Planning a 7-day trip to Greece?
You’re in for a treat! From the ancient ruins in Athens to the stunning beaches in Santorini, Greece offers diverse experiences.
But before you can enjoy all that, you need to pack.
This comprehensive packing list will ensure you have everything you need for a hassle-free trip.
Cross the T’s and Dot the I’s: Don’t overlook the essentials—your visa, passport, and ID should be at the top of your packing list. Also, keep copies of any prescriptions and your detailed travel itinerary.
- Visa (if required)
- Passport & ID
- Copies of prescriptions & medicine names
Kickstart Your Journey: Before you even set foot on Greek soil, make sure you’ve got all your travel documents in order. This includes your travel guide or map, car rental agreements, and all your tickets—flights, buses, and ferries.
- Flight, bus, and ferry tickets
- Car rental documents
- Accommodation bookings
- Travel insurance documents
- Printed travel itinerary
- Travel guide or map
The Lifesavers: Your carry-on is your survival kit in the air. Pack a zip-lock bag with travel-sized toiletries like toothpaste and deodorant. For those long-haul flights, earplugs or an eye mask will be your best friends. Don’t forget hand sanitiser, a neck pillow, and some riveting reads or a loaded Kindle to keep boredom at bay.
- Zip-lock bag for toiletries
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Earplugs or eye mask
- Hand sanitiser
- Neck pillow (for long flights)
- Books, magazines, Kindle, or iPad/tablet for entertainment
- Medications and prescriptions
- Snacks and a refillable water bottle
Dress to Impress—Casually: Greece is all about laid-back elegance. Pack 3 to 6 tops made of breathable materials like cotton or linen. Throw in 2-3 pairs of versatile shorts, a long-sleeved shirt for those cooler evenings, and a couple of summer dresses that make you feel like a Greek goddess.
- 3 to 6 tops (light materials like cotton or linen)
- 2-3 pairs of shorts
- 1-2 long-sleeved shirts
- Casual trousers or capris
- 1-2 summer dresses
- 2 swimsuits
- Beach cover-up
- Underwear and summer socks
- Pajamas or nightgown
Other Practical Clothing Items
Be Weather-Wise: While Greece is famous for its sunshine, it’s always smart to be prepared for a sudden downpour. A light raincoat or waterproof jacket, high-UV protection sunglasses, and a stylish yet functional hat should all make it into your suitcase.
- Light raincoat or waterproof jacket (just in case)
- Sunglasses with high UV protection
- Hat or cap for sun protection
Happy Feet: Your feet will carry you from ancient ruins to sandy beaches, so treat them well. Pack flip-flops for the beach, sturdy hiking sandals for scenic treks, and chic flat sandals for romantic sunset dinners.
- Flip-flops for the beach
- Hiking sandals or running shoes
- Comfortable flat sandals for evenings
- Light trainers/sneakers for daytime walking
Pamper Yourself: Even Greek gods took care of their skin. High-protection sunscreen, soothing after-sun lotion, and protective lip balm are necessary. If you have specific hair care needs, bring your favourite products to combat the effects of sun, sea, and wind.
- High-protection sunscreen
- After-sun lotion
- Protective lip balm
- Hair-specific products for the beach
- Make-up & face cosmetics
- Tweezers & nail clippers
- Feminine products
Toiletries NOT to Bring
Leave Behind the Bulk: Save space in your luggage by skipping items like hairdryers and shampoos, usually provided by hotels or easily purchased locally.
- Hairdryer (check with your hotel)
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion (all hotels offer these for free)
Health is Wealth: While you can easily find essential medicines in Greece, it’s always better to bring prescribed medications and any specific allergy medication you might need. Seasickness pills are also a good idea if you plan to island-hop.
- Prescribed medications
- Allergy medication
- Pills for seasickness
Stay Connected: In today’s digital age, going without gadgets can be unthinkable. Your phone, charger and extra cords are non-negotiable. Consider a waterproof phone pouch for beach days and a portable power bank to keep your devices charged on the go.
- Phone, charger & extra cords
- Waterproof phone pouch
- Plug/voltage adapter
- Portable power bank
Techie Treats: If you’re the type who loves capturing every moment, don’t forget your camera gear. For those planning to drive, a Bluetooth headset will help you stay connected safely.
- Bluetooth headset
- Laptop or tablet
- Extra memory cards & stabiliser
- Additional camera gear
For The Beach
Sun, Sea, and Sand: Ah, the Greek beaches—a haven of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. Pack a comfortable beach bag, goggles, snorkelling set, and quick-drying microfibre towel. A sarong can double as a beach blanket and a stylish cover-up.
- Comfortable beach bag
- Goggles or snorkeling set
- Microfibre beach towel
- Sarong or light cotton blanket
To Go Out At Night
Grecian Nights: Whether it’s a casual taverna or a swanky bar in Mykonos, Greek nights have their own magic. Ladies, pack an elegant dress or a chic blouse with trousers. Gentlemen, a nice pair of Bermudas and a light T-shirt will do the trick.
- Evening dress or blouse with nice trousers (for women)
- Nice pair of Bermudas and a light T-shirt (for men)
- Comfortable yet fancy clothes for kids
Conquer the Terrain: Believe it or not, Greece is a hiker’s paradise. From Crete’s rugged landscapes to Meteora’s monasteries, there’s a lot to explore. Pack comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, a hiking backpack, a collapsible water bottle, and salty snacks.
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sun hat
- Hiking backpack
- Collapsible water bottle
- Hiking socks
- Salty snacks
- Hiking pants and shirts
- Walking sticks
This extensive packing list should cover all your needs for a 7-day trip to Greece. You’ll be well-prepared for your Greek adventure, from the essentials to the extras. Safe travels!