A Guide to Packing for Cappadocia in All Seasons – What to Bring, Wear?


Cappadocia is a unique place with a history that spans back centuries. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning, it’s important to know what to wear in order to make the most of your experience. While the weather is generally mild, there can be some variation depending on the time of year you visit. In general, though, it’s best to dress in light layers that you can easily adjust as needed. Here are a few tips on what to bring, pack, and wear in Cappadocia!

Overview

After determining your date of travel to Cappadocia, we recommend you pack your suitcase according to the season, keeping in mind that weather can change periodically throughout the day. See our Blog on The Best Season to Travel to Cappadocia for more information about what to expect during each season.


If your trip is in the Spring or Summer, be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat as a preventative measure against the high temperatures during the day. While you may be able to wear lighter clothes such as shorts and dresses during the day, you may need sweater or thicker clothes at night.

Despite traveling in Summer, it is wise to pack at least one long sleeve shirt, sweater, and pants in your suitcase.

If you are traveling in the Winter, remember that Cappadocia can be cold and often has rain and snow.

It is recommended to pack for cold wind and snow with items such as a hat, scarve, thick coat, thick pants and sweaters, long-johns or wool underwear, socks and boots. See more below for specific recommendations!

Camera, Video & Drones

Cappadocia’s landscape is absolutely stunning, and we are certain that you will be capturing all of the moment on your camera. Whether you are taking pictures with your phone, or bringing your professional photography equipment, Cappadocia is full of great photo opportunities.


Home to some of the best hot air balloon rides in the world, you’ll definitely want to have pictures from above, or capture the colorful balloons from the ground.

Additionally, with all of the unique caves, ancient churches, and custom designed accommodations, you are definitely going to want to share these experiences on social media or with your friends and family back home.

When traveling, keep in mind of the charging capabilities with the country. Turkey uses Type C and Type F plug type, with two round pins. Throughout the country, electric is available on a 230V 50HZ supply voltage.

Please ensure you have the appropriate converter and adapter when traveling. When traveling don’t forget to pack theses other useful items for your smart phone, camera, and camcorder:

  • Smartphone Charger / Camera Charger
  • Power Bank or Extra Batteries
  • Selfie Stick or Tripod
  • Rain Protection
  • Camera Bag or Backpack
  • Adapter Plug & Converter

As a note, drones are allowed in Turkey and in Cappadocia, but if you are a tourist, you need to apply for a technical confirmation from the Turkish DCGA prior to arrival or else the drone may be confiscated at customs. Please also check the area rules or inquire with your tour guide prior to arrival, in order to ensure that you do not run into any problems.

Choosing Clothes

As previously mentioned, when choosing clothes for your time in Cappadocia you will need to consider the seasons and your touring plans first. If you are going hiking, exploring nature, or taking a balloon ride, your clothing is going to be very important.

Walking shoes are essential for you to visit Cappadocia. You will rely on them during valley walks and trails that require climbing up and down hills. Additionally, some of the villages will have cobblestone streets and pavement sidewalks may be uneven in a lot of areas.


Additionally, dirt and dust-repellent clothing is important. It is recommended to travel with layers, so that you can easily remove clothing should it become dusty or too warm. During the Spring and Summer in Cappadocia, early mornings and the night can be cool, whereas daytimes can be very hot with the sun beating down on you.

Cappadocia is also a great space for photoshoots and has recently become popular on social media for unique shots with the hot air balloons as the background. If this is something you are interested in, be sure to pack accordingly not only for the weather, but for your desired picture style.

Finally, if you are planning on visiting one of the area restaurants in the evenings, Cappadocia has both causal and upscale dining options, with international cuisine. For the evening, don’t forget to pack a stylish option accordingly to your desired dining preference.

In certain famous restaurants, men may be required to wear pants and a button down or jacket, whereas women would be encouraged to wear a dress, or blouse with slacks.

These are the few of the very important items that should be on your list:

  • Breathable T-Shirts & Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Pants or Jeans – For Men or Women
  • Dresses or Skirts – For Women
  • Shorts– In Summer
  • Long Sleeve Shirt or Blouse – For Evening
  • Hat, Gloves, Scarf & Heavy Coat – For Winter
  • Light jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Poncho or Water / Dust Resistant Jacket
  • Extra socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Hat and Lip Protection

Comfortable Shoes

No matter when you decide to travel to Cappadocia, the most important item to bring is comfortable shoes. When you’re packing for a trip to Cappadocia, one of the most important things to remember is to bring comfortable shoes. The terrain is rough and uneven, so you’ll want shoes that will keep your feet safe and stable.

In addition, because the weather in Cappadocia is hot and dry, it’s a good idea to bring shoes that will allow your feet to breathe. Sport shoes, trainers, or sneakers are good choices for exploring Cappadocia during the day in the Summer. Also be sure to pack plenty of socks in case yours get dirty or sweaty throughout the day.

When packing for a winter trip to Cappadocia, it’s important to bring shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry. Boots are the best choice for winter, as they will protect your feet from the cold and the wet weather.

In addition, boots will provide extra insulation and traction on the icy ground. If you’re not a fan of boots, then sturdy walking shoes are also a good option.

Whatever you choose, make sure that your shoes are comfortable and well-insulated, so that you can enjoy your time in Cappadocia regardless of the weather!

When you have finished exploring during the day and you are ready to head out for dinner, or retreat to your accommodation for the evening, you may also need a more stylish option.

For this reason, it is recommended ladies bring a fashionable sandal or stylish flat shoe. Keeping in mind that many walkways and streets may be uneven or cobblestones, keeping secure footing is always important.

These are the few of the very important items that should be on your list:

Spring & Summer

  • Breathable Sports Shoes or Hiking Boots
  • Indoor Slippers or Sandals
  • Women’s Stylish Sandals or Low Heels for Evening
  • Men’s Dress Shoes or Loafers for Evening

Winter

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots or Snowshoes
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes – Depending on Weather
  • Men’s Dress Shoes & Women’s Flats or Low Heels for Evening

When you’re planning your perfect vacation to Cappadocia, there are a few things you’ll want to be sure to pack in order to make the most of your experience. By following this list and packing carefully you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable and comfortable trip!


Book Your Balloon Ride

Below you can find our recommendations. Each company directly operates the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia with their team of experts. So you will book your flight directly from the company. No men in the middle.

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Local Recommendations from Cappadocia4U team

If youʻre visiting Cappadocia for the first time, we have you covered. Below are some of the top recommendations, tours and experiences!

Some useful info

  • Cappadocia is the name of the region situated in the middle of Turkey. It is mostly known by the three popular towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar but actually it is the name of the very big region spread through the cities of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri.
  • If you are first-time visitor, want to get familiar, please read our Cappadocia for first timers guide.
  • If you are not sure how to travel, please read our Traveling to Cappadocia guide.
  • If you don't know where to stay, please read our Where to Stay in Cappadocia guide for regions, and Accommodation guide for hotels.
  • If it is hard to plan your days, please read our Ideal 3-Days Cappadocia itinerary.

Top Attractions & Sights

There are 6 must do and see in Cappadocia that you won't want to miss!

  1. Hot Air Balloon Rides (the most exciting attractions in the world)
  2. Goreme Open Air Museum (some best-preserved examples of Byzantine rock-cut architecture and frescoes in the world)
  3. Pasabag Monks Valley (one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas)
  4. Uchisar Castle (highest point, the biggest fairy chimney)
  5. Derinkuyu Underground City (one of the largest underground cities in the world, 8th century BC)
  6. Ihlara Valley (fantastic canyon with a depth of about 100 mt. and 14 km. length)

Tip-1: One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is by taking a sightseeing tour, so that you can cover all the top sights. Three main sightseeing tours available: Red Tour (covers the highlights of the region), Green Tour (best of natural and historical sites), and Blue Tour (lesser-known sights, off-the-beaten-path experience)

Tip-2: Private Tours are also good choice within a well-planned and custom itinerary along with a private vehicle, driver and professional guide. Great for those who don't have a car or don't know the region well.

For leisure activities we'd recommend 2 must-take attractions! Don't miss! Wine Tasting and Photo Shooting