Packing List for Hot Summers

Below is a packing list for the Greece trips. Please note that the warmer the weather, the less you'll need. July and August are the hottest and you'll need really light clothing and a one season sleeping bag. Even a silk sheet will be better than a sleeping bag. The water temp is about 25 to 26 and the average air temp is 30C.

June and September are cooler and the nights are a bit fresher. Layers such as a fleece and a light jacket will give you the best combination. Also, there may be showers in these months so a tent and light water proofs are recommended. The water temp is about 21 and the average air temp is 25C.

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WHAT TO BRING:

  • Clothing:
    • Flip flops
    • Trainers for the colder evenings
    • Warm socks for sleeping in
    • Shorts
    • Trousers for the evenings
    • Underwear
    • Fleece top
    • Tshirt x3
    • Windproof/waterproof  jacket (best if can be used for paddling too)
    • Hat
    • Bathing suit
    • Light warm jacket
  • Sleeping Gear:
    • Pillow (some people make a pillow using a dry bag with clothes inside. Personally, I never get a good night sleep with one of those. A little pillow makes a huge difference)
    • Sleeping bag - normally a light one is more than enough
    • Matt such as a Thermarest - Most beaches are uneven and stony
    • Tent (you can also rent one there)
    • Bivvy to sleep under the stars. A bivvy is only necessary if you are planning to sleep without a tent as some nights might have dew. A cheap alternative to a bivvy bag are orange survival bags which cost about £4. Alpkit has a good one for about £40.
      • If you are in a large group paddling in Greece, a bivvy is a great thing to have as sometime it will not be possible to put tents up.
  • Eating/Cooking Gear:
    • Fork, spoon, bowl, cup
    • Small cooking pot
    • Pot scrubber
    • Biodegradable washing up liquid
    • Lighter
    • Camp knife
    • Stove (Possible to buy there). You can buy screw top and push down gas bottles
    • Small tarp to create a floor covering for sitting & cooking (very optional luxury)
  • Personal Gear:
    • First aid kit, personal medication, waterproof band-aids, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, scissors, moleskin, adhesive tape, anti-inflammatory (aspirin or Motrin, etc), anti-acid
    • Mosquito spray and an after bite cream (Eurax works wonders)
    • Towel. A beach wrap around cloth is a good versatile option.
    • Waterproof sunscreen
    • Lip Balm with sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
    • Duct tape (good for all types of repair incl. boats)
    • Matt or very small foldable chair to sit on (very optional luxury)
    • All your electronics & EU plugs
    • Repair kit for your matt and tent
  • Paddling Clothes:
    • Nose peg only for those coming to work on their rolls.
    • Gloves - thin ones to protect your hands. Plastic cycling gloves are perfect.
    • 2 Long-sleeve light weight/quick dry Tshirts
    • Quick dry shorts. Paddling in a bathing suit is also fine most summer months.
    • If you have neoprene shorts & a rash vest, that will be a good combination plus a light cag or wind/waterproof top as above.
    • Bandana (easy to get wet and put on head when hot)
    • Neoprene boots - optional or use old trainers/beach shoes
    • Dry bags (you can also use thick refuse plastic sacs with rubber bands). If you go for dry bags, a greater number of smaller bags rather than fewer larger ones are much better. You'll need a selection from about 5 litres to 20 litres.