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Greece Packing List

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The parties of Mykonos, the Santorini sunsets… the list goes on-and-on. It’s VERY easy to see why Greece is an allure for many. 

Thankfully, a country as large as Greece is only split-up into two major parts, the island-life and Mainland Greece. 

The most popular time to visit Greece is during the Summer, and the temperatures on both the islands and mainland are very HOT! (30-40 degree days)

So, this all being said, what do you need to pack for your next trip to Greece? 

 

 

Greece Packing List

Pre-Departure Checklist for Greece

1. Passport and Passport Cover

It is better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you follow the protocol

Always make sure, before you travel, that your passport is good for at least six months. 

Check the amount of entry stamp spaces you have left. 

2. Visa 

The EU has adopted some new rules and regulations for the Schengen-area countries. However, the 90/180 rule appears to continue. 

Called the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System), this new visa incudes a background check and it costs money. 

I recommend checking out https://www.etiasvisa.com for  information. As a relatively new program, there will surely be changes before full-implementation. 

If you have any questions, tweet at me @worldembark and I will do my best to explain/help. 

3. Passport Photos

I cannot think of any major reason to carry passport photos in Greece. I didn’t need them when I purchased my SIM card. But you never know. 

4.  Pictures of Passport & Credit Cards

For safety reasons, it is best to have pictures of your passport/credit card in the unfortunate event of theft. (It’s even better to back your pictures up in the cloud!) 

Reminder: If your passport is stolen/lost, please contact your local embassy or consulate. 

 

Luggage

Luggage Options for Greece

 

5. Backpack or Suitcase

Some road in Greece are cobblestone, but thousands of tourists visit Greece every year with suitcases. 

A daypack is advised (something you wouldn’t mind getting dirty.) Besides the hospitality of the Greeks, Greece is known for being a beach destination. I purchased a small drawstring bag, as I didn’t want to carry my large backpack everywhere. 

Clothing for Greek Holiday

 

6. 1 Pair of Pants

If you stay in Athens or mainland Greece, you can pack one pair of pants if you want. I never wore my jeans though, and I rarely saw people wear pants. (Except for the locals) 

The only occasion you will need pants is if you visit a monastery. 

7. Jacket

In the evening/night, it might get cool. However, when I was in Greece, the temperature never dipped below 70 (21 Celsius)

Thankfully, it never rained as well. (This can be bad as evidenced by the yearly wildfires.) 

The weather in Greece is hot but predictable. 

8. T-Shirts/Tops

When it comes to Greece, t-shirts and tops will cause no major issues. 

Especially in the summer… on a beach..

9. 3-5 Pair of Shorts 

Greece is a very religious country, but there aren’t many historical sites or monasteries that require beyond the knee pants. As I recommend above, only pack one pair of pants for these days; however, you will be wearing mostly shorts. 
 
10. Swimsuit(s)
 
There a couple of reasons to visit Greece. The beach is one of them. 
 
11. 5 T-Shirts
 
T-Shirts, Tanktops, and most other tops are allowed in Greece, and you shouldn’t have too many issues. 
 
However, you may need proper clothing for places like the Kalambaka Region and other religious sites.
  
12. 3 Pair of Shorts
 
There is no place I have been that disallowed shorts. However, if you visit any sacred sites, you may need long pants. 
 
13. 4 Pair of Socks
 
I always suggest buying a good pair of socks (or 2!), but Greece may be a place where you wear sandals instead of socks. 
 
(I did!)
 
Greece Packing List
Sandals, Socks, or Barefoot?

14. Dress/Fancy Clothing

For the romantic evenings overlooking the Santorini Sunset, I will leave this up to you. 

 

What Shoes do I need for Greece?

 

15. Comfortable Walking Shoes

Sandals are my go-to travel shoe, and they are acceptable in Greece. However, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Sidewalks are un-even, and the roads are cobblestone *usually. 

Don’t expect level walking conditions when visiting ruins in Greece. 

16. Water Shoes

I usually don’t recommend water shoes for a variety of reasons. However, the Mediterranean beaches are often pebble. (Turkey also has pebble beaches.)
Walking on a pebble beach is highly uncomfortable to me. 

What about Toiletries in Greece? 

17. Toiletries
 
For pharmacies, look for the green cross. 

 

Extra Items Needed for the Perfect Greek Holiday

18. Reusable Water Bottle with Filter 

The water in Greece is safe to drink. However, it is always safe to carry a filtered-water bottle. 

Most locals will drink bottled water, and expect to be served bottled water at restaurants. 

Fun fact: The price of bottled water is regulated in Greece. 

19. Daypack/Backpack & Beach Bag

I prefer carrying a backpack as I carry photography equipment. However, before I left Athens, I also purchased a cheap, three-euro draw-string bag. 

By the time I left Crete, I completely destroyed that bag. (Not on purpose of course.)

However, I never worried about getting sand inside my backpack or ruining my photography gear. 

20. Sunscreen & Chapstick

The Greek Islands are giant rocks constantly exposed to hot sun and wind. 

Yes, you will need these. 

21. Camera

If you want me to tell you the best photo spots in all of Greece, tweet at me! @worldembark is my handle

22. Electric Adapter

Everyone has a favorite adapter, you just need to pick one. 

23. Currency

Greece uses the Euro. Note: For the best exchange rate and for a lack of fees, the only ATMs I recommend in Greece are BNP. 

24. Travel Insurance

Iceland. 2021. A new windshield. Everyone has a travel story about why you need travel insurance 

25. Sim Cards

I purchased a sim card for 10 Euro from Vodaphone. I can use that sim card all around Europe. 

I don’t recommend purchasing a cellphone plan at the airport, as the costs are exponentially higher than they are everywhere else. 

Backpacking Essentials for Greece

26. Backpack

I use the Peak Design 35 L Travel backpack. It’s expensive but looks brand new despite months of abuse across different climate. 

27. Earplugs and Sleeping Mask

Essential Items for Hostel Life

28. Hat

For those times you forget to put on sunscreen. 

or

For those times when you don’t want to put on sunscreen. 

29. Sleeping Bag

A former colleague of mine carried a sleeping bag AND a tent. I would never do that. Very few hostels allow sleeping bags/bring your own bedding in 2022 due to the possibility of bed-bugs. 

30. Some sort of emergency blanket

This is probably not needed for its purpose, but you might need to repel some water at any point in your trip.  (Think poncho)

31. Battery Pack 

Something large enough so your cell phone can take pictures of places like this.

 

 

Paros Greece Sunset
Paros, Greece

34. More Pairs of Socks 

Can never have too many. 

35. Microfiber Towel

Nothing fancy. But it does help and dries fast.

Sometimes hostels charge extra for towels. 

36. Travel Lock

I carry a few travel locks, and I recommend you do too. 

In Conclusion

That’s all I can think of to make sure you have the best Mama Mia Greek Holiday! 

Enjoy the food, history, and people, as those are the things that makes Greece a great place to visit!

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