Packing for an Incredible 10-Day Greek Vacation: Your Ultimate Guide for a September to Remember
Greece in September is your passport to one of the most memorable vacation experiences. The sparkling blue waters, ancient ruins and delicious cuisine will have you daydreaming about your trip months after you return home. To make the most of your 10-day trip, I’ve put together the ultimate packing guide for Greece, along with some tips to make sure your vacation is one to remember.
In this post you’ll find:
- What makes September the perfect time to visit Greece
- Expert travel tips for your Geek vacation
- What to pack for Greece in September
- Travel Essentials you will need for overseas travel
Why is September the Perfect Time to Visit Greece?
September is one of the best (if not THE best month) for traveling to Greece. The weather will be warm, and little to no rainfall. This means you’ll still be able to enjoy the beach and a swim in the warm ocean waters.
Another great reason to travel to Greece in September is the crowds will be smaller, except for holiday weekends and at major tourist attractions. Lastly, since September is outside of the peak travel season, you can also expect for prices to be a bit more affordable.
Travel Tips for your Vacation in Greece
One of the most important tips for your Greek vacation is to give yourself enough time. 10 days is a good amount of time for seeing Athens and another island or two. There are so many beautiful places to see in Greece, you will have an incredible time no matter where you go. Make sure to set your expectations before you depart, that you won’t be able to see everything, so it’s best to have a plan in place for the things you must see/do.
Before you depart, make sure that you have purchased tickets for any ferries you will be taking, as well as any excursions/activities that you hope to partake in while you’re abroad.
Don’t be afraid to drink the tap water. It is totally safe to drink. In fact, you might want to consider taking a reusable, collapsible water bottle with you.
If you feel comfortable driving abroad, rent a car. This will make getting around the island much easier. If you aren’t comfortable driving, that’s ok. Greece does utilize Uber for public transportation.
When you are out exploring, make sure that you stay aware of your surroundings- especially in busier areas. Pickpockets are prevalent. Consider an ant-theft bag and leave any valuables in the safe at your hotel. But, that’s not all you should take with you…keep reading for more tips on how you should pack for your September vacation in Greece.
What Should I Pack for Greece in September?
The weather will still be quite warm in Greece during September. Make sure you pack clothes that are light and breathable. This does not mean that you need to throw fashion out the window. Greece, like many other European countries, is very glamorous. Which also means plenty of great shopping.
Keep your clothing simple, your shoes comfortable and utilize your accessories to help dress your outfit up or down.
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Daytime Packing Ideas for Greek Vacation
Chances are you will be doing a lot of walking, and while we often think about our feet, don’t forget to make sure the clothes you wear are also comfortable for days were your Fitbit counts 25,000+ steps. Pack dresses that are in natural fibers and require no ironing. Make sure the dresses are lightweight and comfortable to move around in.
There are some great matching sets too. The best part about a matching set, is that you can transform one set into multiple different outfits by swapping out either the top or bottom.
Save the athleisure wear for travel days, Europeans don’t wear leggings around town. For more comfortable items that aren’t dresses or skirts- you could opt for some linen shorts or pants.
More than likely, you won’t need a jacket, but if you are planning on visiting any religious sites, you will need to have a pashmina or lightweight sweater to cover your shoulders. Bonus: it can also be used to keep you warm on the plane.
Don’t forget swimwear! Pack at least two different options- that way you can wear one if the other is still drying.
There are also some beautiful options for cover ups that can also be day dresses.
What to Wear in the Evening in Greece
Evenings out in Greece are magical. The wine, the food, the sunsets…it’s a vibe. It’s also totally understandable that you might want to dress up for those special evenings on your Greek vacation. Here are some easy to pack and beautiful outfit options.
The Toga was invented by the ancient Greeks- there is no better place to wear a Toga than a bar or beach club in Greece. Of course, a Toga or Kaftan will be just as beautiful enjoying a sunset dinner overlooking the Aegean Sea.
If dresses aren’t your style, consider a jumpsuit or a more elevated two-piece set.
Types of Shoes to Pack for Your Trip to Greece
Comfort is key when it comes to footwear for your vacation in Greece. You will spend a lot of time walking, so make sure the shoes you bring aren’t brand new. You should have had time to break them in a bit and know for sure that you can wear them all day and still be comfortable.
You’ll want to pack a few different pairs of sandals- at least 1-2 pairs of casual sandals and a dressy pair for the evening.
A chic pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must pack item. A classic white tennis shoe will go with everything from your day dresses to shorts or pants. Also great for travel days.
If you are planning on going to the beach, make sure you pack some flip flips or beach sandals.
The cobblestones are no place for 4-inch stilettos, you’ll want to save those for another vacation. With that in mind, for evenings, dressy sandals would be a fantastic pick or a pair of wedges.
Accessories to Pack for Your Vacation in Greece
While accessories are going to help your outfits transition from day to night, don’t go overboard. Greece has amazing jewelry shops, and you might want to pick up some beautiful pieces on your vacation.
Earrings will go a long way in transforming your outfit from casual to glam.
A beautiful stack of bangles is also great for evening.
A beautiful hat will protect you from the sun and look great in photos.
Don’t forget to bring sunglass- one neutral pair and one black.
For your bags, it’s a good idea to have an anti-theft bag for days where you will be seeing a lot of the tourist attractions. And if you are hitting the beach, you will want to take a beach bag.
You might also want an evening bag/clutch for a night on the town or a special dinner.
And if you are hitting the beach, you will want to take a beach bag.
Essentials to Pack for Any Overseas Vacation
Bags and Luggage for Vacations Abroad
You will want to make sure that your luggage is lightweight and durable. The suitcases with the spinners make getting around so much easier. I recommend investing in a good set. I’ve gone the cheap route before, and they didn’t make it through the first trip.
If staying organized keeps you happy, then you must get these packing cubes. They keep your outfits in one, organized, place-which makes finding what you need a breeze. And they allow for more room in your luggage. They are a game changer.
Accessories and Electronics for Traveling Overseas
Don’t forget that you will need an outlet adapter and converter to use/charge your electronics. The outlets are not the same as they are back home, so make sure to pack this.
There have been far too many stories in the news lately, of untimely deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Even if you aren’t traveling in the winter, please make sure to take a portable carbon monoxide detector with you. They don’t take up much space in your suitcase and will keep you safe.
More than likely, you will be taking a bunch of photos, so you might want to invest in a quality camera to help capture your memories. Don’t forget to get a few extra memory cards.
If you are going to be checking your bags, these Apple AirTags will give you peace of mind, as you can see the location of your bags.
Must Pack Items for Your Carryon
If you are checking a bag, the following items are items that need to be packed in your carryon.
Travel Documents (itinerary, tickets, vouchers, insurance information)
Change of clothes
Reusable Water Bottle
Long haul flights are, IMO, the worst part about traveling overseas. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make these long flights more enjoyable. Below I’ve compiled my must-have items, that get me through those long flights.
Falling asleep on an airplane can be a bit of challenge. To help, invest in a pair of noise cancelling headphones that will drown out the noise and help you sleep.
An eye mask will also help to keep the light out, and hopefully help you rest better.
Airplanes are very dehydrating and can wreak havoc on our skin and lips. Make sure to pack a good quality lotion and lip balm in your carryon and apply often.
Final Thoughts on Packing for Greece
Your Greece vacation is bound to be one you’ll remember for years to come. With all the excitement and anticipation, it can be easy to overlook some important items when it comes to packing for your Greek adventure. Hopefully, this list can help.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with planning a bucket-list trip to Greece, I would be happy to help. Check out how I help my clients plan their dream vacations.
Have you been to Greece? Please let me know in the comments any additions that should be added to this list!