Hello everyone and welcome to the first part of my Travel Series! For me, perhaps the hardest part about packing is sitting down and deciding what to bring to my destination. Clothes take up the majority of the space in my luggage. Not only do you have to be able to pack enough outfits for over two weeks, but you also have to fit everything in your travel bag. This means that packing smart is critical. As I mentioned before, going to Greece this summer will be my first extended vacation in about fifteen years and so I am trying to find clothes that will be appropriate for the setting and clothes that will be versatile enough to wear on multiple occasions.
After searching for inspiration at online stores such as ASOS and visiting affordable stores like Zara and H&M, I have come up with a list of the top eight items that I believe are essential for any vacation in Europe, but especially for a holiday in Greece
Greece in the summer is Hot, Hot, Hot. It is easy for temperatures to reach the nineties daily come mid July. Stay away from fabrics made out of polyester as it does not absorb excess moisture well and can trap heat causing you to feel hotter. Loose fitting, breathable fabrics such as linen, silk, and cotton are also absolutely crucial for a vacation where it is super hot. A flowy dress made of these materials will have you looking super cute and effortless throughout the day, while keeping you cool.
Denim shorts are usually a staple in most closets and are is an easy piece to just bring along and throw over a bikini as part of a casual outfit for some midday sightseeing or a trip to the beach.
Like denim shorts, most people own some type of comfy basic tee in their closet. Tees are versatile and can be worn in different ways with various items. Avoid dark colors such as navy and black because they absorb sunlight (and the heat that comes with it) which can make you hot. Stick to white and light colors instead. Throw a basic tee into your luggage to maximize the amount of outfits you can create for a long trip.
Cute bathing suit
Greek beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. If you are visiting any of the Greek Islands for your vacation, you will practically be living in a bathing suit for most of the day. Therefore, packing a couple suits and maybe a cover up is essential.
A neutral pair of sandals in a color like brown, beige or black can be paired with many outfits and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Check out this cute pair from ASOS!
To me a fedora or floppy hat is necessary when you visit a place where the sun hits extremely strong. Though it is hot, the climate in Greece is fairly dry. A 90 degree day in Greece won’t necessarily feel as hot as a 90 degree day in the caribbean or any other humid environment. As a result, people do not think they are getting burned until they are actually burned; burns are extremely bad for the skin as UV radiation contributes to aging and even worse, skin cancer. Although I was never a fan of hats while I was younger when my mother would force me wear one as a kid, I’ve realized that she was right all along. Protecting your body and face from excess sun exposure is super important. I will talk more about skin protection in my next post!
Until then! XOXO