Packing for a trip is exciting but often also overwhelming, particularly when visiting a new destination. Many people over-pack and then end up regretting the luggage they have to drag around especially when island hopping in Greece. There are also items that may be useful to have in Greece that aren’t necessarily what you would pack for somewhere else. This packing list takes all the guesswork and anxiety out of it and ensures you know exactly what to pack for Greece for women.
Your choice of luggage when packing for Greece is very important.
It is a really good idea to try and pack as light as possible as you will likely be tackling ferry gangplanks, many steps and cobblestone streets and alleys.
If you hire a car I always recommend a small compact car due to the narrow streets that are very common and the overhanging bushes and bougainvillea that can badly scratch paintwork. Plus parking can often be challenging and small cars have more options.
Try and only take one small or medium suitcase and one carry on bag for each person in your group. Sharing a large suitcase won’t work, particularly with the boot size of small cars. Many people I know have found this out the hard way!
You want a suitcase that is lightweight, strong, has sturdy wheels, and is waterproof if possible. I always recommend a hard cover case and the reason for that is illustrated in this photo from a Blue Star Ferry. You may think you’ve placed your bag carefully on the top of this pile but chances are it will be right at the bottom upon arrival!
A backpack is a great idea for budget travelers and people who are expecting to be away a long time and tackling various forms of transport, especially hikes and cycling.
Having your worldly possessions strapped firmly to your back ensures their safety as well as freeing up your hands for other activities such as navigation and photography.
The Tzowla Business Backpack is a popular choice with travelers and has a number of great features:
- water resistant
- anti-theft with lock
- USB Charging Port
- multiple pockets and compartments
If you would rather use a suitcase it still pays to pack a small, lightweight backpack that can come in handy for sightseeing, hikes, and visits to the beach.
Something like this Zomake Ultra is lightweight, inexpensive, and practical and folds into its own small bag.
Totes and Handbags
Many people like to fly with a tote or satchel that can hold personal effects for a long flight including reading material, devices, chargers, toiletries, and even a change of clothes.
It’s good to try and find something that’s easy to carry, has a decent number of compartments ( but not too many!), and can be zipped or even locked if necessary.
I really like this tote for ladies:
- It has a zip closure
- 1 exterior pocket and 4 interior ones including 2 mesh ones and a zippered RFID blocking pocket to prevent identity theft
- fully lined
- it’s made of waterproof nylon so is ok for the beach and boats
- the back has a removable tab to attach to a suitcase handle
For people who prefer a satchel style bag, this one is great. My husband carries his everywhere when travelling and it paid to invest in a high-quality one a few years ago as it’s had a lot of use!
I spent a lot of time looking at suitcases a few years ago after my trusty soft-cover Samsonite not only got saturated in the rain at an airport in Sri Lanka but the zips were also opened on a flight back from Singapore.
I compared dozens of brands and was sold on this Japanese brand called Lojel and their Cubo range. These are the stand out features:
- It has double-coil zips
- the highest quality Japanese Hinomoto wheels
- it’s made from Makrolon – the lightest yet strongest polycarbonate material possible for a suitcase
- a front opening pocket that allows easy access to devices at security etc
- it does NOT have a clam-shell design like most hard-cover suitcases
- a TSA Lock system
- it comes in blue, red, pink and yellow, NOT just black like everyone else’s bag
- the small meets carry-on weight and size for all airlines yet can expand from 38 litres to 43 if required
- a 10-year warranty
I have dragged this bag around Greece several times now as well as Mexico, Cuba, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia. It looks almost new and I absolutely love it!
Packing cubes really have revolutionised the way we travel. By dividing your belongings up into small compartments things are easier to find, pack, and store.
These Bagail packing cubes have mesh panels for ventilation and a nice laundry/toiletries bag which comes in handy for wet swimwear as well. They are very affordable and customers leave excellent reviews!
Clothing for women
Most people visit Greece during the warm tourist season that runs between May and October. Invariably they will visit the islands which will mean time at or near beaches and lots of sun.
As such many of these recommendations are lightweight clothing, made from breathable, natural fibres and are practical and easy to pack.
That does not mean that fashion has to go out the window. In fact, many parts of Greece are quite glamorous and the Greeks, like many Europeans, are quite stylish. There are many wonderful shops that will catch your eye and I’ve often found many cute and affordable finds on my visits, so leave some room for shopping too!
Dresses – day
Blue Bungalow is a fantastic fashion business in Australia that ships worldwide.
They carry a huge range of dresses that are very affordable and particularly have a great range of cotton, bamboo and rayon t-shirt dresses and basics that are perfect for Greece.
Pack 3 or 4 of these dresses in a couple of colours and perhaps a striped or patterned one too.
Dresses – night
The ancient Greeks invented the Toga so of course, a Kaftan is the perfect choice for nights out on the Greek Islands especially if you are visiting one of the super cool bars or beach clubs on say Mykonos or Paros, or have booked a romantic sunset dinner on Santorini.
This Kaftan can be worn in a multitude of ways and can be belted or tucked in to become a short dress too. It fits almost everyone and can gently be rolled in your luggage for minimal ironing.
For more casual nights a good beach coverup can often get you through from day to night.
Shorts & pants
Even if you don’t generally wear shorts it’s a good idea to pack at least one pair for when you are exploring ancient ruins and archaeological sites, which often have many stairs and may involve a bit of climbing.
In July and August many ladies prefer to live in shorts and may want to pack several pairs. A comfy pair of denim shorts go with everything and often doesn’t require ironing.
If you are visiting the mountains it’s also a good idea to take a long pair of pants or jeans as nights can get cool up there even in summer. I generally travel in a soft drawstring pair that get used a fair bit and are great for long plane flights.
Pockets are always a good idea.
It always pays to invest in a couple of good quality cotton or bamboo t-shirts. I usually travel with one that’s navy or black, a white one and perhaps a patterned one too.
I often use one to sleep in so this saves packing pyjamas as well, unless you really want to.
You may also like to pack a nice cotton blouse or shirt, something to dress up a pair of shorts or jeans, especially at night.
Jackets or wraps
If you are visiting Greece between June and September chances are you will not need a jacket.
However, in Spring and Autumn, the nights can be cool and will need at least once. On top of that, you may also need one in Summer for the airplanes and or your home town arrival and departure.
A soft denim jacket is a classic choice that looks great with everything. They don’t need ironing and you can roll up the sleeves or simply tie around your waist if the day heats up.
Otherwise, a good quality wrap or pashmina is an excellent investment and can double as a blanket as well.
European women have fantastically positive body images and they all happily wear bikinis no matter what their age, size, or shape. I usually take two so one is drying off while the other is being used.
Of course, you can still wear your full-piece suit if you would prefer but chances are you may be the only one on the beach. Plus, you’ll end up with a weird tan.
A great compromise is to pack a nice cover-up or sarong that you can slip on and off for extra sun protection and/or a little modesty. You will find many for sale in the beach towns and villages but if you want to hit the sand running it may pay to take one with you.
I have found the best combination for underwear is 3 bras – one pale, one dark, and one strapless and 6-7 pairs of underpants. That means sending out the washing or finding a laundry approximately once a week although you can always wash smalls out in your hotel room as well.
*option – 1 pair of Spanx or foundation wear. It may be a bit hot to wear them at times but they stop the wobbles!
You can keep this very simple and can get away with just 4 pairs of shoes if you want.
Keep this simple too ( ps. Greece has amazing jewelry shops!)
It would be nice to think you could visit Greece without taking a single device or electronic with you and spend your time oblivious to news back home or the distractions of Social Media.
The reality is, however, especially for those of us who run their own businesses, that many people need to remain accessible and in touch and it’s necessary to travel with various devices and contraptions.
These are some of the best electronics and accessories for a visit to Greece:
A multi-country adapter will mean you can use it in Greece but also at home and almost every country you visit!
They are compact and easy to carry and you can often manage with just one if you also pack a power board, although it’s best to take a few if you can as they can come in handy on airplanes, in airports and other transit centers, not just hotel rooms.
This Disgian Adapter can be used in over 200 countries, comes with 4 USB ports, including one Type C, and built in surge protection.
Get a further 6 power outlets from one adapter by simply packing a good quality power board.
This Belkin board has 2 USB ports, 6 surge-protected outlets and will mean all your devices and hairdryer/styling iron can be used, and more!
It really is vital to travel with a mobile phone these days.
Not only are they useful for making calls and staying connected but there is a range of very useful apps to download for Greece that will make travelling a whole lot easier, including an offline map app that is excellent!
They can also be used to store or access your music, your photos, contacts and notes as well as access to the internet and social media. If you set up something like Apple Pay you can get around without a wallet or money too.
Further to that, mobile phones now have excellent camera’s meaning you don’t even have to pack another one if you don’t want to. Believe it or not, almost all the photo’s used on this website are shot with my trusty iPhone 7 Plus!
It goes without saying that you should pack the charger that comes with your phone.
Even better pack a set of these lightning cables which not only charge most phones & tablets quickly but each cable is 2 meters long giving you plenty of reach from a bedside table or airport outlet.
If you want to use your phone for photos at the beach or waterfalls/caves etc…its a good idea to pack one of these cheap but practical pouches.
Don’t fumble around with zip-lock bags or risk dropping your phone all together this takes all the risk and worry out of it.
This amazing gadget is small, very portable, and does a lot of heavy lifting!
The Hootoo can convert a wired network into wireless to create your own secure Wi-fi network, can be used to transfer and store files between multiple devices for storage, and is also a power bank with built-in 10400mAh of battery – enough to charge a smartphone up to 3 times!
If you still want to take a camera then a GoPro Hero8 is really worth considering.
Given that Greece and the Greek Islands are all about the beach, the water, and exploring, having a camera that is waterproof and can take video as well as still shots is a must.
The Hero8 supports up to UHD 4k video resolution, has time-lapse, super slow motion, 12mp resolution for stills, a night-lapse function and Liveburst.
This pack comes with the camera, SD adapter, USB card reader, a hard case, handheld monopod, head strap, chest mount, buckle mount, and tripod. Everything you could possibly need!
Laptop or Tablet
If, like me, you have to stay connected and even keep working whilst on holidays in Greece then chances are you are going to need to pack your laptop.
This 2020 Lenovo ThinkBook ticks a lot of boxes with a 14-inch FHD screen, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a backlit keyboard, and more.
It only weighs 1.59kgs and has great speakers too.
This is another product where it pays to invest in quality.
There are zillions of cheap headphones out there and if you are prone to losing them often then perhaps they are best for you, but most have short lifespans and do no block out sound – very annoying for fellow passengers on ferries, etc…
A decent set of noise-cancelling headphones will also give you a much better listening/viewing experience on planes and can help drown out noisy neighbours and other noises you may experience on your trip to Greece.
Bose are the market leader in this field and these wireless QuietComfort 35 headphones are one of the reasons why. Available in 3 colours.
It is very important to take any regular medications with you and the correct quantity for the duration of your stay. Greek doctors are excellent but like many countries now codeine is not available without a script and some medications may be different from what you are used to so it’s best to avoid needing one.
Also if you are transiting through the middle east and some other parts of the world you may be asked for written evidence of the need for some drugs so be sure to check the travel advisories first.
A great way to save space and hassle is to travel with one of these palettes that include a wide range of excellent eye-shadow colours as well as blusher and bronzer.
You will only need mascara, lipstick/balm and perhaps eyebrow products and foundation to complete your kit!
This Summer Essentials Set is also a fantastic option and includes everything you might need in one handy pack.
Be sure to pack some beautiful Greek Korres products. Their Greek Yogurt Foaming cleanser and Probiotic Superdose Face Mask are so nourishing and their Calming & Cooling Gel is perfect after a big day in the sun.
All hotels in Greece provide toiletries such as shampoo and soap. Generally, they are fine although I always travel with my own conditioner, usually, one for blondes as all that swimming can wash out your colour.
This cute little kit comes with mini dry shampoo, volume spray and nourishing mask which can all come in handy too.
It goes without saying that you will need deodorant in Greece. It gets very hot in Summer and a good antiperspirant is essential.
We travel with a roll-on as we can pack it in our carry on and it’s small but it really is a personal choice.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
You cant skimp on dental hygiene either but you don’t need to cart a large tube of toothpaste around. Often they don’t like the compression on planes either.
Grab a small travel size toothpaste for the journey and pick up more in Greece if required.
This Natural Rose Hip Sunscreen is made with a zinc formula and is SPF 30 with up to 3 hours of water resistance. Made from all-natural ingredients with no nasty chemicals!
Untinted and non-greasy too.
You will definitely need sunscreen, especially in Summer. Even with a hat on there is a lot of reflection from all the white/pale buildings and sunburn can be quite a surprise for many people.
First aid kit
It’s quite probable whilst traveling around Greece that you will explore some places that are fairly remote and may not be close to emergency or medical services.
This doesn’t mean you need to take an entire survival kit with you but it can pay for one person in your group to pack a small first aid kit that contains essentials like band-aids, bandages, saline solution, safety pins, and disinfectant.
Don’t forget to remove the scissors if packing in your carry on!
Whilst insects in Greece are somewhat less of a problem than some countries ( SE Asia for example and all the mosquito born diseases), mosquitoes, ants and other insects, especially wasps, can be annoying.
Pack a small insect repellant or pick one up in Greece especially if you are staying on board a boat where venitaltion is limited.
Many holiday homes provide sprays but do be mindful of bees in the area. The big fat lazy bees of Greece make the most marvellous honey and keep all the other flora beautifully pollinated for our food chain.
Other items to pack for Greece
( not required by everyone – check HERE)
Tickets/bookings/other printouts ✔
Travel Insurance ✔
Book this as soon as you make your FIRST booking if you don’t already have an annual policy. See our Complete Planning Guide for more information.
Take a small amount of Euros & get the rest there ( and try and use card as much as possible)
These can be used in your room but also attach to a sunbed or boat when you want to swim
Be sure to download these great apps for travelling in Greece!
I often travel with a full size pillow. This does get some odd looks but those tiny things on planes don’t cut it and many places in Greece like to use thin flat pillows on the beds. You need an inflatable travel pillow as a minimum.
Be sure to stock up on a few books set in Greece for a truly immersive experience!
Many hotels in Greece do not supply beach towels. You will find them for sale everywhere but the quality is often poor. Pack a small quick-dry towel for use at the beach as well as waterfalls, boat trips and exercise too.
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