As a part of our Croatia travel tips series, in this article we’ll cover things that should make your packing list for vacation in Croatia. With airlines charging a fortune for an extra bag, it’s essential to keep a packing list for vacation in Croatia as short as possible. We decided to help you figure out what to and not to bring for your vacation in Croatia.
Contents For Croatia Travel Tips: packing list for vacation in Croatia
- 1 What kind of luggage should you take
- 2 What kind of clothes should make your packing list for vacation in Croatia
- 3 What Accessories & Body care products to bring with you
- 4 Electronic devices you should have on your packing list for vacation in Croatia
- 5 Food and drinks
- 6 Picnic stuff
What kind of luggage should you take
The choice of luggage depends a lot on a type of traveler you are, and also on type of activities you are planning to do.
I’ve arrived to Croatia ten years ago with a load of 135 kg, including a container of frozen pea soup that I made a day before at my Canadian home. This is not how anybody should travel. But considering that I was permanently moving to Croatia, I think I traveled pretty light. Back then I traveled with a wheeled suitcase. It was a hard-side Samsonite suitcase. I loved my Samsonite. This suitcase is resistant yet light-weighted and has spinner wheels and a safety lock. If you like to maximise your luggage space when traveling, definitely consider buying one of Samsonite wheeled suitcases.
We currently travel with a carry-on luggage. While its volume is limited, and we need to carefully plan what we’ll bring with us, we still find that in a terms of comfortable travel, there isn’t a better luggage option. We’ve got Samsonite Luggage Cordoba Duo and the Pacsafe Luggage Tour Safe 21. We love them both, but we are serious fans of Pacsafe products. Their luggage is light and safe (the name gives it away), yet very stylish.
We avoid traveling with a backpack, although for a long time it was the only luggage choice we would consider. We’ve got too comfortable (or too old) meanwhile. If you like traveling with a backpack, check High Sierra Tech Series backpacks.
Day pack is very handy to have when traveling. Your camera, wallet, a bottle of water (I don’t even know how we lived without bottled water before), a snack, everything you might need for a day will fit in. Outlander’s day-pack is very good and it folds into a small pouch that doesn’t take much space in your suitcase. It also comes in different colors. For me this is a perfect day pack for people on the go. Check here more information and latest prices.
Croatia is really safe country. I personally carry all my documents and money in my day pack. However, if you like to take all precautions possible to avoid loosing your money or important documents, you can consider buying a money travel pouch. As for documents, all 3-star hotels and above, as well as all new apartments to rent in Croatia, are required by law to provide a safe for the guests staying at the property. This assured, you can make a copies of your passport or ID and leave the original documents locked in a safe in your room or apartment.
What kind of clothes should make your packing list for vacation in Croatia
We all have our own rules an tricks when it comes to clothes. And since you aren’t a 5 year old, and I’m not your mother, I won’t start telling you how you should dress. Consider that Croatia has four seasons, and three distinctive climates: Mediterranean climate along the coast, mountain climate on its rugged mountains and a continental climate inland. This means that if you are visiting Croatia during the summer majority of your clothes should be light. However to be on a safe side bring a windbreaker jacket along with a pair of long pants and long sleeves shirt or sweater.
Swimming suit is definitely the most important piece of clothes you should have on your packing list for vacation in Croatia. Croatia is all about the fun under the sun, and lazing at the beach by the pretty blue Adriatic sea. Bring two swimming suits ’cause nobody likes to stay wet, and it’s not really healthy.
While many accommodation in Croatia, be it hotels, apartments or rooms to rent, provide bathroom towels, beach towels aren’t usually provided, at least not free of charge. However some property owners always like to provide more than required minimum, so before you leave for Croatia, verify with the property. If there is a place in your suitcase, make sure to pack a beach towel.
Water shoes should be the first item on your packing list for vacation in Croatia. Croatian coast is rocky, its beaches pebbly, so everybody wears water shoes. The ones who don’t are Croatian. They are used to this kind of beach. And if you don’t like water shoes, check jelly shoes. While they are not perfect for walking on Croatian rocky coast, they do a job and they are usually more stylish than water shoes. Vera has a pair of Crocs jelly shoes. She loves them (there is something about going into the sea with your working shoes on!). However when she walks on rocks, she needs to be careful. They are a bit slippery. Check here for more info and latest prices.
Tennis shoes or walking shoes will come handy if you plan on visiting Croatian national parks, or hiking Croatian mountains. Beside, if it rains, they are always more comfortable than sandals.
Sandals will probably be a pair of shoes you’ll wear the most during your visit to Croatia. I love sandals. For me sandals are the most comfortable type of shoes. And before I knew how cold Croatian winters can be, I was convinced that in Croatia I wouldn’t wear any other type of shoes … ever. When it comes to sandals, I totally recommend Birkenstock sandals. Their sandals are comfortable and ergonomic (perfect for long walks), yet very stylish.
What Accessories & Body care products to bring with you
Here you should go with more personal set of toiletries. Body wash, shampoo and soap are provided in all hotels in Croatia. However I don’t know of any hotel (not even of a 5star hotel) that provides toothpaste, body cream, tweezers, shaving cream or razors. These things you’ll need to have on your packing list for vacation in Croatia. If you plan on renting an apartment in Croatia, then you’ll also need to bring your own body wash, and shampoo. However, some property owners are more sensitive than others, and they’ll provide body wash and shampoo with your rental unit. Check with them beforehand. And if you don’t feel to carry toiletries set, you can buy one in Croatia. All major towns have DM (Drogerie Markt chain store), BIPA and Kozmo, all specialized in toiletries. Our favorite brand is Le Petit Marseillais. They just started selling their products in Croatia, and that makes us happy. Since we moved to Croatia, our amis français used to bring us a yearly provisions of Le Petit Marseillais. Now it’s much easier to have it when we can just walk in a store and simply buy it. Yay for this!
I don’t know why, but I always lose my buttons. Maybe I am just careless or it’s a matter of quality of my clothes, but if there is a championship in this field, I’ll come as a strong competitor. That’s why I always carry with me a small sewing kit.
I used to be a guy who would lose its hearing when wearing a pair of sunglasses. Don’t laugh, it’s true. Now I cannot live without them. I’m a huge fan of Persol sunglasses for one simple reason – their lens are made of glass.
I cannot stand mosquitoes. I could say that the only thing I regret not to bring with me from Canada is calamine lotion. I’ve been missing it really badly, ’cause nothing stops itchiness like it. Anyways, after years of struggle I finally found a similar product in Croatia. But meanwhile, I decided that the best strategy regarding mosquitoes is to stop them from biting me in the first place. All windows in my house have mosquito nets. But if they still find their way in, I also use a mosquito repellent. I use Repel’s Lemon & Eucalyptus repellent. It’s natural, smells nicely, repels mosquitoes quite successfully, and it’s DEET free. No matter what repellent you use, just make sure you have it on your packing list for vacation in Croatia.
In summer temperatures in Croatia go over 30°C and the sun can be really spicy. You should definitely wear a sunscreen at all times. Sunscreens are also expensive in Croatia, so it’s better if you bring it with you from home.
Electronic devices you should have on your packing list for vacation in Croatia
Photo & Video
We are both passionate about photography. And we always carry lots of photo equipment with us. However, you can narrow down our list to just one piece of equipment according to your preferences.
Point and shoot camera
If you are looking for a super compact camera with great features, we recommend Canon SX620. For those who want a bit more advanced camera, and don’t mind its size, a great option is Canon’s PowerShot SX530 HS. Both cameras have RAW and manual shooting options, great optical zoom, 1080p video, and a WiFi connection.
If you want a total control over your camera then you should get a DSLR camera. But bear in mind that this camera will definitely take up lots of space when traveling. With additional equipment that go along, like extra batteries, different lenses, tripod, and the body itself, you’ll need an entire bag only for your photography equipment. We have a Canon t3i with 24-105 mm lens and loving it. We find that 24-105 mm lens is relatively light-weighted, and a good option if you are trying to avoid carrying around too many different lenses. This one covers most of the situations you’ll want to capture without compromising much the quality of your shots.
GoPro HERO 5 Black is a new tech gadget everybody seems crazy about (including us!). It’s small, it’s compact, water resistant and great for video (photos as well).
Lumix Panasonic GX85 is our newest toy. It’s a mirror-less camera with interchangeable lenses … it basically means that it can do everything that our big DSLR can do, but it’s light-weighted, and it’s small (it fits in the pocket of my jacket). It also has a great range of lenses to choose from. And these lenses are a fraction of the price (and a size) compared with DSLR lenses. Total winner! If you want to have only one camera, we highly recommend checking mirror-less ones.
Adapters & Converters
Before you leave home check if you need adapters and/ or converters to be able to use your electrical devices in Croatia. Croatia uses 220V, 50 Hz frequency, and type C & F plugs. Both are similar plugs with two round prongs with 19 mm between the two.
While adapters allow you to use different plugs, converters are needed to transform voltages from higher to smaller or vice verse.
Many hotels in Croatia, as well as private apartments, are required to provide guests with adapters. However, they don’t have to have as many adapters as rooms. And they can all be taken by the time you make it to the property. So like with everything in life, it’s always better to rely on yourself.
Long-Rang WiFi Network Adapter: Majority of hotels and apartment rentals in Croatia offer a free WiFi connection. It might not be the fastest network out there, but it does the job most of the time. Croatia has an average download speed of 6,7 Mbps and average upload speed of 2,1 Mbps (data from 2013). Generally if you stay in bigger towns, your internet connection will also be faster. However, if internet is something you can’t live without even on vacation, consider getting yourself the Alfa WiFi Network adapter. It will help you boost a WiFi signal, and also discover more networks.
Food and drinks
If you like filter coffee and want to enjoy your morning cup of joy while in Croatia, then your packing list for vacation in Croatia should feature a pack of your favorite filter coffee. Croatians drink lots of coffee, and coffee is excellent in Croatia. However, at home Croatian mostly drink Turkish coffee, or Moka (Italian-style coffee made in a Moka coffee machine), while bars in Croatia serve espresso coffee. It’s hard to find a good filter coffee in Croatian grocery stores. Hotels in Croatia serve filter coffee at breakfast.
While few tea and coffee shops started serving a selection of good quality teas, it’s still rare to find a real tea in Croatia. Croatians drink lots of teasan, but black, green, oolong or premium and delicate teas are hard to find. If you enjoy your tea, be sure it makes a way to your packing list for vacation in Croatia.
OK, two of us are a bit obsessed with picnics. We picnic everyday (weather permitted). We’ve eaten more dinners by the beach than in our own house. Here are essential accessories for a perfect picnic.
Picnic bag is essential if you want to have your food, drinks and utensils neatly arranged, cooled off, and practically stored. We’ve got our picnic bag as a gift from my brother-in-law, and we use it everyday.
Croatian wines are awesome, and no visit to the country can be complete without tasting Croatian wines. And a bottle of wine is a part of any picnic (our picnics at least). When visiting Croatia, make sure to have a corkscrew somewhere handy. We’ve got couple of professional corkscrews that we were lucky enough to get from our friend who’s a sommelier. A good corkscrew is light to carry, double-hinged for easy bottle opening, and it never breaks a cork. If you are looking for a good corkscrew, you can check the True Fabrications’s corkscrew.
Pocket knife is actually something that people simply have to carry with them no matter where. Pocket knifes are my real passion. I collect them, and always carry one around. I’ve got it in the car, on me, in my picnic bag. I still haven’t found one thing that is as useful as a pocket knife. I know them all. And while Bear Grylls goes high on my list, I still prefer french pocket knives – Laguiole and Opinel knife.
We hope that our packing list for vacation in Croatia will come handy if you plan to visit this beautiful country.
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