How do people in Russia survive the winter?

January 9, 2019

The fact that it gets cold in Russia in winter is not necessarily something new. How cold it really is, however, and how best to cope with the icy temperatures, you will only find out once you have really experienced it. Here are my ultimate tips for surviving the Russian winter!

1. With fur and felt and layers

The onion look turned out to be an absolute winner for me. Despite the restricted freedom of movement, I kept resorting to several pullovers, tops and scarves to defy the cold. The only problem: you have to take off all your shifts every time you go to the supermarket. My favorite piece of clothing: my wool socks! These are also available in the highly fashionable version as overknee stockings.

But be careful: I warn you again about restricted freedom of movement - with two tights, one pair of jeans and overknee wool socks, it is unfortunately no longer possible to bend the knees

Russia is also the land of warm fur coats. Whether as an accessory on the hat, as a collar on the jacket or as a floor-length coat, as soon as you leave the house you see a lot of people wrapped in fur. Traditionally, valenki - felt boots - ensure warm feet. Since these shoes are made entirely of felt, feet can get wet quickly when it snows. To counteract this, there are also rubber overshoes, so-called galoschi, for the boots.

2. Sweating in the sauna

The sauna, or banya, is a typical Russian facility, an absolute must when visiting Russia, especially in winter. In the banya it is common to hit each other with birch branches. This stimulates the blood circulation and the birch branches also have an anti-inflammatory effect.

3. Ice bathing

Most people are familiar with the pictures from TV: A bunch of good-humored people jump into an icy lake in the freezing cold, as if they couldn't imagine anything better in the world. The Russian Orthodox Christians follow this Russian tradition not only to harden their immune systems, but to wash themselves clean of their sins. I have to admit, however, that I don't necessarily feel the need to have that ultimate Russian winter experience. For those who feel the same, I therefore recommend tip number 4 ...

4. Eating

What is the best protection against the cold? A layer of fat. And good Russian home cooking is clearly the right way to feed yourself exactly that and keep your body functioning properly. The guilty conscience does not even get a word: After all, you eat for your own health, not to say pure survival!

5. Stay inside

So simple and yet so ingenious! Probably the most comfortable solution to avoid the freezing temperatures: You just stay inside and make yourself comfortable. The houses are very heated, regulation is often only possible by opening the window. The problems only arise when you have to leave the house.

The easiest way is to simply travel to Russia in the summer and avoid the uncomfortable temperatures. But I'm a little happy to experience at least a little bit of the Russian winter. I haven't seen so much snow at home for a long time, not to mention the low temperatures!

What's coming in from out there?
It can only be an onion.
Her gait is very stiff and she can barely move
but the many layers are a blessing!
Because if you want to survive the Russian winter, believe me
you need more layers of clothing than just four.
Fur and rope and fur,
so that you look like a walking mushroom.
Are you wrestling with the cold
it should help to jump into an icy lake.
Do you lack the courage to do this?
Don't worry: sweating in the sauna is just as good!
But there is one thing you must never forget:
Your best friend is and will be food!
Because nothing protects better against Russian winters
than a big butt
Preferably indoors in the house
this is a feast!