The G/C 2010 Trekkers have put together a suggested packing list for women.
Note that some items are mandatory. These are marked with asterisks (*).
First tip: pack for one week and bring laundry detergent and some twine with you. Wash things in the sink and dry in your hotel room. Anything more will just weigh down your bag. Try to pack as light as possible. If you won't wear it more than 3 times, don't bring it. You will also have 1 or 2 opportunities to have some laundry done during the trip.
To see how students dress during the trip, check out this flickr collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iannacone/sets/72157624296069885/
1 pair of jeans, or 1 pair of capris, or 1 pair of light cotton pants -- it will be hot almost every day. But, at night it gets cool (especially in Cyprus), and the airplane is freezing. You do not need more than 1 pair of pants/capris.
2-3 pairs of shorts (knee length) -- you will wear these a lot. Basic colors are best. Vary your wardrobe with fun colored tops. Try to make sure that all bottoms match all tops for greater versatility.
2-3 skirts, knee length -- most girls on the trip wear their skirts a lot. They look nice for meetings with professors from other schools and visits to churches. They are cool and easy to wash. Choose light cotton instead of jersey.
*1 mid-calf skirt-- this is critical for churches or monasteries. You will not get in if your garment is any shorter than mid-calf.
2 dresses, knee length -- choose light cotton dresses. They look nice and feel comfortable. Some girls used dresses as skirts, getting more "look" out of their wardrobe. If you bring more dresses, limit your skirts and vice versa.
7 tank tops/short sleeve shirts -- bring light colors and make sure they match all of your skirts, pants, shorts. Bring materials that will dry quickly.
1 long-sleeve ex-officio sun-shirt from REI -- these absorb moisture and protect you from the sun. This is a luxury, not a necessity. Look for them on sale and in the outlet.
1 light weight cotton sweater -- It gets cool in the evening, on boats and in the airplane, it's good to have a few layers to keep warm. But, you don't need a lot. Sweatshirts take up a lot of space in your luggage. My favorite travel sweater is dressy, adds variety, and takes up no space in my luggage:
1 light-weight fleece vest -- great as a pillow and for layering.
1 bathing suit
*1 scarf -- a light-weight pashmina scarf is very useful. It can warm you up, dress you up, and cover your head to visit a mosque.
4 cotton camisoles -- these are good for layering and for wearing under t-shirts.
*1 pair of good shoes -- This one is so important that I devoted an entire blog to it. (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ianna006/rachel3/2010/07/the-highs-and-lows-of-footwear.html)
1 pair of cute, flat, sandals -- flat sandals (the kind that are made with a leather sole and a few straps) are not good for walking, but it's nice to be able to wear something different once in while. Greek-style sandals take up very little space, but add variety.
3 pairs of cheap earrings
2 cheap necklaces
1 pair of light pajamas/lounge attire
1 pair of socks -- if you bring only sandals you won't need socks. But one pair is good for the airplane
7 pairs undies
1 hat -- the sun is VERY strong in Greece and Cyprus. It's important to be able to protect your skin from the sun. Every year students get burned. Be safe and prepared!
1 bandanna -- this is helpful to protect from the sun, pull hair back, and has even been used to "magyver" a sandal!
*1 day bag/pack -- pick-pocket-proof (large enough for sketchbook, drawing tools, small sunblock, hand sanitizer, waterbottle, tissues)
*1 large bottle broad-spectrum UVA UVB sunblock -- see this article for information about SPF and sunblock. http://www.dermatology.ucsf.edu/skincancer/General/prevention/Sunscreen.aspx
*1 travel size, refillable bottle for sunblock -- it's important to reapply during the day
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Sunblock Stick -- this is a very useful product that is easy to use and helps encourage reapplication of sunblock
1 travel size shampoo (not all hotels give you shampoo)
1 travel size conditioner
Travel-size hair product
1 body moisturizer -- with the sun and salt water, it's important to moisturize.
1 travel size face soap
1 travel-size bottle face lotion
Travel-size shaving cream
Travel size talcum powder -- this is very nice to have with the hot temperatures in Greece & Cyprus
1 bottle nail polish
1 cuticle scissors
1 very small bottle nail polish remover
1 nail file
Medium size bottle hand sanitizer
1 travel size hand sanitizer
Contact lens case
*Sunglasses -- it's worth investing in good sunglasses!
8 aspirin (or whatever headache medicine you prefer)
8 exedrin (good for migraines & caffeine headaches)
8 acetaminophen (for fever and headache)
8 ibuprofen (good for aches and pains)
Allergy medication & a small tube Anti-itch cream -- many student get bug bites or other allergic reactions
*Band-aids -- for blisters and cuts
*Dr. Scholl's moleskin for blisters -- unfortunately, many students experience blisters from so much walking. Moleskin is an excellent produce to prevent blisters from forming.
Travel size aloe vera -- The sun is stronger in Greece & Cyprus than many students expect. If you get a burn, aloe vera is very soothing.
Cold medicine (tablet form)-- if you get sick, it's nice to have your favorite cold medicine at hand.
Travel size package of tissues -- don't get caught in a public restroom without tissue. Bring only one package, because you'll be able to get more
MP3 player and headphones
Lots of memory for camera -- students use from 7GB to 24GB!
1 money belt or bag -- this will help keep your money and important documents safe and organized
FAA Luggage locks -- these can be opened by the baggage handlers with a universal key
Small roll of electrical or other tape tape -- this comes in surprisingly useful!
Sewing kit (thread, pins, needle, buttons)
Small bottle laundry detergent
8 feet of twine or cord -- for hanging laundry to dry
1 small scissors
2 pairs of earplugs -- great for street noise that keeps you awake, a snoring roommate, and airplane pressure
1 travel towel -- dries very fast and is very useful for the beach
*1 large water bottle
22 energy bars
*1 alarm clock
Sleep mask (for airplane and busses)
1 book for leisure reading -- don't bring more than 1 leisure book because books weigh you down. You can get purchase English language books in Athens and all over Cyprus. or, you can trade with your classmates.
1 travel game
*5 quart size resealable plastic bags
*5 gallon size resealable plastic bags
1 dryer sheet (keeps luggage dry and smelling nice)
Photocopies of research materials -- better than bringing books
*Variety of pens and pencils
Paperwork & Documents
*International Student ID card
*Photocopy of passport, credit cards, prescriptions, and important addresses and phone numbers
*Bank card (4 digit PIN)