9 Essential Things You Need for a Trip to Greece

GREECE ESSENTIALS

Going away for two weeks, especially overseas, is definitely not easy. I've been gone for that long before, but when I was much younger, so packing for this trip was very complicated. We had all decided to pack carry-on bags, and to pack 2 weeks worth of clothes in a carry-on size bag, plus having to leave room for gifts and souvenirs, took a lot of careful planning. After coming back from my trip it was very clear what was useful, and what was not. Honestly I spent so much time overthinking things, that I wasted so much space packing things I never used. So, if you are traveling to Greece, or anywhere abroad for that matter, hopefully you can use this list to help you!

  1. MINI WALLET - I purchased a small cardholder wallet from Kate Spade before I left, and wasn't sure if I would get much use out of it. I was definitely surprised on how crucial it was to my trip. It had just a couple of slots for cards, and then a little pouch for cash. It was so so nice to have my money and ID in such a compact way, so I didn't have to lug around an entire wallet with me. Plus, it was so easy to just throw in and out of my bag. I opted for a bright turqouise color so it could be easily spotted- even if it was all the way in the bottom of the beach bag!
  2. CROSSBODY - I realized that I did not have any small bags that I could take with me to Greece, and that was definitely going to be an issue. We knew that we would all be doing a lot of walking and traveling on the island, so having a small bag to easily carry things like a wallet, my phone, and sunglasses was very important. The Kate Spade outlet was having an amazing sale (think 60% off), so I picked up an adorable navy and white stripe crossbody bag that ended up being perfect! It went with everything, and was the perfect size. I'm glad I didn't opt for something bigger because one thing I realized was that when I have a larger bag I tend to want to carry more things than I need (i.e an extra book just in case  I finish the other one, an extra pair of sunglasses, etc).
  3. PACKING CUBES - My mom was insistent on buying everyone packing cubes for the trip. I thought she was crazy, because in my mind they would only take up more room. I was wrong. They were a godsend. They really helped me think harder about what I was bringing, and made things so much easier to find. I was able to keep everything clean and tidy while we were traveling, and got to pack even more stuff than I initially thought I would be able to. 
  4. SUNSCREEN - One thing most people don't know about me, is that I have never been sunburned (unless we count the one time when I was 10 and my ears got a little red from falling asleep in the sun). Instead of burning, I get really really tan. Because of this, I never used sunscreen, and never thought I needed to. However, this year I've been trying really hard to take care of my skin. I knew this meant that I needed to start wearing sunscreen, and I'm so glad I did. The sun in Greece was brutal. It's very direct and intense. The one thing, is that sunscreen is much more expensive there than it is here, so we made sure to buy a bunch from Costco and bring it with us. My absolute favorite was the Neutrogena Body Stick. It goes on so easily and is perfect to apply on your face, and you can throw it in even the smallest bags!
  5. COCONUT OIL - I. Love. Coconut. Oil. I use it for everything, and so I made sure to pack a small jar to bring with me. Thank god I did. The sun in Greece is pretty intense, the climate is very dry, and the ocean water is extremely extremely salty. All of this adds up to very dry and malnourished skin. Coconut oil is the best thing you can use to moistoruize your skin. Unlike many lotions, which can actually irritate your skin due to the fragrances and chemicals, coconut oil is a fool-proof moisturizer. 
  6. MINI FIRST AID KIT - Honestly, you never know what accidents can happen. Whether you trip and fall, or step on a sharp rock, it's always good to have a first aid kit handy. I picked up a very small one with the basics (think, bandaids, neosporin, and alcohol wipes), and it came in handy much more often than not.
  7. COMFY SHOES - I know this seems so incredibly obvious, but ONLY pack comfortable shoes. I packed three pairs, and really only wore 1 (my favorite pair) the entire trip. I thought that it would be good to bring a bunch of options for pictures, etc, but really what's important is comfort. You have to be able to have a versatile option that is good for climbing, walking around town, going to the beach, etc. Ideally they should be relatively inexpensive so after the wear-and-tear of the trip you can just throw them away! 
  8. TURKISH TOWEL - I always wanted a good quality turkish towel because hello they are so cute. So, when we were walking around the island and I saw an undeniable blue pinstripe towel, I knew I had to have it. I ended up using it throughout the entire trip and it was amazing. It was the perfect thing to sit on on the sand, and was surprisingly absorbant. I was expecting it to not work as well as a normal towel, but honestly it was better. It's not as rough on the skin, and it can even double as a sarong! 
  9. LOTS AND LOTS OF BOTTLED WATER - OK. This is obviously not something you pack, but is something you better invest in once you arrive. We bought a bunch of huge bottles to keep in the fridge, and some smaller ones to take with us in the car, to the beach, etc. It's so important to stay hydrated, especially when you are exerting yourself a lot in the heat. This seems like a super obvious thing to mention, but it's actually something that gets overlooked. You have so much fun and get wrapped into the vacation, that you forget the small, but crucial, things. Especially since on an island, the water supply is not the most reliable, you want to invest in the bottles!