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The Croatia Packing List: The Ultimate Guide


Croatia beach day

**A note from team FTLO**


The airline industry is still feeling the effects of the Covid pandemic. As flights continue to be delayed, the risk of losing a checked bag increases dramatically. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARRYING ON all your luggage if you can.


Known for its diverse landscapes, Croatia has everything to offer from day trips to atmospheric local towns and cities, to adventures in mountains and forests, or afternoons spent lounging by the stunning and expansive coastline.


As you plan your trip, we want to perfect your summer packing list for Croatia to make the most of your experience. Whether you’re aiming to spend your days overlooking the sparkling waters of the Adriatic sea, or you’re eager to raft down the Cetina River to tackle some rapids, our Croatia packing list will prepare you for your upcoming adventure. If you're after even more insider info, you can join the FTLO community as well.


  1. What to Pack for Croatia - Essentials

  2. What to Wear in Croatia

  3. What to Leave Behind for Your Croatian Vacation

  4. Why Summer is the Best Time to Visit Croatia


1. What to Pack for Croatia - Essentials


Essentials to pack for Croatia

What better place to start packing for the the essentials items for your Croatian vacation. Whether you plan to spend your days exploring the cobblestone streets of Old Town, Dubrovnik, lounging on the coast of Hvar, or white water rafting to take in all of Split’s natural outdoor beauty, these are a few items that will be essential to your travels.


The Basics


  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses

  • Swimsuit, towel (towels are available at all hotels, but it’s always nice to have your own)

  • Comfortable sandals and walking shoes

  • Outdoor items: a comfortable pair of sneakers for hikes, insect repellent, travel water bottle

  • Day bag or tote (with zipper!) or backpack

  • Charging adapter and all electronic chargers

Carry-on Items


  • Passport + 2 hard copies of passport

  • Prescription medications

  • Glasses + / contacts + solution

  • Cash (euros) + credit cards

  • Phone + charger

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, razor, makeup)

Miscellaneous


  • Face mask + Hand sanitizer

  • Camera / GoPro + chargers

  • Basic first aid: Band-aids, tweezers, pain relievers

  • Allergy medications

  • Anti-nausea medication if you’re prone to motion sickness

2. What to Wear in Croatia


When it comes to traveling, one of the most important factors to take into account is the weather of the location you will be visiting. Croatia is warm and sunny throughout the summer and that heat (think mid-70s to mid-80s) often lingers into the early Fall. Sounds pretty perfect for exploring the coastline and spending time outdoors, doesn't it?


Your best bet when putting together that Croatia packing list is to bring along some airy linens, breathable pieces, and light layers that will have you prepared for any cool breezes once the sun sets. Here’s what we recommend packing for a trip to Croatia.




7 Day Packing List for Women


  • Neutral tank tops (3-4)

  • Light long sleeve (1-2)

  • Evening tops (1-3)

  • Summer dress (3)

  • Maxi dress (2-3)

  • Shorts (2)

  • Boyfriend jeans or light pants (2)

  • Sweater of shawl (1)

  • Adventure / active clothes (1-2 fits)

  • Beach sandal

  • Stylish sandals (for nights out)

  • Simple sneakers (like a pair of Nikes or Allbirds) (1)

  • Swimsuit (1-2)

  • Beach cover up (1-2)

  • Sports bra (1-2, more if you workout)

  • Pajamas

  • 7 days of undergarments (more if you want to work out)

7 Day Packing List for Men


  • Neutral T’s (3-4)

  • Linen shirts (4-5)

  • Light long-sleeve (1)

  • Dress shirt / button up (2)

  • Neutral shorts (3-4)

  • Linen pants (2)

  • Chinos (1)

  • Light stylish jacket (1)

  • Adventure / active clothes (1-2 fits)

  • Swim trunks (2)

  • Sandal (1)

  • Simple sneakers (1)

  • Summer loafer / espadrille (1)

  • 7 days of undergarments (more if you want to work out)

3. What to leave behind for your vacation in croatia




The lighter you pack, the better. Makes for more room for souvenirs :)


In case you do forget something essential to your travels, there's no need to worry with all the great local shops in any European country.


When we were packing for Croatia, these are some items we’ve found that never seemed to see the light of day.


  • Heavy heeled dress shoes. This applies to men and women. Leave the heels behind, leave the heavy, leather dress shoes behind; they will simply not serve you in the summer and you’ll be twisting your ankles trying to walk on the cobblestone streets with any sort of heel. It’s best to stick to loafers and cute sandals or flats.

  • Jeans. With the exception of a light breathable jeans, you probably won’t even bother pulling these out of your suitcase due to the heat. Instead, pack light linen or flowy pants and you’ll be golden.

  • Accessories. A few basics like golden studs or a simple watch is nice, but you’ll likely be spending most of your time by the sea and will probably want to refrain from wearing many accessories.

  • Hiking boots. A lightweight sneaker will do just fine for most outdoor activities. Hiking boots will quickly become excessive and are very heavy to pack.

  • Hair dryers. No worries here - all hotels have hair dryers.


Other heavy items. You’re likely to find yourself moving from plane to boat to cobblestone road, so if you’re second-guessing whether to pack those extra jeans or bulky shoes, we promise you will not regret leaving them behind.


4. Why Summer is the Best Time to Visit Croatia



Summer is the absolute best time to visit Croatia due to its oh-so-perfect Mediterranean climate, with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. The Adriatic Sea is as good as it gets for for swimming, sailing, and other water activities. Coastal cities like Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar buzz with vibrant festivals, outdoor concerts, and bustling nightlife.


The natural beauty of national parks such as Plitvice Lakes and Krka is at its peak, with lush greenery and stunning waterfalls. Additionally, summer markets and local cuisine offer an authentic taste of Croatian culture. This season combines pleasant weather, cultural festivities, and natural splendor, making it the best time to experience Croatia.

Want to get a better idea of what to expect during your visit ? Check out our fantastic summer itinerary to Croatia! If that get's you inspired for a little bit more traveling, dive into our trip calendar for even more ideas.

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