Planning a trip to Greece next year? Part of the fun in getting ready for any vacation is preparing for it, whether that means reading about recently opened island hideaways or buying new gear for the trip. We rounded up 13 items that smart travelers should take to Greece, with input from editors and friends in Athens, so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.
Shoes can take up a disproportionate amount of luggage space, which is why we love these multifunctional Braided Lace Lux Loafer Driver Shoes ($180) by Swims. Their mesh-and-rubber construction allows them to be worn on a rocky beach, but their styling ensures that they're formal enough for a fashionable seafood lunch in the Plaka. As much as we like the look of leather-soled shoes, we would much rather be wearing these on the sometimes-slippery marble streets of Athens.
This imperial garnet Clip-Tank Swimsuit ($218) by Tory Burch is perfect for dips in the sea. The hardware adds a little bling to an otherwise classic one-piece that won’t go out of style anytime soon. The material, made of Sensitive Fabrics by Eurojersey, from Italy, comes complete with SPF 50 protection.
These Submersible Shorts ($69.95) by Billabong go the extra mile (or the extra wave). The four-way-stretch fabric feels broken in immediately and because it dries quickly, these shorts will be ready to go when you are. Besides the front, side and back pockets, they also come with a built-in bottle opener, a feature that made us a convert to these cargoes.
A piece doesn't necessarily impress us just because it has a designer label, but we find this Techno Canvas Backpack ($1,450) by Gucci irresistible. Its multiple pockets make it easy to organize small items like chargers, sunscreen and lip balm, plus its interior has handy touches such as a pocket for your smartphone. Just as important is its discreet style, with red stripes adding a touch of flair to an otherwise simple black backpack. Not everyone will notice this bag, but those who do will know you have good taste.
OK, this one may be a little hard to pack, but we couldn’t help but add it to our list. Just picture yourself donning vintage oversize sunglasses and this striped Eugenia Kim Wide-Brim Hat ($395). The only thing missing is a bleached-white terrace in which to soak up the sun.
Perhaps this won’t be the most luxurious addition to your suitcase, but walking comfortably around Greece is a lot better than hobbling. The Terra Hiker Lightweight Collapsible Walking Stick ($27.99) is ultralight, strong and adjustable, plus the solid rubber tip will work well on paved or rocky surfaces. It will come in handy while exploring the ruins of Delos, reminiscent of Pompeii, or the steep lanes of Mystras, the last redoubt of the Byzantine Empire.
The Aqua Sphere Seal 2.0 Adult Swim Goggle ($34.99) offers the widest field of vision of any goggle on the market, and that’s what you’ll want when ocean swimming. With 100% UV protection, this goggle will protect your eyes from the sun and the salty seawater.
Not all water on Greek islands is safe to drink. Enter the LifeStraw Water Filter Bottle ($44.95), which is an advanced BPA-free travel water bottle that filters out 99.999% of bacteria, parasites, microplastics and pesticides so you can hydrate safely without sending dozens of disposable water bottles to the landfill. What’s cooler still is that each purchase provides one child in a developing country with access to clean water for a year.
Worn by everyone from Miles Davis and Mick Jagger to James Bond and “The Dude,” Vuarnet has literally been seen on stage and screen. Developed in the 1950s and worn by the French ski team, Vuarnet sunglasses suddenly have cachet again. The Legend 06 Sunglasses ($240) are made with mineral glass to provide the clearest vision possible.
A breezy Greek isle demands relaxed but elegant comfort. The Voile Lace Trim Dress ($350) by La Vie Rebecca Taylor would be the first thing we’d pack. It’s lightweight and has what every woman wants in a dress: pockets.
Feminine and flouncy, this Tommy Bahama Off-the-Shoulder Dress ($98) is made of a soft linen blend and comes in eight colors. Great for warm-weather travel, it, too, has pockets.
This relaxed fit, stretchy Performance Polo ($89.50) by Vineyard Vines is wrinkle-resistant, making it perfect for packing. The SPF 50 makes it ideal for travel to Greece.
Don’t forget your Andrew Harper Collection guidebook on Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. It includes restaurant tips, insight from editors and hotel recommendations for Athens, the Peloponnese, Santorini and Crete. Andrew Harper members also have access to it via digital download.