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The Complete Packing List for Turkey

Things to pack for Turkey can be a little tricky owing to the ever-changing climatic conditions at various regions in Turkey. Also, different places in Turkey might have different requirements that you need to be aware of as a visitor.

You need to pack a swimsuit for Turkey as much as you need some decent clothes in your bag. Before you head to Turkey, it is imperative to know about the different seasons and visitor attractions in Turkey and then accordingly make a relevant list of things to pack for Turkey. 

I have spent a substantial amount of time travelling to different parts of Turkey. Therefore, I am aware of the things that a traveller must carry to travel around in this part of the world.  Based on my travels, I will share with you my complete Turkey packing list.

things to carry for turkey

It gets really hot in Turkey during the summers and the scorching heat of the sun is sure to tan you. Things to carry for Turkey in summers should definitely include a cap or a hat. This is me happily strolling in Turkish summers through the streets of Cappadocia. 

Things to Carry for Turkey

Turkey is a unique place and a totally new experience for every traveller. My backpacking trip to Turkey was a great learning experience. I was able to assimilate so much about the country and its culture. 

Although Turkey has a Mediterranean climate, there can be a stark difference in the weather conditions depending on which region you are in. One needs to decide the things to carry for Turkey trip taking into consideration the requirements of the season at that point in time.

Irrespective of which season you are travelling to Turkey, here is a list of all the essential top 10 things to pack for Turkey for all seasons.

Sunscreen

Summers are pretty hot in Turkey. You must be carrying sunscreen in your handbag at all times if you do not wish to get tanned. Keep it in your backpack and reapply every few hours. 

Hat or Cap

Your packing list for Turkey must include a hat or a cap at all times for it can get really sunny in Turkey at times. Carrying a hat will always protect your face from getting tan in Turkey.

Camera

The things needed for Turkey definitely include a good camera. Turkey has a lot to offer when it comes to photography. It has some of the most beautiful places that can’t be left uncaptured. Turkey has really unusual landscapes and unique destinations that are truly perfect for photography lovers. I used my One Plus mobile camera for most pictures, and they turned out really well.

Backpack

Your packing list for Turkey has to have a backpack for sure. Having a backpack while travelling in Turkey is always essential. While you are at crowded touristy places, I suggest not carrying your backpack on your back and on the front instead for your own safety. Having a backpack with you at all times is a great idea. I kept all my belongings and the items I shopped in my backpack and roamed around freely in the markets. Based on the suggestion of a friend I bought an antitheft backpack. I didn’t have to worry about my belongings especially when I was travelling in busy streets or public transport.

Scarf

Scarf is one of the necessary things to pack for Turkey if you are a woman travelling to Turkey. You will be required to cover your head while entering any mosque in Turkey. Not abiding by certain rules while entering the mosque might land you in trouble, hence it is better to carry a scarf than to buy one at exorbitant prices from the shops outside the mosque area.

Decent Clothes

Apart from carrying a scarf, other things to carry for Turkey trip include some decent clothes. While you are in Turkey, you should be dressing modestly. It is important to note that your shoulders must be covered while entering the mosques. Anything above the ankles is not considered appropriate while entering the mosques. Although you will be provided with cover-up dresses in case you are not wearing the suitable outfit for visiting the mosques, it is better to include some decent clothes in your list of things to pack for Turkey.

Comfortable Shoes

Your list of things to pack for Turkey should have a pair of comfortable shoes. Istanbul is one city where you will have to walk a lot especially when it comes to shopping. The bazaars in Istanbul are so huge that you are sure to tire your feet halfway down exploring them. It is advisable to include some flats in your packing list for Turkey. If you are heading to Cappadocia then your packing list for Turkey must include a pair of sports shoes or hiking shoes if you wish to go hiking at Cappadocia. I invested in a pair of anti-slip sports shoes, and they paired up well with most of my attire. 

Toilet Paper

This may sound weird, but yes, do carry your own toilet paper rolls. Public toilets in Turkey do not have western commodes and hence no toilet papers too. Yes, that’s true. You might have to experience the squat toilets while you are in Turkey. Do not forget to carry some change along with you as the public toilets are not free to use. Most public toilets charge you a lira to use the washrooms.

Adapter for Turkey

Make sure that you add an adapter for Turkey to charge your devices in your list of things to pack for Turkey. The power sockets in Turkey have 2 pins.

Swimsuit

Turkey has some really stunning beaches in cities like Istanbul, Antalya and Bodrum. Do not forget to add a swimsuit to your packing list for Turkey. I was overjoyed with my visit to Buyukada Islands, where I swam in the amazing beaches at Buyukada Island.

Having these 10 essential items will save you from any trouble that you might experience whilst you stay in Turkey. I hope that these important things needed for Turkey make way to your packing list for Turkey.



Things to pack for Turkey in Summers

Summers can get hot in Turkey. Summer season generally lasts between May to mid-August and if you plan to visit Turkey during the same time, you will experience a huge crowd. But it ideally is the best time to go swimming at the beaches in Buyukada Island, Antalya and Bodrum.

Here is a list of the things to pack for Turkey in summers.

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Cap
  • 4 pairs of cotton socks
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable shoes or flats
  • 4 T-shirts (men)
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • 2 shorts (men & women)
  • A dress and a jumpsuit (women)
  • Scarf
  • 3-4 tops (women)
  • 2 pairs of jeans (men and women)
  • Shopping bag
  • Flip flops
  • A light jacket
  • Innerwear
  • An extra pair of innerwear (for the Turkish bath)
  • Swimsuit and Sarong (for women)  swimming shorts (for men)
things to carry for turkey

Always carry a backpack with you at all times. However, when walking through busy streets, keep the bag carefully held at the front.

Things to pack for Turkey in Winters

Packing list for Turkey during winters will definitely be bulkier than in any other season. The winter months for Turkey are December, January and February. These three months experience heavy snowfall all over Turkey and is extremely cold and you will probably get to enjoy some rains too. November and March are cold too but not as much as the other three months.  

I have a list of all the needed things to pack for Turkey during winters for you below.

  • A wind sheeter
  • A winter coat
  • A raincoat
  • A small foldable umbrella
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (men and women)
  • 4-5 full-sleeved shirts (men and women)
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Backpack
  • 2 sweaters
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 2-3 skirts paired with thick stockings (women)
  • Mufflers
  • Thermals
  • Innerwear
  • An extra pair of innerwear (for the Turkish bath)

Things to pack for Turkey in Spring and Autumn

In spring (April – May) and autumn (September- November), Turkey has pleasant weather. For these months, most parts in Turkey experience pleasant weather. The packing list of these months will be somewhere in between summers and winters

Here is a list of what to pack for Turkey in April, May, September, October and November:

  • A wind sheeter
  • A light jacket
  • A raincoat
  • 2 pair of Jeans (men and women)
  • Scarf
  • Backpack
  • A sweater
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Innerwear
  • An extra pair of innerwear (for the Turkish bath)
  • Hat or Cap
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable shoes or flats
  • 4 T-shirts (men)
  • 2 shorts (men & women)
  • A dress and a jumpsuit (women)
  • 3-4 tops (women)
  • Shopping bag
  • Flip flops
  • Swimsuit and Sarong (for women)  swimming shorts (for men)
10 things to pack for turkey

Here’s a quick look at the top 10 things to carry for your Turkey visit. Pin this list to your board on Pinterest for later reference.

Packing List for Females Visiting Turkey

The packing list for females visiting Turkey depends on which region you are planning to travel to. Places like Istanbul, Buyukada Island, Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris have a more Europeanized approach when it comes to dressing. You can feel that the dress code for women here is generally more relaxed than in other regions in Turkey like Bursa and Konya.

Although most of the cities in Turkey are liberal, the more you go into the interiors, the more conservative the people are. 

If you are a woman travelling to Turkey during the peak season between May-October, you can consider packing shorts, dresses, tank tops, jumpsuits, crop tops. It will certainly not be a problem but know that you must also carry certain modest clothes for visiting mosques and other areas that require you to adopt a decent dress code. I wrote a detailed piece on what to wear in Turkey, you can check it out.

Here is a hand’s down packing list for females visiting Turkey.

  • 2 dresses
  • A pair of flats
  • Scarf
  • Sport shoes
  • A jumpsuit
  • A skirt
  • 3-4 T-shirts
  • A hat
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Swimsuit and sarong
  • Sunscreen
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • A pair of shorts
  • Innerwear
  • An extra pair of innerwear (for the Turkish bath)
packing list for women in turkey

Packing list for females must not include a lot of makeup items and accessories. Ditch that makeup bag and just carry the bare essentials. I carried  the following things-  a Compact, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, BB cream and a sunscreen with an SPF of 50

What should a packing list for females visiting Turkey include visiting a mosque or a religious place?

This question is asked very often by female travellers that what they should actually be wearing while visiting mosques in Turkey. Packing list for females visiting Turkey must include some decent clothes.

By decent clothes, I mean anything that covers your shoulders and head and is ankle length. A three-fourth sleeved maxi dress (with no thigh slits of course!) or a full-sleeved jumpsuit paired with a matching scarf to cover your head would be just the perfect outfit for visiting religious places in Turkey. If not this then you can consider wearing jeans and a smart top over it. 

Wearing smart casuals is considered to be appropriate attire to enter the mosques in Turkey. Don’t forget to carry your scarf along with you.

In case the clothes you are wearing are not appropriate to enter the mosque, you need not worry. There are many stalls right outside the mosque areas providing you cover-up dresses and headscarves either for a nominal fee or totally free of charge.

Can a packing list for females visiting Turkey include a bikini for a beach trip?

There is no restriction on wearing a bikini on the beaches of Turkey. You will spot many young Turkish females wearing bikinis. But do not be surprised to see women in Turkey wearing a burqini (burqa plus bikini) which is a fully covered hijab swimwear.

You would even spot some foreigners sunbathing topless at beaches. But I really do not recommend doing that unless you want to grab some unwanted attention from the people in Turkey. 



Others Things to Pack for Turkey

Your list of things to pack for Turkey must include your toiletries if you plan on to visiting the Turkish Hamam. You ought to carry your own toiletries to the Turkish bath.

It would not be a problem in case you are not carrying them to the Turkish bath, but you will have to buy them at exorbitant prices from the Turkish Hammams. Hence it is better to carry your own things than to buy them at heavy prices to experience the Turkish bath. Here is a list of other things to pack for Turkey if you plan to experience the Turkish Hamam.

  • Shampoo
  • Face wash
  • Loofah
  • Scrub
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Shower cap

Also, do not forget to include an extra pair of innerwear for changing after the scrub and massage at the Turkish Hamam in your packing list for Turkey.

things to carry for turkey

Things to pack for Turkey if you plan on to experience the Turkish bath. You need to carry a towel, shampoo, lotion, bodywash, etc.

Things to Carry for Istanbul

Istanbul is the favourite destination for all travellers visiting Turkey. The city has a lot to offer travellers in terms of culture, shopping experience, majestic mosques and some really stunning views. Istanbul has an ever-changing climate however it is not affected by the seasonal travel schedules of visitors. You will find people travelling to Istanbul all around the year, no matter what the weather is like in the city. Such is the craze of Istanbul amongst tourists.

Istanbul is very much like a cosmopolitan city of Turkey, so you need not worry about the dress code here apart from visiting the mosques. Since Istanbul’s weather can vary a lot depending on what time you are visiting the city, things to carry for Istanbul include the following items as mentioned in the list below.

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Cap
  • 4 pairs of cotton socks
  • Backpack
  • A pair of sport shoes
  • Flats
  • 4 T-shirts (men)
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • 2 shorts (men & women)
  • A dress (women)
  • A small foldable umbrella
  • Wind sheeter
  • A light jacket for chilly evenings
  • A jumpsuit (women)
  • A Scarf
  • 3-4 tops (women)
  • A pair of jeans (men and women)
  • Shopping bag
  • A skirt (women)
  • Flip flops
  • Innerwear
  • An extra pair of innerwear (for the Turkish bath)

I advise all females travelling to Istanbul to not include any sort of heels in their list of things to carry for Istanbul because all the streets in Istanbul have a cobbled path and getting anywhere near the tourist areas would require you to walk a lot. Hence it is advisable to do away with your favourite heels from the list of things to carry for Istanbul unless you wish to tire yourself walking all day long in them.

Things to Carry for Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a great place for those who love trekking and hiking in the mountainous hilly regions. Cappadocia tends to be hotter than Istanbul during summers and snows a lot during the winter season. The sunrays really fall directly on your face during a hot air balloon ride or while hiking up the beautiful valleys or shopping through the streets in Cappadocia.

If you are planning to visit Cappadocia anytime soon, do check out this list of things to carry for Cappadocia.

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Cap
  • 4 pairs of cotton socks
  • Backpack
  • A pair of sport shoes
  • A pair of hiking shoes
  • 4 T-shirts (men)
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • 2 shorts (men & women)
  • A dress (women)
  • A small foldable umbrella
  • Wind sheeter
  • A Scarf
  • 3-4 tops (women)
  • A pair of jeans (men and women)
  • Innerwear

While you are at Cappadocia, you will be either taking one of these two:

  • The Red Tour: Central Cappadocia Tour covering Göreme, Göreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, Open Air Museum. 
  • The Green Tour: Goreme Panorama, Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City

Make sure that when you are at Cappadocia you dress comfortably or else you will definitely regret wearing heavy clothes like boots and leather skirts by the end of the day.

Do not wear heavy earrings and neckpieces if you are a female travelling to Cappadocia and looking forward to adventures like hiking and hot air balloon rides. You surely can wear all these things and get some stunning shots while having a grand Turkish breakfast over the rooftops at the cave hotels you are residing at.

How to pack light for Turkey?

While the essential things to pack for Turkey should not be excluded from your packing list for Turkey, you need to do away with other things if you are wondering how to pack light for Turkey.

Ditch the Maybes’

Ditch all the “Just In Case” items from your packing list for Turkey completely and carry only the essential items required.

Heels? – Not here

Packing list for females visiting Turkey should not include any sort of heels- wedges, pumps, stilettoes, platforms and peep toes- are a big no-no for Turkey. Getting to any place in Turkey will involve a good amount of walking on the cobbled streets, hence only comfortable shoes are recommended. I carried a pair of running shoes and two pairs of flats with me 

Lighter is better

Know that you will end up shopping some amazing things from Turkey (Trust me you will!). So make sure you pack light and keep room for the items you will shop in Turkey.

Ladies- you need the bare essentials!

Packing list for females visiting Turkey must not include a lot of makeup items and accessories. Do away with your make up bag and just carry the bare essentials like sunscreen, BB cream, lipstick or lip balm, eyeliner and mascara along with just one watch and light weighing earrings.

A backpack for all your needs

Your list of things to pack for Turkey should include only one backpack that can work as your shopping bag as well as a bag to keep your personal belongings. Ditch all other jute bags, sling bags and clutches and settle for just one backpack that can accommodate all your things.

Go reversible

Try to carry some reversible outfits in your packing list for Turkey. This will save you a lot of space and at the same time, it won’t look like you have repeated your clothes.

Your list of things to pack for Turkey for day to day sightseeing must include all these accessories- cap, small backpack, watch, pendant, pocket perfume, light earrings, sunglasses, scarf, watch and socks. These are the things I had in my backpack.

Things to pack in Turkey for your Day Outings

When you are out exploring the various attractions in Turkey, you must carry a daypack. This backpack should have all the essential items.

Here are some things to carry in your backpack:

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm & Makeup 
  • Extra set of clothes- for a Turkish bath or beach
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scarf
  • Your passport and ID
  • Wallet
  • Journal & Pen
  • Camera



My Ultimate List of Things to Carry for Turkey

I wish I had known these tips on how to pack light for Turkey earlier; it would have been really time-saving and more hassle-free experience for me. But you need not worry about it, because I have a list of all the things to pack for Turkey sorted out for you at Budgetwayfarers.

Have a look at my ultimate list of things to pack for Turkey below:

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Loofah
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Body wash
  • Facewash
  • Scrub
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body lotion
Clothes (Things to Pack for Turkey in Summers)

  • 1 pair of jeans for women, 2 for men
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 2 maxi dresses
  • 1 reversible shirt
  • 1 light jacket
  • Wind sheeter
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 jumpsuit
  • Innerwear
Clothes (Things to Pack for Turkey in Winters)

  • Wind sheeter
  • 1 reversible sweatshirt
  • 1 maxi dress
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 warm jacket
  • 1 Muffler
  • 3-4 full-sleeved shirts
  • gloves
  • Skirt
  • 1 warm sweater
  • 1 Thick stockings
  • Innerwear
Shoes (1 pair each)

  • sports shoes   
  • flats
  • flip flops
  • hiking shoes (if you plan to hike)
Accessories

  • watch
  • backpack
  • pocket perfume
  • headscarf
  • hat or a cap
  • 4 pairs of cotton socks
  • small foldable umbrella
  • Light weighing earrings
  • Pendants
  • pair of sunglasses
Makeup

  • Bb cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Eyeliner
  • Lipstick
  • Compact powder
  • Mascara
  • Wet wipes
Electronics

  • Camera gear
  • Phone
  • Tablet over a laptop
  • Phone charger
  • Adapter for Turkey
  • Tablet charger
  • Camera charger
  • Earphones
  • Power bank
Travel documents

  • Passport
  • Id card
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Forex card
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Reservations printouts

This list is just the ideal packing list for Turkey curated to for travellers to have a hassle-free experience at Turkey. Feel free to ignore any particular item in the above-mentioned ultimate packing list for Turkey if you do not wish to carry it. Once you are done with the things to pack for Turkey, do check this list to make sure you have packed all the necessary things and not missed out on any item.

I hope that you have a wonderful experience in Turkey. If you have any questions regarding the packing list for Turkey, feel free to drop them down in the comment section. I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

Happy wayfaring 😊

About the Author

packing list for turkey

Nimisha Modi hails from the beautiful pink city of Jaipur in West India. Nimisha is a traveller at heart and firmly believes that travel is an investment in itself. Keeping this thought in mind, she has been saving since childhood to fulfil her wanderlust bucket list and will surely keep doing the same for the rest of her life. Each place she has travelled to has changed her as a person and has become a part of Nimisha somehow. She loves the feeling of being anonymous in a city and enjoys travelling solo. Nimisha’s ultimate goal is to run out of pages in her passport and travel far enough to discover her ‘self’ even more. You can reach out to her on Instagram.

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