Mykonos, the beautiful Greek Cycladic island of the Aegean… And everyone knows it. The tiny island attracts over a million tourists each summer and does its best to cater to all. From local Greek tabernas serving up octopus and meze to up-market restaurants like Nobu, Hakkasan and Buddha Bar; local Greek brands and boutiques as well as designer labels from around the world. Even the beaches range from unserviced, like Agios Sostis and Kapari, to super expensive, like Nammos and Panormos. It’s around €25-50 for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella, but some charge up to €300 for the best spots.
It’s a place of extremes. The people and what they wear are no exception. From normal girls in bikinis to plastic fantastic wearing high heels and jewellry… on the beach. If you’re wondering how the hell you pack for such a place, I’ve made you a checklist to help.
#1 SunScreen, hat, and sunglasses
Always bring sunscreen, don’t wait to buy it at your destination. Prices are often higher and supply isn’t always great. I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect your skin from the sun! You should wear at least 30 SPF for your body and face and always apply at least 20 minutes before exposure. Hats are a necessity if you plan on taking a boat trip, walking around or making a fashion statement. The same goes for sunglasses, obviously.
Pound to Euro is depressingly low right now, not good news for your Mykonos holiday budget. You’re going to be spending at least €50 a day in cash on sunbeds alone, and while they generally take cards, it’s not guaranteed. A lot of beaches now have valet parking too, which is another few euros you’ll be needing. So bring plenty of cash.
#3 Camera, GoPro, Selfie-stick
Mykonos is beautiful, clear blue waters, bays and beaches, white-washed houses, iconic windmills, boutiques, more than 300 churches, stone-paved streets… It’s definitely a great place to take photos and blast them all over Instagram.
#4 Drivers License
There is a notorious shortage of taxis on the island. If this is how you plan to get around, you’ll most likely find yourself waiting for several hours when taxis are in demand. It’s definitely advisable to rent a car or quad bike to get around the island easily.
#5 Mosquito Repellent
It’s summer, it’s Greece, it’s an island. Mozzies are unpleasant little buggers and it’s best to wear repellent when you’re out and about to avoid those annoying, unsightly bites. Keep it in your bag at all times, you might still be at the beach well after the sun has set, so don’t get caught out! Also consider buying some for your room if the hotel doesn’t already provide this.
#6 Comfortable Shoes
Ladies and gents, let’s not have any twisted ankles, please! The floors are very uneven, stilettos are impossible to walk in. I’ve tried it, I instantly regretted it, don’t do it. Low, chunky heels, are just about manageable, but generally, comfy footwear is a must. Footwear, not flipflops. Don’t even think about wearing flip flops unless you’re treading sand.
#7 A jacket and trousers
Mykonos is also known as the windy island! And some nights can be chilly and cool. It’s always advisable to bring a cardigan, blazer or jacket, as well as a shawl to wrap around you when the temperature drops, and a pair of trousers, too!
#8 Bring your toiletries to the beach
Bring my what now? Yes, that’s right. You never know when the party mood will strike. If you find yourself feeling a bit grubby at 7 pm just as the beach party is kicking off, it’s good to have brought some wipes, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, hair products and make-up to freshen up for the night!
Here’s what you will most likely need: Paracetamol for headaches, dioralyte for dehydration and hangovers, sea-sickness tablets for boat trips, mosquito bite itch relief cream, antihistamines for allergies, lozenges for sore throats. Bring it all.
#10 Reading Material
It’s important to get some down time on your holiday, to relax with a book by the pool or at a quiet beach. Don’t forget to bring something to read with you, because, don’t be that asshole that needs to be entertained while everyone else is trying to read their book!
My Mykonos Summer Style
For those of you who are interested, here’s what I’ll be wearing. I have quite a minimalist style, going for the less is more as I hit 30. I also bought an amazing wide-brimmed straw hat that says Just Married, but I’ll be showing that in my wedding posts! I really love Reiss summer collection this year, and recently fell in love with & Other Stories, where I got these super comfy black chunky sandals. The Greek sandals in #10 are by Love From Cyprus, who I recently interviewed. In case you missed it, you can read it here and use the discount code for 10% off.
- Reiss Rima Strapless Asymmetrical Dress Black
- Seafolly Deep Plunge White Swimsuit
- Rolla’s Eve Dress
- Reiss Tosca Belted Shorts Tea Rose
- Reiss Amara Cross-back Swimsuit Persian Blue
- & Other Stories Buckled Leather Sandals Black
- River Island Crochet Bikini
- Ralph Lauren Sunglasses
- H&M Body with Lacing
- Love From Cyprus Kamares Slides Black