Travel Like An Editor: What I Packed for 10 Days in Greece and Croatia
Packing is never an easy task, but packing only a carry-on suitcase for 10 days in Europe can be completely overwhelming (especially for this seasoned over-packer). But I’m here to tell you, it’s doable! I like to have options; unfortunately, that’s a luxury you can’t afford when you’re moving between six cities and two countries in less than two weeks.
Croatia definitely took me by surprise. I knew it was going to be lovely, but I had no idea it was going to be this stunning. We visited Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik. Split had a lively night life, Hvar was a more slow-paced, relaxing vibe, and Dubrovnik displayed some incredible views. Dubrovnik is a filming location for Game of Thrones, so we took part in a three-hour walking tour which showed you the real life locations of some of the stand out scenes from the series. This was by far one of my favorite activities we did on our trip.
Santorini has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Waking up to this view felt like I was in a dream. We stayed at the Rimida Villas in Oia, Santorini. We were welcomed with a bottle of local wine, and each morning awoke to a delicious breakfast on our private patio. The slow-paced, down-to-earth lifestyle was a welcomed change from life in Los Angeles. From our day-long sailing trip to the breathtaking sunsets, Santorini is the most peaceful, picturesque place you can imagine.
Between exploring Croatia, sailing in Santorini, and beach-hopping on ATVs through Mykonos, I discovered the wardrobe necessities for a trip through Greece and Croatia. Below are some of the MVPs of my European adventure.
The Fight to Europe
Getting to Europe from Los Angeles requires some long plane rides. I knew I needed to be comfortable, but I also knew we were going to hit the ground running once we arrived in Split, Croatia. I wore this over-sized romper on the plane and couldn’t have been more cozy. Coupled with my Converse sneakers and denim jacket, it was an easy travel look.
I traveled to Europe with my best friend who, like me, plans events for a living. So it’s no surprise that we created the most detailed itinerary imaginable. After countless hours mapping out our trip, I knew we were going to be doing a lot of shuffling between vacation rentals, ferries, flights and hotels. Comfortable sandals and a durable carry-on that could also serve as a handy beach bag were a must.
Non-Toxic Sun Protection
In Croatia, we did everything from relaxing on the beach, island hopping via water taxis, and of course, the Game of Thrones walking tour, so we spent the majority of our time in the sun. After years of not properly protecting my skin and dousing my burns in aloe, I’ve finally learned the importance of a sunscreen regimen. I’m now a huge fan of Coola products. I have very sensitive skin so knowing the company uses organic, natural, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients is a huge draw for me. Along with sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat provided great coverage for my face and was the perfect accessory for our outdoor activities.
Casual Nights Out
Our nights out were more casual than dressy, but I definitely wanted to wear some fun summery outfits. I threw this top on with some white shorts and it was the perfect outfit for an evening in Santorini. I carried this Gigi New York cross-body bag every day of the trip and it served as a great evening bag as well. I also wore these Jennifer Meyer earrings the entire trip—a simple stud works for every occasion.
In Mykonos, we went beach hopping on ATVs. I wanted to dress accordingly, but I also wanted to be able to make quick changes at each beach. When in doubt, a white tee and jean shorts always works. This ended up being the perfect outfit for our excursion around the island. However, the winds in Mykonos can be very strong so we did get a little chilly at times. I recommend taking a light jacket or sweater you can tie around your waist.