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Things You Should Pack for Your Trip to Istanbul

Travelling or going on vacations carry so many benefits. That includes; stress reduction, prevention of heart diseases, and also an ideal way of rejuvenating. Your planned trip to Istanbul is an investment that will be worth every penny. Nothing beats experience. While the idea of finally getting to see the Topkapi Palace Museum may be exciting, there is one thing about trips that are not usually fun: packing. As you are looking forward to enjoying local experiences in Istanbul, you are probably aware that one of the ways you can make that happen is by travelling light. It is easier said than done. Most people feel that the only way they can have everything they need to make the most out of a trip is by packing their entire home. That is not necessary. The following are the essentials that you need to prioritise when packing for your city break.

1. Phone charger 

You can agree on this: travelling without a charger is one of the biggest mistakes one can make. Considering the fact that chargers can be so pricey at the airports, you are better off carrying your own. Unless you are going for a strict digital detox, you will need your phone. Remember that the world is going mobile, you might need it for most transactions and research directions. Besides, you might need to keep in touch with your family back home. Do you know at what other point your phone might come in handy? Translating Turkish. Carry your charger to keep your phone working.


2. Swimwear 

Swimsuits are one of the essentials that most people tend to forget to pack when going on city breaks. It can be disappointing if you discover that the hotel that you will be spending the night at has a hot tub or heated roof top pool. As much as you may have the option to buy, it is always better to carry one from home. This will go a long way in helping you save money while on vacation. Besides, there will be spots like Ada Beach Club on Prince Islands in Istanbul to explore. Do not miss a good swim in Istanbul just because you forgot to pack your swimsuit. 

3. Laundry bag 

If you've been on vacation before, you have probably gone through the unpleasant experience of having to throw your soiled clothes in a travel bag. A laundry bag is essential as you will avoid mixing the clean clothes and the dirty smelly ones. Also, it will help you stay organised during your trip.

Orlebar Brown x The Rake
Orlebar Brown x The Rake

4. Copies of your travel documents 

You can never predict what might happen during your trip. Things get stolen, or you can misplace your wallet during your Bosphorus Cruise. Whatever happens, it should not rob you of the fun you are supposed to be having. The only way you can prevent your holiday from being ruined after losing your documents is by having copies of them. As much as you may still need the originals, the copies will make the replacement process a bit faster. 

5. Binoculars 

If you are an enthusiastic traveller or looking to become one, binoculars are something that you cannot afford to miss in your backpack. This is especially if you are visiting Istanbul. You will need it for almost everything. If you are visiting the Hagia Sophia or Blue Mosque, you might want to get a detailed look at the tiles in there. Also, your Bosphorus cruise will not be complete if you do not have them. There is also a lot to watch as you enjoy sipping your wine at your hotel’s balcony.

London Undercover
London Undercover

6. Foldable umbrella 

You should always carry an umbrella while on a city break. The weather in most destinations, including Istanbul, can be unpredictable at times. It is always advisable to have an umbrella that does not take up too much space in your small bag. If you are travelling with a lady, remind her to pack a scarf for covering her head and shoulders, and a long skirt. This is especially if you have intentions of visiting the mosque. With the essentials above in your travel bag, you should be ready to get the fun started.

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