Camping is one of our favourite activities. There’s nothing better than hanging out with nature for a whole weekend, hiking around mountains, dipping your toes in lakes and drinking beer by a campfire.
However, we were a little stumped when it came to logistics. We didn’t have a car so all of our gear would need to be carried onto a crowded bus or two. We definitely wouldn’t be able to bring everything we would normally bring when camping in Canada.
In order to save you a little time researching different websites on your computer, we’ve compiled a comprehensive packing list for camping in Korea.
- Small backpack – Our recommendation: Eddie Bauer Stowaway Packable Daypacks. If you’ve been following us for a while then you know we travel everywhere we these. They’re perfect for any kind of travelling because they are lightweight, foldable and comfortable.
- Large backpack – Our recommendation: MEC Mistral 40 Backpack. Another favourite of ours since you can fit a bunch of stuff in without it feeling too heavy on your back.
- Drybag – If you plan on being near water these things will keep all of your electronics dry.
- Cooler – We bought a small one here in Korea, just big enough for essentials like milk, eggs and a few other things.
- Tent – You can purchase a decent quality tent for about $35 CAD on Gmarket.
- Sleeping bag
- Blanket – If you’re camping during the summer, this is something you most certainly won’t need as Korea gets very, very hot, even at night. This is more for if you plan on camping in the fall and want to stay cozy.
- Sleeping pad – Try to get one with a pillow so that you don’t have to pack that extra piece!
- Lighter/matches + newspaper
- Portable camping stove – You can buy these at large grocery and department stores for about $25 CAD.
- Swiss army knife
- Dish towel (one to wash and another to dry)
- Towel – Our recommendation: Packtowel Ultralite Towel. These are perfect for travelling since they fold up into small squares and dry really quickly!
- Chair – Yo can purchase these for about $15 CAD on Gmarket.
- Cards – For drinking games, duh.
- Portable speaker – Great for playing tunes while sipping beer by a campfire.
- Battery pack – Essential for charging your electronics while camping out in the wilderness.
Food & Dishes
- Biodegradable dish soap
- Large container to clean the dishes
- Small pot for cooking
- Utensils – Our recommendation: Light My Fire Spork. It’s a 3-in-1 utensil and it’s only $3 CAD.
- Garbage bag
- Reusable water bottle – Our recommendation: Vapur Element The Anti-Bottle. Durable, collapsible and portable. What more could a traveller want in a water bottle?
- Granola bars + snacks
- Beer – You can buy food and beer at various corner stores. There are usually a few near popular camping spots.
- Hiking boots – Our recommendation: Eddie Bauer Lukla Pro Mid Hiker. These babies are super comfortable, light weight and waterproof!
- Rain jacket
- Socks x 3
- Bathing suit
- Insect repellent
- Toothbrush and paste
- First aid kit + medication
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer/Soap
- Lip balm (with SPF)
Where to Buy Your Camping Gear
As we mentioned earlier, we bought most of our gear online on Gmarket. They’ve got great deals and everything gets delivered right to your door in just a few days! For only about $100 CAD we bought a tent, 2 chairs, a small table, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping pads.
Gmarket is pretty easy and straightforward to use, but if you’re unsure check out this handy video by Simon and Martina, long-time expats in Korea, to help you get started.
A Few Tips for Camping Korean-style
- Don’t bother bringing tons of food with you. There will be tons of convenience stores nearby or even restaurants. We recommend only bringing 1 bottle of water and a few snacks, and stocking up on the rest once you arrive. Same goes with alcohol.
- Bring A LOT of insect repellent. Korean mosquitoes are fierce. They’re like little ninjas! You don’t even feel them bite you until you’re covered in bites from head to toe the next day.
- You can camp basically anywhere. And it’s free (most of the time)! Just be respectful and pick up your trash once you leave. If you’re really unsure, opt not to make a fire and keep the noise down.
Have you been camping in Korea?
What was your experience like?
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