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The Ultimate Greece Packing List for Summer

**A note from team FTLO**

The airline industry is still feeling the effects of the Covid pandemic. As flights continue to be delayed, the risk of losing a checked bag increases dramatically. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARRYING ON all your luggage if you can.

Known for its crystal clear beaches, historic sites, ancient ruins, charming villas, gorgeous views, and laid-back lifestyle, Greece is the perfect place to experience an authentic Mediterranean summer! To have the best trip possible, you're going to need to pack accordingly; luckily for you, we've already done all the research building out our Greece packing guide so that you don't have to (if you want even more inside info, join the FTLO Community).

Whether you're visiting Santorini or Crete (we just launched an amazing trip there!), you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to spend your days island hopping and exploring ancient landmarks and your evenings sipping wine and ouzo in rustic restaurants and enjoying the lively nightlife on the islands.

If you're heading overseas, then do it right and perfect your summer packing list for Greece!

Here's our list of what to pack for Greece:

1. Essential Items for a Greece Vacation

You’re going to want to start with the essential items for your Greece vacation. Whether you plan to spend your days lounging on the expansive coastline, exploring the ancient sights, island hopping on catamarans, or hiking to world class viewpoints, these are a few must-haves on your Greece packing list that you’ll absolutely need in your bag.

The Basics

  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses

  • Swimsuit, towel (towels are available at all hotels, but it’s always nice to have your own)

  • Comfortable sandals and walking shoes

  • Outdoor items: a comfortable pair of sneakers for hikes, insect repellent, travel water bottle

  • Day bag or tote (with zipper!) or backpack

  • Charging adapter and all electronic chargers

Carry-on Items

  • Passport + 2 hard copies of passport

  • Prescription medications

  • Glasses + / contacts + solution

  • Cash (euros) + credit cards

  • Phone + charger

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, razor, makeup)


  • Face mask + Hand sanitizer

  • Camera / GoPro + chargers

  • Basic first aid: bandaids, tweezers, pain relievers

  • Allergy medications

  • Anti-nausea medication if you’re prone to motion sickness

2. Recommended Attire

While any visit to this beautiful country is sure to be a good time, when you're bouncing between sun-kissed islands and ancient archaeological sites, you're going to want to think about your wardrobe. Luckily for you, we've crisscrossed the nation, so from stylish to comfortable, we know exactly what to wear whether you're packing for a beach vacation in Greece or heading to the city.

7 Day Packing List for Women

  • Neutral tank tops (3-4)

  • Light long sleeve (1-2)

  • Evening tops (1-3)

  • Summer dress (3)

  • Maxi dress (2-3)

  • Shorts (2)

  • Boyfriend jeans or light pants (2)

  • Sweater of shawl (1)

  • Adventure / active clothes (1-2 fits)

  • Beach sandal

  • Stylish sandals (for nights out)

  • Simple sneakers (like a pair of Nikes or Allbirds) (1)

  • Swimsuit (1-2)

  • Beach cover up (1-2)

  • Sports bra (1-2, more if you workout)

  • Pajamas

  • 7 days of undergarments (more if you want to work out)

7 Day Packing List for Men

  • Neutral T’s (3-4)

  • Linen shirts (4-5)

  • Light long-sleeve (1)

  • Dress shirt / button up (2)

  • Neutral shorts (3-4)

  • Linen pants (2)

  • Chinos (1)

  • Light stylish jacket (1)

  • Adventure / active clothes (1-2 fits)

  • Swim trunks (2)

  • Sandal (1)

  • Simple sneakers (1)

  • Summer loafer / espadrille (1)

  • 7 days of undergarments (more if you want to work out)

3. What to leave behind

When you're thinking about what to pack for Greece, you should also think about what not to pack for Greece. The lighter you pack, the better. Think of how fun it will be to hop from airplane to boat without hauling around a ton extra of stuff! To give you further peace of mind, there’s no shortage of incredible and locally sourced shops in this Mediterranean nation, so if you decide you want something you can always purchase it once you’re there.

Here are some items we’ve found that never make it out of a suitcase when you pack them.

  • Heavy, heeled dress shoes. This applies to men and women. Leave the heels behind, leave the heavy, leather dress shoes behind; they will not serve you in the hot summer and you’ll be twisting your ankles trying to walk on the cobblestone streets with any sort of heel. It’s best to stick to loafers and cute sandals or flats.

  • Jeans. With the exception of a light breathable jeans, you probably won’t even bother pulling these out of your suitcase due to the heat. Instead, pack light linen or flowy pants and you’ll be golden!

  • Accessories. A few basics like golden studs or a simple watch is nice, but you’ll likely be spending most of your time by the sea and will probably want to refrain from wearing many accessories.

  • Hiking boots. A lightweight sneaker will do just fine for most outdoor activities. Hiking boots will quickly become excessive, and of course, they are very heavy to pack. Best to save those for our South Africa trip ;)

  • Hair dryers. No worries here - all hotels have hair dryers. (Also, did we mention it’s hot?)

  • Other heavy items. You’re likely to find yourself moving from plane to boat to cobblestone road, so if you’re second-guessing whether to pack those extra jeans or shoes, we promise you will not regret leaving them behind.

Want to get a better idea of what to expect during your visit? Check out our flawless summer itinerary to the Greek Islands to go along with your Greece packing list. Or, alternatively, if you're interested in a different side of the Greek islands, check out our latest adventure to Crete.

If you’re interested in exploring the world with FTLO and an amazing group of travelers, check out our upcoming trips or join our community by filling out a profile, and one of our Community Managers will help find the best destinations for you!


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