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Traveling to Russia or Ukraine During Cold Weather?

2. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

The weather in Russia and the Ukraine can be a challenge during the cold winter months. It can also be unpredictable; some years, it is routinely below zero, while others, it is far less cold. The best thing to do is to plan for extremely cold weather and pack the right gear to deal with any temperature.


Bring the Right Clothing

If you are going during the colder months, be sure to bring clothing that can protect you from extreme temperatures. You should bring a warm winter coat, a hat, gloves, long underwear, wool socks and good, warm boots. When you go out, dress in layers so that you can add or remove clothing as needed to get comfortable when going from the cold outdoors to warm interiors of buildings. For instance, layer a t-shirt, dress shirt, sweater and coat.


Dress for the level of activity that you’ll be taking on that day. If you are going on a walking tour where you will be moving a lot, you’ll need to bundle up less than you would on a day that you will be sitting still.


Ukrainians Know How to Deal with Cold

Even when it is cold outside, you can find comfortable spots to warm up for a bit. Buildings will be kept warm to combat freezing weather outside. The train stations are also usually well-heated. If the cold is getting to you, step inside somewhere for a bit to take off the chill. Once again, dress in layers. The difference in temperature between the indoors and outdoors can leave you feeling uncomfortably warm once you get inside.


Stay Warm the Way Ukrainians Do

Many places you go, you will be offered hot soup or tea when you come in from the cold. A hot cup of tea is just the thing after being outside in chilly, windy weather. You will find that you appreciate Ukrainian ladies’ warm hospitality even more than usual when the weather gets cold.


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