Santorini: One of Greece’s southernmost islands, this island possesses some of the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever find. Add to it the cliffs lined with white washed, plaster homes and those iconic blue accents — Santorini feels truly magical.
Greece was everything I had hoped it would be. Wine, olives, beautiful architecture, seafood, and sun. Being so remote, you pretty much only have 3 options to pass the time: Bask on any one of the white, red, or black beaches; explore the island for wineries, shopping, or hiking; or eat. Nothing to complain about there…
Bearing these options in mind, packing is relatively easy and you’ll find yourself in the same uniform each day: sundress, swimsuit, sandals, sunnies, and a cross body bag or backpack. Done.
White Lace Dress – Zara.com
I went during the month of June and packed wayyyy too much. I thought I would need whole outfits, but I ended up wearing the same 3 white sundresses over the course of 10 days– they were just so easy. Most restaurants on the island are pretty laid back and these dresses would transition pretty well from day to night.
While exploring the island, you’re going to want to have your swim suit on and ready to go underneath. There are several remote beaches you’ll want to explore and they aren’t commercialized– this means no public bathrooms or changing rooms. I loved the beaches that required hiking to get to. Sure, we had to do without beachfront beer service, but I would take seclusion over convenience any day.
Suede Tie Leg Sandals – Asos.com
Santorini is not like Mexico or other beach destinations that you may be used to. There are no large resorts with walk up beaches. The island is comprised of several small villages, all surrounded by rocky cliffs and unforgettable views. Depending on what village you stay in, you may be doing a lot of walking, riding the local transfer buses, or taking a 4-wheeler around the island (highly recommend that, by the way). Heels are an obvious “no” and even wedge sandals may be pushing it– maybe save a pair for an evening or two out for dinner. During the day, I opted for nude flat sandals. For hiking, you will of course want to bring something more durable and close-toed.
Festival Bucket Bag – Anthropologie.com
Along those same lines, large beach bags will not be your friend. I brought one, of course, and it never left the closet. They just aren’t practical for island exploring– they are more suited for resort type vacations with the beach within yards of your room. I thankfully brought a cross body bag and used it daily. For the longer excursions on the 4-wheeler across the island, I had to use my husband’s bulky backpack and it was terrible. Terribly ugly, that is. If you’re adventurous and you KNOW you’ll be exploring the remote beaches, I would pack a light backpack to hold your necessities (and to bring back some wine to your villa, of course).
Notice the man backpack that was almost as large as me…
Jack Wills Blue/Stripe Canvas and Leather Backpack – Asos.com
Last but not least, you’ll be in the middle of the damn ocean and you’re going to need sunglasses at all times. Take 2 pairs that are large and versatile (and cheap– we lost 2 pairs on the trip). You’ll thank me.
Warehouse Revo Sunglasses – Asos.com
Looking back, I have only 2 regrets: packing too much and not taking enough pictures. There are too many moments like this one below, that you’ll want to savor forever…