Spending a summer on one of the many Greek islands? Lucky you. You may be wondering just what to pack for Greece. The islands are beautiful, swarming with history, and are populated with some of the friendliest people in the world.
The first time we landed in Santorini we were out of our element. We were on a European backpacking trip, and little did we know how posh and romantic the island was. Now, with a couple of Greek island trips under our belt, we know better. Here is the ultimate list of what to wear in Greece.
What to Wear in Greece
Seriously, bring a pair of comfortable flip-flops to wander around the Greek islands. The key word here is comfortable as there will be a lot of walking involved. Yes, you could wear tennis shoes everywhere for optimal support, but Greece is a laid-back place with a lot of sunshine. So you don’t want to seem too uptight or get those ugly tennis shoes and sock tan lines around your feet. I have sung praises about my Rainbow sandals for years. Since I bought them in 2009, I have only had to get a new pair once and that was only because my first pair got stolen in Thailand. They have arch support, are comfortable, and look great.
There is a lot of sunshine on those Greek islands, especially in the summer. Make sure to bring a pair of killer sunglasses with you.
I know I sound like a broken record…but the sun, yano. You need to protect your face from the strong sunshine. Our favorite to use is Peak Sunscreen because it’s eco friendly and water resistant.
The hiking in Greece is fantastic all year round, and a good pair of tennis shoes will save your feet. My go to trail running shoes are Hoka One Ones as they have held up in every situation I put them through.
You’re going to Greece! A swimsuit is a must unless you’re on some of the famous nudist beaches.
Wind resistant coat
Greece gets cold too! A good wind resistant coat is perfect for those evening strolls along the ocean.
Don’t forget your phone! We always download Google offline maps to our phones to help us get around, and this is no exception in Greece.
A high-quality camera is important if you want some great shots while on your Greek vacation. I travel with my Fujifilm X-T10 and 200mm telephoto lens, but I’m also not afraid to take out our tiny and discrete GoPro whenever necessary.
Greece outlets use the Europlug and I would recommend getting one before you land on Amazon. The price may be doubled if you show up on a Greek island in an outlet emergency.
If you just must stay connected while traveling (like us – no judgement), then a WiFi extender may make your life much easier and stress free. The internet isn’t the strongest, especially on those islands, so an extender will give you that extra boost you need to complete your online tasks.
If you’re still wondering what to wear in Greece consider getting some Harem pants. I walked around almost everyday of Greece in one of my many pairs of Harem pants. If it were acceptable to wear these in any country in any situation then I totally would. So comfortable and lightweight! My favorite Harem pants come from prAna. These Mantra pants are lightweight, made out of hemp, and heavy duty.
The Greek streets aren’t always the cleanest in the world. That’s why I do like to wear pants that won’t drag on the ground all the time. Harem or loose pants are fantastic, but if you want pants where the bottom won’t get filthy try these. I wear them all over when I want the comfort of Harem pants but don’t want to get them dirty from the streets.
When packing for a day at the beach in Greece make sure you don’t forget a cover up. Not only do they look cute but they will also protect you from the suns harsh rays. Most of my cover-ups come from Pitusa. Pitusa only uses Peruvian and Indian cotton and employs women from Peru, Bali, and India to make the products. As a fan of fair trade, I love that these are made in ethical work environments. These Pitusa dresses are also so beautiful they double as a night out dress (but are sheer so wear something underneath).
Men, on the other hand, can never go wrong with a classic white t-shirt, plus it shows off your tan.
A good black maxi dress can save any night out. Not much explanation needed here, this is Greece and people are stylish.
Most days in Greece will be spent outside, and when not at the beach they may be spent hiking or doing something-something active. Be sure to bring at least one good pair of yoga pants as well as a quick dry tank top. My absolute favorite brand of activewear is Alala. Alala makes top quality yoga pants. For 15% off your purchase with Alala use the code “TWP15”
Also, it’s good to note that it gets extremely HOT and HUMID on many of the islands so hiking early morning is recommended.
Other Items to Consider
Many guesthouses on the islands don’t want you bringing their towels to the beach. Make sure to have your own for those situations. Come prepared and get a traditional Turkish towel beforehand– or wait and purchase one in Greece!
I don’t know what it is, but the Greeks must like hard beds. Compared to the bed comfort in America, the beds that made up our two months in Greece were less than adequate. For the serious who crave a good and comfortable nights sleep, consider traveling with the TravelSet by Tempur-Pedic.
Greece Packing Checklist
- Flip flops! You can’t go wrong with Rainbow sandals
- Killer sunglasses
- Peak Sunscreen is eco-friendly and water resistant.
- Good walking shoes. I prefer Merrell Moab ventilators
- A swimsuit obviously
- A nice beach tote
- A Europlug Adaptor from Amazon
- A good wind resistant coat
- WiFi extender
- Beach Coverup
- A Beach Towel
- A good pair of yoga pants
- Don’t forget a camera! I have the Fujifilm X-T10 and 200mm telephoto lens
Plan Your Trip to Greece
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- Accommodation in Greece: To feel more at home we like to use Airbnb. You can check out some tips and read more about getting an Airbnb coupon code here. Or just take this coupon for your first stay!
- Flights to Greece: Compare airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner.
- Travel Insurance: We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads. Natasha is a bit of a worry wart and would rather stay safe than sorry. World Nomads offers incredible flexible and great plans!
- Water: We found the water in Greece perfectly fine to drink, if you want extra assurance then we love traveling with our Lifestraw Go Waterbottle
- Guide Book: Sometimes it’s nice just to have a real book in your hands when traveling. We recommend Lonely Planet’s Greece Guide Book.
- Adapter: Remember that Greece uses the Europlug. Make sure you find a good adapter like the one I have to keep you charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land.
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