What to bring to Greece
1) Seasonally appropriate clothes for a week Men’s and Women – Greece is warm most of the year but you will probably need some heavier clothes in the winter, no matter which part of the country you are visiting. Just make sure that anything you take can be washed in the same load of clothes so that you don’t spend a fortune either on luggage fees or having your clothes washed.
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3) Toiletries – Be sure to bring along anything you need to stay happy, clean, and healthy. These items are obviously different for every person but some common things that you should probably bring along for the ride are hand sanitizer, wipes, stain removing products, soaps, loofas, lotion,toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, etc.
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7) Small tote bag – A small multipurpose bag that can be used to hold your beach gear, your shopping and anything else you might typically stow in your purse/daypack is an essential item. It’s even better if this tote can be folded up and stored in your other bags, since this will help you avoid extra luggage charges.
8) Reading Materials – Ferry and plane rides between islands can take hours, so it best be to be prepared with either your Kindle or a selection of lightweight paperbacks/magazines.
9) Beach Supplies(Warm months only) – You’ll definitely want to include bathing suits, waterproof shoes/flip flops, sunglasses, floppy hats, cover up, and so on if you’re going to Greece during the warmer months. Definitely don’t forget the sunscreen and opt for the highest possible SPF in order to avoid burns. You might want to bring a beach towel but, if you’re low on funds, your travel towel will work just fine.
Other Things You Might Need for Greece
ATM or Credit Card
Journal or Notebook
Headphones and/or Earplugs
Extra Flashlight Batteries
What to wear in Greece
1) Classy clothes. Europeans typically opt for clothes that Americans would refer to as “business casual”. Think khakis, button-down shirts, and tasteful sundresses. They also tend to prefer neutral colors like blacks, whites, greys, and browns. Plot your travel wardrobe accordingly but don’t worry too much if your outfits are on the more casual side of things.
2) Items that can be layered. During the winter, you might want to bring a couple of long-sleeved shirts, a jacket/sweater, and a scarf or two.
3) If you plan on going somewhere fancy for dinner be sure to take appropriately dressygarments like a nice dress or pair of slacks with a button down shirt. Pair these with inexpensive but tasteful accessories.
4) Flat shoes.
5) A lightweight long-sleeved shirt or a summer scarf is important to take along as a cover up for the other months, particularly at religious sites where your arms and legs must be kept under wraps. Even in the warmer months, you’ll want to bring at least one skirt or pair of shorts that’s longer than knee-length for the same reason.
What NOT to take to Greece
2) Valuable Belongings: Items with sentimental value or hefty price tag should always be left at home. After all, there’s a very real risk of losing them or having them stolen. The only exceptions to this rule are devices that you need to stay in touch with the outside world such as phones or computers.
3) Anything that screams “Hapless Tourist!” : Avoid embarrassing yourself and your fellow humans. Please leave your fanny pouches, camouflage garments, money belts, and I love New York/American flag t-shirts at home.
4) Hairdryers: Most hostels/hotels have these on hand for their guests and so it’s one less thing you need to pack.
5) High Heels: The pavement in ancient times wasn’t anything like our pavement today. So in order to avoid unnecessary falls or keep from getting your shoe stuck in the cobblestones, leave these at home
6) Wheeled Suitcases: These tend to be more trouble than their worth except for in airports and in major cities where smooth pavement is a given. It’s probably best to opt for a backpack in Greece, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time moving around and/or changing locations during the course of your trip.
FAQs about Traveling to Greece
1) Is Greece safe for travelers?
If you are careful and behave in a sensible fashion, you shouldn’t have any serious problems. The on-going budgetary crisis and the waves of refugees arriving on the Greek islands near Turkey have caused the entire country to be overlooked as a destination in recent years.Despite the occasional demonstration, transportation strike, or terrorist act in big cities like Athens,most of Greece is still considered to be reasonably safe for tourists.However, members of certain ethnic groups may be mistaken for unwanted migrantsand harassed as a result.
2) What can I do to stay safe while traveling in Greece?
Of course, travelers should naturally exercise the normal precautions that come with visiting big cities such as keeping an eye on their belongings at all times, avoiding freebies from strangers, and being vigilant about their surroundings.You’ll also want to make sure all your belongings are properly secured in a safe at your hostel/hotel when you’re not there. It’s likewise a good idea to use public transportation where possible and be careful when crossing the road, even at designated spots. After all, Greece has an especially high fatality rating when it comes to vehicle accidents.
Places in Athenswhere you should be especially cautious, particularly after dark, includeExarchia,Monastiraki,Vachi, Kolokotroni, Syntagma, and Omonia Square. Other places to avoid include the clubs in the Glyfada district as well as the bus and train stations for Larissa and the Peloponnese at night.
3) What is a good basic daily budget for Greece?
Travelers that don’t mind staying in hostel dorms, prepping some of their own meals, using public transportation, and taking in the occasional free attraction can get by on as little as $30 USD per day. However, partying at the hottest clubs and eating out for every meal will quickly add up to far more than some travelers planned on paying. A more accurate daily budget for someone who is willing to make a few sacrifices for their dream vacation would be around $65 to $75 per person. Individuals with a bit more cash to spare might instead want to start their daily budgets at a little over $100 per person.
4) Do I need to tip in Greek restaurants?
It’s customary to leave a few euros in change and that’s certainly what the locals do. Of course,nobody’s going to complain about receiving an additional 10 percent on the tab, if you’re either feeling generous or service was especially good. In order to be sure the wait staff receives the money they’ve earned, give them cash even if you’re paying with a credit card. However, travelers should be aware that the occasional establishment may add a predetermined service charge on the bill. Check for that before tossing your change on the table. There’s no sense in leaving two tips!
5) When’s the best time to visit Greece?
Like most of Europe, Greece is at its best during the spring and the fall of the year. (And in parts of the country, you can still swim in September!)High temperatures and crowded attractions are characteristic of the summer months. The northern portions of Greece can also get fairly cold in the wintertime. In some spots, it even snows. Although the southern portions of the country aren’t near as cold, they tend to be especially rainy during those months.
6) Where are the main airports located?
The main ones are located in the northern portions of the country near Athens (ATH) and Thessaloniki (SKG) and in the southernmost portion of the country on the island of Crete at Heraklion (HER). Many of the main islands also have their own small airports. However, quite a few of them are regularly reported as being some of the worst airports in the world. This is no doubt because these facilities tend to be small, understaffed, and lacking in creature comforts. As a result, you’re probably better off taking the ferries if you need to get to and from the islands.
7) What vegetarian options are available in Greece?
Plenty!Although it seems like it,Greek food isn’t all gyros and roasted lamb chops. There are actually plenty of vegetarian options on the traditional menu. While some dishes may occasionally be cooked with a fish or meat broth/stock to help improve the taste, that’s not always the case. Just don’t be afraid to ask. Many Greeks, particularly those in more touristy areas, speak English and can answer your questions about the menu items. However, do be aware that options for vegans who don’t eat cheese, eggs, and/or fish are extremely limited.
8) Can you suggest some good daytrips from Athens?
Delphi is a popular one, but it can take quite a while to get there. Better options include the nearby Greek islands of Aegina and Hydra. These can be reached quickly using the fast ferries. Or travelers might look at visitingthe towns of Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Cape Sounionand/or Nafplio. All of these spots are located a short drive away from Athens and Nafplio in particularly is highly recommended by travelers in the know.
9) Can I drink the tap water?
On some of the islands and near the coast, the tap water may be too salty or too full of minerals for American tastes but it is still mostly safe to drink. On the other hand, the water in some of the inland areas can occasionally be unhealthy or unpalatable.Making things even more confusing is the fact that there are refreshing mountain springs in some other spots that are regularly used by the locals. If you are unsure about how to deal with the varying water quality throughout the country, simply ask the staff at the place you’re staying at whether or not you need to purchase bottled water during the duration of your stay.
10) What’s the deal with not being able to use toilet paper on the islands?
Some of the islands have old plumbing that’s not set up for our modern toilet paper. It has to be thrown away instead so just use the baskets provided for this purpose. Don’t try to flush it or you’ll end up with a clogged toilet.
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