Miscellaneous: Several things made my trip to Turkey pleasant, most used and helpful were walkie-talkies so that my daughter and I could communicate when we separated in markets, etc. In my journal I noticed a big star beside my walk-into-the-water beach shoes (for stoney beaches). We also used hand disinfectant before eating our picnic foods..water of course was not available under picnicing conditions. A small "sample" bottle lasted four weeks.
- Family Travel
Things to bring
Luggage and bags: It is hard to visit Istanbul and come back home without any souvenirs. Be sure to leave some space in your bags for a water pipe or a backgammon game. You could even put a small collapsible bag inside your luggage, leaving it reserved for things purchased at the Grand Bazaar or the Arasta Bazaar.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A lot of people make the mistake of assuming Istanbul is warm the entire year. If you are traveling in the late winter/early spring, bring an umbrella and a warm jacket. I could not believe how cold it was in March, not to mention how much it rained!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Unless you find a supermarket, most shops have a limited supply of toiletry options. Sure, you can find aftershave lotion, but it might not be of the same quality that you are used to in your home country.
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film, as you will likely pay a lot more for it in Istanbul. Plus, the quality might not be the same. If you need a replacement battery or your camera brakes, there is a whole block of camera shops a minute away from Sirkeci train station.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to Istanbul during the summer, bring sunscreen and a hat. A compass might also come in handy.
Books for your trip
We took the 'Dorling Kindersely Guide' with us (a good balance of information) and the 'Companion Guide', by John Freely.
There are a number of books by Turkish writers, read before, during and after the trip, and I particularly recommend:
Orhan Pamuk: 'My name is Red'.
I've reviewed it in my bookclub
Perihan Magden : 'The Messenger Boy Murders.'
Yasar Kamal : 'Mehmet, My Hawk'
There are a number of translations of the poems of Nazim Hikmet available.
One VT member who has a really beautiful website with Turkish writing quoted alongside beautiful pictures is Rumisabuncu
- Arts and Culture
Pack list for the weather
Luggage and bags: Since many VTes are asking me about the weather there.Let me tell you something;
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 4Winter and Autumn
anything for winter:
in winter,Istanbul is cold and snowy most of times.Usually,the weather starts getting bad within end of november till middle of march.
Autumn is warm and rainy or warm and sunny ( you never know)
4Summer and Spring
Anything for summer included ;sandals,umbrella,raincoat,a few sweaters (can be rainy sometimes)
Istanbul is humid and hot in Summer and rainy and sunny in Spring (most of times is sunny and fresh there)
Suggested time to go is spring (april,may) and autumn (september,november)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you dont need to bring anything you can anything there.Pharmacies are open bwtn 9a.m. -7.30 pm. Besides these times ,you can find "Nobetci Ezcane" which open after 7.30 pm till the morning.To find those Pharmacies on guard just check the the windows of the closed pharmacies. You will see a list there,which tells you the addresses of closest guard pharmacies around there
Photo Equipment: you can find anything,you dont need to bring anything.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping areas are out of Istanbul either Outdoor Gears. Beacher are in Prince's Island and out of Istanbul which names Kilyos.
Miscellaneous: ISTANBUL Turizm Polisi (The cop of the tourist)
Yerebatan Cad. No:6 - Istanbul / TÜRKiYE
Tel : +90 (212) 528 53 69.
For the weather
(for the map of Istanbul)
if i forgot to add something,please remind me.
Since i am not going there as a tourist,i might not be that objective :-))
Preparing my next trip .....
Luggage and bags: Less than 20 KG
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton shirt and jeans - HONDA NHC minded, a white jacket and as real citizen of Ghent
in our heart carrying the symbol of "Klokke Roeland" - the great Triomphante and voice of Honda in Europe.
Furthermore a symbol of our NHC theme - a dark green Poloshirt showing the "Paperrazzia" emblem - We will go for the World Convention
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Depends on the team members
Photo Equipment: A Canon Digital 300D
Miscellaneous: Yep, that item is not so common there, so it might be helpful if you carry around your own supply.
Otherwise, you might end up in some restaurant/bar/public restroom (especially in non-tourist areas) without it.
Try feslegen yagi.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellant a must in summer! bring it with you, or if already in istanbul, try feslegen yagi, which is basil oil. works well if you use lots. relatively inexpensive if you bargain with the shopkeepers in the egyptian bazaar, and it smells much better than chemical mosquito repellents.
- Budget Travel
Comfortable Walking Shoes..
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You definitely need a comfortable walking shoes.. If you are coming in summer, select a sandal type..
Thin clothes for summer.. Rain is a very rare in summer..
Photo Equipment: You can find all kind of Photo equipments..
Medicine may be cheaper
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some medicines may turn out to be cheaper than in your home country. Most are sold over-the-counter. Some visitors try to stock up on regullary used medicines. [pharmacy = eczane (pronounced ed-zah-ne)]
Good quality film
Photo Equipment: If you've run out of film in your camera and need to buy some more, try to buy from photography shops and busy malls. Small shops and groceries also tend to have some, but you can never be sure of how long they have been there, and under what conditions.
In winter is really cold here
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although most of the tourist go in summer, Turkey is also beautiful in winter.
If you come at this season, be prepared for A REAL WINTER. In summer here is bl**dy hot, but in winter is freezing cold, snow and all that, so bring warm clothes....
Luggage and bags: It's good to have a little daypack to wear while walking (you'll want to carry water with you probably). Just for safety, make sure someone can't open it without you knowing from behind, especially if you are in very crowded markets.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take some kind of anti-diarhea medication. Much better to have it if you need it! Drink lots of water (bottled) if you are there in the summer and are walking a lot, it's easy to get dehydrated.
Luggage and bags: You can leave your large bags in your hotel or the place you stay but have a freebag and an extra small bag while you travel in the city daily.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you come in autumn or spring times do not trust the weather can change througout the day very quickly
Miscellaneous: I thought that I would take a little Turkish currency with me, so asked my UK bank to get me £200, just for 'spending money'. I collected the currency today (28 Nov). For every £1.00 I received just over 2 million Turkish Lira! Altogether 405,000,000 Lira!! So now when the cofee costs me TL 10 million, I won't mind!!
Miscellaneous: And Now The Weather