I’m starting off Travel Thursdays with this blog post since one of my best friends will be studying abroad in Seoul this summer. (She’s going to be there for FIVE weeks–I’m so jealous!) After spending one week in Korea last summer, these are the items that I consider must-haves for your trip:
This one should be obvious. For ultimate protection, sunscreen should always be used, regardless of season. Be sure to apply sunscreen liberally, and reapply every 2 hours. Summers in Korea can be extremely hot, and you’ll most likely get tanned from the sunny blue skies. Worried about liquids + TSA? Try a sunscreen stick, like this one from Neutrogena.
Summer is also typhoon season in Korea, so beware of rainy days. Have a compact umbrella handy to avoid getting soaked by sudden showers.
Taxis and public transportation are cheap, but you can still expect to walk a lot. Bring a pair of comfortable shoes to help you navigate the streets, slopes, and stairs of Seoul.
- Oil blotting sheets
Keep a pack in your purse to help your skin fight the humidity. I like to use this Oil Control Film by The Face Shop.
- Water bottle
Carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
While it’s good to be prepared, most of these items can easily be bought once you’ve arrived in Korea. There are convenience stores on just about every block, so make that your first stop for water and snacks–and popsicles!
- The Face Shop Oil Control Film
- Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Waterproof Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
- Lifefactory 16 oz Glass Bottle with Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve
- Vans Disney Authentic Winnie the Pooh Sneakers
- totes Micro ‘brella Manual Umbrella – Retro Palms