Luggage and bags:
Backpack or a case on a wheels so you can easily roll it from your car to the hotel.
If you are planning to bring back with you Cretan oil, get a small cardboard box and some bubble wrap and plastic bags. You don't want the oil to spill all over your summer dress and on the way in it is a great way to transport your shampoo and stuff to prevent it from smashing on the airplane.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't take too much and make sure it does not wrinkle.
Flip-flops, hiking shoes if you are planning to hike, shorts, skirts, a nice summer dress for a night out. Hat, sunglasses, an extra towel for the beach.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: MOSQUITO REPELLANT!!!!!!! Or forget about going out at night.
Sun tan Lotion and some after sun tan......however I usually use fresh local oil of olive!!!! It is the best.
Photo Equipment: Take something easy and fast.....it is so hot and you are most likely under the influence of raki so forget your fancy equipment, leave it at home. Take the small camera you can hold it in hand or in your purse or pocket.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I always take few towels, since hotels don't offer too much.
You can rent a beach chair and umbrella, for few Euro.
If you are planning to save some money or you have few kids with you, bring some foldable umbrellas with you on the plane or find a beach partially covered by the trees.
Small carry-on cooler is also not a bad idea. You can freeze some water at your hotel freezer and use on the beach all day. We usually carry cooler filled with frozen water and fresh grapes for lunch.
Miscellaneous: Credit cards - you can use them in hotels, restaurants, stores.
Debit Cards - you can withdraw a cash every day, so you don't have to worry to carry too much cash with you.
There are ATM (Cash machines) everywhere and every popular restaurant accepts credit cards.
Miscellaneous: Travellers and anyone thinking of spending any extended time on Crete should find the The Living in Crete guide book really useful. (published 2006 by Carol Palioudakis). It gives lots of info such as how to find temporary work, long term accommodation, describes how the health system works and what you'll need, as well as giving an insight into Cretan cultural traditions. It also lists local associations, local Greek classes, addresses and and telephone numbers of all the government departments. A great handy reference book.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I don't know if it's a problem everywhere in Crete, but at least in Hersonissos mosquitos were a huge problem. It might've been the location of the hotel as well, we heard a rumor that some of the tour operators said that our hotel was in the 'mosquito swamp', even though there were no still water or anything for mosquitos. We were addicted to repellent! Some guys we met, who had a room on the first floor, woke up one morning with 43 mosquito bites on their upper body! They looked diseased!
Good trekking shoes are a must. Take a pair of sandals as beaches may be full of stones.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some basic medicines should be taken on any trip. Pharmacies are easy to find and well supplied. Prices in pharmacies are lower than for example in Poland.
Photo Equipment: You can get anything in photo stores in Crete but prices are unreasonably high and aimed at tourist who 'forgot something'.
Miscellaneous: Ants can be found irritating especially if you buy a piece of cheese and do not put it in a fridge (trust my experience).
Luggage and bags:
If you are doing any hiking around Crete you will definitely want to have some sort of daypack with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The hike towards Tripiti and other areas around Crete require good set of hiking boots. The rocks are very rough in places. But you also may want some sort of water shoe if you are bouldering around rocks near the shores.
Photo Equipment: As many rolls of film or batteries that you will want and need the landscape is incredible! A polarizer may also be necessary. The sun is quite powerful.
Miscellaneous: Water! You will definitely want to bring as much water as you are willing to carry. The trails are long and quite secluded. But your cell phone should work just fine!
Luggage and bags:
A strong comfortably fitting rucksack preferably one with external pockets so that you can get at your water bottle without having to remove the rucksack each time. Alternatively invest in a hydration system such as a Camelback.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Strong walking boots, the Cretan terrain is unforgiving at times and will quickly wear out less sturdy footwear. A sun hat is a must, it can get really hot and shade isn't always easy to find. For those who wish to walk the mountains don't forget a fleece and waterproof.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, never leave home without it! Insect repellent, Crete is not a hotbed of nast bitey things but I was bitten a few times by them, can't hurt to take some repellent along cam it?
Photo Equipment: Don't forget the camera! A polarizer and UV filter are recommended for mountain photography
For hikers, take a head or baseball-cap against the bright and burning sun. Also, take real good boots. The rocky paths are no match for weaker shoes. For beachlovers it is wise to take some plastic slippers as most coast is rocky and there are only few sandy beaches.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some 'Norit' can be usefull if your digesting system is sensitive for olive-oil. Sunburn-protective cremes are a must.
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