What to Wear in Bulgaria

Plovdiv in May

Plovdiv in May

Kabana district, Plovdiv, May

Kabana district, Plovdiv, May

Exploring ruins at Nesebar, in June

Exploring ruins at Nesebar, in June

Sunny Beach, Black Sea coast, in June

Sunny Beach, Black Sea coast, in June

Exploring the Old Town, July

Exploring the Old Town, July

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, August

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, August

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General Style Tips

  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as camisoles or t-shirt for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long-sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
  • In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime as there are loads of cobbled streets. We love Hotter shoes for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, save your high heels for the evenings. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - your pashmina can come in handy for this too.
  • Our advice would be to save your shorts and sarong for the beach, wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist and skimpy tight-fitting clothes may get you unwanted attention.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • The winter months (November, December, January, February and March) are freezing cold and, as well as layers, you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles.
  • It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
  • Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella, even in the summer.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Also take a comfy shoulder bag or day pack to carry your sightseeing essentials and keep your hands free.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Ceramics, wood carvings and copper ware are all popular items.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.