DMZ, South Korea: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to DMZ, South Korea? If you're planning to go to DMZ, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to DMZ, South Korea

Based on the climate and weather in DMZ, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for DMZ, South Korea by month

January

If you go to DMZ in January, you will notice that it is frigid and very hazy. Expect it to snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Very heavy socks

February

February in this region is cold and very hazy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It snows occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots

March

If you are traveling to DMZ in March, you will notice that it is pretty cool and very hazy. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella

April

If you vacation in DMZ during April, you are likely to find that it is crisp and very hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear

May

If you visit DMZ during May, you are likely to find that it is warm and very hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

June

In June, DMZ is extremely warm, somewhat rainy and very hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for DMZ, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear

July

In July, DMZ is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and very hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for DMZ, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

August

If you visit DMZ during August, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

September

If you vacation in DMZ during September, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

October

If you go to DMZ in October, you will notice that it is mild and very hazy. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella

November

Traveling to DMZ in November, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces

December

December in DMZ can be brisk and very hazy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains sometimes and snows occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for DMZ, South Korea

Here are some general tips on what to wear in DMZ, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types F
  • A SIM card that works in DMZ
  • Appropriate museum wear

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