Putting together a packing list for Santorini is an essential step in your vacation planning. Walking amongst the blue church domes and whitewashed houses transports you into a dream. Make sure you’re dressed for it. The iconic sunsets of Oia, the black sand beaches of Fira, and the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean call for plenty of flowy sundresses, straw beach hats, and plenty of elegant beach wear. Read below to get my top picks on what to pack for Santorini. Need tips for vacation planning as well? Check out my article on Things to Do in Oia, Santorini.
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The go to outfit for walking around beautiful Santorini. These dresses are light and breathable, perfect for sunny days. The flowy skirt adds a touch of elegance, and the colors will add a pop to your vacation photos.
Summer Beach Foldable Sun Hat (essential for any Santorini packing list)
A floppy summer beach hat tops off any outfit, and also protects your skin from the sun. These straw hats are great in heat because of the breathable material. I especially like the foldable ones because they are easy to pack. For more beach hat ideas, check out my related article: Fabulous Sun Hats for a Summer Vacation.
I love these straw handbags because they are low maintenance, they are large enough to fit all your essentials, and the boho design adds a beachy touch to an outfit. This neutral color will go with most sundresses as well, which helps slim down your Santorini packing list. Pair this with a matching colored hat, and you’re good to go.
These bracelets are sold in packs of patterns and colors that you can mix and match. They are lightweight, which is perfect for your Santorini packing list. They are waterproof as well, so you can wear them freely into the ocean or the pool. I recommend buying a few color sets so you can match with your various outfits.
Pack of Bohemian Woven Straw Earrings (adds a touch fab to your packing list for Santorini)
I love this pack of earrings because they match really well with straw hats and handbags. The straw material adds a carefree aspect to the look, but the large statement earrings themselves add that touch of fabulousness to your Santorini packing list.
Why bring a boring old beach towel when your can bring a beautiful round one? I love the various designs offered on these as well, often colorful mandalas. They make for great yoga mats as well.
Sunscreen is absolutely essential for any Santorini packing list. There are so many different types of sunscreen out there, but I prefer the spray kind because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t leave you with hands full of sunscreen.
Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Drink Tumbler (pack some punch for your Santorini packing list)
I love using these portable drink tumblers at the beach. They are relatively spill proof (still be sure to pack them right side up just in case), keep your beverage cool for hours, and are reusable.
Nothing makes you feel more instantly fabulous than a pair of oversized sunglasses. And everybody deserves to feel fabulous in Santorini. Go for the big sunglasses.
Flowy Beach Cover Up
A flowy beach cover up is perfect for a beach day, or they can be used to transform an existing outfit into another one. Doubling up is key for saving space on your Santorini packing list.
T Strap Flat Bohemian Pearl Sandals
When planning a packing list for Santorini or any overseas vacation, saving space is very important. I recommend finding a pair of sandals that goes with everything so you only have to pack one pair. You want comfort, practicality, and style all in one.
This brilliant brush on sunscreen lets you protect your face without having to put on liquid sunscreen under your makeup. It’s transparent, easy to apply, and small enough to throw in your purse.
Comfortable Walking Sneakers (must have for your Santorini packing list)
There is a lot of walking required in Santorini. The city is built right into a hill, and is very vertical. There are going to be long walks with lots of steps. Protect your feet and plan accordingly. I like finding a light colored walking sneaker so that it pairs with most things.
Keeping with our straw beach theme, this tote bag is great when you need to carry around a bit more. Perfect for a beach day or shopping day. This material is foldable as well, which is great for packing into a suitcase.
For the special event or dinner. There are so many gorgeous restaurants in Santorini, that you’ll likely need more than one evening dress. Convertible dresses like these make it easy to re-wear the same outfit multiple times, multiple ways, preventing you from having to pack several dresses.
Portable back up chargers can be a lifesaver. With so many things to go out and explore, you’ll likely use up your phone battery taking endless pictures. These lightweight back up chargers are small, saving you weight and space in your suitcase.
These phone pouches are great for any water activity. With Santorini located right on the sea, you’ll most likely find yourself snorkeling, scuba diving, relaxing on a catamaran, or cooling off on the beach. It’s always best to pack a couple of these just in case.
Summary: Packing List for Santorini
I hope this list helps get you started in planning out your packing list for your next trip to Santorini. My recommendation is to pick out a few essentials, and then plan around those items. Use several pieces in multiple outfits and save space where possible. Plan for sun, lots of stairs and walking, and plenty of gorgeous photo opportunities. For tips on things to do, be sure to check out my article: Things to Do in Oia, Santorini.