If you're planning your first Turkey holiday then packing might seem daunting - wondering what to wear, are you overpacking or are you packing enough.
Although, certain items are obvious, like clean socks, it's always a good idea to make a checklist to ensure that you're fully prepared for your trip.
Now, Turkey is a country that is full of contrasting sensations. It has a greater land mass than any European nation and because of its size, Turkey impresses visitors with its climate, region, and culture.
If you're going on a Turkey holiday for the first time, it's normal to ask yourself what the climate will be like, what activities will you be doing, and which sites are culturally sensitive.
Don't fret, we're here to help - here are a few things to consider for your Turkey holiday packing list.
Packing for summer will be considerably different than packing for winter, so when you say you visiting Turkey, you will often hear the terms high season, shoulder season, and low season.
The high season runs from May through September - this is the time when the temperatures are hotter and dryer.
For high season weather, it's best to wear cool cotton or linen, a hat, and sandals during the day. More specifically, you will need to pack a sun hat, loose clothing, and sun creams and lotions in order to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
There are two shoulder seasons, on one side there is the month of April and on the other side is October through mid-November.
The shoulder seasons are perhaps an ideal time to visit with moderate and comfortable temperatures during the day - it does cool down at night, so be sure to pack a jacket or a warmer sweater.
The low season runs from mid-November until March and is when temperatures drop, bringing the possibility of rain or snow.
If you're planning on visiting religious places such as mosques, it is important to adhere to the strict dress codes - both men and women will need to cover their shoulders and knees.
For women, it is mandatory to cover your head with a scarf however, if you find yourself not having one, most mosques, including the Blue Mosque, do have scarves for visitors to borrow.
You will need to ask yourself what kind of activities you're interested in and there are plenty to take advantage of, such as sailing in the Mediterranean, swimming in the pools of Pamukkale, hiking the valleys of Cappadocia or skiing the mountains of Kartalkaya.
If you're planning on spending time near the sea, the obvious item to bring would be a bathing suit - there's no need to worry about showing too much skin or dressing conservatively in these areas as typical beach attire is a fair game.
Turkey has its fair share of hiking trails and is a sought-out destination for avid hikers. So if you're planning on taking on the outdoors, having the proper hiking gear including proper boots, breathable clothing, and mosquito repellent would be a must.
It's best to research your hike ahead of time so you can be the best prepared with the proper gear.
A packed tour from Istanbul to the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, the ancient Silk Road through Konya, calcium travertines at Pamukkale, amazing ruins at Ephesus, beautiful Mediterranean coastline and the Gallipoli peninsula.
This week long Turkey tour explores bustling Istanbul, coastal Kusadasi, the ruins at Ephesus and Hieropolis, Pamukkale's calcium travertines, Silk Road caravanserais, and the amazing scenery and underground cities of Cappadocia.
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