If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the ferry, you’ll want comfortable clothing that can double as layers for when it gets chilly. And you’ll definitely want to avoid heels and opt for pretty flats instead.
T + L editor Sophie Dodd consulted George Plakou, Front Office Manager at Amanzoe, on what to pack for a Greek Island adventure. Read on for her non-negotiables.
Lightweight Blouses & Tank Tops
Whether you’re going for the beachy, bohemian vibe of Mykonos or the more refined, historic charm of Santorini, it’s important to prioritize light, airy fabrics when packing for Greece. These natural fabrics allow your skin to breathe and cool down, so you can feel comfortable even in the stifling heat of summer.
For women, I recommend bringing one dress that can double as a beach cover-up and a few tanks and blouses in lightweight, cotton or linen fabric. These pieces can be dressed up or down depending on your evening plans, and will keep you looking effortlessly cool on the island beaches.
Avoid bringing items that aren’t essential for your trip to Greece, as space is limited in most luggage. For example, impractical shoes and unworn clothing take up valuable room in your bag, which could limit your comfort during the journey. Also, while you can purchase common over-the-counter medications and sunscreen at pharmacies in Greece, it’s best to pack these in your toiletry bag if possible so they stay safe from potential water damage during the journey.
Midi Skirts & Linen Pants
The winter weather in Greece can get chilly, especially if you’re traveling north. For this reason, it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket and a travel umbrella. Additionally, bringing walking shoes that can handle a variety of terrains will keep you comfortable as you explore the ancient cities and picturesque mountain villages. Avoid impractical footwear like high heels, which can lead to blisters when worn for extended periods of time.
In the summer, temperatures can be hot and dry. If you’re visiting cultural or religious sites, it may be necessary to cover your shoulders for modesty reasons – so packing a stylish scarf is a great way to do this without adding extra weight to your luggage.
This midi skirt is crafted from natural woven linen with a flattering darted back and elastic waist for shaping. It features a strap detail at the front and is perfect for pairing with your favorite T-shirt or button-down shirt. Pair it with a comfortable, wide-brimmed sun hat to keep the top of your head protected from harmful UV rays.
A good beach cover-up is essential if you plan to spend any time exploring Greece’s many beaches, which offer stunning sand in shades of red, white and even black. Protect yourself from sunburn and ensure that your social media pics look great by pairing a monochromatic swimsuit with a breathable, versatile cover-up.
Whether you’re enjoying a day of sun and sand or touring historical ruins, it’s important to pack comfortable shoes that won’t kill your feet after hours on cobblestone streets. A pair of lightweight sneakers or walking sandals like this simple option from Everlane will provide the support you need.
If you’re planning to venture inland to hike Greece’s mountains or tour its ancient ruins, you’ll want to add a light jacket to your outfit. This one from Coolibar is dermatologist-approved and provides top-notch sun protection with UPF 50 protection. It also converts into a scarf or wrap, which is ideal if you’re traveling with someone else and need to conserve space in your luggage.
Shoes & Sandals
Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins or dancing the night away on a beach club, comfortable shoes are crucial. Strike high heels from your packing list and opt for a pair of pretty flat sandals instead. You’ll be glad you did after long days of walking around ruins, wandering the island streets, or teetering up and down steep steps.
A comfy pair of sneakers is also ideal for your Greek adventure. These lightweight kicks will keep your feet cool and comfy as you walk through the cobbled streets of Athens or the paved paths between crystalline beaches.
When you’re on the islands, it can get chilly in the evenings. A light cardigan or shrug is an excellent travel layer that easily transitions from day to night. You can also wear a long-sleeve linen button-up as a stylish cover-up for your swimsuit while on the beach. This breathable linen version from Banana Republic is a classic option and comes in 11 soft and summery shades. It’s also designed to be worn untucked, a no-fuss style that matches Greece’s laid back vibe.
Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins of Athens or hopping between crystalline islands, the vibe throughout Greece is decidedly laid back. That’s why it’s best to leave your stilettos and formalwear at home. Instead, opt for lightweight layers and breathable shoes that will allow you to move effortlessly from plane to ferry to cobblestone streets.
A lightweight linen button-down is a must-have for any Greek island adventure. A top like Reformation’s Lorin Linen Top is inherently airy and versatile, pairing well with shorts for a low-key look while visiting the Acropolis or with jeans to dress up for dinner out on the town.
If you’re planning on packing dresses, consider ditching the maxi varieties for midi-length styles like Nordstrom Rack’s Elodie Culotte Jumpsuit, which are comfortable and easy to walk in (the Greek islands are windy!). Maxi dresses will just drag on the ground and get dirty while you’re walking around.