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 pack for Greece.
What to wear in Greece
Flip Flops: Seriously, bring a pair of comfortable flip flops to wander around the Greek islands in. 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.
Sunglasses: 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.
Sunscreen: I know I sound like a broken record…but the sun, yano. You need to protect your face with some strong sunshine. Our favorite to use is Peak Sunscreen because it’s eco friendly and water resistant.
Tennis shoes: The hiking in Greece is fantastic all year round, and a good pair of tennis shoes will save your feet. My go to hiking shoes are my Merrell Moab ventilators, they have held up in every situation I put them through.
Swimsuit: You’re going to Greece! A swimsuit is a must unless you’re on some of the famous nudist beaches. A good swimsuit always makes me feel good on the inside, I love this line of bathing suits on amazon. If you want the price to be halved, just purchase some bottoms – it’s perfectly acceptable to free the nipple on the beaches in Greece.
Beach Tote: Don’t forget a beach tote before you go to the beach in Greece! I love ones like thesethat pack up small in your suitcase. And they hold more than you can imagine. They are also water resistant!
Wind resistant coat: Greece gets cold too! A good wind resistant coat is perfect for those evening strolls along the ocean.
Phone: Don’t forget your phone! We always download offline maps to our phones to help us get around, and this is no exception in Greece.
Camera: 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.
Adaptor: 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.
WiFi extender: 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.
Beach Coverup: You’ll most likely be spending a lot of time on the beaches of Greece, so something cutethat you can just throw over top of your swimsuit will definitely come in handy.
Maxi Dresses: A good black maxi dress can save any night out. Not much explanation needed here, this is Greece and people are stylish.
Active Gear: 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. 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
Beach Towel: 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!
Travel Mattress: 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.
Here is the list of everything to pack for Greece:
- 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
- ABeach 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
We rely on a few trusted websites that help save us money and time when booking hotels, flights, and car rentals. Check out some of our preferred partners below:
- Accommodation in Greece: Find the best hotel deal at Hotels.com, or to feel more at home in Greece we use Airbnb. Here is a 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. We ALWAYS travel with travel insurance. 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 recommendLonely 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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