Istanbul and Greece!!!

on May 17, 2009 @ 06:55 am

I will be going there this June and apparently the weather is going to be a scorcher!

Please can anyone give me advice on how to pack (lightly)
If anyone has been to these places, do you think i could pack minimal and be guranteed to find clothing to wear there too?

Any extra tips?

Thanks ladies

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you're very lucky betty boop!!! on May 17, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

I have never been to ISTANBUL ,or as I like to call it CONSTANTINOPLE,but I have been to GREECE countless times.I can tell you this,if you are more than a size medium,you will Not be able to find clothes in GREECE,it's horrible,but don't overpack either.Bring 2 or 3 swimsuits if you're going to the beach,2 pairs of jeans,2 pants,several tops,2 pjs or nightgowns,a couple of shortsand maybe a skirt or two.Bring flats and sneakers.That's basicly all you need.I always overpacked and only wound up wearing these pieces of clothing.If you need more help let me know :)
You will have lots of fun I'm sure!

loose, light clothing on May 17, 2009 @ 06:03 pm

My aunt and uncle vacationed in Turkey a few years ago. They said it was wisest to pack loose, long, light colored clothes. Think of Lawrence of Arabia - even though the layers are longish, it's cooler because the breeze can reach your skin and more importantly you are protected from sunburn.

I'd suggest lightweight (so light you can almost see through) khaki capris that you can roll up, knee or calf-length wrap skirts (which can transition from beach cover-up to restaurant appropriate wear), and peasant-style blouses. Think: fun it all up with accessories, maybe even something you find while you're there trolling through a street market. A wide-brimmed straw hat and maybe a funky headscarf will save your scalp, and remember oversized UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your peepers. This all sounds very frumpy, but with careful selection I'm sure you can make it very fun and be comfy at the same time. The best part is, light clothes don't take up much space and choosing neutral colors means you can recycle your suitcase wardrobe with the simple switches and additions of whatever you buy on the road.

You may not care so much about this, but consider you're in a part of the world where skimpy attire may be considered vulgar. The beach is one thing, but you may want to leave the lowcut tank and shortshorts at home.

As for volume, my husband and I always tend to underpack. Our thinking is, we know we'll be buying souvenirs, so anything we forget we can easily replace when we get there. I would suggest to pack 3 full outfits (i.e. 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 shoes) plus plenty of undies and at least 2 bathing suits (one to wear, one to dry on the line from the day before). Plan to hit a laundromat while you're there; you'd much rather be a little short than struggle with 4 heavy suitcases in cramped quarters. You likely won't need much in the way of warm clothing, so I'd stay away from jeans and sweaters and bring a light trench or coat instead to throw over whatever outfit you're wearing.

Keep your shoe selection practical: you may be doing a lot of walking but sneakers will look out of place (the white athletic Nike types, as opposed to the more fashionable shoe-like versions which Europeans trend toward). A good pair of (leather) walking shoes, cute beaded flipflops or sandals, and only one pair of silly sexy shoes that you will likely only wear to dinner, if that.

Limit your makeup to essentials only. Grab your one favorite from each category (i.e. one mascara, one shadow quad, one lip gloss, etc) because you won't miss the variety.

Finally, pack one full change of clothes in your carry-on bag. I was left high and dry on my trip home for Christmas because the airlines lost all of our luggage (and I was traveling with my 3 kids).

Sorry for the long post! Packing is a topic I have a tendency to run on about, but only because I've learned the hard way ;)

Have fun! I'm sure I speak for the rest of us when I say I'm jealous!!

thank you:) on May 18, 2009 @ 10:36 am

thanks ladies...very helpful:) i was told about dressing modestly in Turkey so i'll bear that in mind:)

To the first poster: could you suggest any good islands to go to off Athens? pref not too far by ferry...i'll be freelancing when i arrive there and then head off to athens


GREECE on May 19, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

You can get tickets to many of the islands from the port at PIREAUS,ATHENS.I highly recommend SANTORINI ,or MYKONOS (party island). If you're not that much into partying then go with SANTORINI,it is absolutely beautiful.


AEGINA on May 19, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

Aegina is not far by ferry but the beaches aren't so nice.They are rocky and very small.It's not very impressive,I went thee for one day once just to see a church and I didn't like the beach,I didn't swim or lay in the sun at all.

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