The weather in Croatia varies greatly, from a Mediterranean climate along the coast, to a continental climate inland, and a mountain climate — you guessed it — in the mountains. Research the areas you plan to visit in advance, and pack layers of climate-appropriate clothing for wherever your trip will take you.
Remember Climate Control Tip: Fit more layers in your suitcase through organized packing. Travel cubes and compression sacs are lifesavers when it comes to fitting everything in for a long trip.
Step 4. Prepare to Walk the Walls and Beyond.
On a trip to Croatia, it’s all about the shoes— the walking and hiking shoes, that is. Whether you’re walking around the walls of Dubrovnik, hiking the forested mountains near Istria, or exploring Paklenica National Park in Starigrad, comfortable and durable shoes are a must. Protect the rest of your luggage from the “adventure dirt” you’ll pick up along the way with water repellent shoe sacs.
Prepare to Walk the Walls and Beyond Tip: Be wary of venturing too far off the beaten path. Though Croatia is considered a mine-safe area in its tourist destinations and throughout its infrastructure, the country is not expected to be fully cleared of landmines until 2019.
Step 5. Don’t Be Shocked.
If you plan to plug in any devices on your trip, prepare for the difference in power. Electricity in Croatia is 230 volts at 50 hertz. If your electronics aren’t compatible with that (or if you have no idea because you’re too focused on planning your amazing hikes), bring both adapters and wattage converters.
Don’t be Shocked Tip: Keep your adapters, converters, and cords organized in an eTools Organizer .
Step 6. Pack Light.
Use a backpack-style travel pack rather than a traditional suitcase. Traveling across Croatia can involve buses, trains, and boats—a backpack makes it easier to travel hands-free. You also won’t have to worry about dragging it across ancient cobblestoned streets—not the easiest feat! Plus, it’s carry-on size, so you won’t have to spend valuable vacation time waiting at the airport luggage carousel, or worry about it getting lost.
Pack Light Tip: Packing clothing in neutral colors, so you can mix and match your outfits. You can always add a pop of color with a scarf or cool accessory, maybe even one you pick up on your trip!
Now that you know what to pack, it’s all about an organized approach to fitting it in your backpack. We’ve got you covered with tips in the video below—and packing organizers, of course!
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