Yours truly just got back from Greece– three days in Athens and a 7-day cruise through the islands with two stops in Turkey. Here are some Greece packing tips and lookbooks to shop for your trip/cruise.
Thieves are attracted to tourists like bees to honey in Athens. Three of the five adults in my party were victims of petty crime– two of us caught them and managed to keep our wallets/cash, but it is a real and costly problem. Here are style tips to thwart the thieves:
— Leave your baseball hat and home and bring a fedora or other chic hat you love (this goes for the guys, too). No need to advertise through sports merchandise that you’re American.
— Carry totes and backpacks that have zippers vs. snaps or drawstrings. Keep totes snuggly tucked under your arm. Wear your backpack in the front– if you’re on a crowded street or subway, thieves use the pushing and shoving as way to sneak into your items. Do NOT carry cash in your pockets unless you plan to keep your hands in your pockets at all times.
— Lock your passport in the hotel vault instead of carrying it around for the reasons above. Tax refunds for fashionable purchases require a passport. One Greek told me to stick it in my bra (same with cash) or use a small passport case that straps around your neck and tucks into your shirt.
— Bring bottled water with you everywhere because you will get dehydrated. Vendors have them available everywhere when you need to re-stock.
— Travel sized hand sanitizer. Athens has 3.7 million residents, plus international travelers. Cruise ports swarm with tourists. If you’re touching all the cool stuff, so is everyone else. We fell in love with the eucalyptus and spearmint pacs from Bath & Body Works. All the flavors are delightful for travel.
— Wraps/pashminas. It’s still warm in Greece — low 80’s and very humid. Yet, it gets chilly if you hit a rain storm or cruising at night on the open ocean. Wraps are on trend here; easy to carry and easy to throw on. Pack two or three linen, cotton or blends or buy one from a local market square.
— Greek sandals. Leave room in your luggage for these. Cushioned with locally tanned leather. Very cool. Greeks/Europeans are totally embracing the platform sandal with hiking treads like these ElGrecoShoes.com. They’re on trend yet practical for places like Santorini where the buildings are built into the cliff sides. Of course, good walking shoes are recommended for visits to ruins.
— Tassels and pom-poms. These colorful embellishments are all over the island market accessories and are an affordable way to get into the cruising spirit.
— Clay, coral and lava jewelry. These are styles to make room for in your baggage. AthensProtasis.com sells reasonably priced, handmade jewelry from these natural materials that are abundant in the area. Wear them with your cruise wear for an authentic twist.
— — Formal wear. Cruises may invite you to a formal captain’s dinner or cocktail party. Some women go traditional formal, but that’s not necessary. I rarely wear black but felt very
comfortable in a black (formal color) linen cropped gaucho pant and butterfly sleeve top with gold wedges and a statement necklace with red lipstick. Many women used silk pashminas as their statement piece.
Mosque Attire. Women need to cover their arms, legs and head to enter religious sites like the Blue Mosque. Because it’s still warm, try light colored linen pants, a sleeved top and sandals with a hat for an easy, breezy, cool look. The fabric breathes and is comfortable for browsing spice market.
Turkish wool/silk weaves. This is more of a shopping tip. There are amazing rugs, handbags, and scarves woven locally (check labels for authenticity). I regret not picking up a tapestry and leather handbag when I had the chance. You’ll find similar prints in Greece, but the Turks actually weave the designs into the canvas. Don’t miss out like I did.
If you’d like to talk creating a signature style that says who you are and where you’re going, drop me a line. I’m happy to help!
Signature Stylist, SheSpark Co-publisher