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What to Pack for a Vacation in Greece

The Ultimate Guide to Packing For Greece

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 Pack for 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.What to Pack for Greece

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.

Packing for the Greek Islands

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: