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What To Pack For Greece

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Whether you are going to Greece for a tranquil beach vacation or an adrenaline packed trip, this Greece packing list has everything you’ll need. From the best Greece vacation outfits to the right travel converter, you won’t wonder what to pack for Greece after you read this. So pour yourself a glass of wine, turn up the music, and let’s get packing!

Unless you’re backpacking through Europe, having a suitcase for your vacation in Greece is pretty normal. Many islands, cities, and resorts have a ton of beautiful hotels to choose from, so you won’t have an issue with a suitcase like you would in say, Thailand!

What to pack for Greece

Greece is a sought after tourist destination for many travellers around the world, so if you’ve made it this far, chances are you fall into that category. Trust me when I tell you, it is worth the trip. Between the amazing food in Greece to the history, the beaches, and friendly people, Greece is seriously one of the best destinations in the world.

Best Time To Visit Greece

Greece is known for having breathtaking islands and beautiful beaches scattered throughout its 13,676 km of coastline. Packing for a warm, beachy climate will seriously do you good.

During peak season (mid-June to early September), Greece becomes packed with flocks of tourists. From the crazy party islands like Mykonos to the historical ruins in Athens, you will be surrounded by tourists wherever you go.

Greece is very warm in the summer months, and cools off towards the winter. The optimal time to visit is spring and early summer (mid-April to mid-June), or late summer and early fall (mid-September to mid-October).

During these months, you can still experience the beautiful weather and enjoy the beaches. But the bonus is skipping the tourists and crazy inflation on flights, hotels, drinks, food, and shopping.

If you go during the winter months, the temperature drops drastically. In December, the average temperature is 12°C (57°F). You’ll definitely need to add a parka to your Greece packing list if you’re visiting in the winter.

Many islands that rely on tourism will also basically shut down, meaning that booking a hotel, restaurant, or any other event will become extremely difficult.

What to bring to Greece

Greece Packing List – The 5 Essentials

This Greece packing list is designed for any travelers that will be visiting between April and October. The trick to packing for Greece is packing with the perfect balance of Greece fashion and the practicality required for travel. You wouldn’t pack for Greece in May like you would for Greece in November, so make sure are prepared!

Here are the first 5 essential items you should never travel without. Keep reading for the full Greece packing list below, including men and women’s Greece fashion, electronics, and everything you didn’t know you needed. 

1. Quality Flip Flops

Dude, you don’t know walking until you have visited Greece, trust me. Anything you do will require walking, unless of course you spend all your time at the beach (I am not judging, but you’ll need flip flops for that too).

Add a good quality pair of flip flops like these to your Greece packing list, so you aren’t replacing them every few days during your trip. I speak from experience!

2. A Day Bag

Day trips to the Acropolis. Seeing the Ionian Islands. Beach hopping through Mykonos. Shopping in Santorini. You’ll need a day bag just about every time you leave your hotel!

Get my favorite day bag, I use it as a carry on when I fly too! It is the perfect size, and can hold everything you might need.

3. A Reusable Water Bottle

Yeah, you’re in a Mediterranean country. It will be hot. You will be walking. Having a water bottle to fill up on the go can be a serious lifesaver. This insulated one will keep your water cold while you roam around Greece!

Remember though, other than in a few main cities such as Athens, you aren’t supposed to drink the tap water. Make sure you fill up with the distilled stuff!

4. Electrolyte Packs

These handy dandy powder packs seriously saved my butt a few times. When you spend the day sweating in the Greek sun, plain water doesn’t always cut it.

Add some electrolyte packs to your Greece packing list to bring with you. When you head out in Greece, pour an electrolyte pack into your water bottle or bring a couple along with you. You’ll thank me later!

5. Travel Insurance

I can’t stress the importance of travel insurance enough. If you trip down a flight of steep stairs in Santorini or get pickpocketed in Thessaloniki, travel insurance will make sure your trip isn’t ruined.

I always get my travel insurance World Nomads, and can’t recommend them enough. Their plans cover you as much or as little as you’d like, and knowing your protected during your trip will help you truly enjoy your time in Greece! Get a quote with World Nomads below.

All you need for Greece

Electronics To Bring To Greece

These electronics are essential on just about any trip, but make sure you triple check your charging cables before you head out the door. Here is what I bring when I travel to Greece!

I like to utilize the hotel safe so I am not worrying about my valuables while I am exploring Greece.

  • Laptop and charger
  • TabletIn flight entertainment for the win! This Amazon fire tablet is seriously only $60 right now.
  • DSLRYou’re in such a country with stunning architecture. An iPhone camera doesn’t always cut it!
  • Phone and chargerBring a backup charger just in case
  • HeadphonesI bring a pair for my iPhone and a pair for the plane.
  • Anker Battery PackYou will need this on the days you aren’t around the hotel much. I have had this exact battery pack for over 4 years and it still works every time. 
  • Mobile WiFiOnce you travel with this Skyroam WiFi pack, you’ll never look back. It is one of my favorite things to use when I travel. You can connect multiple devices to it and it works just about anywhere! Definitely a money saver.
  • Travel AdapterGreece has European style plugins, so make sure you have the right travel adapter so you can charge your devices.
  • GoPro and accessoriesSnorkelling, boating, diving, and sand are all possibilities. This brand name GoPro HERO6 is seriously under $300 right now.

What To Wear In Greece

Greece vacation outfits are simple to pull off and SO fun to plan out. Envisioning that Instagram influencer who just posted her 10th photo in Santorini has probably rubbed off on you by now. Planning out cute Greek island vacation outfits is a ton of fun, but make sure that isn’t the entire basis of your packing for Greece!

Because Greece is such a trendy holiday destination, it attracts a younger more vibrant crowd. Whether you prefer to dress for fashion or comfort, these are your can’t miss items.

Greece is generally very warm, so expect to have a lot of lighter more breathable clothing on your Greece packing list. In the evenings it can cool off a lot, so bringing a long sleeve shirt or even a light jacket is an excellent idea. 

I have added links for all the current Greece fashion trends, so you aren’t doing any guess work. Basically, the Amazon links I have added are what you should be wearing in Greece. The best part? Almost everything is available on prime so you will be packed in like 2 days! 

Men’s Greece Vacation Outfits and Packing List

Greece fashion for men

Mens fashion is a hell of a lot easier than womens, but make sure you’re stylish while you’re in the picturesque country of Greece. Aim for lighter colored shirts and tank tops that work well with any type of shorts you prefer.

Because of Greece’s famous white architecture, many of your vacation photos will have a white or blue backdrop. Black clothing will make you stand out in your photos, and pastel colors will mesh nicely with the background making you look like you really belong in Greece. Have fun with your fashion before you go!

  • 4-5 T-shirts I have this in 3 colors in my closet LOL. 
  • 2 long sleeve shirts It can cool off in the evenings especially next to the beach.
  • 1 button up shirt and slacks Grab a nice dinner a few times while you are there.
  • 2 pairs of regular shorts Match them to your T-shirts.
  • 2 pairs of swimming shorts The beaches are the best part of Greece!
  • 1 pair of jeansCasual wear for the evenings
  • A travel towel – Random beach runs don’t have to mean carting around a soaking wet towel. These quick dry towels are a godsend when you’re in Greece.
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 1 hat The sun can be brutal, don’t forget to stay protected.
  • SunglassesBring like every pair you own. I lose mine ALL the time.
  • A light jacketFor the cooler evenings
  • Hiking shoesThere is a ton of walking and a ton hiking in Greece. Make sure your feet don’t hate you. These are my favorite ones! 

Womens Greece Vacation Outfits and Packing List

Greece fashion for women

As I am sure you know, Greece is a picturesque place. I was so excited to get some photos for my Instagram, but I had to make sure I looked the part. Greece fashion is super easy.

Much of the architecture is white, so I find that going with beige and flowy outfits with a ton of pastels looks amazing. Black also contrasts a lot, helping you jump out in photos more. Make sure you balance practicality with fashion when you go!

  • 4 pairs of shorts – A light pair, jean pair, baggy pair
  • 3 bathing suits Bikinis, one pieces, mix and match, it is up to you!
  • 1 long sleeve shirt It can cool down quite a bit at night, especially on the beach.
  • 2 T-shirts Stay casual
  • 3 tank tops Match these with your shorts
  • 7 pairs of underwearIf you run out, you can usually find laundry services at your hotel.
  • 2-3 bras, including a sports bra Comfort before fashion here. Except with this bra, you get both. Plus it doesn’t have wire and travels well. Yes, I am a great gay. I just aim to support, pun intended. 
  • A sun hatBig flowy sun hats are all the fashion craze in Greece. Make sure yours actually protects you from the sun.
  • Sunglasses Bring 30 pairs to be safe. I ALWAYS lose mine.
  • A light jacket In the evening, it cools off quite a bit
  • 1 pair of jeans or pants Fancier dinners aren’t out of the question in Greece!
  • An evening dress Nightlife in Greece is a huge part of the culture. Make sure you’re prepared.
  • Club shoesOkay wear what you want, but I love pumps. If I wasn’t a man and wouldn’t break my back in 3 steps, I would be rockin’ them myself.
  • Hiking shoes There is a ton of walking and hiking in Greece. Make sure these are on your Greece packing list!

Toiletries To Add To Your Greece Packing List

Most hotels will have what you need. I love buying these cute mini travel bottles to take my important toiletries with me when I travel. They’re so fun, and reusable!

If you forget anything you needed on this Greece packing list, there are a ton of shops and pharmacies that will have what you need. The prices are a little higher in Greece, so be as thorough as you can!

Toiletries for Greece

Unisex

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or body wash
  • Face wash
  • Travel wet wipes Keep these in your day bag, they definitely come in handy.
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Tooth floss I ALWAYS forget this.
  • Deodorant
  • A medical kitAdd Advil, Gravol, Tums, and bandages.
  • A sexual safety kit This kit has everything you need should you meet someone fun in Greece. Stay safe and prepared!
  • Tweezers
  • Travel Moisturizerespecially after the long, skin drying flight.
  • Sunscreen It gets VERY pricey in Greece. Buy it before you go.
  • Aloe Vera Travel SprayFor when you forget to apply the sunscreen and get burnt on day one.

Men’s Toiletries

  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lip BalmMy lips always dry out in Greece!
  • Hair gel or pomade
  • Cologne

Women’s Toiletries

  • Shaving cream and razors It’s bikini season!
  • Tampons or pads
  • Makeup Foundation, primer, contour, eyeliner, eyeshadow, powder, and a damn good setting spray for when you hit the sunshine. Don’t sweat it off girl!
  • Hair products
  • Perfume or body mist

Greece landscape

Other Greece Packing List Items

These are all those small things you might overlook doing and getting together before you leave on your trip. This section of this Greece packing list will make sure your trip doesn’t go south!

  • House keysPut them in one spot when you leave, and do not move them until you come home. Coming home jetlagged to find out you lost your keys in Greece is NOT a good time.
  • Itinerary printouts Just in case you lose them
  • ID and passport printoutsKeep these handy in case you happen to lose your passport.
  • Currency I find that currency rates are usually a lot cheaper at home than in my destination, especially if it’s a heavy tourist destination like Greece. Greece uses the Euro.
  • Tell your bank you’re traveling Don’t get your accounts frozen while you are trying to enjoy your trip. Just make a quick call and let them know!
  • Colorful AF Luggage tags Don’t lose your belongings before you even get there. Make sure you know they’re yours! I have this pretty set on all of my suitcases!
  • Sense of wonderThe last thing I check my pockets for before I leave my house on a vacation!


 

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