to bring and what to wear
on your trip to Turkey:
Turkish Dress Code
You can pretty much wear
what you want in Turkey, but
what you wear determines first
impressions of how you are received. I
recommend that you bring comfortable,
tidy informal clothing and well-broken-in
In the City
Turkish cities, shorts
and T-shirts in
summer are the Mark
of the Tourist. Well,
you are a tourist, right? No problem
wearing shorts for comfort, except
when you visit
mosques. As for Turks,
most of them will be wearing "smart
casual" clothes: sleeved
summer dresses or sleeved top and
skirt for women, short-sleeved
shirt and long trousers for men.
Footwear can be shoes or sandals.
dress neatly as you would to visit
a church (no shorts or sleeveless
tops, and wear socks to walk on the
carpets). For more on this, see Mosque
Etiquette and What
Women Should Wear in Turkey.
at dinner is generally "smart
casual," (tidy informal clothes)
though you may want a dress or jacket
in the fancier hotels and restaurants.
At the Beach
Anything goes. At Turkish
beaches, some foreign female visitors
remove their bikini tops while lying
in the sun, but put them on again
to walk around or enter the water. Shorts,
T-shirts and flipflops or bare feet are
normal wear for both Turks and foreigners.
As at the beach, anything goes. Shorts,
T-shirts, sleeveless tops, bikinis,
Speedos.... Bring sunblock, a hat,
soft-soled shoes or flipflops for deck
wear, and your own beach towels for
swimming and sunbathing. Note that
storage aboard most Turquoise
Coast yachts is limited,
so bring soft luggage that
can be folded and stowed after
you've unpacked. More...
Packing for Weather
In spring (April-May) and autumn (October-November)
you may encounter rain, and the
air may be cool or even chilly at
night, but comfortable during the day;
bring a warm jacket or a sweater and
windbreaker. In Northeastern
and Eastern Turkey, prepare for near-winter
conditions. In Southeastern
Turkey there will be little rain,
and warm weather, so pack as for a mild
In summer (June-September)
wear cool cotton clothing,
a hat, and sunblock lotion,
but have a light sweater for cool
evenings. Rain won't be a big problem,
although you may encounter it along
Sea coast and in the East.
In the Southeast,
be prepare for hot, hot weather.
In winter (December-March)
you'll need warm woolen clothing and rain
gear, even though many days will
be sunny. In general, weather is
warmer along the seacoasts and in
coast and Southeast,
cooler at higher elevations.
current Turkish weather,
look at the Turkish
Meterological Service 5-day Forecast (in
—by Tom Brosnahan
it does get cold in Istanbul. Above, the Hippodrome and Blue
Mosque in December:
cold, foggy,...and still magnificent.
Istanbul University students at a café in Beyazıt Square in summer.