Over the past few years, foreign products have become more readily available for expats living in Korea. There are more imported goods in grocery stores, foreign food markets and international districts around Seoul. Adventure Teaching has also partnered with The Arrival Store, an online store that imports hard to find essentials for everyday life, things that you never thought you would need, and a plethora of other items to help make you feel a little closer to home. Before packing up your suitcase, look through the list below and take some time to look through The Arrival Store website. Not only will it save you room in your suitcase and save you money on overweight or additional baggage fees, but everything you purchase will be waiting for you upon your arrival! This will ensure you’ll have everything you need when you arrive as well as keep all your favorite and hard to find items just a click away. We’ve been working with The Arrival Store for years, and have nothing but good things to say about their service!
What Everyone Should Pack
Guys, you should probably bring…
Ladies, you should probably bring…
Types of Clothes to Bring
One important thing to remember while packing is the dress code is at your work place. Dress codes vary from school to school, some informal and casual, others professional and tidy, so be sure to first inquire with your school and pack accordingly.
Keep in mind that Korea has four seasons. If you are used to the changing seasons, then there will be no real surprises with Korean weather, but if you aren’t make sure you’ve covered all the bases. The summer is hot and very humid, with the monsoon in July watering every inch of the country. The winters are cold and dry but typically very sunny, although the past few winters have brought unexpected, record-holding snow falls which have left almost the entire population without a pair of decent snow boots. The spring comes early, with magical gusts of warm temperature and blooming trees. And the fall seems to carry on for months, entertaining the city and country side with the mystical dance of autumn colors and cool evenings.
Electronics and Power Voltages
In North America we use 110 volt outlets, South Korea uses 220 volt outlets. We recommend buying a converter to transfer the power coming from your outlet into your appliance. They are quite heavy and you will probably want a good one, especially if your items are expensive. You can find them at stores like Home Plus, Emart or The Arrival Store for about 50,000 won or $50.00, or buy them here for much cheaper. Make sure to bring a power strip if you have numerous items.
Food items and specialty foods are becoming more available in the larger grocery stores in Korea. If you have specific foods or cooking items that you can’t live without, you should pack an ample amount for your stay. If you have any allergies or special dietary needs, be sure to bring enough supplements to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Vitamins and minerals, protein supplements and medicinal products you use on a regular basis are also things you should stock up on. Foreign food stores and international markets have some more hard to find items but there are never any guarantees they will have what you need. Be sure to check out the “Food” section on The Arrival Store too!