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 for travelers.
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 – The Ultimate Greek Packing List
Essentials To Pack for Greece
Sandals are meant for the beach in Europe, but considering how much gorgeous coastline the Mediterranean as you’ll probably need a pair.
A good pair of sandals is great for walking around a Greek seaside town in the Mediterranean. I would suggest picking up a comfortable pair here 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 plenty of sunshine.
I travel with my Rainbow leather flip flops and they’ve lasted for years. Italians love leather, why not a pair of leather sandals!
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun since you’ll likely spend a lot of time outside. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses; however, we love ours and will never buy cheap ones again. Of course, there are always more affordable options! See our list for the best sunglasses for travel here.
T-Shirt or V Neck
A classic tee will never go out of style. We suggest sticking with solid colors like black, white, or grey. There’s also the option of a v neck for a more stylish look, but it all depends on personal preference.
Cameron prefers the grey as it’s super easy to stain the white ones. Marine Layer makes some of our favorite basic t-shirts ever!
Greeks very much care about their appearance, but they aren’t label snobs and the dress is generally more casual than Western Europe. When we’re on the island we love to wear a pair of relaxed pants in a light neutral color.
Our favorite pair of pants is made by prAna. Their women’s Summit Pant is made out of hemp and recycled polyester while offering 50+ UPF protection. They’re the women’s version of the men’s Vaha Pant we recommended earlier.
They are perfect for beach destinations, especially if you find yourself in more conservative areas. These pants are lightweight and weigh nothing in a carry-on bag. I could literally live in these pants if it were acceptable to wear them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner out. While in Greece, they are a wardrobe staple for nighttime as they are appropriate to wear barefoot to a nice resort restaurant, to a bar, or for a walk along the beach.
You’re going to Greece! A swimsuit is a must unless you’re on some of the famous nudist beaches.
If you’re heading to the Mediterranean obviously the number one thing you need is a swimsuit! We like to travel with two different swimsuits so that we know we will always have an extra dry one on hand.
One of Tasha’s favorite brands for swimsuits is prAna. prAna makes high-quality swimsuits for active women. Many of their pieces are stylish, yet supportive. So if you’re planning to go surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, or play beach volleyball and want to make sure your ta-tas stay intact these swimsuits are for you.
For men, I would say one to two is a good number of swimsuits to travel to the beach with as well. Cameron loves a good pair of board shorts from Billabong or Dakine. Both make great quality shorts that are lightweight and built for surfing so they stretch and move with the body.
When purchasing board shorts it’s best to stick with darker colors as they hold up longer and to get a shorter cut above the knee. As for material a great blend of polyester and elastane is a solid choice as it’s lightweight and comfortable.
No matter what you will need a beach bag when heading to the beach. This is to throw in anything like towels, a book, a speaker, sunglasses, snacks, and sunscreen. As full-time travelers, we often use our daypacks for trips to the beach since a tote is unnecessary.
However, a classic tote that everyone has in their closet is a great option for those on short trips or live close to the beach. They also travel well as they can fold flat and lie in your luggage. For family beach goers I recommend a large yet durable beach tote like this one.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF during the summer. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun.
We highly recommend getting an eco-friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals. They’re mineral-based and usually only cost a few dollars more to help protect our oceans.
If you’re not going to swim in the ocean or lakes just go with a reliable name brand. You can learn more about eco-friendly travel products here!
We always recommend bringing a travel towel when you’re on the road, Greece is no exception. If you plan on staying in hostels or more budget accommodation you’ll often need your own towel. Also, if you head to the beach or want to take a hike it never hurt to have a towel packed away in your day bag. Consider a towel an essential for your Greece packing list.
The biggest complaint about travel towels is that they often feel nothing like the plush cotton towels we are accustomed to at home and in hotels. However, with the PackTowl you can forget about all of that because they set out to create a towel that mimics its cotton counterparts with the technical features of a travel towel.
Traveling with freshwater in hand is important as it is easy to get dehydrated when out. We like to use insulated stainless steel water bottles at because they are well insulated and great for the environment reducing plastic waste.
Greece gets cold too! A good warm fleece coat is perfect for that evening strolls along the ocean. If you’re visiting Greece in the shoulder seasons it’s very likely you’ll face some cool weather. For those days we always reach for a warm fleece jacket.
Patagonia’s Synchilla Snap T Pullover fleece is the best fleeces for the beachin our opinion. The fleece has a classic relaxed cut that has a timeless look for a walk on the beach or evening bonfire. It’s a double-sided fleece that provides plenty of warmth while remaining soft and comfortable.
They also make a great gift for travelers as they’re a wardrobe staple.
Women’s Packing List Items for Greece
A few comfortable tank tops and shirts are always in my bag and they’re perfect for Greek Summers. I typically pack solid colors so that they can with everything. They’re super functional clothes that can be worn under a blouse or alone with a pair of jeans or capris. It’s always best to pick up some new ones before a trip that way they look fresh and aren’t pilling.
Cute Summer Dress
When you’re walking around the islands or cute seaside towns a loose flowing dress is a great wardrobe choice. Unless it’s winter or you’re in Athens we’d leave the jeans behind as they’re heavy, restrictive, and hot in the sun.
I love to wear a cute summer dress in Greece during the summer months. Choose a classic dress like an exposed shoulder top or a slip dress and go with light colors for the classic Greek Isles look.
Although, Greece is traditionally a very conservative country, much like Italy, Greek women are not afraid to show off a little skin or tight fitting clothes. If you can get away with a tight fitting short skirt go for it!
This is a great time to bring up one of my favorite new companies for travel fashion. Vacay Style is a selection of five versatile articles of clothing that can be mix and matched to create 18 different outfits. I really can’t recommend picking up one of their collections enough, as it makes packing a breeze!
Rompers are probably one of my favorite travel outfits because they’re stylish, comfortable, practical, and keep me cool in the summer. You really can’t go wrong here and I’d suggest throwing at least one or two rompers in your suitcase for Greece.
Make sure to pack a nice black dress for nights out. It’s a travel staple and takes up almost no room in your suitcase.
For those European summers, it’s a tremendous idea to have a comfortable sundress. Not only is it more comfortable, but it’s also cute. Tasha got the Cantine Dress from prAna this year and has loved the sundress.
It has built in support and sturdy straps, so you can be active in this dress. It’s even possible to take easy hikes in the dress like the trek down to Amundi Bay on Santorini.
You’ll need a light top to pair with you capris or jeans. Most women should shy away from graphic tees or short sleeve shirts instead use a light blouse to keep cool during the day. It’s a perfect item to wear in the summer as the right blouse is super cool and comfortable.
Beach Cover Up
A cover-up is one of those vacation clothes you should always travel with. Not only do they look cute but they will also protect you from the suns harsh rays. Many establishments don’t allow beachgoers to wear just a swimsuit so this is where the cover-up is essential when heading to a restaurant on the coast.
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.
This all depends on the season, but in the spring or summer a pair of capris are perfect for European cities. Women gravitate towards light colors during this time so go with a white or pastel colored capri.
A pair of black flats is always great to have in a suitcase. They’re stylish comfortable and they take up minimal space in your luggage. My tip, stay away from heels, many European towns have cobblestone streets and you don’t want to break an ankle trying to look good. Just let the locals impress you with their skills of walking in heels.
If you are considering what to pack for Greece I recommend picking up a stylish beach hat! A classic travel staple is the Panama Hat which I wore in the Galapagos Islands.
Interestingly enough Panama Hat’s are not from Panama, but they originate from Ecuador. I picked mine up in Quito, but you can find plenty of cheap ones online that are perfect for the beach.
No need for push up bras when you’re active. I always bring a few pairs of sports bras when I’m traveling. It’s easy to forget bringing a sports bra as you might not be headed to the gym, but they’re tremendous for active or hot summer days.
I love this one from Patagonia as it provides support in a more a subtle cut.
This one is for the ladies, and I wanted to make note of it for anyone still wondering what to pack for a trip to Greece. If you’re coming from America the makeup in Greece can be expensive in comparison to prices in the States.
My first trip to Europe was almost a year long so I made sure I had enough mascara, eyeliner, and face powder to get me through that year without spending a fortune for my favorite brand.
Men’s Packing List Items For Greece
There is probably no look more synonymous for men in Greece than a linen white shirt. It’s probably my personal favorite to wear when I’m visiting any beach destination and Greece is no exception. Linen is great as it tends to dry faster, feel lighter, and cope with sweat better than its cotton counterparts.
Pair it with sandals, shorts, jeans, shoes, or barefoot and it will always work. A versatile piece of clothing that can look both casual and nice.
I’d look pretty ridiculous wearing a T-shirt or a flannel out to a nice meal in Europe. Men should pack at least one or two dress shirts for a trip to Europe. I like to stick with a classic color like blue or white that will never go out of style.
I recently ordered a new selection of shirts and ties from the Tie Barand so far I’ve loved my clothes. All stylish, nice quality, and affordable. Plus their online website makes it easy to order a new wardrobe with suggestions for what matches and inspirations for outfits.
A technical long sleeve shirt looks great and is typically well constructed. You should look for a nice blend of synthetic materials that allow for quick drying and ventilation in the hot sun.
A long sleeve shirt like this allows for greater comfort moving from chilly mornings into hot days. It’s a great travel shirt as it avoid wrinkles, resists stains, and looks better than a relaxed tee.
Greeks are much more stylish than North Americans who prefer casual clothes in public. A pair of chinos works on both sexes. It’s a classic look that when combined with a sweater, dress shirt, tee shirt, or blouse. When combined with a pair of jeans you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe to be appropriate for a multitude of environments. For Greece go with a light color and shy away from the traditional khaki look that feels dated.
Jeans go with anything, and despite the notion, they are “American” casual the right pair is attractive. I see jeans everywhere I travel as well, and it’s definitely not just Americans wearing them. You’ll find plenty of Greeks in well-cut jeans, but nothing baggy or ripped.
We stick with the classic look in jeans. That means fitted jeans that are a dark color. No fades, light blues, or rips! That would be the Levi’s 511 for men. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a pair of jeans during the day as it will be too hot, but they’re great for evening or off season travel.
It’s a good shoe to have in the summer as the right pair can be worn with a low cut sock that shows ankle for a more relaxed look by the seaside. It’s perfect for a night out at a local Taverna while you listen to live music.
If you have plans to go on some hikes while in Greece a good pair of shoes for hiking is a good idea. The Burnt Rock Travel shoe, in particular, is an excellent bet with its attractive design but durable construction. Honestly, we’ve found you can never go wrong witha pair of Merrells.
With Merrell’s ‘Kinetic Fit’ base and EVA midsole, the Burnt Rock is an exceptionally comfortable shoe that can easily go from box to pavement with minimal break-in time. The breathable mesh also keeps the foot cool during all your adventures, while the durable rubber base and toe cap will keep it in excellent condition for a long time.
The right watch is the perfect accessory for men. I’m not a fan of big gold or silver watches and find them to be overstated. Opt for something more stylish and modern like this leather and silver watch.
As a plus, it will match a pair of brown boots lending to more versatility in everyday life. I just picked up this one from Michael Kors and think it’s a pefect blend between casual and formal.
Greek men love their beards, seriously. Taking good care of their personal hygiene is very important and you’ll find most men with trimmed beards and clean necklines. I always love to travel with a facial trimmer as it helps me manage my facial hair. While you’re at it, I’d suggest getting a fresh haircut before you leave on your trip.
Accessories to Pack for Greece
You’ll need something to stash your photography gear, hand sanitizers, papers, phones, and anything else that you need for a full day out when traveling.
As Lonely Planet Pathfinders who regularly go on assignment for the guidebook company we love to have a physical guidebook when traveling. We spend enough time attached to our phones in everyday life and planning our trips.
Once we reach a destination like Greece we put the phone away and pick up a guidebook to help with our trip.
We’ve suffered through enough red-eye flights to never forget to pack a travel pillow for international flights. My favorite travel pillow is the Cabeau Evolution Pillow, but we break down more of our favorite travel pillows here.
Packing cubes are great for any backpack or suitcase. They keep all of your clothes and toiletries organized. I’ve had these Eagle Creek cubes for three years now and think they were worth the investment to stay organized and create space in my luggage.
For the women, I suggest traveling with a theft-proof purse that is black and stylish to hold belongings. Cameron has a great passport wallet that holds his passport and credit cards so he never leaves it anywhere.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
It’s always a good idea to keep your toiletries organized and separated from your clothes. So we love always travel with a toilety bag; however, Greek bathrooms can be cramped and small. If you are limited on counter space a great option is to buy a hanging toiletry bag. This style of bag tends to a have better organization system with a variety of sections for storage than the traditional option.
Electronics To Pack For Greece
You will definitely need an adaptor for your electronics on your packing list for Europe. We always keep one handy in our carry-on bags, that way we can charge electronics on arrival or at the airport.
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.
A high-quality camera is an important packing item for Greece if you want some great shots while on your vacation We travel with a bunch of cameras, but the one we universally recommend is the RX 100.
They make a number of models at different price points, but it’s a simple to use point-and-shoot camera that anyone can operate. It also takes superb images with a 20mp resolution and full manual controls.
While I love having a good real book when I travel sometimes it’s just not practical because of the weight. I’ve recently switched to a Kindle Paperwhite which is small and compact, plus it has a backlight for reading at night without a harsh glare.
The Paperwhite version is great as they mimic a real book and you can read them in the sun.
Many of the big tourist sites have self-guided tours. Like the Museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I find it’s always nice to have your own personal earbuds to stick into your ear for these tours. No one wants to stick dirty headphones over their head or use disposable ones that you’ll toss away after, just wasteful.
Laptop and Hard Drive
As a blogger, my laptop is my life. It’s one of the few possessions that I own so of course, I travel around Europe with one. I’m a Apple person so naturally, I have a Macbook Pro to get me around. If you’re in the market I’d suggest reading up on our favorite travel laptops.
We travel with three (yes three) Seagate external hard drives to house all our photos and videos. That may be excessive, but we take a lot of photo and video. Most travelers will just need something simple like a thumb drive for storage.
I love traveling with a power bank to make sure my phone never dies. The majority of the time I don’t need to use it on long flights as some of the nicer airlines provide entertainment systems with USB ports! We also make sure to find a charging point during layovers, but getting to a new city without your hotel reservations and map can be a major pain in the ass.
You Need This To Travel in Greece!
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Quick Greece Travel Tips
- ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ in Greek: “Yasou” and “Efharisto”
- Currency: Euro – (EUR) – €
- Visa: Schengen visa. Which is 90 days in the European Union out of 180. Many nationalities are granted this on arrival for free. Check with your embassy to see if that is you.
- Weather: The weather in Greece is a Mediterranean climate. This means winters are mild and rainy, while summers are warm and dry with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.
- What to Pack: Warm weather clothes and a swimsuit, don’t forget a good pair of clothes to go and a jacket for cool nights. Read about what to wear in Greece.
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