Istanbul What to Pack

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    Summer in Istanbul

    by Dabs Written Jul 21, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One of the common questions from women is about dressing respectfully as many of the places people visit are mosques. I saw women wearing everything from shorts and a tank top to the local Muslim women who were wearing coats and head scarves. All of the mosques have scarves and coverings should you not be dressed appropriately so I'd advise just to wear what you are comfortable in. I brought light colored lightweight tops and convertible pants (the kind you can roll up to make capris) plus a lightweight skirt, I was warm but I think I would have been warm regardless.

    Bring a hat, the one day I didn't wear it the top of my head burned.

    Comfortable walking shoes are a must

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    Free city map from the Tourist Information

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 6, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: Istanbul is said to have six Tourist Information Offices in the European part of the city. I only visited the branch in the Sirkeci Train Station. It can be found on the outside of the new entrance to the train station.

    Here I picked up a helpful free city map, which besides the streets also the ferry ports and tram lines showed. Apart from that the main sights with short descriptions were included in the map.

    I must admit that the guy in charge was not much interested in helping me. I asked a few questions about the use of public transport, but had the feeling that I was disturbing his break.


    Tourist Information Office at Sirkeci Station
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    Packing to Istanbul

    by Raimix Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since the weather changes every day, I packed clothes for every occasion. Some days I needed to use pullover and jacket. I was expecting it to be hotter that time of year, but found every day different.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Is always better to have fresh bottled water, as Istanbul is known for dodgy tap water.

    Photo Equipment: A camera is essential to capture all these Islamic art details, street scenes, the Bosporus, etc.

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    Visa on arrival

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012

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    Miscellaneous: I visited Turkey in june and getting the Visa at the airport was rather easy. After you land and before you pass passport controls there is a counter at left where you can get visas. It costed me 15 euros (be careful, you can only pay in euros, so bring some bank notes for that).
    I took all the money in euros. It was easy to change anywhere and the rate was much more convenient at the airport than at home.

    My last trip to Turkey
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    A Shopping Heaven...

    by voyageur2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Preferably buy your luggage in Istanbul. There are many stores offering reasonable prices.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Turkey is already a leader country in textiles industry. and buying them in Istanbul will be enjoyable and cheap.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Having protective creams is better for windy days near Bosphorus.

    Photo Equipment: Istanbul is the good place for buying those items. Especialy Sirkeci is full of stores selling various products of photography.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: According to changeable spring and autumn weather, raincoats and umbrellas are useful items.

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    A guide book

    by mirchica Written Dec 11, 2010

    Miscellaneous: As you're on VT probably you prefer to travel alone with no organized trips. And probably you're already an experts. But for the ones that are not I wanna say that Istanbul is very easy to be tortuous by yourself. Transportation is easy and the landmarks are close to each other. You just need a travel book. And if you don't have the chance or you forget to buy it before your travel don't worry - you could have one there.

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    Weather attention

    by fouads Written May 30, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Istanbul weather is little complex , last time i visit it on July and the waether was hot for 5 days suddenly the weather be colder and windy for 4 days and i didn,t realize that i need jacket or some thing to wear it for this , so bring some thing with you to warm you if this happen .

    Photo Equipment: it,s better to bring with you your pro. photo equipment cause here it little bit expensive .

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    Packing for Istanbul

    by mikelisaanna Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in summer, expect to wear long pants (or long skirts for women) and shirts with at least short sleeves. This is because mosques forbid shorts and short skirts and bare shoulders and you will likely be touring mosques during your stay in Istanbul. Also, most Turkish men do not wear shorts, so you will stick out much more as a tourist if you are wearing shorts. Also, women should bring a scarf or two to carry in your purse so that you will have one to wear when touring mosques.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of toilet paper, since public bathrooms often do not have (or run out of) toilet paper. Also bring wipes and hand cleaner. If you have fair skin, also bring sunscreen, since you will do a lot of walking outdoors in Istanbul.

    In terms of medical supplies, bring something for diarrhea and food poisoning. We brought Immodium and did need it once in our 10-day visit.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of memory card capacity, extra batteries, and a charger. You will probably take a ton of photos and videos in Istanbul, and will burn through memory and batteries more quickly than usual. Photo equipment is available for sale in Istanbul, but is much more expensive than in the USA.

    Miscellaneous: Bring the following guide books:

    The Istanbul book from the DK Eyewitness travel series. It has lots of photos and info about not only the main tourist sights, but also about numerous less well-known sights thrughout the city.

    Rick Steve's Istanbul book. It contains well thought out self-guided tours through some of the main tourist sites.

    Top 10 Istanbul. This book has numerous top 10 lists (Top 10 mosques, Top 10 museums, etc.) that help you make decisions about how to spend your time.

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    Luggage service

    by Nita300 Written May 27, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: If you are in transit and need a safe room for your bags, we discovered the luggage service in the airpot. Emanet Bagaj Servici. It is located at the arricals area, after customs control. Near Starbucks. They can keep your bags for 24 hours. Rates: plastic bag 8YTL, hand bag 10YTL , luggage 12YTL, big bag 15 YTL

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    Winter clothing

    by Guzzie19 Updated Dec 30, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Forgot to take my winter underwear with me and it was kind of difficult to find
    long underwear to wear right away. If you need some walk over Istikal Caddesi (st) in Taksim area and you will find some.

    Take with you hat, gloves and a good jacket. Umbrellas are easy to find and they sell them almost everywhere for the rainy days.

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    Bring your personal supplies

    by Guzzie19 Written Dec 30, 2007

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget to bring your Tylenol or Advil, whatever you use in case of headacke
    or hangover ;) It was difficult to me to find some.

    Miscellaneous: Electricity runs 220V in Turkey. Try to bring a converter or whatever your camera charger
    or cellphone needs to recharge with 220V.

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    customize your packing list

    by traveloturc Written Jul 15, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Climatological Information for istanbul is based on monthly averages for the 72 -year period 1929 - 2000 .

    DailyMinimum DailyMaximum Total Rainfall (mm) Mean Number of Rain Days (in Celcius)
    Jan 2.9 8.7 87.3 17.7
    Feb 2.8 9.1 71.3 15.3
    Mar 3.9 11.2 63.2 13.6
    Apr 7.7 16.5 44.9 10.3
    May 12.0 21.4 32.6 7.8
    Jun 16.0 26.0 25.3 5.3
    Jul 18.5 28.4 23.7 3.6
    Aug 18.7 28.5 23.6 4.0
    Sep 15.5 25.0 44.3 6.1
    Oct 12.0 20.1 70.7 10.3
    Nov 8.5 15.3 84.7 12.9
    Dec 5.3 11.1 106.7 16.9

    DailyMinimum DailyMaximum Total Rainfall (mm) Mean Number of Rain Days (in Fahreneit)
    Jan 37.2 47.7 87.3 17.7
    Feb 37.0 48.4 71.3 15.3
    Mar 39.0 52.2 63.2 13.6
    Apr 45.9 61.7 44.9 10.3
    May 53.6 70.5 32.6 7.8
    Jun 60.8 78.8 25.3 5.3
    Jul 65.3 83.1 23.7 3.6
    Aug 65.7 83.3 23.6 4.0
    Sep 59.9 77.0 44.3 6.1
    Oct 53.6 68.2 70.7 10.3
    Nov 47.3 59.5 84.7 12.9
    Dec 41.5 52.0 106.7 16.9

    4 seasons in Istanbul

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    Bring an extra bag

    by Lomma Updated Mar 15, 2007

    Luggage and bags: Bring with you extra luggage space. You often end up with having to buy an extra bag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As for any trip in the Med Sea

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: extra antibac and some hygienic stuff can be ok. But there are ok toilettes around also.

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    When Will You Be Visiting Lovely Istanbul?

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 17, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Between the couple of trips to Istanbul I have made, both were in different seasons, one in summer, and one during the winter. This made all of the difference in the world in regards to clothing! In the summer, it was warm enough to wear short sleeve shirts, even short pants, on most days. But during the winter, it was tremendously cold, it even snowed several days I was here. A thick jacket, long sleeve shirt, and jeans or pants were a must! So depending on the time of year you visit, adjust the wardrobe you bring accordingly.

    2 constants that a visitor to Istanbul will want, regardless of the season - confortable walking shoes, and a good camera! I did so much walking here, even with my cushioned athletic shoes, my feet were still sore after each day. Worth every blister I got though! :) And if you have a digital camera, try to have a large-capacity media card or memory stick. So many photo opportunties here it will blow your mind! :)

    Me in Istanbul during Winter
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    Must haves

    by Hurrem-Roxelana Written Sep 30, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Try not to carry anything to heavy or you will regret it

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depening on which month you visit.

    Good walking shoes and be prepared to walk some steep roads
    Warm jumpers/jackets for winter
    for summer just incase a lightish top for some cool does happen

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toiletries can be brought over there just as you would find at home but can be expensive.
    Basic first aid
    Mosquito Repellent
    If you need anything to be re-charged then such equipments is a must

    Photo Equipment: A digital camera these days will more than sufice but it is up to you if you want more. Be warned that some museums will either not allow you to take photo's or charge you for the ho0nour

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach wear is always an idea you ever know where you may end up

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