are all part of the adventure…………..
As ever a huge thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this post via my facebook page.