What to Pack for Greece

Megan Lee

Aristotle said, “The energy of the mind is the essence of life,” and nothing will feed your energy like traveling in Greece. This beautiful country is a land where myths come to life against a background of bright blue water and stark white stone. At the junction of three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), and with over 6,000 islands to discover and over 3000 years of history to explore, Greece is the birthplace of much of what we consider western civilization.

Those who travel in Greece will find that it is a nation of stunning dichotomies: ocean and stone, islands and mainland, bustling city and dusty countryside, ancientness and modernity. Iconic white churches with blue domes spill down the cliff sides of the Cycladic islands, while Byzantine walls and columned architecture trump the mainland. As one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, there is an incredible variety of landscape and culture to take in.

All that awesomeness aside, we know your first challenge (other than debilitating cravings for gyros) is to figure out what to pack for Greece. And that’s what we’re here for. 

What to Pack for Greece: Luggage

Outbreaker Travel Backpack

Have you seen the pictures of Greece? Do those villages built into hillsides, narrow cobbled streets, stone roadways, and footpaths look roller-bag friendly to you? Don’t let wheeled luggage ruin your trip.

Pack in a well designed backpack instead.
The Outbreaker travel backpack opens like a suitcase for ease of packing, is designed to properly distribute weight to your hips for an enhanced carry experience, and is made of waterproof sailcloth to keep your belongings dry.

Packable Daypack

As you’re hiking island high points to see vineyards, terraced hillsides, and olive groves, wandering the back streets of Athens, or exploring ancient ruins you need a daypack to hold your stuff.

The packable daypack is designed to hold your computer, spare clothes, water bottles, swimsuits, or anything else you might want for a day’s adventure. Since it’s made of waterproof fabric you can be sure neither your spirits nor the contents of your bag will be dampened by weather or splash!

Outbreaker Accessories

It may all be Greek to you, but if you want to increase your packing savvy, these few accessories will do the trick. Jump on the packing cubes bandwagon, if you haven’t already. Organize every single thing, from cords to hair accessories.

Worried about souvenir overflow? The Packable duffle will change your travel life.  Make room for the little extras.

Throw in a wet/dry bag to contain anything damp or dirty and keep your other clothes clean!

What to Pack for Greece: Electronics

Consider what you can minimize, or combine, to lighten your load when you are considering what to pack for Greece. Will any items do double duty? Is there anything you can do without? Consider the following:

Keep in mind that Greece is pretty connected and a longtime tourist hot spot, meaning anything you leave behind can usually be replaced quickly on the ground.

What to Pack for Greece: Clothing

Be sure to adjust this list based on the amount of time you’re planning on staying in Greece, as well as the locations you’re hopping around to, and the time of year you’re traveling. For instance, a Greek islands in packing list in summer will look a bit different than one for a week in Athens in winter.

A general rule of thumb: A week’s worth of outfits will do for almost any length trip. Plan to do laundry as you travel and pack clothing that layers well.

Adjust accordingly per your needs, style, space, and budget as you figure out what to wear in Greece.

Greece Packing List for Men

3-4 pairs of shorts or pants
3-4 shirts 
1 nicer shirt for a night out
1 light jacket
1 set of workout gear
1 pair of lounge pants
3-5 pairs of underwear 
3-4 pairs of socks
2 pair of multi use-shoes (wear one, pack one)

Greece Packing List for Women

3-4 pairs of shorts or skirts
3-4 shirts
1-2 sundresses (1 nicer dress for going out)
1 light jacket
1 set of workout gear
2-3 bras 
3-4 pairs of socks
3-5 pairs of underwear
1 set of lounge wear
2 pair of multi use shoes (wear one, pack one)

For the Beach Add:

In the Winter Add:

  • 1 sweater 
  • 1 pair of jeans or pants 
  • 1 rain jacket 
  • 1 pair water resistant shoes
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 blazer or jacket

If you plan to ski rent your gear but pack extra layers

For Cities Add:

  • 1 pair of jeans or stylish bottoms
  • Add a nice shirt for evenings out
  • A stylish sweater or jacket for dressing up

What to Pack for Greece: Toiletries

Most people pack too much when it comes to toiletries. Pare down with our quick and dirty (clean?) list of the items you need to keep your hygiene on point:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body soap and washcloth (these are rarely provided by accommodations)
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Your go-to hair stuff
  • Medications and vitamins (add dramamine if you’ll be bouncing between islands on boats)
  • Your “can’t live without it” skincare or makeup needs
  • Body lotion
  • Condoms

TL;DR

Traveling around Greece will be an incredibly rewarding experience, one that provides insight into a culture that has greatly shaped the modern world.  Your island-studded adventure in Greece is bound to be a great one, but it all starts packing light and packing well:

  • Start with the right luggage: The Outbreaker Collection
  • Include a daypack
  • Consider where and when you’ll be traveling, Greece has a lot of variety
  • Layers are the key to packing well 
  • Pack fewer electronics to lighten your bag
  • Pack less in the toiletry bag and buy what you need on the ground