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The Ultimate Korea Packing List - Tick all the boxes!

When you're planning to embark on a trip to Korea, there's a whole heap of essentials that you must pack to make sure you have anything and everything ready at hand when you need them. Here is a list of essentials to pack when travelling to Korea.


Travel Insurance

While this may not be something you physically pack into a bag, getting travel insurance can be an extremely important thing to do. Whether it is to cover an expensive medical emergency or in case your baggage gets lost or stolen, definitely get travel insurance. Making sure you purchase a policy that gives you good medical coverage is key when you're travelling to Korea. While the Korean health care system is easily accessible and is very modern, treatment for foreigners can end up being very expensive, especially if long-term hospitalization is required.



When planning your luggage make a note to pack three types of bags, these include a backpack, daypack and packing cubes. Backpacks will definitely come in handy if you're travelling around and will help keep you organized on your trip. Daypacks are perfect for single day outings within the city or even the countryside to carry your basic essentials. Packing cubes are an excellent way to organize your luggage and to keep it compact. If you're looking for a Myeongdong hotel to stay when you're in Korea, there are many great choices to pick from, such as Travelodge Dongdaemun for instance.



First and foremost, Universal Power Adapters are a great tool to keep with you. Since you'll end up having to charge your phone, laptop, camera or any other electronic with a battery, one of these will ensure you're always able to stay juiced up without worry or fear of frying up any of your devices. Headphones are another key item to pack as you'll be in for a long plane ride. They'll also come in handy while you're travelling to any long-distance locations around the country.



There will be plenty of activities in Korea that you'll engage in, so prepare to pack appropriate footwear for them. Walking shoes are a must if you're exploring the streets or checking out various eateries and traditional Korean restaurants. Hiking shoes are another unforgettable thing to pack if you're planning to tackle any of Korea's excellent hiking trails, as you'll need some robust footwear to last your adventure.



While you can easily find most toiletries at any shop here, it helps to carry some of your go-to varieties. For oral care, pack up your favourite mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush and floss. For body and hair care, make sure to pack some soap/body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Also, make sure to pack some deodorant since the formulas present here could be different from what you're used to back home. Other essentials include lip balm to keep your lips from drying out, sunscreen to protect you from the sun as it isn't cheap here and hand sanitizer which is must to protect you from germs and bacteria.