Almost two years after we bought tickets for the Map of the Soul: 7 tour, we’re finally getting ready to see BTS! We’ll be seeing them in Los Angeles as part of their four-date Permission to Dance: On Stage concert series. It’ll take a flight, rental car, and overnight in a hotel to see our boys, but we’re up for the challenge. All of the concerts we’ve attended in the past were pre-pandemic, so this upcoming adventure left us wondering what to pack for a BTS concert during COVID. We’re hoping we can finally get to Seoul after our trip was cancelled almost two years ago!
We’ve done our research, and we’re going to share our plan with you! If you’re regular readers, you already know that several people in our household live with underlying medical conditions plus two of us have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This, of course, has led us to take this pandemic very seriously. We understand that not everyone is going to take the preventive measures that we consider essential, so take whatever you need from this post and leave the rest!
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What’s in this post:
- Packing list
- For the plane
- Concert bag
- Sightseeing ideas
BTS Concert Packing List
We could not be more excited to be packing our bags for a BTS concert! Seriously, not being able to go to Japan and Seoul last year was definitely heartbreaking. We see that Japan is starting to open up its borders, though, so we’re hopeful that our relocation can get back on track. In the meantime, we’ve got this trip to look forward to!
For the plane
They are keeping airplanes cleaner than they used to, which is great. It doesn’t hurt, though, to wipe everything down yourself and keep your hands clean. You don’t want to catch something that can jeopardize your concert plans (and potentially put others at risk)!
- ID and credit cards in my BT21 wallet (RJ!!!)
- Hand sanitizer (we hang these from our backpacks/belt loops)
- Travel size Lysol/Clorox wipes
- Latex gloves (for the bathroom, I don’t care who laughs at this!)
- Purple Masks
- Mask holder (like this one!)
- Ear buds
- Phone chargers
- Be sure to read our guide to staying healthy on flights!
For the hotel
We know that some hotels have added extra cleaning protocols to keep guests safer during the pandemic. If you have underlying health conditions or risk factors, fellow ARMIES, please take extra steps to protect yourself. Be sure to read our guide to cleaning and sanitizing hotel rooms.
- Vaccination cards (in a protective sleeve)
- Flip flops/slippers (we like these!)
- Soap pump
- Pillow cases (we just don’t trust hotels!)
- Latex gloves (for cleaning)
- Mini Lysol sprays (for cleaning surfaces in hotel and rental car)
- Mini mouthwash
- Skin products, lotion, lip balm
- Diffuser (we use essential oils to stay healthy, for travel anxiety, and sleep)
- Ramen for after the concert!
If you’re going to an outdoor concert at night during the winter months, you might get cold if you don’t dress appropriately. Yes, we know you want to look super cute but you’ll still be adorable even if you’re warm! It’s a good idea to wear layers so that you can add or remove things as needed.
- Undies and socks (at least one pair per day – I might pee myself, though, when I actually see Seokjinnie!)
- Undershirt or tank top (my oldest daughter will be Namjooning in this!)
- Regular long-sleeve shirt (I’m wearing this for sightseeing from Etsy!)
- Zippered outerwear (I love this one from Uniqlo because it protects my neck from the cold)
- We are wearing these BTS purple zip hoodies (RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, or Jungkook)
- Optional items:
Every stadium has its own rules, so please, please get familiar with them before you head to the concert. We’ll be at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California this time around, and they have a whole “BTS at SoFi Stadium Know Before You Go” section of their website.
- Stadium-compliant clear backpack or bag
- Vaccine card with case/lanyard
- ARMY membership card (you might need it!)
- ARMY bomb/light stick (add some decorations!)
- Picket fan
- Hand sanitizer
- Wipes (for the arm rests or messes)
- Mask holder and extra masks
- Latex gloves (for the bathroom)
- Portable battery charger
- Extra batteries for ARMY bomb
- Lip balm
- Collapsible water bottle or empty plastic water bottle
- Ear buds
- Pen (you never know – you might need to sign for payment!)
- Wrist lanyard for phone (you don’t want to drop it!)
Sightseeing In Koreatown/Little Tokyo
While we’re in Los Angeles, we’re going to take the opportunity to do some quick shopping. We’ve got an Asian market here in Boise, and I love it, but there are many things that I can’t find. I’m literally taking an extra suitcase just so I can bring stuff home. Yes, we also do a lot of shopping at online Asian grocery stores, but it’s not the same.
What’s on our list? We want to grab some tteokbokki, cheese corn dogs, and fried chicken at the food stalls, and then check out H-Mart for snacks and cooking staples like doenjang, gochujang, and specialty ramen that I’m not able to find anywhere (fingers crossed!). We’re also just looking to browse through the popular shopping areas and stop at the local shrine to drop off my omamori charms since I can’t get to Japan.
- Smile Hot Dog (for our favorite Korean corn dogs, tteokbokki and even poutine!)
- Coco Ichibanya (one of our favorite curry spots in Japan)
- Paris Baguette (delicious bakery)
- Galleria Market (I’m bringing a whole empty suitcase for groceries!)
- K-Pop Music Town
- Nijiya Market
- Tokyo Japanese Lifestyle (home goods)
- Daiso (our fave Japanese “dollar store!”)
We won’t have a ton of time before the concert because we want to get there early enough to grab merch as soon as the doors open. If you’re driving, be sure to review your venue’s parking and transportation guidelines (these are the ones for SoFi) so you won’t be scrambling on the day of the concert. Be as prepared as possible and expect the unexpected. Then, just let yourself be excited about seeing BTS after all this time! If I learn anything on this trip, I’ll come back and update the post.