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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    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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    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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    Plenty of comfortable clothes

    by ChrsStrl Written May 11, 2003

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    On the Pnyx

    Luggage and bags: Whatever you are comfortable with

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes and a change of them to give hot feet a rest! A sun hat!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only what you urgently need and the essentials all travellers carry - good pharmacists abound. Sun cream is a must - but early in the year cold weather gear!

    Photo Equipment: These days, a digital camera is essential to my luggage!

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    Don’t take any wooden nickels!

    by LolaSanFrancisco Written May 19, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel.

    Miscellaneous: And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and double your money and you should be fine.”

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    My dear watch

    by SirRichard Written May 26, 2003

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    My watch

    Miscellaneous: Whenever I travel, I leave at home my everyday watch and use this cheap digital one.
    Is so cheap that I wouldn't really care losing it. It's waterproof. It'a made of plastic, so it doesn't sound on airport controls. It's got alarm and chronometer... and is light! What else can you ask for?

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    I travel light

    by SirRichard Updated May 26, 2003

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    My rucksack

    Luggage and bags: If I go out for a long weekend or so, I prefer to travel really light, only with a little rucksack.
    I put my toilet stuff, a little towel, a book, a guidebook, mp3 player, Sketchbook and watercolors, 2 T-shirts and swimmingpool sandals... if I ever need something else, I buy it wherever I go... and in this way I keep it as a souvenir, 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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    Just your smile...

    by AndyRG Updated Nov 26, 2002

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    Whatever best...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even during the winter, it would be a good idea to have with you not only warm clothes, as the sun can be usually appeared... In the summer, bring with you as less clothes as possible.

    Photo Equipment: A lot of films!

    Miscellaneous: Even if you forget something, you can find it here. The best you can bring is just your best mood, a smile, like these children do (who come from... Morocco, not Greece, but their expansive smile is whatever best)...

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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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  • 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 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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    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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