Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Croatia

Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

General Packing Tips

  • Casual clothes are the normal daytime wear.
  • If you are planning on eating out, it is worth knowing that restaurants are not that formal, but people do tend to dress up in the evenings.
  • The early evening is still traditionally the time when locals take a stroll before dinner; the ladies showing off tans in floaty sundresses and guys in jeans and polo shirts.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • The sea views from Buza bar, Dubrovnik are fantastic.
  • Spring and Fall are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes. Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A trip to Croatia is likely to involve enjoying the fabulous beaches, so bikinis and beach wear, with a sarong or kikoy, is very much the look for the day time.
  • For an elegant look and to keep cool in the midday sun be sure to pack a stylish sunhat.
  • Leave your high heels at home, the cobbled streets in most of the medieval towns will have your heels ruined and you hobbling around looking anything but stylish.
  • Kitten heels are just about ok, but pretty sandals/flip-flops are definitely your best bet. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - your pashmina can come in handy for this too.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • Simple accessories will transform any outfit.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For evenings, a smart-casual look will work well, and Croatian women do like their men to make an effort. Why not try a cravat .... after all this is where it was invented.

Pack for the Weather

  • The summer; June, July, August and September are very hot and the lightest natural fabrics will work best.
  • In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • In the cooler winter months; October, November, December, January, February and March - you need to pack a warm raincoat, as this is the coolest and wettest time of year with snow in the mountains.
  • In April and May you can expect showers and variable temperatures. Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.

Regions of Croatia

  • Away from the beaches and coast there is great hiking and cycling to be enjoyed in the national parks and plenty of lakes and waterfalls to see. Whatever your preference pack a few items ie. comfortable shoes and a lightweight fleece to enable you to explore.

Last updated 24 February 2015.

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