I’ve been told that Croatia is the hottest new destination to travel to, and I’m so glad I got to experience the Croatian summer in 2014. I started out in Split, where I explored the city castle and learnt much about it’s long history. I then did a Contiki Croatian Sailing tour. It was a lot of fun sailing to Dubrovnik and back. Then, we did the three day Ultra Music Festival in over a weekend in Split. It was a blast and I met so many amazing people. I was really sad to leave this beautiful country!
Stay tuned for my review on Contiki Sail.
One aspect of my trip that got me concerned was what to pack for Croatia. Most people struggling when it comes to packing for a trip away, especially when it’s a foreign country. I certainly struggled to find any ideas or direction on what to pack or what to wear for a trip to Croatia. So I think I should definitely share a packing list with the rest of you.
This list is based on my 2 week holiday with various activities. If you are going for a week then it will be slightly less, but I will let you know what should be less if need be.
4 dresses: you should pack a light maxi dress that can easily be thrown over swimmers or dressed up for dinner. I like the singlet style in a bright colour. You should also pack a casual tank dress for those lazy days. Then, pack a day dress and a little black dress. These dresses should easily be able to be worn out for the night, but also get you through the day.
2 bikinis: pack 2 that can be mixed and matched. You will want two I case one is still drying. Plus it’s nice to have some options! You could also pack a one peice swimsuit which could double up as a top.
3 casual tops: throw in a couple of tanks and a casual tee. These can be worn when you’re wandering around the city or if you are down by the water. It’s also good if you’re exploring the nearby area such as the national parks.
Dressy top: to dress up your shorts or to throw over a maxi dress. It makes you feel like you have a whole new outfit when you dress it up slightly! You might decide to pack a crop as your dressy top or an embellished top to make you feel a pretty.
2 skirts: a maxi skirt and a mini skirt are the best options. The mini skirt will work well for nights out at clubs, whilst the maxi skirt is good for exploring the city.
2 pairs of shorts: a denim pair and a dressir pair should definitely be in your suitcase. A lot of people wore their dressier shorts for nights out, without looking overdressed. Denim shorts were a must for activities like cycling around the cities.
Kimono or light jacket: it can get cold at night sometimes, especially on the water, so definitely pack a light jacket. Better yet, kimonos are so fashionable right now, and it looks super stylish when you wear a kimono with shorts and a bikini top 🙂
Light button up shirt: can also be used as a jacket. When I left Croatia it was fairly cool but my chambray shirt saved me from the cold.
Sandals: sandals are great for summertime, so definitely pack your favourite pair! Some sandals have embellishments in them that can really dress up an outfit. This way, there’s no need to pack heels – trust me, you won’t wear the heels anyway!
Thongs/flip flops: an essential part of travelling, especially if you are showering in communal showers or at hostels. Plus they are easy to throw on in between sunbaking at beaching and wandering around the local shops.
Casual flats: a black pair normally works best as you can easily take it from day to night. I never ended up wearing heels in Croatia when I went out or went partying – the cobblestone streets make it way too hard! So having a nice pair of flats works best.
Tennis shoes or canvas shoes: get a pair of casual shoes that are super comfy to walk in. You’ll thank yourself for packing them when you’re feet don’t hurt after a day of exploring. Also great if you hire a bike or scooter to explore the city…
Sunglasses: I’d say pack two pairs, but there are plenty of market stalls that sell sunglasses so if you break or loose a pair, you can easily buy another!
Hat: a cute floppy straw hat will work well as it covers you head, neck and ears from the hot sun. Once again, there’s plenty of markets to can buy these from.
Day bag: you’ll definitely want a bag big enough to fit your wallet, camera, water bottle and extras like towel, sunscreen, lippie and any souvenirs you might buy along the way!
Small clutch or sidebag: this is for when you go for dinner or out for drinks – you don’t need to lug around a heavy bag full of all your belongings – just your wallet, makeup, room key and camera. A cute black side bag normally works best, but a clutch with a strap will also work well.
A few statement necklaces: jewellery is the easiest way to dress up an outfit. So to take your look from day to night, bring along 2-3 of your favourite statement necklaces so you can add a bit of glam to your get time outfit!
Towel: I would recommend bringing a beach towel, especially if you are planning on doing lots of water activities, or just lounging around at the beach.
Sarong: I loved my sarong when in these countries: I used it as a towel, sleep sheet, cover up… You name it! And for only a few Euros it was well worth the money.
The above list is of case only a guide, and your packing list would probably vary depending on your activities and what kind of accommodation you’ll stay in. I hope the above list does help you figure out what you need to pack for your trip to Croatia and don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful country!