Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in South Korea

General Packing Tips

  • It's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Pack comfortable shoes that slip off easily but also look good,(try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
  • In restaurants with floor-style seating you will need to remove your shoes and leave them by the door - and opt for long loose skirts or pants for modesty.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), a sunhat and sunglasses but note that wearing sunglasses is regarded as rude, so ensure you take them off when you speak to anyone.
  • As an alternative to bottled water consider taking a safe water drinking bottle.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Seoul is a cosmopolitan city and the women love to dress up. They are very well groomed, so join in and feel at home.
  • However, be aware that it is also a conservative country so avoid showing cleavage, keep shoulders covered and if you have a short skirt do as the local women do and take a pashmina, scarf or wrap to cover your knees when you are sitting.
  • Heels are really popular here but if you take flat shoes go for pretty, dressy ones. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • On the beach local women wear shorts and t-shirts rather than swimwear. Unless you are in a tourist beach area, we advise that you avoid a bikini in favor of a one piece suit and a sarong.
  • A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  • If you are here on business go for skirt suits (not too short) with heels.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you are here on business suits, shirts and ties are appropriate business dress just as in the West.

Pack for the Weather

  • The weather in spring (March, April and May), and Fall (September, October and November) is cooler, so long-sleeved shirts, pants and a pullover, cardigan or jacket will work well.
  • In summer (June, July, August) it is hot, humid and wet and natural fabrics work well.
  • December, January and February is very cold so pack your coat, a warm scarf and gloves, and remember it snows at higher altitudes too.

Last updated 11 December 2014.

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Pack Light

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  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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