In the summer, it can be scorching hot all over Croatia and if you're here at that time of the year, you've probably come for the islands and beaches, so wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of sunscreen.
In the winter, especially inland, it can get pretty cold so bring a good winter coat. In February in Zagreb, I was pretty cold at times.
If you stay in a private home, it's possible that the owner may not heat the room at all. I froze my butt off in Dubrovnik on my first night in a private home.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera equipment. Expect lots of sun in the summer and come prepared with all appropriate photo gear.
With Croatia becoming a popular destination there are many travel guides about the country now available.
One of the best, my personal favourite and in my opinion a must-have item for everyone coming to Croatia is The Rough Guide to Croatia. Ingeniously written by Jonathan Bousfield, who's been making regular visits to Croatia since 1975, this 460-page guidebook brings not only the comprehensive coverage of numerous destinations, informative and reliable info about transport possibilities and accommodation / restaurants / nightlife options but also a very authorative background on Croatia's history, culture and politics.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It will give you a brief insight about different cuisines of Croatia's regions, tips where to have the best Saturday morning coffee or tips how to survive with names of streets that change in Croatian. Learn about Croatian history - from who was Diocletian and why he retired himself to the story of Uskoks, history of Hajduk soccer club or the facts about the creation of Non-Aligned Movement on Brijuni islands. There is also a lot of info about recent history, with background info of Serbian rebelion, details about siege of Vukovar and shelling of Dubrovnik as well as of the authorative Tudjman regime and its opponents, including the Radio 101 and Feral Tribune newspaper.
Miscellaneous: Travel part of the book covers many distant and less known destinations that you'll hardly find in other travel books - like Krapje, Krasic, Veli Drvenik, Vrboska or Prvic.
Shortly: get your copy of this great guidebook (currently the second edition, published in 2003 by Rough Guides and distributed by Penguin Books) before you board the plane / train / bus to Croatia and learn a lot even before you arrive!
It gets a bit cold sometimes, so a jacket or a cardigan would do.
Usually I wear a sleeveless shirt or tee, when it gets a bit cold and windy, I just put on a cardigan.
Photo Equipment: Bring as many rolls of film for the beautiful scenery... click and click and click.
Or bring all the compact flash or memory cards that you have for those beautiful pictures.
Check the climate in your destination in Croatia:
Check the weather (5-day forecast for Croatia) just before you go:
or even 10-DAY FORECAST:
Remeber that there are various climates in Croatia - hot and dry in summertime with mild and wet winters Mediterranean climate along the coast and on the other hand moderate climate to north with quite cold winters.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If travelling any other time than summer waterproof boots are a MUST, especially in Dubrovnik where some of the roads just off of the main road in the old town are steps and in heavy rain literally turn into fast flowing waterfalls. No joke. Our room was situated on one of these roads and I honestly had to walk through a waterfall to get to it. The photos are a bit blurry but check them out anyway!
Special shoes for swimming can be useful, cause the small sharp stones at the beach can hurt your feet.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beaches in Croatia are small sharp stones and concrete piers, and beach lounges are a rarity. So you better take some soft mat to lie on at the beach.
Miscellaneous: Sunscreen cream in summer and early autumn is a must.
A hat and beach shoes are two essentials - the Adriatic sunshine can be fierce and that crystal clear water comes at a price - stony beaches! They may keep the water beautifully clear but they're hard underfoot, especially if you're coming from a place where the beaches are sandy and soft.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget the sunscreen -with a high SPF - and keep putting it on. All that sunshine, water and bright, white stone can translate into severe sunburns - neither a good look nor good for your skin. Don't forget to protect your feet if you're wearing sandals!
Croatia is a very romantic place with many attractions for kids as well. Never try not to get to Croatia your lovely wife/husband lover/fiance and your kids.
OK, sometimes you may try it - look at my picture :-)).
I recommend you to pack larger or... smaller clothes then you used to wear. Why?
There are at least 2 reasons:
1. Eating/food in Croatia is delicious and you may catch EA (eating addiction), if you choose not low-fat food be prepared to get a few kilograms/pounds = take larger clothes.
2. Croatian food is usually low-fat eating (fish, many vegetables/fruits) so be prepared to get off a few kilograms/pounds. And Croatian beaches are a paradise for early morning jogging lovers. Instead you can practice crazy dancing all nights there = take smaller clothes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During my stay in Croatia there were several rainy days, so don’t forget your umbrella! In addition there a plenty of pebble beaches so it’s reasonable to buy special shoes for swimming. They don’t cost much, but give comfort to your feet. And of course sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat are required!
Miscellaneous: Travelling around Croatia during summer 2006, we had both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. As fans of Lonely Planet I would say it is a must, but this time Rough guide was better when it was question about accommodation, bars or restaurants. Btw, spending time in a bus or on a ferry, it is handy if You both have Your own guide books to find facts about next place!
The pebbles of some beaches can be uncomfortable to the feet.
Many persons use moccasins to walk on the beach and going to water. So, it’s better you pack moccasins, or gymnastics tennis, to warn this case.
Oh my gosh, bring some sunscreen or you will get torched. The whole country feels like it doesn't have an o-zone layer. One day I was baking on some rocks outside of Hvar Town, by the time I woke up I was barely able to move and I had some funny looking handprints on my body. SPF 60!
Photo Equipment: For photo equiptment, I had a lot of success with a polarizing filter here because of the heavy sun and lightly colored skies. Sunsets are prominent, so a neutral density filter may prove useful too.
Luggage and bags:
Always - bags that be locked.
If not moving constantly - suitcase or fold bags are good.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since I was on the coast...even in the summer it was nice to have a jumper/cardigan to wear. Comfortable shoes for walking and low heels for dinner times.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you need certain medications..I suggest come with them. Hours of operations and pharmacias are different all over the world. Come Prepared & stocked. Good to have Tylenol, some band aids, and bug cream. Toiletries - easily available.
Photo Equipment: I took extra film with me and it saved me time.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimsuits (although beaches were topless)your choice. Good to have beach footwear...ie tevas but vendors are there to sell.
Leave your Armani/Gucci suite at home and don't forget your swiming costume!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medical service: foreign tourists do not pay for medical services if the Health Care Convention was signed between Croatia and the country they come from.
Photo Equipment: All you need for your classical camera, films, baterries etc., you can find in the photo shops, look for "Foto", that's in Croatian.
Miscellaneous: All major credit cards are accepted, in case you don't have it bring travelers cheques or cash. If domestic currency, kuna, you can bring up to 2.000 kn
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