Athens What to Pack

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    Essentials

    by Azazel666 Written Jan 23, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: OK, make sure to bring sun tan lotion when travelling at any time of year, also make sure you have a map of the city, and a timetable of the underground.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable walking shoes are essential even if you hire a car (which i strongly advise you NOT to do, as the city streets are packed and we saw two car accidents in the two days we were there). If you manage to survive a car trip from your hotel to the city center, you are going to be driving round for hours looking for a place to park anyway.
    If you come in autumn/winter, pack for cool things and warm things because you can never tell with Greek weather.

    Photo Equipment: If you are going to the museum and acropolis, i suggest taking a digital camera with a few large memory cards. Although there are many shops where you can buy them quite confiniently over there, such as a small electronics shop near the museum and the kiosk at the Acropolis, you will get ripped off for them.

    Miscellaneous: The street's of athens, especialy in the urban trashy parts, are extremely dodgey looking, so make sure you have something where you can store you money safely. Dont trust yourself to be able to notice someone slipping something out of your pocket, because you dont. A money belt which you can strap around your stomach is the safest bit, and if you have a satchel-style bag, make sure the flap is pointing inwards, and make sure all the pockets on your hand-bags are zipped up.

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    Bring your hat, a swimsuit and dancing shoes

    by Boomscat Written Jun 28, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Athenians like to dress up on the nights out and even during the day. There are a lot of clothing/shoe stores around Syntagma Square. During the day Athenian girls like to wear leather sandals, you can buy them almost in any souvenire shop in Plaka. Tip for girls, in the summer wear a sundress or a skirt and a tank top as opposed to a T-shirt and shorts; it gets really hot and sticky during the day. DO NOT wear flip flops to Acropolis, unless you want to break all of your toes. A hat or a bandana is a MUST for sightseeing in Agora and Acropolis.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything in Athens. It gets really sticky during the day so it is a good idea to carry antibacterial moist wipes with you.

    Photo Equipment: Definitely bring a camcoder and a camera that takes good pics at night.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Athens has several good beaches. Bring your swimsuit. Beach towels and umbrellas are cheap in Greece so no need to bring your own.

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  • What to pack on the way back!

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 11, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I would say to anyone coming to Greece to bring a decent sized bag just for things to bring back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are coming in the summer bring many light clothes, linens etc. Also sandles and a bathing suit of course. Other wise, anything you want.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We have everything here, but I would say this: Bring medical supplies BACK with you FROM greece. There are many many prescription durgs that you can over the counter in Greece such as the morning afterpill, general birth control, and Codine.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your personal camera, otherwise there are many places to buy camera and photo equipment.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: whatever you would normally bring to camp, you can also buy everything here.

    Miscellaneous: at the risk of sounding vulgar... bring many many condoms. lol

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    Pack Allergy Medicine!

    by GracesTrips Written Nov 9, 2006

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    Most Pharmacies in Athens have this symbol

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I thought I was prepared and packed Dramamine, Rolaids & Tylenol. I don't have allergies so I did pack any medicine for that. I had the sniffles from the cigarette smoke and automotive exhaust fumes and it progressed to severe allergies. I found a pharmacy that had one kind of medicine for allergies. I took it but it would work only slightly. I think the medicines in the US are much more stronger and effective.

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  • pack mosquito repellent,insect bite repellent,

    by katrino100 Written Oct 7, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: bring summery clothes like t-shirts,shorts,sandals and a jumper or long skirt for the night as nights tend sometimes to be cool.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring plenty of suntan lotion.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen and suntanlotion. The pharmacies in Athens are well equipped with toiletries and medical supplies if you run out of them.

    Photo Equipment: Bring cameras and plenty of film to take shots of beautiful Athens. However there are plenty of photographic equipment available in Athens.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping sites around Attica in Athens have facilities for laundry and food and a bit of shopping. Enquire around.

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    Mosquitos and Sunshine

    by dstevenson Written Aug 2, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In U.S. I found Bull Frog 30 SPF with bug repellent in it. Used it several times. Although many places have AC they are not used in month of May because eve temps are comfortable but that's when the mosiquitoes buzz about.

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    Take a good map!

    by OiKnow Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: I buy a good map before I book a hotel. As a rule of thumb, if the hotel is not on the local map, it is too far out and I don’t really want to stay there. A good map allows you to know where you are, where you are going and how to get there. If you are not sure you can trust the taxi driver, sit back and open your map and follow the drivers route on a map, they won’t go far out your way if they know you are following along (I have had two taxi drivers ask me if it was ok to go a few blocks away from the shortest route to save time.) “Popout Maps” are available for the city centers of major cities worldwide. Popout Maps measure 5 inches by 3 ¾ inches and fit easily into my pocket. But Popout Maps are not available for every city. For Athens I bought an “INSIGH FLEXIMAP.” The map is laminated and folds to 3 ¾ inches by 7 ½ inches, a little large to fit in my pocket, but still very functional As part of your trip planning and packing, find, buy and take with you a good map.

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    Good walking shoes a must

    by leigh767 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Roads and slopes can get very slippery when wet-- shoes with a good grip is a must. A tumble down the Acropolis is very unbecoming. :)

    Photo Equipment: A tripod is helpful for amateurs and professionals as many hills and roads in this city offer good panoramic views. Also good for night photography of the Acropolis.

    Miscellaneous: The weather here is quite termperamental. In just 3 and a half days, I've seen everything from a thunderstorm to a clear, completely cloudless day. Bring umbrella for those short bursts of downpours (not sure on this, but they tend to occur throughout the year). Sunglasses are also useful from April right through the summer months as the sun can be quite strong. Sunblock also for those who tan easily.

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  • Packing for (little) children

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Nothing brings down a trip faster than hauling around too much luggage, and the average kid's luggage-dragging tolerance is very low. Keep it light and everyone will have a better, happier trip.

    Choose a soft-sided bag suitable for carry-on. Most airlines in Europe and in Greece allow just one carry-on bag per person. Wheeled bags with pull-out handles may sometimes be refused.

    Unsure? Get an expandable bag made out of light foldable fabric - pop in the entire wheeled bag, then take it on as carryon. You can always use the bag later for hauling souvenirs back home.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Begin packing according to this list - it's what you need for spring-summer-fall travel in Greece:
    - Bottoms - 1-2 pairs pants 1-2 pairs shorts
    - Tops - 1 long-sleeved 3-5 T-shirts or short-sleeved tops 1 light sweater
    - Swimwear - 2 pairs bathing trunks or bathing sets
    - 3-5 pairs underwear 3-5 pairs socks
    - 1 pair good walking shoes, already broken in.
    - 1 pair sandals. Rubber-bottomed, strap-on, 'swimmable' types are best to avoid sea anemones and jellyfish. Smaller sizes can be hard to find in Greece - get them at home.
    - 1 windbreaker or other light, waterproof jacket, preferably hooded. 1 hat -or, buy it in Greece as a souvenir. 1 small daypack, purse, or fanny pack

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Necessary medications in original bottles, including any items that you might normally buy at a drugstore - cold medicine, sore throat lozenges, and so on - should be in mom or dad's care.

    While over-the-counter medications are readily available in Greece, your particular brand may not be, and 'readily available' is not the same as 'instantly available' as we all know!

    Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush

    Miscellaneous: Have your child wear the bulkiest shoes and jacket as part of the travel outfit. If the child balks at wearing those shoes, make sure that they are comfortable enough to wear on the trip at all.-

    Allow one irrational clothing choice per child. Travel can scare kids, and letting them exert some control during the packing process can help them feel that they won't be powerless away from home, either. Tuck in some new small toys in your carry-on - the novelty will keep your child's attention longer than a familiar toy, important on long plane flights. For school-age kids, provide a travel diary - blank pages allow for drawings.

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  • Pffffff....... warm!

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Travel light

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will have to adjust the clothing you take with you depending of the time of the year you visit Athens. In December, January and February it can be cold. Remember that on a warm afternoon during Summer, the temperature can get up to 45?C (113?F). Stay out of the sun as much as you can, especially when your skin is not used to this kind of weather. Visit a museum or have a siesta.

    Remember to drink a lot of water. You do not want to become dehydrated. Try to get a sun tan before you visit Athens, if not, protect your skin with a good sun block cream.

    Make sure you wear good shoes. You are not on a beach and Athens hardly is flat. Bring bandaids in case you do get blisters.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most of the pharmacists in the centre of Athens understand English as is the case with the staff of the hospitals

    Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring enough photo rolls. There is a lot to photograph in Athens. In case you have a digital photo camera, you can send your photo's home so you can empty the cameras memory card. There are quite a few internet cafes where you can do so and some hotels also have internet service.

    Miscellaneous: Travel light so you can bring a few nice souvenirs with you.

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    Packing List

    by asturnut Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    Packing list

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy walking shoes. Lightweight hiking shoes aren't a bad idea. Greece is very mountainous so at higher altitudes and at night it can be chilly, bring something light to wear at night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A lot of the ruins are very exposed with no shade, so if you are fair-skinned bring sun block.

    Photo Equipment: Lightweight tripod and carrying case. There are many photo ops, but you don't want to carry a bunch of heavy gear around because many of the sites require quite a bit of walking to get to.

    Miscellaneous: I hadn't remembered this until I read it on someone else's greece page, but make sure you bring sunglasses and a hat. When you are sightseeing, especially the Acropolis the lack of trees really makes for blinding glare. So it's a good idea to bring your shades. Also, you will be doing a lot of walking & short hikes to see monuments-- bottled water is a good idea.

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    Athens hot or cold in november??

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 28, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Like you can imagine, Greece is a mediterranean country. You can expect rain, a lot of wind and of course the sun. We were in continental greece in november and it was hot in the day and cold in the night. Make sure you bring a sweater for your night walking. In the day a short can be good.

    Remember that you can enter in some religious site with a proper clothing. Refer with the site before.

    Photo Equipment: Like all travel bring your camera...with a good memory card or a lot of film!!!

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    Packing List

    by Kine83 Updated Oct 12, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As it is quite warm in Crete, especially during summertime, you should wear loose shoes or sandals. The clothing should be easy and comfortable, and a bikini or shorts is a must! And don't forget the sun lotion....

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    Towel and toilet paper

    by SirRichard Written Aug 3, 2003

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    My towel

    Luggage and bags: I always take a small towel and a toilet paper roll, just in case.
    I never did when I used to do organised tours, as U R supposed to go to "proper" hotels that way.
    But since I travel independent and backpacking I have realized this is a fundamental thing...

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    drugs and fans

    by secondlight Written Jun 11, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Travel as light as possible, as you may find there are not enough left luggage places

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer it's too hot. Fans, mosquito repellens, sun oil are a must!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Creams for rashes are useful if y ou want to travel in the country

    Miscellaneous: Emergency Phones

    First Aid Tel 166
    Blood Bank Tel 8219391
    Doctors Tel 105
    (From 02:00 pm to 07:00 am)
    Fire Tel 199
    Police Tel 100

    Pharmacies:
    Tel 102/107
    Poison Control:
    Tel 7793777

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