It’s all about considering where you’re actually headed.
Packing for Greece is all about considering where in Greece you’re actually headed. This beautiful Mediterranean country prides itself on variety, hence layering is the key to a good packing job. If you’re heading to the islands during summertime, clearly you’ll be needing a few swimwear to switch around. If you’re heading to the mountains during wintertime, then thermal underwear and jeans as base are some basic ideas. We’ve split up the packing list below according to seasons, but here are other misc to consider as well:
- International driving permit – If you’ll be renting a car, you might want to consider this. Even if you have a US drivers license, local cops won’t actually stop you on the road, but if you’re a neurotic or a paranoid travelers then prepare an international driving permit so you an drive in Europe. It generally costs $20.
- Car rental insurance – Just in case. Use the credit card that you’ll be renting the car with if you have insurance on it
- Ferry tickets – Make sure to print them out if you bought them in advance.
Here’s a list of must-pack items for every season:
- For going out drinking or dancing at night in Athens or Mykonos: Women – dresses and heels. Men – button-up shirt, slacks and nice shoes.
- For walking all day: 1 pair of comfortable shoes.
- 1-2 swimsuits: for the hotel pool and beaches on the islands.
- Soap/shower gel
- Toothpaste + toothbrush
- Razor + shaving cream
- Comb or brush
- Underwear (Ladies: + bras)
- If necessary: voltage converter (electrical voltage in Greece is the same as other EU countries: 110 volts or 220 volts at 50 or 60 hertz.)
- Computer/phone chargers
- External battery
- Hard drive: if you want to backup your images
In addition, here’s what else you’ll need for every season:
Spring & Autumn:
Spring occurs in March, when temperature the average temperature is 12°C (54°F), while the average low is 8°C (46°F), and the average high is 16°C (61°F). In autumn, there won’t be much rain and the weather has been warmer than previous autumns with an average daily temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Scarves and layers are the most important and fashionable way to stay warm when it gets chilly.
- Lightweight scarfs (men & women)
- 1 lightweight coat (men & women)
- 1 light sweater (men & women)
- Long dresses and skirts (women)
- Jeans (men & women)
- Walkable flats or sandals (women)
- 1 pair of dress shoes & 1 pair of sneakers (men)
- 2-3 short sleeves (men & women)
Average summer temperature is 27°C (81°F), with an average low at a warm 22°C (72°F), and the average high at a sizzling 32°C (90°F). With no rain, and lots of sun. If you want to lay out on the beach, note that many beaches can be quite rocky so packing a pair of lightweight water shoes can be wise. Especially ones with water grain soles might be a good idea.
Expect rain during winter months with average daytime high ranges from 58 degrees in December to 56 degrees in February. The average nighttime lows range from 46 degrees in November to 44 degrees in February. It might snow in Athens too.
Make sure to stay warm, winter months in Greece is just like other colder places in Europe. Sweaters, wool, scarfs, gloves…etc. are good things not to forget!
- 1-2 sweaters
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of pants
- 1 rain jacket
- 1 blazer
- 1 pair water resistant shoes
- 1 wool scarf