Packing for any trip can be hard, but what about Greece in the summer? Since activities range from lounging on the beach to hiking up a volcano, you’ll want to be prepared with options. To help you figure out what to make room for in your luggage, I put together this packing checklist with a handful of outfit ideas. There’s so much to see and do on your Greek vacation. I hope this helps you sit back, relax and enjoy that tzatziki and spanakopita. OPA!
The first thing you should know (and it’s probably an obvious one) is that Greece is friggin’ hot in the summertime. Don’t even bother packing jeans or pants unless they are loose and breathable. There are plenty of stylish outfit options that also provide comfort and will give you plenty of air. In Santorini I wore this loose flowing skirt and white crop top with gold sandals. Depending on what sort of activities you plan on doing while in Santorini, you’ll want to pack accordingly. We spent our time in Santorini exploring the town and visiting a winery, so I made sure to wear comfortable sandals that wouldn’t give me any blisters. I also recommend packing lots of blue and white items, as the colors will blend in perfectly with your surroundings!
Mykonos is popularly known for its “summer party atmosphere” with endless beach views and beautiful turquoise waters. You will more than likely spend your time in Mykonos on the beach or out on the water, so you’ll want plenty of cute bathing suit options and a hat to protect your face and scalp from sunburn. I wore this LA Hearts one piece and an embroidered sun hat from Hats by Katz. I also packed my adorable Pink Seashell float from #FLOATY! You’ll need an air pump for your inflatable, and I highly recommend this one from Amazon. It’s small, light and just cheap enough that you can ditch it at the end of your trip if you want. Don’t forget… in order to blow it up you will need the correct power plug adapters. You can get the ones that convert to Greek plugs on Amazon HERE!
Athens & Olympia
If you’re visiting Athens or Olympia during your trip to Greece, make sure to pack comfortable outfits that your body can breathe in, along with plenty of sun hats and grip shoes. Why? Athens was the heart of Ancient Greece and is dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, such as the Acropolis. Same goes for Olympia, which was home to the ancient Olympic Games. Because you’ll be touring lots of historical sites and ruins, you should dress comfortably and practically. Many of the ruins in these locations have slippery marble, which is why wearing good shoes (and being careful) is a must. Nobody warned me about this ahead of time, but luckily I wore my most comfortable pair of sandals that day. I’d recommend going even further to avoid any trips or slips with something like a a cute metallic Birkenstock!
Athens & Olympia Look
For the Pool
If you’re going anywhere in the Greek Islands during your trip, you will more than likely be having some sort of pool day. We traveled by cruise and were always at the pool during our sea days! I received countless questions on Instagram about where I got this adorable pom pom bikini, so here it is! Since the top is so cute and speaks for itself, I just paired it with a simple black skater skirt and a pair of my favorite sunnies.
For the Plane Ride
Depending on where you’re flying from, getting to Greece can be a long journey! I live in San Francisco and flew to Los Angeles first and then to Rome where the cruise departed from. You can expect to watch plenty of movies on the plane, but you’ll also want to be prepared with a good neck pillow, comfy layers, a sleeping eye mask and noise cancelling headphones so you can catch some zzz’s. If you’re looking for additional tips on how to survive an overnight flight, check out this blog post I wrote on just that.
For Staying Connected
Last but not least is how to stay connected during your time abroad. It’s something we often forget about because wifi is so easily accessible at home. However, it can be really difficult to find strong internet connection in Greece. That’s why I recommend investing in or renting a hotspot. I rented one for my trip from TEP Wireless and can’t recommend it enough. I was able to easily connect from anywhere and share my experiences along the way. Get yours here!
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