Craig and I just got back from ten glorious days in Greece celebrating our 20th anniversary. This was our first time traveling to Greece so I wasn’t sure what to pack and ended up breaking ALL of my rules and packing much more than I needed. Sometimes it takes good old fashioned trial and error to figure things out and I was honestly very happy to have extra options for this trip.
First of all, let me say that we were duly warned that it would be VERY hot. But we Texans are a proud bunch and tend to ignore dire warnings about heat. Most of the time, it’s way hotter at home than anywhere we travel but sadly this time we were wrong. Confession: We never even made it all the way up to the Acropolis. After a 2.5 hour walking tour, I was just too hot to even think about it.
Needless to say, I lived in tees, shorts, sandals and dresses the entire time…and sweat through all of them! Luckily everywhere we went in Greece is pretty laid back so we didn’t have to dress fancy much.
Hey, there’s the acropolis wayyyy up on that hill. Too bad we didn’t actually walk up there!
Greece Vacation Packing List
For starters, let’s talk about these super soft lace bralettes. I wore these with almost every outfit for our entire trip. They came in a two pack of black and white so there was one to go with every outfit.
Black Maxi Dress + Chambray Shirt + Sandals
This was my travel outfit both on the way there and home. Maxi dresses are perfect for Greece and really any summer travel. This maxi dress is so soft and it has pockets! I wore my chambray shirt over it, tied at the waist. Layering gave me just the right amount of warmth on the plane. Sandals are great for airport security but not so much for cold toes on the flight so I always stash a pair of socks in my Louis Vuitton Neverfull, a.k.a. my carryon for life!
Everything in Athens is pretty (once you get past the graffiti).
White Linen Button Down + Denim Shorts + Sandals
TGFL – Thank Goodness for Linen! That should be the national saying in Greece. Who knows, maybe it is? After all linen shops dotted every street in Athens and for good reason. My white linen shirt has been one of my favorite buys of the summer. I wore it in multiple ways both as a top and as a swim coverup. It kept me cool(ish) and deflected the sun at the beach.
Sunset in Mykonos
Slub Cotton Tee + Denim Shorts + Walking Sandals
OK, so my teen daughters had a hey day making fun of my walking sandals but I was so happy that I bought them the night before our trip. They were perfect for both our walking tour of Athens and our treks through Fira and Oia on the island of Santorini. Not the most fashionable looking footwear but definitely the comfiest!
Setting out on our walking tour of Athens. My crossbody phone case came in really handy the entire trip but especially in Athens where pickpockets run rampant!
Linen Dress + Sandals
Linen again for the win! This dress was another last minute purchase. I wore it on the ferry on our travel day from Mykonos to Santorini. It lasted through the day and into evening for drinks and dinner. I love this dress so much I may just have to order it in a few more colors! Does it not just scream Santorini?
Overlooking the caldera in Santorini while enjoying fresh squeezed lemonade. I was made for this life!
Striped Tee + Denim Shorts + Red Sandals
Cute, casual outfits were appropriate for just about everything in Greece from dinners to tours. I brought a classic striped shirt to pair with my denim shorts and added a pop of color with red sandals.
Denim Dress + Red Sandals
You really can’t go wrong with a lightweight denim dress – it pairs with everything from sandals to wedges and sneakers!
Sandal shopping in Athens is serious business! A few pairs may have come home with me.
Sundress + Wedges
There were a couple of nights that we dressed up a little for dinner. A sundress was perfect! I paired mine up with my canvas wedges and a straw tote.
The Aegean Sea is an unbelievable color of blue!
Twinkling lights in the pool at Palladium Boutique Hotel in Mykonos. Is this not the prettiest pool you’ve ever laid eyes on?
Overlooking the cliffs at Red Beach on Santorini.
The windmills at Mykonos.
Flowers in the village of Akrotiri on Santorini.
Sunset in Oia from our catamaran cruise.