One of the best summer destinations in the Aegean and Mediterranean, Greece will make you fall in love. To properly enjoy your time in Greece, you’ll want to follow some of these tips, so you aren’t worrying about packing and what to do when you arrive.
Know What Weather to Expect
In the summer, certain areas can get upwards of 30 degrees celsius on a daily basis. You can learn a lot about the weather patterns in Greece in the specific area(s) you’re visiting from Meteo.gr’s climate data.
Being aware of what weather to expect can help you with choosing what to pack on your trip. If you’re planning your trip several months out, be sure to check the upcoming forecast a few days before you leave so you can better pack for your adventure.
Must-have Items to Bring
Greece is known for its beautiful beaches and pristine water, so packing a swimsuit is a given. A swimsuit may take up little room in your luggage, but make sure everything else fits before deciding you need more than one.
You’ll likely do a bit of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. Choose something breathable that isn’t too clunky and that you don’t mind if they get a little dirty. Most athletic shoes are great because they provide support for your feet that sandals don’t.
Lastly, sunglasses and a hat should be included in your packing list. You’ll want to protect the top of your head while outside for long periods of time, and the sun’s glare of the Mediterranean can be pretty bright. You’ll be saving yourself from a sunburnt head and crow’s feet around your eyes from squinting.
The Right Luggage
Depending on the length of your stay, if packing light is your goal, you can likely get away with bringing only cabin luggage with you. Deciding the best cabin luggage for your trip is just as important as what you put in it.
Double check your airlines restrictions on weight and size of cabin luggage before deciding which one to use. If you’re used to checking a bag, think of items that you can purchase when you arrive that won’t create more weight for you to travel with. For example, instead of packing sunscreen, buy some when you get to your hotel.
Regardless of the size of luggage or how long you stay, you’ll want to choose something light weight to compliment your light packing. There’s a lot of steps and cobblestone that makes up Greece’s pedestrian terrain, so you might end up lifting your luggage rather than rolling it.
To continue with the packing light theme, look for accommodations that include items you can eliminate from your packing list. These will likely be bathroom type items, like shampoo and a hair dryer. Even if they don’t have them in stock at the hotel, search for a nearby market you can purchase them at to save the room in your luggage.
Create an Itinerary
In addition to know what weather to expect, knowing what activities you plan to do while in Greece will help with packing overall. The Parthenon is one of the most recognized sites in the country and so are the cascades of white homes in Santorini. Neither is worthy to be skipped, and with careful planning you can see both if time permits.
Wearing more comfortable and breathable clothes might be common during the day as you’re walking through the historical monuments of Greece, but there’s a time to look cute too. Finding a nice restaurant to have a great meal or checking out the local night life is a reason to include at least once “going out” outfit. If you know this is something you’ll plan to take part in, definitely pack an outfit that boosts your confidence.
Following these tips are the easiest way to make sure you make the most of your summer holiday in Greece. You’ll be able to maneuver around the country easier and make sure you see everything you desire.