Packing for the Greek Islands: The Summer Guide

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Ladies, can you think of anything worse than getting ready for a dream vacation only to realize when you get there that you have packed all the wrong things?! So, here’s a guide of the essentials of a summer wardrobe inspired by the long summers in the Greek islands (like Kefalonia, Crete and Rhodos and Mykonos). Because being prepared can ensure that you truly enjoy yourself…Thank me later 😀

Elisabeth in a navy blue Bardot dress. A sandy beach in the background makes the perfect backdrop. This is what you can wear to a Greek island.
Elisabeth in a Bardot style dress

First things first. Be prepared for heat waves, a sizzling hot sun, some wind gusts and a lot of sunbathing when not touring. So, the most important thing to pack is a waterproof sunblock for the face. (I recommend one with a SPF 50).

Elisabeth in a boho inspired dress. Another type of dress to pack for the Greek islands.
Elisabeth in a boho inspired dress
Elisabeth in a tropical theme playsuit - another suitable outfit for the Greek islands.
Elisabeth in a tropical theme playsuit – another suitable outfit for the Greek islands.

Next is the body sunblock (SPF 30). This way we can achieve a gradual natural tan without people feeling sorry for us for getting toasted under the sun. Sunglasses, a beach towel, a couple of swim suits, cover up tunics, a couple of shorts, several tops and a jean jacket are all spot on.

The tricky part comes to shoes. I recommend flat shoes and not just a pair of flip flops. Flip flops are great for the morning walkabouts and the beach. But as the day goes by, we should have a pair of sandals. Preferably flat Greek sandals. They will help us look more posh and a lot less like a tourist! Unless high heels are your thing…then leave them home!

Accessories and boho inspired tunics on display at a Greek island retail store.
Minimal, yet vibrant colored and pattern full accessories and tunics found in Ano Syros.
Boho inspired outfits hanging at a Greek island retail store. Image by Velvet.
Boho inspired outfits always look good on a Greek island, especially when paired with Greek leather sandals.

As a matter of fact, it is best to get a second pair of sandals or if you really must wear some high heels then get wedge platforms. It is unbelievable how many women have strained their ankles trying to walk on high heel pumps in the stone paved alleys of Mykonos or Santorini! (…and I definitely don’t recommend walking barefoot)!

Elisabeth in shorts and a white Bardot top at a boat marina.

The Packing for the Greek Islands List






Tunic / Cover all


Denim jacket

Pair of jeans (for those windy nights)

Summer dresses (especially a white dress)

Sandals & straw bag

A flatlay with swimsuits, hats and flat sandals all suitable of packing to the Greek islands.

P.S. Don’t forget a moisturizer and a camera so that you can take as many photos as you can… It’s always nice to look back at fun holiday photos.

P.P.S. Drop me a line and let me know of your dream holiday. Where are you spending your holidays this year? Any suggestions?


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Last update: 11/04/19


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