Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Tampons, Peanut Butter, and Ziploc bags


Yep. All things I am planning on taking with me to Bulgaria.

Vince thinks I am crazy (he’s probably right), but I’d rather lug an extra few pounds in my bags than find myself in BG with only scented, applicator-less tampons–ick!

(Thanks, Karolinka, for the tip on tampons!)

More than once he has told me, “We don’t live in the jungle! You can buy it all here!”

He’s so cute! I know there are no jungles in Bulgaria! 😉

The Ziplocs and peanut butter just come as a result of a few blogs I have read. Peanut butter is available, although I hear it’s a bit hard to find and is rather “expensive.” Ziploc bags (or anything similar), from what I have read, are not available in Bulgaria. So, if I have the space, why not take them?

However, with the way I tend to pack, extra space is a rare thing. I suppose it comes down to priorities.

The tampons are a must, but the funny thing is, I don’t like peanut butter all that much, and I cannot imagine needing plastic bags very often. Still, the little bit of OCD-Whitney in me just won’t be comfortable flying 30,000 feet in the air knowing a jar of peanut butter and boxes of Ziploc baggies (in various sizes) aren’t tucked safely away in my suitcases.

I’m a weirdo.

Other than a few random kitchen/cooking items, I consider the rest of my packing list to be pretty normal: warm clothes to get me through the winter, my electronic gadgets, wedding photos for the in-laws, and essential sundries/toiletries–including a jumbo, Costco box of Tampax, to be sure!

Another post on my adventures in packing is sure to come.

I am breaking out in hives just thinking about that 50 lb. limit.

Until then,


10 thoughts on “Tampons, Peanut Butter, and Ziploc bags

  1. Pingback: Another Journey, Another Packing Adventure « Girl Meets Bulgaria

  2. I just found your blog and am super excited for you! I used to live in Russia and your pics make me remember! On a personal note from a stranger…have you ever tried the Diva cup instead of tampons? It is AMAZING! I could get tampons in Russia but they were expensive and they came in like small packs of 8!!!! Ach! You can buy the Diva cup at like Whole Foods and believe me it is strange at first but then 100% worth it!

  3. The tampon thing I can relate to – They only have cardboard ones here in Aus, so I have the Tampax Pearls sent to me quarterly. I had a girlfriend here borrow one and I loved the “Is there plastic on every single one of these?! Or do you need it back??….It’s on ALL of them?? How anti-environment!” And fyi – I didn’t ask for the applicator back. (I DID find some plastic applicator ones in a the discount bin randomly once. Since Aussies don’t use them, they end up there I guess! So keep an eye on discount bins!)

  4. Other things you might want to think about are any over the counter meds you might take on a regular basis – migraine meds, allergy tablets, favorite (I’ve clearly been in the UK too long as that word now looks weird without a u!) deodorant. It’s definitely worth bringing a few extras if you really like a certain brand. Even with all the American-ness in the UK I stock up on this stuff regularly because the strength of OTC products are much less than what we are used to in the US!

  5. Whitney,take what you need, I bring peanut butter and my pillow every single trip………

  6. I love this post, Whitney. I cracked up, but am comforted in knowing it sounds like you have a wonderful family and friends to support you and mail you tampons whenever necessary! (Costco is the best.)

  7. Don’t worry too much. You’ll be able to find what you need or find substitutions as necessary!! I’ve found more and more American brands are available in Sofia than ever before.

    • I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t worry! But really, I am just excited to be there. I don’t care if I can’t find the exact thing I need. I am not all that high-maintenance, I will manage just fine! However, I do appreciate the tip on tampons! I know I’d be able to find what I need eventually, but I can’t envision myself running around the city looking for unscented, applicator tampons (all the while with a wad of toilet paper you-know-where!). Heads would roll and my poor husband would probably find himself on a late night 4-hour drive to Sofia to find me some Tampax. I think I will just prevent WWIII and bring some with me to get me by for a few months–until I learn the lay of the land.

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