I’m very, very excited for our upcoming trip to Istanbul over the Easter break. It’s not long now!I’m going to try and buck the trend of my usual disorganised last minute packing attempts, because those never end well. So I’m thinking ahead for what I might pack to take with me to Istanbul, and if there’s anything I need to buy between now and then.
The weather is looking to be anywhere between 12-20°C. So I think layers will be key here.
For those items which I already have and love, I’ll link to. For those which I already have and no longer exist on the internet, I’ll let you find your own suitable alternative as I doubt my UK-centric, strangely tall requirements will suit you as well.
I can’t seem to go anywhere without at least one stripy item of clothing, so that needs to be factored in.
Back to Uniqlo for one of their ultra-light down filled gilets. I have been wearing mine non-stop for about 5 months now and I don’t know what I’d do without it. If the weather warms up enough to go without a coat, this will be sufficient by itself.
A black maxi skirt will be my alternative bottom-half in case of skinny jeans related disaster, or perhaps for going out for dinner. I may need to take alternative shoes in this case, as I’m not sure converse with a maxi skirt is a look I can pull off.
I’ll always take a few trusty cardigans with me. Once again this is from Uniqlo and I wear it to death.
I will most likely take only one pair of earrings with me; a nice minimal pair. They’ll go with everything I choose and will be nicely unobtrusive.
Does this count as a stripy item? In browsing for my cardigans I’ve stumbled across this on the Uniqlo website and I really want it now. Look how cosy it looks!
Black skinny jeans; standard. These are the workhorse in my wardrobe and don’t they know it. Mine are on the verge of falling apart and I’m dreading the day. Hopefully it won’t happen in Istanbul or it’s a maxi skirt for me, all day everyday kind of scenario.
I still need a sensible rucksack, as my Jansport one makes me look like a teenager and is too big. I fill it, and then it’s too heavy. This one looks cute, but may not help with the looking like a teenager situation. Also, I found it here and it looks too cheap to be true. I can’t be dealing with disintegrating bags.
I always forget to take a refillable water bottle with me and I think this will be vital due to all the walking we’ll be doing. This one comes with an inbuilt water filter, which may be handy.
I’ll need a big scarf too, not just because it’ll be cold but because I’ll need to cover my head in mosques. This one looks a nice jazzy colour; there’ll be no losing me in that one.
I think I’ll need a statement necklace to make my boring layers look a bit more exciting. This one seems fitting with the crescent moon in it.
My trusty camera will be coming with me as always. I love this little guy.
I have a feeling it may rain, and I’m British anyway so I always carry a brolly with me. Mine is spotty and half broken, this one is much cooler.
I have recently got myself contact lenses (!) which I’m very excited about. This now means I can do sightseeing without a) fumbling around with my glasses, them falling off my face, and/or me tripping over the imaginary step in front of me or b) squinting endlessly at things and going “is that… [insert famous sight here]”.
>My converse are very comfy and only make my feet look slightly clownish, which is the best I can hope for really. With all the aforementioned walking I’ll need something sensible.
And the fact I’ll be wearing contact lenses means I can finally get a pair of really silly looking cheap sunglasses and still see. Watch out, Istanbul!
So that’s what I’ll be packing when I go to Istanbul. What do you think? Anything I’ve missed?
Have you ever been to Istanbul and what do you recommend doing or seeing?