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Packing List

Provided here is a suggested packing list which can be used as a starting point.

Packing and Climate
Generally, participants should pack as lightly as possible while remembering to bring essential items.  This is not an easy task, so we recommend not waiting until the night before to begin packing. We suggest not over-packing, as rooms may be smaller by American standards. 

Here are some items to consider about Thessaloniki's culture and weather while packing:

Thessaloniki has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be added or removed as needed. Greeks dress modestly and although most people will not be concerned with what others wear, following the local mores allows one to blend in more easily. Thessaloniki is a city with a large immigrant population, some of whom have stricter dress codes than the locals. 

From September to mid-October the weather is pleasant and dry and people still visit the beach. Toward the end of October it begins to get cold and at times, rainy. By December there is a small chance of snow. Participants will need to dress warmly during parts of October and all of November and December.

Month Avg. Low Avg. High Avg. Precipitation
September 59°F 81°F 1.08 in
October 51°F 70°F 1.60 in
November 44°F 60°F 2.14 in
December 37°F 52°F 2.16 in

Other items to consider while abroad in Greece:

An adapter is a device that will allows American appliances to be plugged into Greek outlets. They can be purchased at any electronics store for about $5. Participants may want to consider buying a universal adapter for use outside of Greece if they are planning to travel during breaks.

Voltage Converters
The electricity supply in Greece is 220-240 volts alternating at a frequency of 50 Hertz. Check whether the electrical goods brought from the US or other home country will work at this voltage.  Some electrical appliances will require a converter.  We strongly recommend that participants purchase items like hair straighteners and blow dryers in Greece to ensure compatibility.  It is possible that the US versions of these appliances will either not work in Greece or will be ruined when used repeatedly with a converter.

Please read through all of the information provided by Advantage Travel and the airline, as participants are responsible for any excess baggage fees.  Also, think carefully about saving space in your suitcase to bring items back!

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