Since the winter in South Korea can be extremely cold, it is important to learn how to survive in the low temperatures. Specially if you are someone who is not used to this type of weather.
Because of that reason, we are about to introduce you some winter essentials that will help you out on going through this cold wave.
It is freezing!
And we are not exaggerating! The weather can go minus 20 ㅡ or even lower ㅡ with strong winds.
Because of that reason, it is actually difficult to travel around if you are sensitive to the cold. But do not worry! We have prepared this guide on how to survive winter in South Korea, so the coldness of the weather does not prevent you from enjoying your stay.
Winter Essentials You Need
Long Padded Jacket (롱패딩)
Forget about fashion, a long padded jacket is what you will need to survive!
During winter season, every time you go outside, you will be able to see that most of the people are wearing one. And this is because it is actually pretty heating. Due to its thickness and the feather filling.
Since these are designed for freezing weathers, the material is waterproof and maintains your body warm.
In Korea, the cheapest that I have ever found, was ₩80000. So if you find one that is low-priced, consider yourself lucky!
I recommend you to buy one with hood. Because during winter storms, the wind is too strong. Therefore, it will hurt your ears.
Thermal Wear (보온 옷)
The long padded jacket wont be enough. Because of this, you should buy thermal clothes.
Usually these do not have design. It is just plain and simple clothes, that help you to keep yourself warm. Due to the material of the fabric. Which is usually cotton, but there are some that are combined with polyester.
These can be worn over the skin. Actually, in that way it feels more comfy.
The cheapest that I have ever found, were around ₩7000 and I bought them in UNIQLO. Where they sell thermal leggings and also different style of tops.
The fabric of the leggings, is thin. Therefore, it is perfect to be used under the jeans.
You should not wash them too often though. It is said that they last longer when you put them less times in washing cycle. This is the reason why some of these are antibacterial.
However, you can wash them by hand.
Electric Blanket (전기요)
This is a lifesaver! Specially if you need to pay for the electricity bill on your won.
Because if you turn on the floor heating, the electricity bill will be high. On the contrary, with the use of this type of blanket the cost of the bill will not increase that much.
You will sometimes forget that it is cold outside, because these have a high temperature. And you can even start to feel hot while you lay down on it for several hours.
Usually they have a control where you can select the hotness level.
As for the price, the cheapest I have seen was about ₩10000. The one I bought was ₩20000 though.
Heat Pack (포켓용 핫팩)
If you need to go out, you should always carry one of these!
Because it will keep your hands safe from freezing. And what is better, is that they can last for several hours. Each package will have written the amount of time that you can use is it continuously. For example, the one from the picture says ‘’14시’’, meaning that it will work for 14 hours straight.
To use it, you need to first activate it. To do this, you must squeeze it and then keep shaking it.
It is worth to mention, that there are some attachable ones. And these, you can stick them to your clothes. But never to your skin.
You can find them almost everywhere, in different sizes and shapes. The price is about ₩1000 per each.
There are also some electrical, in which you can even put part of your arms. But these are quite heavy. And also expensive.
Winter Boots (겨울부츠)
Since it snows, you will definitely need boots.
Specially because in Korea there are many steep streets where you can slip. Therefore, you need boots that have a good grip, and are also waterproof. Because the snow, of course becomes water and wets your shoes.
It is recommended to choose boots that have a high ankle, because the snow can be many inches tall.
As for the prices, the cheapest that I have ever seen was ₩50000.
Anti Fog Spray for Glasses (안티포그 안경 스프레이)
If you use glasses, buying this is a MUST!
Because the glasses keep getting foggy due to freezing temperatures and your warm breath.
You can find anti fog spray in the eyeglasses shops. But I recommend you to also try the lens cloth, which also works well.
The effect that the lens cloth leave, lasts around 8 ~ 12 hours.
And the cheapest I have seen, was ₩4000.
Now that you know the winter essentials that you need to survive winter in South Korea, you are ready to go through this season.
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