If you are planning a trip to Korea, make sure to tick off all these things that you must have when traveling:
As we all know, Korea is a country that has four distinct seasons. And of course, you would want to make sure that you will bring clothes that are appropriate to the weather of the season you are traveling in. For example, if its winter, the temperature could go as low as -20c so you will have to prepare for clothes that could protect you from extremely freezing weather. While during summer, the temperature could go as high as 40c so be wise to prepare comfortable clothes. Read more about what to expect and prepare during winter, spring, summer and fall in Korea here.
Speaking of comfortable, you might also want to consider bringing comfortable shoes especially if you intend to visit a lot of tourist spots in Korea. Let me warn you that traveling within Korea involves a lot of walk and going up and down from subway exits. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can flaunt your fashionable clothes and shoes in Korea. You can still do but make sure that you could bear wearing them the whole day while wandering around. You can also opt to buy your travel clothes and shoes when you arrive in Korea to save space in your luggage when flying out of your home country.
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you may borrow or purchase one from your hotel’s front desk. You can also find travel adapters at the airport, retail stores, major duty-free shops, and even convenience stores for a minimal price.
Generally, one of the things that a traveler must have is a power bank. In this modern age, we all rely to our mobile phones when traveling to unknown or unfamiliar places. A power bank is your savior when your phone or camera runs out of battery. In case, you forget to bring one, some places such as airports, bus terminals and subway stations have charging stations. But it is still better to have a reliable power bank especially during winter season when the batteries of our phone and camera drain faster.
T-Money is Korea’s transportation card which can be used on public buses, subways and even taxis. With this card, you can save the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and enjoy discounts on rides during transfers from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa (within a transfer time limit). It is widely available in almost all convenience stores in Korea such as GS25, CU, 7-Eleven, Ministop, and etc.
Must have Apps
Mobile apps will really save you time, money and effort when traveling to Korea. Some apps require internet but some are also available for offline use. Read more about the useful apps that you must have when traveling within Korea here.
Sim Card or Pocket Wi-Fi
Even though Wi-Fi is widely used in Korea, note that it is not available everywhere. If you are traveling to Seoul and large cities, there are free Wi-Fi in some public areas like subway station or bus. But if you plan to travel to provinces, you might need to consider adding this on your list of things that you must have when traveling to Korea. Thus, it is advisable to buy a traveler’s sim card or rent a pocket Wi-Fi. Its cost. Its cost depends on the number of days and its data, call and texts inclusion. Read more about the Cost of Traveling Within Korea here.
Medicine or Mini First Aid Kit
Another on this list is medicine or mini first aid kit. To ensure your health especially amid a pandemic and a global warming, it would be wise to bring basic medicines for sudden headache or fever, diarrhea, pain reliever for body pain or dysmenorrhea (for women), vitamins, and band-aid. These are also available at local drug stores in Korea but if you can’t speak Korean well, then consider bringing them before traveling.
Here are some simple itineraries that you can use:
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