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While in Turkey, you just must experience a Turkish bath, so do carry along a swim suit. There are hot springs/ terraces in Pammukale, so it would be good to soak in them too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Also carry water proof shoes or a thick bag to hold your shoes while you get into the water.
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Drinking water becomes a problem. You have to keep on buying packaged plastic bottles even at restaurants. Anyhow, when you fly in make sure you don't throw away the bottled water that they give yo in the plane. Carry them with you- that will be two bottles less to purchase while travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No hard and fast rule. There are tourists from all over the world in different attires depending upon the country they have come from. If you are Indian, you can wear a salwaar kameez too. In the summers it is very hot and we regretted not getting along our flip flops.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen is a very good idea for the summers.
Antalya, Turkey's Southern Coast published by Mert Basim (MB) is an excellent 112 page near A4 size guidebook on Antalya and Southern Turkey. It contains lots of information and colourful photos of interesting tourist attractions and destinations of Antalya and other cities in Southern Turkey including Kas, Side, Kemer and Alanya.
It costs between 10.00 to 15.00 Turkish lira (approximately 5.00 to 7.50 euros) a copy. Bargaining is necessary in Antalya. You can put your bargaining power to test! You can purchase the guidebook from several souvenir shops at Kaleici Old Town near the harbour. Make it a point to purchase a copy of this excellent guidebook on the first day of your vacation in the city of Antalya!
Miscellaneous: This is an excellent souvenir photograph plate to be taken back with you to your country! We purchased it from our Dalyan river cruise near Marmaris. The photograph was taken along Dalyan River near the King Tomb. The souvenir plate is waterproof, covered in plast with your photograph imprinted in it complete with a dark wooden stand. The plate is measuring approximately 15 centimeter in diameter. It cost between six and seven euros per piece back in 2003 - wonderful to look at and admire and to display in your cupboard!
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Turkey produces one of the best cotton in the world. I suggest you bring an empty luggage with you and do a shopping spree in Turkey. You'll be surprised to see that they have a very good immitation of Branded lines of clothing in the Grand bazzar, Spice bazzar, even their night flea market along Sultan Ahmed. And believe me, they are of good quality and cheap. Between Grand bazzar and Spice bazzar, I found it cheaper to shop at the Spice bazzar and it's less crowded. And don't be ashame to bargain, that's the usual norm around there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always wear a comfortable shoes. You'll do a lot of walking anywhere in Turkey.
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I recently went to China and a person brought an extra bag full of only bubble wrap. I thought it silly until they had plenty of room to bring back the most gorgeous ceramics safely!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes that you can wash in the sink and will dry quickly overnight so that you don't have to pack damp clothes. Bring a small bag of clothes soap, a plug for the sink, a clothes line and some clips.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Immodium, antibiotics, body powder for hot climates. Try to slim down your tolietries. Find a all in one soap for body hair and face. Pare down your makeup. I have very short hair so I don't have to worry about blowdryers, hair gel ect.
Photo Equipment: Digital and plenty of memory cards. Use rechargable batteries. Bring a few regular batteries just in case.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hat and sunglasses.
On the US Dept. of State's travel page on Turkey it mentions that a visa is needed for US residents to visit Turkey. There, & on other sites, it mentions getting the visa upon arrival. I do not recommend this...we heard stories about people waiting forever to get them once they got there & even being denied. I can't imagine taking that flight not knowing whether I'd get a visa & the waiting thing is against my impatient nature;-) My suggestion is to get it from the embassy or consulate before you go. For me, it took one day to mail, one day to process & one day to get back...it was efficient & there were no problems. You do have a choice between single entry and multiple entry which is good for a year, 3 month stays at a time. After those 3 months, you have to leave the country for a short (very short) time & then you can come back in. The multiple-entry visa must be purchased before you leave.
It sure makes the initial entry & other visits hassle free, knowing you already have that visa.
I think people really, truly underestimate how cold Turkey can be in winter. We can't count how often we met other travellers who underestimate the weather in Turkey and dress light winter/autumn gear only to find themselves shivering away when visiting attractions in Turkey. My down jacket was my lifesaver and it also helped I wore long johns beneath my jeans for colder climates.
We experienced our coldest weather in Canakkale (very strange because they say it never snows in the Aegean), with light snow and icy winds. Temperatures average 4 degrees during the day and I presume below zero at night.
Hence we recommend all the normal winter gear like beanies, gloves, down jackets (which is also waterproof for rain), thick socks, thick pants and everything else you need for winter. If you stinge, you may have an unpleasant winter holiday.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film (because it is more expensive) or if you are using a digital camera, an extra battery and memory card. You will be taking lots and lots of pictures.
Miscellaneous: MP3 player especially for those long, boring bus journeys. For some reason, they don't allow you to use the handphone, even for games and sms on the bus.
Bring creamer if you are like me, prefer tea with milk. Turkish tea (chai) is strong and bitter and comes without milk. It is so hard to get milk for your tea that you are better off just buying your own creamer and adding it yourself. After my third attempt to try and get milk, I distinctively gave up and just bought sachets of creamer from the local supermarket.
There are even places in Turkey that will refuse to give you milk for your tea as if it will offtend their sensibilities or will charge you extra for adding a little milk.
Alternatively you can drink loads of apple tea which many tourists do inadvertly while in Turkey. Unfortunately it is not a habit for Turkish people to drink apple tea. That is saved for us, foreign tourists.
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HEADACHE & STOMACH TABLETS
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll get some kind of stomach bug over here. Unless you’re from the idle east, the change in diet will have your digestive system utterly perplexed and struggling to come. Be prepared to feel a little queasy at least once when something doesn’t agree with you, but don’t let it spoil your enjoyment of this country’s wonderful cuisine.
EARPLUGS & TRAVEL CUSION
If you’re travelling overland in Turkey tthese are also essential items. Even if you’re in a luxurious coach, it won’t compensate for the frankly poor state of some Turkish roads. The vibration and shuddering from endless potholes conspired to keep me awake, and without these items it as extremely hard to get any shut-eye on overnight trips!
English language bookshops are virtually nonexistent over here. Though you may find book-swaps at some hostels, and the odd shelf-worth in some big Turkish bookshops, if you want something decent to read you’re best off brining it from home. If you’re visiting a friend living in the country I guarantee they’ll be eternally grateful if you find some room in your pack to bring a few new releases over!
If you travel to Turkey in summer, expect HIGH temperatures, ok?! I mean, there is no but, or maybe, or possibly cooler weather. We had TONS OF SUN for 14 days straight. 37, 38, 40, 42 Celsius. So bring LIGHT, cotton clothing, comfortable flip flops or similar open shoes. Sneakers are a good option as well, if you do not feel too hot, cause it is better to walk around in them.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some pills for stomack pain or diarrhoea, although the risk for stomack problems exists only if you drink tap water, take drinks with lots of ice cubes and eat too much donner kebab, or spicy food sold on the street.
LOTS OF SUNSCREEN... lots of it (I actually took a look at the price of a product I was using, the Nivea baby sunscreen cream, 30 SPF, and it was twice as expensive than Macedonia)
Miscellaneous: One of those things that kill mosquitos... Sorry my english fails me here, not sure what they are called. Just use either that during the night, or some cream.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For women it's customary to wear a scarf when visiting a mosque or other holy places (like the Mevlana museum in Konya), so don't forget to pack one. When I visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul I was shocked to see how many (western) women didn't wear a scarf. Maybe they were not aware of how disrespectful this was to their hosts in this country. But if you wear a scarf in these holy places it will be greeted with respect and approval from the men, but even more so from the women.
Miscellaneous: It is important not to forget the water when you go in the summer, it is really hot and you will bllame yourself why you didn't brought water, and it is rare to find a water access in Bara and Sergilla, but of course in the city of Idlib itself it is sure easy :-)
When I was in Antalya in August, it was three days about 46°C (115°F) ! Also near Izmir it was about 40°C (104°F) in August.
Visiting the southwest coast in fall was great. Water had around 27°C (80°F) and the air was not as hot as in the summer!
So if you don't like heat you should visit the southern and western Turkey between fall and spring only.
Miscellaneous: Antalya (south): Summers average maximum is about 33°C (92°F) minimum around 22°C (73°F). Winters average maximum is about 14°C (57°F) minimum around 5°C (41°F).
Izmir (west): Summers average maximum is about 35°C (96°F) minimum around 23°C (74°F). Winters average maximum is about 12°C (53°F) minimum around 3°C (37°F).
Istanbul (northwest): Summers average maximum is about 28°C (82°F) minimum around 19°C (66°F). Winters average maximum is about 7°C (45°F) minimum around 2°C (36°F).
Ankara (center): Summers average maximum is about 28°C (82°F) minimum around 12°C (53°F). Winters average maximum is about 2°C (36°F) minimum around -5°C (23°F).
Erzurum (northeast): Summers average maximum is about 26°C (78°F) minimum around 10°C (50°F) . Winters average maximum is about -4°C (25°F) minimum around -15°C (5°F).
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Take a backpack (max 55 litres) and a daypack. Travel light, you can alway wash your clothes and this saves up bulk.
Do not take a sleeping bag, it's to hot most of the time. Use a bag made of a bedsheet instead.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the beach take t-shirts and shorts. A wraparound for woman and longer shorts for men to walk around in the coastal places.
In the south of Europe and in Turkey too, shorts are only worn by children and the mentally impaired. So for the men take some light trousers. Jeans are not al that comfortable, and bulky too. Cover your shoulders at least, no singlets please!. Poloshirts or short sleeved shirts are oke.
On the other hand, nobody minds at all if you wear sandals, and in hot weather they are a godsend. Buy some good ones (like Teva) and you just keep on walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Almost anything can be bought locally (maybe not your local brand, but who cares). At an eczane (pharmacy) you can get most drugs over the counter without a prescription. Go to a hospital (hastane) if you are not sure what ails you.
Photo Equipment: Can be bought locally too. If you need special (high speed or slide) film buy at home. Chances are that it is old and gives the wrong results. Or if you do like pink skies give it a try ;-).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not needed, hostels are so cheap
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Try to pack as little as possible if you are moving from hotel to hotel... you can always find stuff there that you need like shampoo, makeup,etc
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shorts, light colored shirts. Comfortable sandals( not sneakers all the time because they get too hot. your feet need to breathe).Bring a hat too because the sun is very hot.....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant( although I did not see one mosquito) but saw a lot of flies, so spray yourself and bring a fly swatter
Photo Equipment: I brought my digital camera and digital camcorder and now have everlasting memories!!!!!.
Miscellaneous: Bring wash cloths.......you wont find them in hotels in turkey...... also bring soap because many hotels have those soap dispenser things and they are not that good....
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