It’s winter in Korea. That means donning your thick winter coat, gluing your Daiso hand warmer to your hands and sitting tight until summer comes again.
As the mercury and your bank balance begin its free fall, all you can do is crank up the heat, and watch as your money slowly melts away.
Well, if this is you, you’re not alone.
After spending some years in Korea I have learned some cost-effective ways for you to stay warm in your apartment this winter.
Read on to find out.
Daiso hand warmer:
Where can I buy Hotpacks in Korea
Now if you’ve never been to Korea, you’re probably clueless what these are. They are little warm packs that you can buy from your local convenience store or Daiso.
Daiso is like a dollar store, where everything is really cheap.
The packs cost about 1,000 won, and last for hours!
How to use a Heatpack from Daiso
All you have to do is give them a tight squeeze for activation and then keep shaking them; as Patty Shukia would say:
Shake your hands 1, 2, 3
Shake your hands, Shake with me
They are popular among Korean’s for a reason, and we think they really are worth it.
Look for the ones that have numbers on the package next to 시. This will tell you long how long it will last.
It’s probably not a good idea to put them directly on your skin, but between a layer of clothing is great, and it gives you some added warmth.
Here a the best Daiso hand warmers money can buy:
Top Five Korean Hand Warmers:
Stick it on Hot pack.
Hot Hot Hands
All Day Long Fire
Mickey Mouse and Friends
More Tips to Stay Warm During the Korean Winter:
Firstly, you should take a trip to Daiso and buy your self some bubble wrap to cover your windows and doors.
It’s ridiculously cheap and a great way to save money on your heating bills!
If you can, get the sheets with the larger bubbles as they provide better insulation.
You don’t need to be skilled in DIY to apply it!
- Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window.
- Spray some water onto the window surface
- Apply the bubble wrap.
If it keeps coming off, you can also buy some cheap tape to go around edges!
One thing to note,
your visibility will be affected, but it’s only temporary and what’s more important to you?
A nice view of your neighbors apartment, or saving some cash and staying warm in Korea?
I know which one i would choose.
Korean heated floor mat
This is possibly one of the best things I own in my apartment-
A Korean Heated Floor Mat
True, it does make it exceptionally difficult getting out of bed, and there are the dangers of removing myself from society by never leaving my mat.
However, these dangers are warranted by the fact that it keeps me warm and cozy during the Korean winter
Just hop onto G-market or make your way down to Home-plus and you will find a selection of electric blankets to choose from.
It’s certainly a must buy while you live here!
So far, the hand warmer, bubble wrap, and electric blanket should be heating you up. If you’re still struggling, don a layer of heat tech!
Heat-tech Extra Warm Innerwear
I always thought Uniqlo heat tech is fantastic at maintaining my body temperature while also feeling really comfortable.
A heatech ribbed long-sleeve T-shirt and some extra warm long johns are some of the best innerwear you can buy.
If you don’t have the heat tech, ask Santa to get you some!
Try looking out for a Uniqlo sale, sometimes you can pick them with a 30-40% discount.
After getting some extra warm innerwear, you will be able to withstand anything Korea throws at you.
Get yourself a thermal heat flask, fill it with hot water and tea and gulp it down!
Using a thermal flask is great, as it means you don’t have to keep going back to the kettle to boil water every 5 minutes; save more money.
Not only will you feel refreshed, and you will also be warming up your body by enhancing your blood circulation.
Your Korean hand warmer and thermal flask should keep you toasty this bitterly cold winter.
Roll on Summer I say!
- Remember don’t sacrifice your health over money. If it does get unbearably cold, crank up that heating and stay warm during the cold season.