Step 1: Check the weather
According to Lonely Planet , Seoul's peak summer period is from late June to late August and as it turns out, my internship will be in the heat of this summer!
Try to avoid peak summer, from late June to late August, which starts off with the monsoon season, when the country receives some 60% of its annual rainfall, and is followed by unpleasantly hot and humid weather. Although air-conditioning makes summers much more bearable these days, many locals flee the muggy cities for the mountains, beaches and islands, which become crowded, and accommodation prices double. There is also the chance of a typhoon or two.
Typhoon? Monsoon? It's okay. Been there, done that. But in daily business casual attire?! I've done the bit where I attempt to wear as reasonably (and appropriately) little as I can to survive the humidity of Asia while trying to avoid unwanted sunburns. That was when I was an exchange student, now I must figure out how to balance business with humidity. As a gal who spent most of her life in sunny Los Angeles and San Francisco (except when Karl the Fog came by, of course) where the weather is generally dry, I've never had any real problem dressing for any occasion. I don't plan on having that problem in Seoul.
The month of June is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 76°F to 80°F over the course of the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 69°Fonly one day in ten.
One of my Danish friends once told me, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices."
Step 2: Pack your checked luggage
I have my clothes sectioned in unequal thirds including work outfits on the left, casual outfits in the center packed tightly into my large work purse, and various toiletries/accessories/items to the right.
Step 3: Pack your carry-on luggage and/or backpack
Step 4: Have all of your travel documents and IDs in one easy to reach place!
Here I have this great and pretty cheap Buxton bag I bought off of Amazon for travel purposes. I got the burgundy color for $11.24. It was a recommendation from a friend and it's incredibly handy! There's so many pockets for card storage and a neat little mirror attached to the inner front flap. I love that this can double as a purse for a night on the town or even walking around the city.
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