What I Packed For Turkey

Goodbye England, hello sunny Turkey.

While it was only a couple of months ago that I was heading off to Croatia to soak up the sunshine and bond with my rowing team (which you can read about here), I’m now currently in Turkey. After going 11 years without a proper holiday abroad I’ve been lucky enough to have two in the space of 6 months, and it’s something I’m incredibly thankful for. Croatia I spent with my friends and now I’m in Turkey with my Mum, so I’ve literally had the best of both worlds between these holidays. Now Turkey was a last minute decision to book (we literally only booked it a week and one day before we jetted off) but this meant we didn’t have an extremely long countdown before we hit the sun. As well as this it meant it was a good price, especially as well have a one bedroom apartment…in an adults only hotel…on an all inclusive board.

Now Turkey is a destination I’ve previously thought of, despite all the rave around it previously it didn’t appeal to me. However, after much thought I decided it might be a nice place to visit, plus we are just across the sea from the Greek island of Kos (a place I adore, and you’d know why if you’ve read my ‘travel tag’ post from last year) and I’m hoping to do a day trip over. As well as this I really want to take a trip to a Turkish bazaar to see what goodies I’m able to pick up and treat myself to. I’m going to Izmir, so if you’ve ever been and know of any good places to visit them please let me know we are staying in the Kusadasi area.

I haven’t included any of the makeup I’m taking, if you want to get an idea of the products that I carry in my travel makeup bag, then I actually did a post on this not too long ago. I’m also not talking about every single item I’m taking otherwise that would take forever and instead I’m going to just tell you an overlook of some of the items that are in my suitcase.

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Bikinis, bikinis, bikinis

While I’m not always the most body-confident person, I do enjoy buying new bikinis and I have 5 bikinis and 2 one pieces that I have packed with me. Now I’m a busty female and from trial and error, I’ve found that George at Asda actually does some of the best bikinis. All but 2 of my bikinis have underwiring, lightly padded and removable straps which mean no awkward tan lines on my shoulders. Out of no forward planning a majority of my bikinis have ended up being blue in some way or form (which I’m perfectly okay with as I quite like wearing blue), I also have a one piece which has an interesting strap design on the back and is extremely plunging…a lot of side boob on display with this one. I do however also have a one piece which is a lot more conservative, but I kinda love it because it has a tummy control panel with it…resulting in it being extremely flattering.

Fake it till you make it

The best thing about a sunny beach holiday? relaxing around the pool catching a tan, but theres nothing worse than turning up as white as a sheet (and trust me I’m very pale) that’s when fake tans such as *Anatomicals No More White Bits (£4.00) or Solait Bronzing Foam Dark (£4.99) come in very handy. While I have already caught a tan (and I’ve also burtn on my chest despite applying a lot of sun cream) I still have my Solait Wear Off Tan Wipes (£2.99) with me so that I can even out any strange tan lines I gain. Also by applying fake tan before developing a real one, I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in a bikini or one piece since having a tan can make you look slimmer…although I’m not overly ashamed of how I look normal, but I’m on an all inclusive holiday and the food is tres bien.

Skincare overload

Now I have quite a specific skincare routine and if you want to find out more about it then do check out the post I wrote with my current skincare routine. While I bought these products with me I also brought several additional products including *skinChemists Rose Quartz (£89.90) as this product gives me a lovely glow to my skin without leaving it looking greasy. I’ve also got a new setting spray for when I wear makeup (which I have been doing in the evenings) and my go to is *Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Spray (£28.00) and holy crap it’s great from stopping my makeup from melting off in this 30+ degree heat, it’s taken the place of my much loved Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Finally, my skin is getting well and truly battered and full of chlorine from swimming in the pool and therefore I have a couple of face masks in order to pamper my skin for at least one evening while I’m away. My current favourites are any from 7th Heaven

Stylish and safe

Now it’s always important to be safe in the sun, therefore I have several pairs of sunglasses with me included this rose gold pair from New Look, which are my nice ones for in the evening and then I have a couple of pairs from Primark to wear around the pool and on the beach…then it’s not too much of a disaster if they get broken. Now the heat in Turkey can be intense and I love large floppy hats, and my particular one I picked up in Matalan (not available online) and it’s great for keeping the sun out of my eyes and off my neck…plus it makes me feel sassy AF. Finally, I’ve packed all light weight clothing so that I don’t over heat and it’s all items I can throw on either while I’m around the pool or for in the evenings.

If you’re heading on a sunny holiday, whether it’s beach or city then remember to pack SPF! Nobody wants to be burnt raw on the first day. Remember to drink plenty of water, while cocktails seem like they’re stopping you getting thirsty they also contain alcohol which can lead to dehydration and that’s when you can end up severely ill. Also if you’re going to a country you’ve never been to before, just be aware of the food and what’s in it to try and avoid ending up with an upset stomach.

Love you lots like jelly tots x


All photos within this post were taken by my mum on my Fujifilm Finepix S4240 in natural lighting. They were edited on VSCO. The location used is Queen Elizabeth country park.

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