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What to pack for a Greek island holiday, in summer and autumn/fall
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Many people head to the Greek islands in the height of summer, when temperatures can hit up to 33 C (91 F) or, in recent years, even as high as 41 C (106 F).  Take a look at my Insider’s Guide to the Greek Islands to see my recommended places to stay. It’s pretty easy to imagine what your Greek island packing guide should consist of during the summer then.

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Greek island packing guide: summer

I love these women’s Columbia travel shorts as they come in different colours, plus have side and a back pockets to place your belongings in.  And most importantly, they adapt to the temperature and have UVA/UVB protection.


T-shirts, or Tunic. This particular tunic (various colours available) is great for travelling, worn over leggings or even as a dress.
This Clever Travel Companion t-shirt in grey, white, black or pink is a great design as it has hidden pockets: excellent for hiding your passport, valuables and keys. Clever Travel Companion also offers other travel accessories and clothing with hidden pockets.  These are definitely items that should be included in your Greek island packing guide.

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Flip flops – I personally love the Teva women’s brand: very comfortable for the beach, bumming around and yet also longer walks up those steep and along those uneven, cobbled lanes that the Greek islands are famous for, essential for your Greek Island packing guide.

Several Swim suits – I like tankinis myself – and I say ‘several’ because as a good Greek will know: there’s nothing worse than drying yourself in a wet swimsuit; best to change out of one and put another one on. All Greeks go to the beach with at least one change of swimwear.

All round dress for day and evening wear.  Again, great for dressing up or down when you visit a Greek island.

And don’t forget: lashings of suntan cream!

Don’t dismiss travelling to the Greek islands in the autumn/fall.  September/October time, even up to November, can be the best time of year to visit, with temperatures ranging from a pleasant 21 C (70 F) up to around 29 C (84 F – this in September time). And with some islands easily connected by flight, either from a European hub or via Athens, or ferry connections from Athens, the Greek islands make for a great autumn/fall European destination break.

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Greek island packing guide: autumn/fall

But what should you pack in your suitcase?  We’ve an idea of temperatures now, and you may still think it sounds very hot and just your sundresses will suffice.  Not so.  Let’s take a look.

We’ve explored some of the best dresses, footwear, etc and these will still apply in the autumn/fall – but don’t forget to still pack a good pair of sunglasses.  The sun and light in Greece is of a particular strength and quality, hence why it’s a photographer’s haven…but it also means you’ll need to protect your eyes with some polarised UV glasses.

Given the temperatures experienced and the fact it can get a little chilly in the evenings, here is my recommended packing list for autumn in the Greek islands:

Face and body SPF 30 suntan cream.

Capri pantsCapri Pants are the best.  Casual for daytime wear, but dress them up at night with heels if you wish.


Instead of jeans – as it’s still a little warm for these, the Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Weekend Pants are great for travel to warm countries: fashionable, comfortable and also with UPF protection.

Light drape cardigan. I love this particular one as it comes in such a range of colours, and can be worn over t-shirts or swimwear, evening wear or jeans.  And it’s perfect for covering your shoulders when you’re wanting to go inside a church.

Other Greek island packing items to consider

(Almost) everyone has wheelie bags nowadays, and packing cubes (for me, at least) have also become a must.  They’re great for splitting your clothes up and packing in a clearer way (as opposed to when I used to throw everything in!  Now I have one for underwear, one for t-shirts, one for daywear, evening wear, etc).  And remember to roll your clothes.

Your Greek island packing list should also include essentials such as:

Travel adaptor. This particular one is great as it’s a worldwide adaptor and even comes with dual USB charging ports.  Saves you having to travel with a separate USB charger for your phone, Kindle, etc.




Don’t forget your phone! I use my iPhone 6S for taking photos and many phones have good cameras these days.  This particular model here is unlocked (and re-furbished), which is great because if you’re spending any length of time in Greece (or anywhere), rather than use the contract from my home country, I can just use a Pay as You Go SIM card, available from all good mobile providers in the country, even as you exit many metro stations in the capital city, Athens; there are people providing SIM cards.

I don’t know where I’d be without my Portable Charger.

This particular brand is great as it’s light (30% the weight of am ordinary lithium battery), fits in a travel or handbag, has two USB ports and also a torch.  Great for my iPhone and Kindle.

Don’t forget your environmentally friendly mosquito repellent, regardless of the time of year!  Those midges are a pain.  I particularly love this one, infused with essential oils such as lemon and eucalyptus.

It’s doubtful you’ll want to travel with lots of toiletries to be honest.  LUSH offer a great range of travel products, like this solid hair and shampoo bar, a great size for travelling. They also offer ‘toothy tabs’: chewable toothpaste tabs and dry hair shampoo: a powder you can ruffle through your hair to make it smell nice in between washes.

As you stroll the streets of a cobbled Medieval Old Town, such as in Rhodes, or relax on the beach, you’ll need a place to put all your belongings like towels, swimwear and bottles of water.  This Foldaway Backpack is perfect for this as it can hold a lot, and yet when you’ve finished, also pack up very nicely and stuff in your big luggage.

Lastly, if I may be permitted to self promote, you’re going to need a guidebook when here – especially if you’re the ‘old fashioned’ type like me and like to write notes inside when you discover places.   The Rough Guide to The Greek Islands makes essential reading for your Greek island packing guide.

And on the subject of reading, why not treat yourself to a Greek read?
My debut novel Girl Gone Geek is the perfect novel to take with you on a Greek island holiday (even if I do say so myself).  Available in Kindle or Paperback format.

Have I missed anything out of my Greek islands packing list?  I know there is a lot more to consider, but I wanted to include essential items for you.  Feel free to share your ideas too in the Comments.

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  1. Great packing list! I’ll definitely to use these tips when I head out to the Greek Islands! By the way, gorgeous pin that you designed for Pinterest!

  2. I think we’d probably go in the cooler months, September – November! We’ve never been to Greece though, and Santorini is very high on the list! Beautiful pins btw!

  3. Really cool packing list you have made both for summer and fall seasons. I like the Clever Travel Companion t-shirt in pink colour as it has so many hidden pockets where we can keep things like keys and stuff, very useful. You definitely need to carry mosquito repellent where ever you go and suns cream.

  4. Yes – Greece is beautiful in the cooler months – and these clothes will still apply then too. And I am grateful for help with the PINS that a colleague helps me with. She’s very talented, and for this particular post I wanted to get them right, to tempt you all to pack well for and to come to Greece!

  5. Absolutely Stefinia. I’ve also added a free downloadable packing PDF now if you want to take it with you. And the Clever Companion t-shirts are exactly that: clever!
    Always good to have places to hide valuables.

  6. Thanks Rossana.

    Yes, those cardigans in an array of colours are excellent for just about everything. I particularly like them for when I have to cover my shoulders for going into a church – or when the midges start to bite in the dusk!
    I’ve added a link to a free downloadable PDF link to the post now – so if you’d like to jog your memory occasionally, you can download and print it.

  7. Very helpful packing list, I hadn’t heard of these clever companions before and will definitely check them out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Thanks Maria.

    Yes – I think the Clever Companions is a great idea. I hope you get the product you want.
    Happy travels!

  9. Wow, 106 F Bex? That is some serious, serious stuff. But I figured it’d get stifling sometimes because Greek Island look toasty. Nice packing list. Noted for when I decide to hit these islands.

  10. Hey Ryan,

    Yes, this summer has been very weird in Greece. And today, the temperature dropped so drastically we had hail! So come prepared. I might add a rainproof jacket in this list too.

    Hope to see you in this beautiful land one day – with your packing list!

  11. Great list! A shawl is another good idea if you aren’t a cardigan person. Also – – love my packing cubes. Don’t leave the house without them!

  12. And it’s great to find a pair that are useful for beach and reasonably hard(ish) walking

  13. Nice packing guide. I’d love to add that folding backpack to my travel gear. Always looking for a shoulder-friendly and lightweight bag. Always longing to return to Greece as well.