Is it cheaper and/or easier to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag in Turkey or Bulgaria?

Travel Asked on August 19, 2020

I’m currently in Istanbul but will soon head west to the Romania/Bulgaria border (hitchhiking) and intend to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag on the way. I don’t need a famous brand. Just something that will keep out the weather and bugs and not break within a couple of months of use. Either a one-man or two-man tent.

I know from previous experience that camping is not very popular in some countries and that in some countries it can be very hard to find a shop selling camping supplies, or only expensive places like North Face are easy to find?

Would I have better luck in Turkey or Bulgaria?

2 Answers

I live in Turkey and travel to Bulgaria regularly. (~20 times now). My general idea would be that this might be easier to find in Bulgaria as long as you were in one of the major cities. Turkey doesn't seem to have this stuff just anywhere.

That being said, it's cheap-ish generic gear can be found at some major markets in Turkey, so I'd be inclined to hit up a few stores and pick something up before I hit the road.

Correct answer by Caleb on August 19, 2020

I do not know Bulgaria well but I can tell you where you should look at for this kind of outdoor stuff.

Karaköy is the best neighbourhood for buying outdoor and camping gear. You can find famous brands for good prices and average equipment for less. There are tens of outdoor shops there.

Do not forget to negotiate the prices since there is at least 30% discount margin if you are paying in cash.

Answered by Ernc Ark on August 19, 2020

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