by Michelle Plascencia
Packing! What a drag! But, this time for 12 months!
First off, something to keep in mind, which I didn’t even think about, as a California native, is that Korea counts on the four seasons.
If you begin your contract in August, prepare light summer clothes for those humid days and your seasonal wardrobe as the year continues. If you prefer to pack lightly, Korea has all the shopping you can ever imagine. The sizes, however, might be tricky as most clothes are one size fits all.
So, if you have certain necessities keep that in mind. The prices are also comparable to shopping malls in the USA. I would also suggest packing hiking clothes and gear if you’re interested in outdoor adventures.
Your apartment will be furnished with the basics like bedding and cookware but if you like to cook, I do recommend packing your favorite spices. Although it is easy to find all your favorite foreign snacks in Seoul, they can be a bit more pricy. There is also a website called iherb.com where you can order snacks, spices, dish soap, etc. all items from the US. Surely, with time you will begin to adjust to your local Korean markets and snacks.
Something else to take note of are your electronics, you will need a power plug adapter which you can find at your local hardware store in Korea.