There’s probably a thousand (or more) things you can do and places you can visit in Croatia at any time of the year.
The country has many beautiful islands and each with a distinct character, fascinating and picturesque old cities, intriguing castles, scenic national parks, pristine beaches and the crystalline Adriatic surrounding it.
With those in mind, a visit to this country sounds like it’s going to be jampacked, adventure-filled, fun and fulfilling.
You’ve booked your flight and accommodations, you have your itinerary ready and you’re just itching to go — but what goes into your packing list for Croatia?
What should you bring that’s functional yet stylish, comfortable yet chic, maybe there will be bulky or heavy items but are necessary? No, you need not pack your entire house for Croatia but close, without you looking like you’ve crammed your entire universe in your luggage.
Whatever your plans are in Croatia, here are the items that must go into your suitcase, at each month of the year.
- Packing List For Croatia For All Seasons
- What to pack for Croatia for Winter (December, January, and February)
- What to pack for Croatia for Spring (March, April, and May)
- What to pack for Croatia for Summer (June, July, and August)
- What to pack for Croatia for Autumn by month
- Important / Must-Haves Any Time of the Year
Packing List For Croatia For All Seasons
What to pack for Croatia for Winter (December, January, and February)
Winter in Croatia is not so cold, the temperature is pretty stable and the lowest can go to just above the freezing level. Not so cold but not quite tolerable either so it’s best to bring clothes that you can easily layer, comfortable and warm.
Here are a list of winter essentials for both men and women when going to Croatia in December, January, and February:
Long-sleeved shirts — these are items you can easily layer and best for keeping you warm. They also go well with just about anything. Just like these Hanes cotton long-sleeved shirts for him or long-sleeved shirts for her. Have at least two in your suitcase or backpack: one in either a bright color or print (stripes, floral, plaid) and another in a muted / earth color.
Jeans that are not too tight — snug fit/comfort fit jeans like these Rekucci comfort fit jeans are best, straight cut is good, too. These types of jeans leave enough space if you want to layer with leggings or pants in a thin fabric when the temperature drops to almost freezing level.
A warm parka — best if it’s hooded, long enough to cover your hips and almost all your fingers. This is the best cover for all those layers of clothes you’d have if it’s really cold, and a versatile jacket when out to explore the city or going out for dinner.
Light down jacket — easy to roll up and pack and a great layer under your parka, this is also something you can put on your day bag when out exploring the city or parks. This easily keeps you warm as well as dresses up a long sleeve shirt and jeans combo. You can check this light down jacket for men and this jacket for women.
Leather ankle boots that are waterproof and slip-proof — yes, you must look for all those features as this is your go-to shoes when walking around town that can also take you to more rugged paths and even a quick hike up a hill or fortress. Make sure that they’re already broken in when you bring them to Croatia so your feet won’t hurt and you can really enjoy your stay. Check out this cute Teva leather ankle bootie.
What to pack for Croatia for Spring (March, April, and May)
March, April, and May are the spring season in the country. Spring in Croatia is still colder than usual, bit weather is generally mild and perfect for exploring. The items listed here are ideal for still keeping warm, yet comfortable and ensures easy movement.
V-neck shirts – bring at least 3, in different colors. These are versatile and easy to pair with anything. Like these cotton v-neck shirts. You can wear a jacket over it as well or dress it u with a scarf if the weather gets chilly. You can check these shirts here.
Long-sleeved shirts — always a good idea, these are best for keeping you warm and also goes well with pretty much anything. Wear with leggings or
jeans for a casual walk around town, wear underneath a jacket or just wear a scarf for dining out or date night. Check out these long sleeve shirts.
Knee-length or mid-calf skirts — a great alternative for jeans and leggings that you can wear if you’re museum-hopping in Zagreb or hanging out at the Roman forums in Zadar, or exploring Diocletian’s Palace in Split, such as this pretty Zara skirt. It’s comfortable and just a bit dressy, looks great in photos, too!
Black leggings — this item should be in your travel must-haves any season of the year as it’s versatile, easily keeps you warm and goes well with pretty much anything.
Comfort fit jeans — you can easily layer these jeans with leggings if the weather gets too cold, and also ensures easier movements when embarking on long-distance walks or hikes.
Crease proof dress pants (for men) — be sure to bring at least a couple of these as an alternative to jeans. It’s dressy but it’s versatile, something that will take you from day strolls around the city to a fine dinner in the evening. See this stylish wrinkle-resistant pants from Vegorrs.
Sneakers — your go-to footwear that’s comfortable and looks good whether you’re wearing jeans, pants or a skirt. These superstar Adidas sneakers are perfect for any occasion and season.
What to pack for Croatia for Summer (June, July, and August)
Shorts — bring at least two: one denim and one thick cotton or linen. Goes well with a tank top and chambray shirt, even a scarf. You can wear these while hanging out or strolling around the beach or island hopping.
Tank tops — these could be paired with shorts, skirts or jeans, on its own or underneath a scarf or light jacket. Best for keeping cool during summer. This 4 tank tops pack is a good choice.
Swimsuits— bring two, as there’s plenty of opportunities to go beach hopping during summer in Croatia. Bring one in a plain color and another in cute prints. Check this swimsuit for options.
Cover-ups —- best to get a cover u that can be easily fixed to double as a dress. You can tie it this way and that to make it into a strapless or halter dress worn over your cute swimsuit while you’re on your way to the beach. Check out this kimono cover-up.
Maxi dresses — perfect for strolling around and a great outfit to wear when going to lunch or dinner. Like this Milumia floral maxi dress. This one looks great when taking photos with any of Croatia’s old city or castle in the background.
Chambray shirt — This is a versatile clothing item that looks dressy enough buttoned-up, paired with shorts or jeans. It can also be worn unbuttoned, over a tank top and jeans, giving your simple outfit a cool street vibe. Check out this unisex chambray shirt.
Flip flops — it is not summer unless you’ve walked around in flip flops. Choose one in a bright color to add character to your OOTD. These classic Havaianas won’t disappoint.
Ballet flats — versatile footwear for walking around, that you can wear with jeans and shorts as well as with a skirt. Choose one that’s slip-proof and made with memory foam for comfort and style.
Sandals — get these hiking sandals that are light and slip-proof, that will take you from a walk on the beach or cobblestone streets to an easy hike up a hill or fortress.
Sneakers — bring one in light colors that’ll look great with your shorts and jeans. Try these much raved about Puma sneakers. These are great for walking around the city and exploring Croatia’s best attractions.
What to pack for Croatia for Autumn by month
Croatia packing list for September
Long-sleeved shirt — a good way to stay warm as summer weather turns to chilly autumn. Wear it as it is or add a scarf, or a jacket if it gets colder.
Black cardigan — a versatile item that easily dresses up your jeans and shirt combo, or makes your ensemble look more polished when worn on top of the dress. Get something like this chic button-down cardigan.
Tea Dress (women) — Tea dresses are classic, elegant and easy to wear and walk around in. They’re lively and fun and look good with ballet flats, ankle boots or sneakers.
Mid-weight jacket — The material could be either denim or faux leather doesn’t really matter as long as it keeps you warm and stylish enough to wear on to of shirts or over a dress. Just like this one from IZOD.
Ankle Boots — Get those that are light and slip-proof, and wear them as you stroll through parks or castle gardens. Don’t forget to take photos of your boot-clad feet as they stood on fallen autumn leaves!
Croatia packing list for October and November
Long-sleeved shirt — October is officially the start of Croatia’s colder months, and it’s best to keep warm with a long-sleeved shirt paired with jeans, leggings or a long skirt.
Scarf — fleece, knitted or wool, be sure to get one that’s made with warmer, thicker material. Pack one in your day bag so you can easily pull it out when the air gets cold. Warm-up in this fleece scarf.
Warm Parka — have one ready as temperature drops. Choose one that’s longer and fits nicely so they’d look good when paired with your usual jeans and shirt combo or a dress.
Boots — Boots are a must during the cold season. Remember to pick a pair that’s comfortable, light, slip and waterproof so you can wear it anywhere, even though unpredictable weather.
Important / Must-Haves Any Time of the Year
Reusable water bottle with filter – sure, Croatia’s tap water is generally clean and safe to drink, but it’s always best to bring your own reusable bottle for quick refills and to help eliminate the use of plastic. Buy something like this RPA-free bottle.
Sturdy, Foldable Umbrella — Croatia does have surprise rain showers any time of the year so this one’s a definite must to keep you protected. Pack something like this compact windproof travel umbrella.
A handy bathroom kit — it’s really just made up of hand sanitizer and wet wipes (tissue is optional) which is useful when you commute or during your city sightseeing tours on foot. Also, a great way to stay clean and germ-free. This Purell hand sanitizing wipes travel pack is handy as both sanitizer and wipes.
Comfortable Hiking Boots — a must if you’re planning to explore national parks, mountains, fortresses, lighthouses and even a stroll around a particular city on foot. Pick the ones that are a bit dressy so you can wear them on your other Croatia activities, too. Just like this one from Xpeti which comes in different colors.