You’ve probably considered Greece as a romantic honeymoon destination – a place for lovelorn couples looking to lounge on gorgeous beaches and while away the hours. But, by now, you’ve seen and heard enough to know that Greece is more than just its idyllic islands – it’s also full of delicious food, ancient historical monuments and age-old vestiges well worth exploring – though we don’t at all recommend skipping the islands!
If you’re ready for your adventure, you first need to get all your essentials together for what to pack for Greece – without overdoing it, or leaving behind items you shouldn’t travel without.
That’s why we’ve compiled this Greece survival guide – to get your through your what to pack for Greece checklist as stress-free as possible! Keep reading for our top 22-needs for what to pack for Greece, recommendations on what to wear in Greece, a seasonal breakdown of what to pack by seasons and weather – plus packing tips specifically for gals and guys, and what not to pack for Greece.
Once you’ve taken care of all your Greece packing essentials, you can focus your efforts on the fun stuff – like eating delicious gyros and spanakopita, exploring the party scene in Mykonos and taking priceless selfies at the Parthenon. Oh, and working on your tan!
Ok, let’s do this!
The Ultimate Greece Packing List
Greece pretty much personifies the perfect Mediterranean climate of gorgeous summers and mild winters and doesn’t experience any real weather extremities. Packing is therefore pretty simple for the most part.
You just need to work out the time of year you are travelling and decide whether you Greek odessy is going to be focus on the gorgeous beach’s or some serious, classical exploration.
The Backpack and Luggage: Nomatic Travel Bag
Before you even take on the task of figuring out what to pack for Greece, you’ll need an amazing backpack to pack it all into. For all types of travelers and destinations, our number one recommendation is the Nomatic Travel Bag.
The Nomatic travel bag covers every detail to make backpacking travel the best experience. Because of its smart design, it manages to provide loads of packing space in a convenient, carry-on size package! Its handy built-in pockets make plenty of room for all the necessities on your what to pack for Greece checklist – you’ll find separate compartments for important items like shoes, water bottle, electronics, underwear and socks. As an added bonus, there’s also an RFID-safe and cord management pocket.
You have a choice between backpack or duffel bag carry, and extra carrying comfort for your back thanks to its innovative strap system and detachable sternum strap. And its black, waterproof material is every bit sleek and modern as it is durable and tough. There is a reason why most Broke Backpacker staff swear by this backpack.
Alternative Luggage: AER Travel Pack 2
Our number two selection for an epic travel backpack is the AER Travel Pack 2. Like the Nomatic Travel Bag, this AER backpack is fully featured, big enough to hold an extended weekend of clothing, and tough enough to last years of travel abuse.
I have taken the AER Travel Pack 2 on multiple trips and since then it has risen has in the ranks of my go-to travel backpacks.
Check out our AER Travel Pack 2 review to learn more.
A Suitcase: Nomatic Carry-On Pro
Backpacks not your thing? That’s ok. Our friends at Nomatic are back again with a great alternative to their badass Travel Bag; the Nomatic Carry-On Pro.
This suitcase is ultra-durable, sleek, and comes with a handy tech compartment for transporting your laptop and other electronic bits. Nomatic has been an industry leader when it comes to travel gear and that reputation is reflected in the quality build design and functionality of the Carry-On Pro suitcase. A Carry-on is perfect as it means you can take full advantage of cheap domestic flights and easily carry your bag on and off island hopping ferries.
Check out our Nomatic Carry-On Pro review to learn more about this epic suitcase.
The Camera: GoPro Hero9 Black
For most of us, our smartphones now feature cameras with stunning photo capabilities.
But… if you are an aspiring photographer who wants to take next-level photos and video beyond iPhone selfies, I recommend going with an action camera like the GoPro Hero9 Black.
It does deliver pro-quality video and gives you a bunch of a different angle options and shooting speeds to work with for photos (including a selfie-mode).
Think of a camera purchase like this as a long term investment that will have you capturing epic shots well beyond your time exploring here.
If you are looking for something cheaper for video specifically, check out these epic GoPro Alternatives.
What To Pack For Greece: Personal Gear
Temperatures in Greece generally stay above 20 degrees from April til October. Deciding what to wear in Greece is easy as you will probably be wearing summer clothes for your visit. Beyond that, let’s take a look at some must have items for your Greece packing list.
Still deciding what to bring to Greece? Then check out these.
Good Shoes – Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero
If you plan on exploring the city of Athens or the ancient ruins of Greece, then bring good walking shoes. Even if you are headed to the islands, we still recombined bringing a pair as they can be very hilly and there is a lot of great hiking opportunities.
I admit that most shoes that are also good for hiking are not the most attractive pieces of footwear. But they are some of the most comfortable and deliver good ankle support for a long day of walking about town. I mean, your body is already going to be suffering enough from all of those 2-for-1 shots and bottomless mimosas you will be drinking, so do yourself a favor and buy some good shoes.
The abundant nature of Greece offers excellent day hiking opportunities, so packing a pair of hiking shoes gives you the option (and eliminates excuses) to go head for the hills when the city becomes too much.
Check out the women’s Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero.
A Down Jacket: Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
Granted if you visit Greece in the spring or summer you probably won’t need to bring this. Pack extra bikinis instead. But from October – April temperatures can plummet in at night and you’ll be happy to have this ultra-warm down jacket with you.
It weighs just under a pound and provides an excellent weight to warmth ratio. If you don’t go for one of the super bright colors, it is pretty stylish and city-worthy also.
If visiting Greece in the winter, this jacket is perfect.
Check out our best travel jackets article for more inspiration.
Any time of the year there is an azure blue ocean, a hotel pool or jacuzzi waiting with your name on it in Greece. You will be the disappointed guy or girl in the corner if you forget to pack swimwear.
This is one item you cannot be without.
Travel First Aid Kit
You don’t need to tote around half a pharmacy, but a well-stocked first aid kit should be in all our backpacks. Stuff happens on the road and it’s inconvenient and embarrassing when you can’t manage small situations like a cut finger or hangover migraine.
You can tuck this lifesaver away in a forgotten pocket – and it’ll be there when you need it.
Tip: Add a few bits and pieces to the first aid kit after you purchase it, like extra headache medicine, any personal meds you need (like allergy pills), whatever you take to calm your stomach and a few more plasters.
Travel Insurance From World Nomads
Ok, you can’t pack travel insurance in your backpack, but you can take out a cheap policy to insure yourself against theft, flight cancellations, accidents, etc.
I admit I traveled for many years without having travel insurance. Because of it, I paid the price a few times in foreign hospitals. Whilst Greece is a safe place to visit, you never know when accidents may befall you or when you might get sick. Furthermore, recent years have seen a rise in petty crime and theft so it does pay to make sure your trip is covered.
We use either World Nomads or SafetyWing. You’ll be happy you did if the time comes to use it.
Sun God Sunglasses
A reliable pair of sunglasses is undoubtedly one of your Greece packing essentials. Our favorites are SunGod Sunglasses because they deliver on quality and style.
They’re built tough with triple-layer scratch-resistant lenses and trademarked Adventure-proof Frame Material. You can also customize them with your choice of lense and frame colors to reflect your own style. Plus they’re covered by SunGod’s lifetime guarantee of free repair. Check our in-depth review here.
Suncream: Thinksport Safe SPF 50+
By now, all of us are as pasty as the driven snow from sheltering in place for the last six months. Am I right? This means we are even more vulnerable than usual to the sun’s fierce rays. Packing sunscreen for Greece may seem like a no brainer, but you would be amazed how many sun-burned cocktail-toting people you see wandering around.
Thinksport Safe SPF 50+ sunscreen gives folks strong sun protection in a non-oily formula that’s free of gluten, paraben, phthalates and biologically harmful chemicals.
Another backpacker/traveler favorite for staying organized is a hanging toiletry bag. It’s extremely helpful to have all of your accessories neatly gathered in one bag that you can hang for easy accessibility, especially when counter space isn’t plentiful or even available. A well-organized bag is worth having whether you’re tree whilst camping or a hook in the wall – it helps to have quick access to all your stuff.
Historically, I have been the guy who has my stuff all over the bathroom, so getting one of these things really changed the toiletry game for me. Plus they are not too expensive either. A no-brainer essential.
Sandals: OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops
Circling back to the footwear question, now we are going to talk about sandals. Greece can be dammed hot and there are rather a lot of beaches to recline on. Therefore, a good pair of sandals seems like a good thing to bring to Greece.
Your feet will be tired and sweaty from those long days wearing shoes so do yourself a favor: pack sandals and give your feet some well-deserved cushion and fresh air. These Olukai flip flops are ultra-comfortable, well-made, and come in a variety of colors.
Check out the women’s OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops.
Money Belt – By Active Roots
Whilst Greece is not particularly dangerous, crime can still happen and tourists are sometimes targeted.
Therefore it is always a good idea to use a money belt to hide your cash just in case something does go wrong.
Your Passport or Other Government ID
Greece is in the EU and part of the Schengen zone. EU citizens can enter with their EU Citizenship ID but all other comers need a passport. You may also be asked to provide this when crossing between islands.
Make sure it has 6 months remaining on it and also ensure that you bring along a few photocopies.
Let’s face it; for the foreseeable future, COVID 19 panic is just going to be a part of travel. How do we do our best to mitigate the risk while still traveling and experience life’s pleasures? Pack the right PPE gear.
Greece has taken steps to prevent the spread of this affliction and face coverings may be mandatory in a number of settings. Don’t forget PPE when packing for Greece.
It is important that you pack the following items for your trip to Greece to ensure you keep yourself and the people you will be coming into contact with safe from spreading COVID around like wildfire.
Waterbottle – Hydroflask Vacuum Bottle 32 oz.
Packing a reusable water bottle is probably the best thing you can personally do to combat single-use plastic bottle use whilst traveling. There is simply zero need to buy plastic water bottles.
We love the Hydroflask Vacum Bottle for its quality and because it keeps cold water cold for many hours and vice versa for hot beverages. This bottle is the ideal water bottle to get not just for your Greece trip but for daily use. Please don’t be that person buying plastic water bottles. We are all judging you…especially mother earth.
If you go with the Hydroflask, you’ll probably never need to buy another waterbottle again.
The Basic Stuff To Pack For Greece
On top of the essential items listed above, here is an additional suggested checklist of what to pack for a weekend in Greece:
- 1-2 pairs of comfortable pants/jeans
- 1-2 pairs of shorts (summer/late spring)
- A few pairs of socks
- (Sexy) underwear x 2/3
- Ladies: a few dresses, pants, outfits, or desired lady apparel for a night on the town. Whatever makes you comfy!
- Dudes: A few collard shirts or something half-way decent for a night on the town. Whatever makes you comfy!
- Smartphone with a good camera for photos if you are not bringing an actual camera
- Portable power bank for charging your phone on the go
- Phone charger
- Amazon Kindle for reading by the pool
- Copy of your passport just in case
- Cash (not too much, there are ATM machines everywhere
- Packable Towel
Final Thoughts on What to Pack for Greece
We made it, friends! Consider yourself fully briefed on what to pack for Greece with our complete Greece survival guide. You have a detailed top-22 needs packing list, tips on what to wear in Greece to be comfortable and fashionable, and a breakdown of seasonal Greece weather and how to pack accordingly. Don’t forget our recommendations for what women and men should each consider packing – plus, what NOT to pack for Greece.
If you’re thinking that you’re ready to hop on that plane and straight on a ferry headed for the islands to soak up some history – and some sun – we completely agree! Take advantage of all the beach and off-the-beach splendor that Greece has to offer, and be sure to take lots of pictures. You’ll want to remember every detail of this adventure!
Also – don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.
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