The time is nigh! You have booked your flight, accommodation, and hopefully some of the things you’ll get to do here. You’ve figured the hard part out.
But one tricky detail is left; what to pack?
Here are some expert tips to help you come prepared to the sunny city of Athens, avoiding rookie mistakes that will burden not only you but also the environment!
Greece is sunny for over 300 days a year! In the summer, it is best to avoid exposure all together during the midday hours, but in the winter, it offers welcome relief from the cold. Whichever the case, damage from UV rays remains an issue! Make sure to pack the essentials to protect your eyes and skin; sunglasses and a hat are a must - both for protection and style!
You will also probably want to go back home with a nice tan, but make sure to use sunscreen religiously, as sunburn is quite a different issue. You may also want to keep yourself light and airy with breezy clothes that cover a bit of skin and help with sweat.
Don’t worry if you’re already here and forgot a thing or two! Greeks are nothing if not pioneers, so you are sure to find everything you need in shops big and small at every corner - you can also try some local brands, which will provide quality products you can use and keep as souvenirs!
We know sandals are a summer hit! However, if you are planning to make your way around Athens by yourself or join walking tours, you should make sure to pack one pair of comfy walking shoes.
Keep in mind that the best way to see the Athens city center is on foot - as cars are not allowed on many roads in the Plaka and Old Town - and that you will need to tackle millennia-old sites, which can be slippery. If your plans include other places on the Greek islands or mainland, be prepared for ships, planes, cobblestone roads, and weedy paths.
If you’re not used to drinking a lot of water throughout the day - which you should! - be prepared to make a habit of it, since it will help you cope with the heat and sun. Remember: Tap water in Athens is drinkable and entirely safe! Therefore, there’s no need to spend even a small amount of 50c to buy a plastic water bottle whenever you feel thirsty; pack your own refillable bottle and fill it up at your accommodation or public places with fountains. Save money and reduce waste in one fell swoop!
We know you may feel safer holding things in your own hands - but these days, almost everything can be done with your phone! You can download your travel documents and have them ready for use on and offline. This way, you will also be able to keep up with the latest updates from providers regarding your reservations.
At Athens Walking Tours, we stopped asking for printed vouchers a long time ago. Come to our meeting points and say your name to one of our hosting agents; we’ll have your name on our list and you’ll be good to go!
Summer comes with some unnecessary visitors as well! Mosquitoes increase as the temperature rises; keep yourself safe and itch-free with a trusty mosquito repellent! Same as with sunscreen, you can trust Greek brands that use mostly natural ingredients and even herbs to create mosquito-repelling products that do not hurt your skin or your nose! You can even find hydrating ones that double as body creams!
Sometimes it’s the last thing we think of - unless we are seasoned travelers - but plugs differ from continent to continent and country to country. Save on last-minute rushing to tourist shops because your battery is running low and pack a plug adaptor suitable for Greek sockets - for our visitors from the States, s voltage converter may also be needed.
Pack Smart - Pack Sustainably
Greece is beautiful all around and Athens will likely not be your only stop. Make sure to pack the essentials, and perhaps skip on something that you may like to wear but will realistically not (such as dressy high heels or heavy clothes). Consider that you will have to carry your luggage wherever you go next - from the airport to the hotel, to the port, to the islands, and back - so be kind to yourself and to the environment, since the plane will create fewer emissions if it doesn’t have to carry that extra pair of shoes you won’t be wearing.
Fantastic Experience We booked tours with a couple of tour companies but Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour with Athen Walking Tours was our favorite.
Vicki B | May 22 | Acropolis & Museum Tour
Great pace and level of details WITHOUT going to deep yet, she answered every question wth great knowledge and passion!!
GrandTour398142 | May 22 | Private Acropolis Tour
An excellent 3 hour guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable archaeologist guide. Just the tight amount of time to tour the Acropolis site and the highlights of the outstanding Parthenon Museum.
Jan A | July 22 | Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Food is the soul of a nation - the perfect Athens experience!
CMS | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Excellent walking tour of the Acropolis. Our guide Angela was informative, kind and friendly. The pace was perfect, and good to avoid the queues!
Prakash | July 22 | Acropolis Tour
Amazing experience! Ah, and yummy!Wow! How do I start? Well, this was an amazing experience to star our visit to Athens, it was like cooking the Thanksgiving dinner with your family, thanks to the instructor Sophia....
LisetteDeAbreu | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Great day outIt was a fascinating and fun tour of the Acropolis with our excellent guide & insider Charoula;
Jasper | June 22 | Acropolis & Food Tastings
Great tour to start visit Athens We started our stay and visit to Athens by going on this guided tour, and it was a very good decision!
Beatriz C | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
A must do! A fabulous opportunity to explore and taste the Greek cuisine off the beaten path.
Stephanie C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
Fantastic Foodie Tour We learnt so much about Greek food and customs and visited locations we would never have found on our own.
Kathy C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
4 hours Of History and joy Tour guide Fotini really made the day, enjoyed every minute of the tour.
Amy E | June 22 | Acropolis with Food Tasting
Inspiring and unforgettable ... It's 40 years since I was last there, I now have a much greater appreciation of the history of this architectural marvel.
Padraic Timlin | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
Outstanding tour! The length of this tour was just right with the perfect amount of walking and interesting sites.
KateFlorida1 | May 22 | Acropolis & City Tour
An immersive, emotional and fun experience into the heart of Athens and its people This was exactly the type of tour I was craving for and there couldn't have been a better match than Sofia to host such tour.
Niccolò | May 22 | Athens Street Culture
Great tour with Annie We had a small group and she took the time to explain all the meaningful sites in the Agora.
Dakota | May 22 | Ancient Agora