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Winter Snow

Preparing for Bulgarian winter

I arrived in Bulgaria last October after having just spent one year in the Dominican Republic. My suitcase was not winter ready at all. My belongings were mostly t-shirts, skirts, sandals and a few cardigans. Generally, the weather in October in Bulgaria isn’t too bad and when I arrived I managed to survive by buying a few sweaters and a warm jacket. As the winter went on I added to my wardrobe gradually but the weather was quite mild and I never really got around to buying a lot of warm clothes. This was quite unusual as it’s common for Bulgarian winters to see lots of snow and temperatures of minus 10-20. I told myself that next year I would be organised and go shopping for some nice, appropriately warm clothes before the bad weather arrived.

Now, I am sitting at home wearing fleece pyjamas and watching the first snowfall of this year thinking to myself – I didn’t go and buy winter clothes.

So, while I make my list of things I think I need to prepare for this Bulgarian winter, I thought I would share that list with you.

And maybe if you notice that I’m missing something you can help me out by adding to it below!


1. Warm coat – this is a must, a long coat with a lot of padding and a large hood is preferable.

2. Hats – we all know that you lose a lot of heat from your head so a good woolly / fur hat is essential.

3. Scarves and gloves – You can’t do anything when your hands are frozen so get some good thick gloves.

4. Sweaters – these are great as you can just put them on top of your t-shirts to make layers.

5. Winter boots – I tend to wear heels but that’s not really an option when there is a few feet of snow. A good pair of walking boots are needed.

6. Fleece jackets – great to have around the house or office to wear as an additional layer when it’s really chilly.

7. Thick socks and tights – because my toes also get frozen even inside the winter boots.

8. Blankets – I just want blankets everywhere, in the living room, in the office, in the car.

9. Thermal underwear – I don’t want to buy this but if the temperatures reach minus 20 I am definitely considering it!

10. Wine – if all else fails and you can’t get warm then a bottle of wine isn’t a bad idea.


wine and snow






Have I forgotten something? Help me out and let me know!

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Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca is the founder of Eat Stay Love Bulgaria, she is from London and a born traveller. She’s lived and worked in Dubai and the Caribbean before moving to Bulgaria. After falling in love with the country the idea came to share all its beauty with the world through Eat Stay Love Bulgaria. She’s always wanting to try something new and loves writing about her adventures and the hidden gems she finds here.