Your perfect Packing List for Croatia!
Are you planning to travel to Croatia? This is an excellent choice! Croatia is a beautiful country with wonderful people. You will definitely experience a new adventure. We are especially attracted to Croatia’s beautiful nature. But there is much more to discover besides the numerous national parks and dream beaches.
In this article, you will find not only our 19 Must-Have Croatia Packing List Travel Gadgets for your perfect trip in 2021 but much more. We also give you more tips about special accommodations, the different seasons in Croatia, or special activities. We have also listed 10 interesting facts about Croatia 😊
Croatia is excellent for a road trip. You can explore the country and its people even better and discover hidden treasures. You should absolutely stop in Omis as well. This small town has everything you could wish for. A beautiful sandy beach, old pirate fortresses, hiking trails through nature, excellent food & all kinds of activities like zip-lining and rafting. Therefore, in Croatia, you will definitely be able to cross some things off your bucket list.
In order to enjoy all this without any problems, good planning is essential. This way you can save time and money and enjoy your vacation in Croatia to the fullest.
Regardless of your next destination, we also have some general information and tips for you in this article:
19 Travel Gadgets you need on your Croatia Packing List!
Croatia is a hiking paradise! Not only are there countless national parks, but also numerous other hiking trails scattered throughout the country. That’s why it’s especially important to have the right footwear on your Croatia packing list. With these hiking boots from Lowa, you’ll make sure your feet want to keep walking even after several hours and days 😊
Of course, hiking also requires the right clothes. We recommend you to buy a softshell jacket because it protects you from almost all weather conditions. Besides, the quality is absolutely outstanding, it is not too warm when it is hot outside, but keeps your body warm when it gets cold. At the same time, it is pleasantly light and not so thick, which is why your freedom of movement is not restricted.
You should also always have your swimwear with you when hiking in Croatia! There are not only countless islands and beaches but also many lakes. In Krka National Park, for example, you can swim in front of breathtaking waterfalls. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new swim outfit, we’ve linked our favorites for you here 😊
We will remain focused on swimming. There’s nothing better than relaxing and letting the sun dry you off. But if you need to dry off more quickly, or if you want a towel to lie on, we recommend this quick-drying microfiber towel. We have it with us on almost every trip. It’s not only ultra-light but also takes up hardly any space in your backpack. It dries you in seconds and stays nearly dry itself.
Actually, we are not a big fan of water shoes… but in Croatia, they are one of the things we used most often! Croatia has many gorgeous pebble beaches that can’t be enjoyed as much without water shoes. We also recommend that you wear your water shoes when swimming in the lakes and national parks. You should definitely put them on your Croatia packing list.
Everyone thinks about sunscreen (at least when packing… unfortunately, applying it is often forgotten anyway :D). But did you also think about protecting your lips? Some lip balm is advisable – this one even has a sun protection factor and protects your lips from the Croatian sun.
This gadget we currently use (unfortunately) even more often and suggest it to you all for your Croatia packing list. Originally, we bought these refillable travel bottles so that we can refill our hygiene products and thus do something good for the environment and save weight and space in the luggage 😊 But currently we often use them to fill in disinfectant and attach it to the backpack with the help of the hook. This way we always have it at hand.
A very big problem in Croatia is unfortunately the annoying mosquitoes! Needless to say, they are especially in the beautiful national parks and thus disturb a little… As mentioned above, you can also swim in some national parks. We thought about how we can get into the water without things like sunscreen or insect spray if possible because we do not want to affect the flora and fauna even more. That’s when we came across these mosquito wristbands 😊 During the hike, they protect you from pesky mosquitoes and when you want to get into the water, you can easily put them aside.
If you do get bitten, this gadget will work wonders! The bite away is an electronic device that works with heat. You only have to hold it briefly on the affected area. It will then get very hot for a few seconds. After that, the annoying itching is gone 😊 Test it yourself and write us your feedback in the comments.
Besides the treatment of mosquito bites, other things can happen. We recommend that you always have a small first aid kit with you when doing any kind of outdoor activity. When you are out in nature, it may take a while for help to arrive. With this kit, you can take care of the first aid yourself. Of course, we hope that you will never need it 😊 This first aid kit is very well equipped and yet space-saving and not too heavy.
You’ve read “swimming” and “water” many times on this list. In addition, there are countless water activities on the beaches of Croatia. That’s why we recommend you a Drybag to protect your other belongings. The Drybag from Earth Pak is available in many different sizes. In addition, there is often an offer, with a “mini Drybag” for your smartphone for free. So you can also take cool underwater pictures with your phone 😊
This foldable daypack is perfect for all hikes and day trips. We were really surprised when we unpacked it for the first time. When folded, it fits in almost any purse and also takes up very little space in your luggage. If you use it as a backpack, it is still very stable and comfortable. It is also the perfect addition to a larger backpacking backpack.
You will spend a lot of time outside when you are in Croatia. It’s easy to forget to drink enough. Dehydration is an often underestimated danger (especially when the sun shines all day). That’s why you should always have a water bottle with you. This revolutionary water bottle from LifeStraw is excellent. With the help of the filter, not only chemicals and bacteria but also microplastics are filtered out. So you can turn the water from some of the lakes of Croatia into drinking water and drink it without hesitation.
Croatia is also the ideal country to start your photography career. You will get unique nature images that you are going to enjoy for a long time after your Croatia vacation. I myself have found my passion for photography here 😛 Water photography has a very special charm for me 😊 The Canon EOS 2000D is perfect for all beginners. The quality of the images is outstanding. I also really like the integrated Wi-Fi, because it allows you to quickly and easily back up your pictures while on vacation and share them with your friends.
In addition to your new camera, we also recommend a lensball. This little gadget will make your pictures even more unique. It’s a lot of fun to shoot with it and test different perspectives and scenes. With such a lensball you also attract a lot of attention – we borrowed ours a lot to others so that they can also take a few pictures with it 😊
Croatia is one of the most popular countries in Europe for a road trip! And for good reason, because in Croatia you just have to travel around and see more of this stunning country. You can theoretically reach a lot by public transport or booked tours, however, renting a car in Croatia is not very expensive in relation either and you gain a lot of freedom. While driving, don’t let your navigation die. That’s why we recommend this USB charger. It even has 2 USB ports, so you can also charge another device while driving.
This magnetic in-car phone holder is our absolute favorite gadget for road trips. You can attach any smartphone to any car in seconds and have a great navigation tool. We use it a lot at home, too. But don’t forget to take it out of the car again when you return the rental car (happened to us 2 times already :D). A must for your Croatia packing list if you are planning a road trip.
The travel pillow is actually part of our must-have travel gadgets because it really makes the flight much more pleasant and is also healthier for your neck. Since we were traveling a lot by car in Croatia, the co-driver has often used it to relax a little while driving 😊 This way you can gather energy for the next adventure 😛
And to close your Croatia packing list we have a highlight for all ladies 😊 Unfortunately, in the nature of Croatia you rarely find a toilet. For women, this is a much bigger problem than for men – at least until now! With GoGirl this problem belongs to the past. We hope this list helps you on your next Croatia trip and would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Enjoy your next Croatia trip!
More Croatia Packing List Gadgets which may come in handy
Bonus Tip: Travel Insurance
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how quickly something unexpected can happen. However, in order for you to worry as little as possible during your well-deserved vacation, we have fought our way through the insurance jungle for you and looked for a reliable partner. Thereby we have stumbled upon WorldNomads.com. Insurance is always a very sensitive topic and honestly, we would rather do without it and spend the money on vacation for other nice things. But if something should happen, you are more than happy to have a partner like WorldNomads on your side!
Why WorldNomads has impressed us so much?
- Backed by specialized insurance providers and global assistance partners
- You can always buy the insurance online, even if you are already traveling
- You can adjust your insurance coverage during the trip and claim online
- They cover a range of adventure sports and activities
- Very high availability worldwide
6 Things you DO NOT need in Croatia
Croatia is spoiled with sunny days. Of course, it can also happen that it rains. However, we think that a rain poncho or a softshell jacket is a much better choice. So you do not have to pack an additional umbrella and also have your hands free 😊
If you don’t commit to reading in Croatia, you probably won’t have time. There is always something to discover and in the evening we were always very exhausted and gathered strength for the next adventure 😛 In case you want to keep the option of reading a book though, an e-book reader is the better choice.
As mentioned above, Croatia is a real paradise for hikers. So you should definitely be prepared to do a lot of walking. Even if you don’t necessarily want to hike through nature, but are out shopping, you should avoid uncomfortable shoes. Many cities in Croatia have cobblestones and some steep slopes.
Flip flops are not a part of the typical beach outfit in Croatia. The reason for this is easily explained. In Croatia, there are mainly pebble beaches. Therefore, it can happen that flip flops become uncomfortable. We recommend our water shoes from the Croatia packing list.
It depends on your interests when traveling. But in general, we recommend that you only bring what you really need (e.g. camera equipment). Of course, Croatia is very safe, but all over the world there is a saying: An open door may tempt a saint 😉
Beforehand, if you plan a pure resort vacation, you can of course bring a suitcase… but if you want to travel around Croatia for multiple days, we recommend a backpacking backpack instead. It is for the same reason as the uncomfortable shoes… who wants to roll with his suitcase over several cobblestones?
3 Special Accommodations to stay in Croatia
An accommodation in the beautiful capital of Croatia can’t be missing on this list. If you want to start your Croatia trip in Zagreb and also always dreamed of staying in a luxurious Hilton hotel, now is your chance! The DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb offers world-class service at a reasonably good price. We especially liked the indoor pool with a view over Zagreb.
Let’s stick to spoiling ourselves. Croatia, of course, offers excellent all inclusive resorts. Bluesun hotel Neptun is very close to Makarska, which is known for its beautiful beaches. We took advantage of the free bike rental for a wonderful bike tour along the Adriatic Sea. You will be really spoiled here in terms of cuisine as well. In addition to the restaurants in the hotel, you can also eat in a variety of partner restaurants.
A little insider tip is our favorite town Omiš. We are very surprised how few people know this jewel so far. Yet Omiš has so much to offer (including unusual attractions like zip-lining or rafting). Moreover, Omiš has a beautiful sandy beach. The Beachfront Apartments Lara is located on top of a hill, from where you have a fantastic view and a great pool. We extended our stay by 2 nights because we loved it so much!
Budget flights to Croatia
4 seasons in Croatia. What to experience and what to be aware of
Do you want to spend an unforgettable vacation in the sun? Croatia is perfect for that! The popular Croatian coastal cities of Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Zadar, as well as the numerous islands in the Adriatic Sea, attract many sun lovers from all over the world every year. But Croatia offers more than just beach vacations in terms of weather. For example, the country has ideal conditions for city trips, expeditions, and sporty winter vacations.
For your planning, you should keep in mind that Croatia is characterized by two climatic regions. The interior and the northeast of the country are dominated by a continental climate, i.e. the summer is nice and warm at 25°C, while the winter is very cold with only 2°C or less, especially in mountainous regions. Precipitation is rather rare. There are distinct seasons in these regions.
The coastal region on the Adriatic Sea with the Croatian islands, on the other hand, has a Mediterranean climate. This climate is characterized by hot summers and mild but rainy winters, typical for the Mediterranean region. For the most part, however, Croatia vacationers enjoy mild to very hot temperatures throughout the country and, except in winter, a moderate chance of precipitation.
So what kind of weather can you expect in spring? While many European countries are still in hibernation, it’s starting to get warmer on the Adriatic. You can even expect 20° to 25°C on sunny days. May is a particularly good month for traveling, as the temperatures are very summery and there are only 7 rainy days on average. Moreover, in the spring months, you are still before the main season. So with a little luck, you can get great deals.
Which activities are most recommended in spring?
Croatia’s spring weather is ideal for hiking and nature lovers who don’t want to spend all their time at the beach. So be sure to pack your hiking boots and look forward to beautiful attractions & landmarks.
Some amazing attractions and landmarks you should not miss
1. Blue Cave / Blue Grotto, Biševo
In Dalmatia, more precisely on the Croatian island of Bisevo off the coast of Dalmatia, there is a small natural treasure: Modra špilja, the Blue Grotto of Biševo. The Blue Grotto has become a global attraction and attracts hundreds of visitors every year. You can enter the Blue Grotto only by paddleboat and only when the sea is calm. Inside, it is dark at first. But when the sunlight enters the cave around noon, the sun’s rays transform Modra špilja into a blue-lit wonderland. You can easily book a dreamlike Blue Cave tour online.
2. Roman Amphitheatre, Pula
The Roman amphitheater of Pula, which is about 2,000 years old, is the sixth-largest structure of its kind and is the landmark of the Istrian region. The imposing arena is located in the old town of Pula and was once used for spectacular gladiator fights. The well-preserved walls and underground facilities of the amphitheater make it easy for you to transport yourself back to that time – absolutely fascinating! Even today, the amphitheater is a popular venue for events such as the Pula Film Festival, concerts, and sports competitions.
The Roman ruins of Salona are located just outside Solin, a sleepy suburb only 5 km northeast of Split. The ruins are nestled in an archaeological park and are still a reminder of the colony under Roman rule. A walk through the ruins is an impressive journey back to the era of emperors and gladiators. Fortunately, the ruins are still a bit of an insider’s tip and thus relatively little visited. You should allow at least an hour for your visit to see all the important sights. You stroll past olive groves, orchards, and flowering trees until you reach the beautiful amphitheater at the end of the park. Our tip: have a picnic at the stone squares in the sun.
Up to 11 hours of sunshine a day await you in the summer months in Croatia! And that’s regardless of the region because throughout all of Croatia you can enjoy sunny weather with temperatures around 30°C. Therefore, you can easily leave your warm sweater at home. However, a rain jacket should not do any harm. There can sometimes be heat thunderstorms and showers.
Since it can get very hot in July and August, the Adriatic coast is a magnet for tourists and serves as a cool refreshment. So a beach vacation is a must in the summer! If you are also a sun lover and want to visit Croatia in the summer months, you should take care of your bookings as early as possible. The reason for this is that many European countries have their school vacations at this time, so it can get a bit crowded at the Adriatic Sea.
Which activities are most recommended in summer?
Summer, sun, beach, and sea – that’s what the Croatian summer is all about. We provide you with the top 3 beaches in Croatia so that you can enjoy your beach vacation to the fullest.
3 Beaches you should visit on your Croatia trip
1. Nugal Beach, Makarska
On the Osejava peninsula between the towns of Makarska and Tučepi, lies one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire Makarska Riviera, Nugal Beach. An interesting fact about this beach… it is a nudist beach! 😊 The beach is a bit remote and a natural beach in a secluded bay. If it has been raining for a longer period of time, a waterfall can even form on the surrounding rocks.
2. Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac Island
Brac Island is one of the most popular islands in Croatia. And one of the most popular places on this island is its “Golden Horn”, Zlatni Rat beach. It is a pebble beach and has also been titled several times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, and others (e.g. National Geographic) even call it one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Due to its shape, the beach can accommodate up to 10,000 people, but we would still recommend you to be there early in the morning 😊
3. St John – Watermelon Beach, Lubenice (Cres Island)
This beach is one of the hidden gems of Croatia. It is located in a bay below Lubenice. You won’t find so many tourists here either, because the beach is not that easy to reach. You either have to hike down on somewhat steeper paths or take a boat from the other side. The German Bild newspaper even has this beach in place 15 of the 40 most beautiful beaches in the world. We look forward to your feedback in the comments!
The autumn months are considered the best months for traveling in Croatia. The sea is still heated from the high summer temperatures. It cools down later and the beaches are much emptier. Therefore, pure relaxation awaits you on the Adriatic Sea. So pack your bathing suit or bikini even in autumn.
In addition, the temperatures of 20° to 27°C are not as hot as in summer, so you have ideal conditions for traveling in the country. You will discover the nature of Croatia in autumn as well as in spring from its magnificent side. From time to time it can be a bit windy, so you should pack a light jacket especially for the evening hours.
Which activities are most recommended in autumn?
As the tourist crowds slowly leave the country in the fall and nature really blossoms again, you should pay a visit to the enchanting national parks. You should not miss these top 3 national parks in Croatia.
Here are our top 3 national parks in Croatia
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably the most famous national park in Croatia. One reason for this is that it has been featured in several movies, such as Winnetou. Besides, it is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you like waterfalls, you will love this national park. You can explore this breathtaking national park on wooden trails. Besides waterfalls, there is much more to see (for example, the numerous lakes). Make sure you are at the entrance early in the morning. The park is a very popular destination and you also need a lot of time to enjoy everything.
Where to stay: 16 Lakes Hotel
2. Krka National Park
Krka National Park is also very famous. We recommend you to combine this national park on one itinerary with Plitvice Lakes National Park (either on the same or on 2 consecutive days). The highlight of Krka National Park is certainly the incredible waterfalls, in front of which you can swim. After a long hike, this is a wonderful way to cool off. But be careful – the water is indeed extremely cold 😀 And if you’re a bit hungry after swimming, there’s a restaurant and several small snacks and other stores in the immediate vicinity 😊
Where to stay: Guest Accomodation Žura
3. Kornati National Park
Everyone knows that Croatia has an incredible number of islands. Therefore, if you have traveled to Croatia, you should definitely visit the Kornati National Park. There are about 90 islands and reefs in total! The biggest island is the island Kornat. When you are in Croatia in the summer, you can also admire a lot of sailboats and yachts. This is really a great day for all water and nature lovers. Of course, you can also swim there yourself and take great memorable pictures. This national park is often a bit neglected, but we highly recommend you to visit it.
Where to stay: Vila Rosa
In winter, you should definitely expect some rainfall on the coast and it’s best to pack an umbrella. However, it does not get really cold. The average temperature is around 10°C. You should also beware of the strong winds, the so-called bora winds, during the winter months. They are among the strongest in the world. So be careful when you are standing on a bridge or coastal road so that you don’t get blown away.
Inland, the weather is quite different: it gets winter cold and you should pack some thick socks. The Dinaric Mountains are an absolute paradise for winter and snow lovers. In the months of December, January and February you can ski there. Zagreb is also located in the snow paradise and is really magical in winter.
Which activities are most recommended in winter?
Winter is the perfect time to spend a winter vacation in the middle of the snow and to experience the fascinating cities and their festivals.
These are 3 of our favorite cities in Croatia
Although Split is not the capital of Croatia, it is nonetheless very popular internationally. And if we briefly list a few of the sights, it’s easy to see why. Diocletian’s Palace, St. Duje’s Cathedral, Peristil Square, Marjan, Statue of Grgur Ninski, Klis Fortress,… In addition, there are other breathtaking destinations in the immediate vicinity, such as the Krka National Park or Zlatni Rat Beach. If you relax on the promenade in Split, enjoy the beautiful weather and look at the palm trees, you will very quickly get into the vacation mood. Our recommendation is to start your Croatia trip here 😊
Ever since Game of Thrones, everyone knows Dubrovnik aka King’s Landing. If you travel to Dubrovnik, we strongly recommend you to take an accommodation outside, because the prices inside the city walls are much higher. However, in between there are always some good deals 😊 Back to Dubrovnik – it is a beautiful port city on the Adriatic Sea. The atmosphere and charm of the city are truly indescribably beautiful. It will definitely be a highlight of your Croatia vacation to walk through the narrow streets of Dubrovnik and get lost in this little labyrinth. If you take a cab or your rental car up the nearby mountain, you can also enjoy an amazing view.
Finally, we can’t help but write a few sentences about Zagreb. Zagreb was the first city we saw in Croatia and it left a very good impression! To be honest, we hardly knew anything about the cities in Croatia, so we were even more surprised. You can see a lot in one day, but to really enjoy it in a more relaxed manner we recommend spending 2 days here. But why should you go to Zagreb at all? First of all, the architecture is magnificent. There are many impressive buildings. And if you immerse yourself in the old town of Zagreb, you will definitely fall in love. We wish you a great time in Croatia!
10 Interesting Facts about Croatia!
You can honestly call Croatia the land of a thousand islands. However, only 48 of these islands are actually inhabited. The largest inhabited island is the island of Krk. With this amount of islands, Croatia is also the country with the most islands in the Adriatic Sea.
The most famous of these 10 World Heritage Sites is the Plitvice Lakes National Park. But the other 9 are not inferior to it either. Here is the complete list:
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historical complex of Split with Diocletian’s Palace
- Old town of Dubrovnik
- Episcopal complex of Euphrasius Basilica in the historical center of Poreč
- Historical town of Trogir
- Cathedral of St. Jacob
- Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar
- Medieval tombstone cemeteries Stećci
- Fortress of St. Nicholas in Šibenik
- Paklenica, north Velebit National Park
And its name is Hum. It is a beautiful small town, which even has its own city walls. In addition, there is a church and 2 small street – but they even have their own mayor.
Another reason for you to travel to Croatia is the more than 2715 hours of sunshine every year! This means that Croatia has even more sunshine hours than Australia, for example. So don’t forget your sunscreen and explore the numerous beaches 😊
If you like learning a new language, you’ll have a particularly hard time in Croatia. There are so many different dialects that even the Croats have a difficult time communicating 😀 There are especially big differences between the big cities and smaller villages.
He comes from the village of Kringa. It is Jure Grando Alilović (1579 – 1656), who was already called a vampire in the 16th century. By the way, the Croatian word for vampire is “štrigon”. According to legend, Jure returned after his death and terrorized the people of Kringa. You can still visit his grave at the cemetery there.
More precisely, in Varaždin, or “the city where the angels sleep” is located the Museum of Angels. In this museum are exhibited different works of art inspired by angels. In addition, the Garden of Eden is also located in this museum. Here visitors can relax and reflect.
If you want to abstract it a bit – every tenth step on Croatian land could be made in a national park 😛 That’s an incredibly high percentage. Further above you have already learned a bit more about national parks in Croatia. So here again the urgent recommendation to visit at least one of the beautiful national parks in Croatia.
Croatians love their wine. Anyone who travels to Croatia is sure to stop at one of the many wineries and have a great time. However, Croatians drink even more beer! Due to the proximity to Slovenia, excellent brandy is also produced there and also enjoyed 😊
Let no one say that posh restaurants always have small portions… the largest truffle in the world weighs a whole 1.31kg! It was picked in 1999 by the “truffle king” Giancarlo Zigante from Livade in Istria. We are talking about a white truffle.
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