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Planning your summertime Croatia packing list but don’t know what to bring? Here are the top essentials to pack along with a few travel outfits!
Croatia Packing List
Written By: Megan Stetzel
Croatia has quickly become a hotspot destination for those looking to explore the Mediterranean while avoiding some of the costs of Italy or Greece. From hiking to exploring waterfalls, Croatia appeals to nature lovers with over 300 miles of beautiful, sprawling coastline.
The southern part of the country consists of hundreds of islands nestled between the two major cities of Split and Dubrovnik. The north holds hotspot tourist destinations like Zagreb and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
In the summer and late spring/early fall, yacht weeks or sailing trips can take you to some of the many islands. The shoulder seasons are a great time to hop aboard one of these boats because the prices will be significantly lower, the crowds dissipated, and the weather will still be plenty warm enough.
Read these tips on what to wear in Croatia if you’re traveling in spring!
Croatia Packing List: Yacht Week/Sailing Trip
What to pack for this sort of Croatian adventure largely depends on the type of cruise you’re setting off for. If you’re choosing a party boat full of backpackers, pretty much anything goes when it comes to beachwear.
If you’re seeking a more refined sailing experience, pack plenty of cute summer dresses, because they are be the easiest way to look stylish while staying comfortable on deck and when exploring cities.
No matter what, pack a big floppy hat to protect yourself from the sun and plenty of strong sunscreen. You can try a solid sunscreen to cut down on the amount of liquid toiletries in your bag!
Take a look at this list of solid toiletries for travel!
Croatia Packing List: Zagreb
In the capital and largest city of Zagreb, jeans, shorts, and basically any casual dress you’re comfortable in will be acceptable.
If you’re planning to eat out in the evenings, however, make sure to pack a slightly more dressy outfit or jacket. Once the sun went down, the crowds were much more dressy than during the day.
Croatia Packing List: Hiking and Waterfall Exploring
In the off season, weather can change quickly, pack a lightweight rain coat and a rain cover for your daypack.
Most of the trails that the average person will visit aren’t extremely difficult, so hiking sandals or normal sneakers should suffice. If you’re planning on getting a bit more extreme, don’t forget your hiking shoes.
Croatia Packing List: Split
The beautiful streets of Split are reserved for walking, making it a lovely place to get lost in alleys and buildings. Note that most of the stone walkways in the town get extremely slippery when wet; make sure you have a pair of shoes with good traction on slippery surfaces!
Take a look at these cute walking sandals!
Split is a luxurious oceanfront city, so pack some dressy casual clothing to explore during the day and slightly dressier ensembles for the evenings. If you must bring heels, choose wedge varieties to make walking on the cobblestone streets a bit easier.
Here are the best shoes for walking on Europe’s cobblestone streets!
Croatia Packing List: Hvar and Other Islands
This is a great place to pack your cute coverups and beachy dresses! Everyone is either on their way to a boat or beach or returning from one, so it’s normal to see beachwear on the streets. The beach attire is still stylish, however–not old t-shirts or super casual coverups.
If Hvar or the other islands are on your list for your trip to Croatia, choose a backpack as your luggage instead of a suitcase.
The towns on the islands are built into the hillsides, so in order to get to your guesthouse or hotel, you often have quite a few steps to climb with your luggage. Make it easy on yourself and use a backpack instead!
The evenings can get chilly here, so pack layers if you’re going to be out all day. Especially for day trips on boats, a light jacket or cardigan is essential to beat the cool breeze.
Croatia Packing List: Dubrovnik
This city is packed during the summer months because of the filming of the popular TV show Game of Thrones. Visiting in the shoulder season helps to avoid some of those crowds.
When it comes to a daypack or purse for exploring during the day, look for an anti-theft style as the crowds are intense and pickpocketing can be worse in crowded areas. To save money, pack a refillable water bottle and ask for a carafe of tap water at restaurants.
You may be surprised to learn that most beaches in Croatia are not sand beaches, but stone or gravel; do your toes a favor and bring a pair of water shoes or water sandals to make wading out into the water more enjoyable.
I loved bringing an inflatable raft to the beach so I didn’t have to stand on the rocks in the water or tread water all the time. There are stands selling them all around the swimming areas, so you can pick one up there. You could even sell it back or to other travelers when it’s time to leave!
What items are on your Croatia packing list for summer? Share in the comments!
Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s baggage rules in advance.
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Author Bio: Megan is a full-time traveler and loves to eat her way through new places, even though she’s gluten-free. Find more of her stories, mishaps, and adventures on her travel blog, ForksAndFootprints or follow her on Twitter or Snapchat as ForksFootprints.