Are you planning your next trip and are wondering what are the must-have items when you travel to Greece? Find in this post some useful and necessary ideas about what to bring with you on your vacation.
Most of the facilities in Greece are of a typical European country and that applies to the majority of common-use items. However, there are some things that you may need while traveling to Greece and need to be on your packing list.
A couple of examples may be a long scarf for the Greek monasteries such as Meteora, sunscreen for gorgeous islands such as Skopelos, or good quality shoes with a grip, for those crazy slippery ancient marbles that are everywhere in Greece!
Up next I am going to tell you about the necessary things to pack for your trip to Greece!
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Must-have Items when You Travel to Greece
1. Anti-theft bag
I know you don’t want to hear me saying anything negative but you have probably heard from fellow travelers that there can be a theft issue inside the Athens metro. I travel often and keep my bag in front of me so I make it harder for those petty thieves.
However, a good theft-resistant Travelon small crossbody bag for Metro is super useful. Another useful option is a Fanny Bag, which you can wear under your clothes and keep track of your passport and important docs while traveling.
2. Microfibre Beach Towel
A quick-dry beach towel that takes up small space in your luggage and is large enough to cover you up is a must-have item when you travel to Greece.
3. Big Scarf
A big scarf is …romantic and with the summer winds in Greece, it can be an essential part of your clothes. Another good reason to bring a big scarf is that you can use it if you are visiting monasteries like Meteora.
The monasteries require women to wear skirts or dresses below the knee. You can wear a skirt but if you are not fond of them you can tie your long scarf over your pants (The monasteries do have some you can borrow).
4. Buying Sunscreen in Greece
I suggest you bring your sunscreen from home. Sunscreen is a bit expensive in Greece or at least this is what I hear from other travelers. If you wonder where to buy sunscreen in Athens, you can get much better prices (than islands or pharmacies) in large stores like Hondos Center (one in Ermou St near Plaka and Syntagma and one in Omonia Square).
For me, the best Greek sunscreens are (30 and 50 SPF):
- Apivita Sunscreen (and their after-sun lotion is exceptional)
- Frezytherm Sunscreen Velvet and
- Korres Sunscreen
Amazon has also a great deal with a pack of 2 Neutrogena Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (you need a lot of SPF in Greece).
5. Proper Shoes for Every Occasion
Leave your high heels at home and bring along comfortable shoes. This is why:
- 80% of the Greek land is mountains, meaning a lot of uphills and downhills and rough terrain. So you need good walking shoes with great gripping like the Keen Sandals. Good sneakers will make do as well.
- Not all Greek beaches are sandy. Some are rocky and in some cases, you need to avoid urchins (I stepped on one years ago and I still remember it!). You need to protect your feet with water shoes with mesh, like this one on Amazon.
- Flip flops for all-day comfortable shoes
- If you are going hiking, you need to bring your good hiking shoes/boots with you.
Must-have items when you Travel to Greece: Take with you comfortable underwear that keeps you fresh all day as the Fruit of the Loom panties.
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7. Technology and Greece
We always take a wall adapter that has several USB ports, no need for converters. Another essential item you need to pack is a battery pack for cell phones (especially if you are out exploring all day).
8. Washing Line
I always take a washing line with me, you can hook it up anywhere and it’s really useful for washing small items as you’re traveling and means you can take fewer clothes. I also take travel wash in a tube.
9. Items for the Plane
Eye Mask and Ear Plugs: No plane flight would be complete without these. The Pretty Care Eye mask is what we recommend. It is padded and blocks out all light.
Travel Socks: I started using compression socks while flying because they prevent Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which can become a very serious issue. Compression socks help prevent blood clots and are highly recommended.
10. Hotel Washing Items
- Universal Sink Stopper and Travel Plug: This plug is universally compatible with sinks and effectively prevents water from draining out. It’s wise not to rely on your hotel to provide a stopper; instead, be prepared with a backup and utilize your own.
- Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets, 50-Count: Traveling with laundry soap is bulky and messy. Travel easier with Travelon’s Laundry Soap Sheets. Non-liquid and not subject to the 3-1-1 carry-on rule, these sheets dissolve in water.
- Water Baby Wipes: Ideal for Sensitive Skin as they are Plastic-Free, 99.9% Water Based Wipes, Unscented and hypoallergenic
More Essential Items for Greece
- Toilet seat liners (for public toilets)
- STANLEY IceFlow Stainless Steel Water Bottle
- Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband
- Neck Pillow Head Support
- Electrolyte tablets
- Mini sewing kit
- Mozzie repellent spray
Related Article: What to Pack for a 10-day Summer Trip to Greece
FAQ for first-time visitors to Athens
- Try the koulouri, a small round piece of bread usually with sesame and a Greek coffee and you become instantly a Greek local!
- If you are staying for more than a day in Athens buy the 30 euro combination ticket, valid for all the archaeological sites for 5 days
- If you are not squeamish about blood or fish smell visit the famous Varvakios Market, on Athinas Street, a 10-minute walk from Monastiraki Square an indoor and outdoor food market. The vendors sell fresh meat, fish, fruit, spices, and products from around the country
- Besides the stunning Acropolis Museum, I highly recommend the National Archaeological Museum, the biggest Museum in Greece with ancient artifacts from all over the country
- Other significant Museums are the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (1 metro station far from Acropolis, at Fix Station) and Goulandris Museum, 5 minutes away from Panathenaic Stadium
- Across from the northern Acropolis exit, stands the Areopagus or Mars Hill where Apostle Paul preached
- From your hotel in Plaka, everything is within walking distance. Alternatively, use the Metro to go around
- Check out the post for the best budget apartments in Plaka
Plan My Trip
Do you need a custom travel itinerary for Greece? Are you traveling solo, with your family or friends and need a tailor-made multi-day tour or a transfer within Greece?
If yes, please visit my dedicated Plan My Trip Page for a free itinerary!
How to Get to Athens Port (Piraeus) from Athens Airport
- Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
- Metro: (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
- Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
- Rent a car with Discover Cars to rent reliable new cars at affordable prices
- You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
- Are you looking for domestic flights in Greece? Check out the official Aegean Airlines Website.
Essential Travel Info for Greece
- ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ in Greek: “Ya sou” and “Efharisto”
- Booking.com: I use Booking.com because I can get the best deals on hotels and apartments, free cancellations, and great prices!
- All-Inclusive Resorts in Greece
- FerryScanner to book ferries to the Greek Islands
- Rent an Affordable Car in Greece
- Athens Metro Website (timetables and ticket info)
- Map of Athens Metro
- Trains (Hellenic Train)
- Public Buses KTEL
- Get Your Guide: For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
- Emergency Numbers Anywhere in Greece: AMBULANCE 166 – FIRE 199 – POLICE 100– EMERGENCY NUMBER 112