A summer suitcase - credits: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com
A summer suitcase - credits: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

You’ve booked your tickets, you’ve made reservations, you picked the best accommodation available, and now its time to start packing for your dreamy Greek summer holidays. If you want to pack lightly, yet effectively, follow our advice below and enjoy a comfortable stay with everything you possibly need!

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First and foremost, we’ll talk about the no.1 Greek summer essential: swimsuits! If you choose to spend your time in Greece on one of our breathtaking islands -good for you!- you’ll probably spend most time of the day in a swimsuit. Therefore, make sure to pack at least two with you, in order to change between them, never staying wet and icky. You should also pack a swimsuit cover-up in order to walk the streets without making the commitment of changing out of your beach attire. This way, you’ll stay fresh, and ready for a quick dive at any time.

Stay hydrated at all costs

The excessive sun exposure you’re probably not used and you are definitely going to experience during your stay in Greece, can cause dehydration if you’re not careful enough, and the only way to prevent it is by drinking lots and lots of water. Thankfully, in most places in Greece -unfortunately, however, not most of the islands- you can drink water from the tap. Therefore, it’s a good idea to pack a water bottle with you, in order to save the environment of excess plastic and you from the cost and effort of buying bottles of water everywhere you go. Saving the planet and money at the same time; what a great combo!  

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Slather on sunscreen like your life depends on it

I cannot stress enough how absolutely essential it is to cover with copious amounts of sunscreen every exposed surface of your body in high SPF sunscreen, including your lips, hands, and feet -the amounts of time I’ve sported a flip-flop-shaped burn on my feet are more than I’d like to admit. Premature aging and red skin are never in style, so protect yourself from the ruthless Greek sun in every way possible. Don't forget to pack with you the highest SPF sunscreen you can think of and renew your sunscreen application every couple of hours and don’t hesitate to pair it with a big straw hat and sunglasses in order to survive the summer heat in fashion. 

Paper-thin clothes are the way to go

We do understand that fashion is a creative expression of one's personality, however, believe us when we say that if you visit Greece in the midst of summer, fashion will be the last thing on your mind. What will be the first, is to dress as weather-appropriate as possible in order to avoid getting too hot. We highly suggest you bring along with you the lightest clothes you own -the thinner the better- and preferably ones that are made of “breathing” materials, such as cotton that will ensure adequate ventilation. Stay away from heavy fabrics like jeans -unless they are in the form of shorts- and synthetic materials that will make you to overly sweat. Of course, it’d be wise to pack a light sweater with you for the more chilly winter nights, especially if you visit the Greek islands, but depending on the month you visit Greece, chances are, you’re not going to need it.

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Cobbled streets and high heels are a match made in hell

There is absolutely no need to suffer during your Greek vacations on painful high heels, as the cobbled of the Greek islands are an absolute no-no for anything other than flats. Instead, you should pack a pair of comfortable sandals. You could also bring snickers with you, but personally, I would avoid them since just the thought of socks makes me sweat, and I would bring a pair of hiking sandals that are as comfortable as snickets but not as suffocating for your toes. Additionally, depending on how familiar you are with the sea, you could pack a pair of slip-on water shoes so your skin never has to touch the bottom of the ocean or the sharp rocks you can find on the shore. All in all, a pair of comfortable flats is essential, but if you don’t pack them, don’t worry, there are plenty of Grecian-style sandals to be found in every corner of the country, combining style with comfort.

A full face of makeup? That’s a full bag of yikes

Everyone who likes wearing makeup -I hear you, I do too- should be extremely cautious in regard to what they bring along to their Greek trip. Heavy foundation and caked skin will immediately melt off and create a mess. Therefore, you’re better off opting for a tinted moisturizer, or even better a tinted sunscreen, and waterproof cosmetics. Try putting on as little as possible, allowing your skin to breath while also preparing yourself for minimal damage in case the weather gets to you. Besides, everyone knows that tanned skin is glorious and requires minimal coverage -if any.

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Let’s get practical

You don't need me to tell you to pack your electronics and your chargers with you, you now that already. However, something you may not know is that depending on where you’re coming from, you may have to pack a power adapter that will allow your chargers to fit in the Greek power sockets. We advise you to also bring a portable charger, which is a great investment no matter where you go, as you may find yourself in hour-long journeys with no power outlet accessible or even worse, out of juice while trying to find your way around using GPS. It can also come in handy during the long hours on the beach. Better safe than sorry, am I right or am I right?

Another one bites the dust

And by that, we mean another mosquito, hopefully. Those little blood-sucking devils are everywhere during summertime. As soon as the sun goes down, they come out to play and bite. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to protect yourself against their attack. You can spray yourself with bug spray, of which there are plenty in the market, you can buy mosquito plugins, or you can even buy mosquito repellent bracelets. In any case, we suggest you also pack some ointment and cortisone cream in the unlikely event that mosquitos win the fight. Don’t worry though, their bite marks will have probably gone away by the next day anyway.

If you take our packing suggestions into account, rest assured that you’ll make everyone jealous with your packing abilities. Light luggage that includes everything you will need for a fun and comfortable stay in Greece is both yours and our objective.

Of course, even if you forget to pack any of the aforementioned necessities, it’s not the end of the world. You can find anything you're looking for in Greece; no materialist needs will get in the way of your dream holidays! Just look at the bright sun and the iridescent sea, who cares about clothes in such a majestic setting?

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