-Make multiple copies of all of your important documents (passport ID page and visa page, application documents, debit/credit cards, national ID card, driver's licence, etc.) and leave one set of them at home.
-Take a dozen of bio-metric (passport size) photos with you.
-Picture the daily routines and necessities of your life and put them on the paper in the form of a check list.
-Check the climate conditions in your destination and add the weather-appropriate clothes into your list.
-Be always ready for possible long walks and prefer to wear your easy-walking shoes.
-Stock up on any prescription drugs you take and keep your doctor’s note authorizing their use with you. -Stock up on contact lenses if you use it and take your eye prescription paper with you. In case you lose your lenses or eye glasses, you will need it for replacements.
-When you start to pack your belongings, put everything together and see if you can carry them alone and if you can fit in the luggage restrictions of your airline company!
-If not, try to optimize the size and weight of your packs by eliminating non-essential things on the list and ending up with only the indispensable items.
-Prepare your carry-on bag and/or cabin baggage to include the most essential standard items like passport, tickets, wallet, cash money, bank cards, documents, emergency contact information, cell phone, one change of clothes, toothbrush and paste, etc.
-Due to security reasons, all international airports and airline companies apply rigorous luggage restrictions and inspections. Therefore, you must carefully check the flight rules and luggage restrictions (especially the rules about to the liquids, sprays, flammable substances, weapons and semi-weapons) of the company you've chosen, and make sure that your belongings will be in compliance. Otherwise, you will be compelled to leave your disallowed objects forever behind at the airport.
-Revise your budgetary items and their sub-totals as needed, reconsider the monthly cash flows expected, revise your spending plan accordingly, make sure to have some reserve funds and some alternative payment methods other than cash (e.g. debit cards, credit cards, internet banking accounts).
-Apply for a credit card that can readily be used abroad (e.g. Visa, Mastercard, American Express). Likely, make sure that your debit card is also an internationally usable one (having a Visa or Mastrcard logo on it, for example), if not, ask your bank to change it with another.
-You should know that carrying debit cards and credit cards is a much safer way than keeping your cash money in your pocket while you are living abroad.
-Since all the methods of electronic payment are very widely used in Turkey, you will not have a trouble to pay with your cards, wherever you are shopping or whatever you are buying, even when it's too small in the value.
-When you need immediate cash, you can also easily find automatic cash drawing machines (bank ATM's) spread all over the main streets and shopping centers.