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What to pack for a sailing holiday in Croatia?

What to pack for a sailing holiday in Croatia?

Things you should not miss to pack for your sailing holiday!

What you will take with you on a sailing holiday in Croatia depends on the type of sailing, sailing experience, period, and of course personal preferences. We will single out a few essential items that apply to all sailors who plan a sailing trip during the season. The sailing season in Croatia lasts from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Personal Documents and Currency

First, you need to check your Passport or identity card validity (for EU countries ID is sufficient). If you are coming from outside the EU, check if you need a visa. If you are renting a bareboat, you must have the appropriate and valid skipper and VHF license.
To rent a car or motorcycle during your stay in Croatia, you need an international driver’s license. First of all, we recommend that you take out private travel insurance (for an accident or luggage damage).
In Croatia, the official currency is Euro. Most of the shops and restaurants accept credit cards but always have some Euro cash with you. On the islands, in all bigger populated places, you can find ATMs and exchange offices, while in small towns and bays, you probably won’t.



For the sailing holiday from mid-May to September, you will need lighter clothing. Lightweight, cotton T-shirts, shorts, and something comfortable and nice for dining.
If you are sailing during April, May, or October, bring a light sweater, long pants, or hoodie.<br/ > Be sure to bring a light wind and waterproof jacket, local showers and stronger winds are possible during the summer months as well.

Closed non-slip shoes are mandatory on board. These can be deck shoes or sports shoes; safety always comes first. Bring as well flip flops.

Hat, sunglasses, and sun-cream are unavoidable parts of sailing luggage.

Try to carry duffel bags; they take up little space and are easy to store. Hardcase luggage is difficult to store in cabin luggage holders, unless if you are cruising on a luxury motor yacht.


Toiletries & Medication

While on your sailing holiday, we recommend looking up some environmentally friendly and biodegradable toiletries. Bring travel-sized – shampoos, soap, toothpaste, etc.

Although, there is a first aid kit on every boat, good idea to carry one of your own which should include sea sickness pills, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, antihistamine cream/gel for insect bites, and anything else you personally may need. If you take prescribed medicine, it is advisable to bring enough with you for the duration of your sailing holiday.


Electrical devices

Probably the first this you will need is an international adapter for Europe or a multi-country adapter. All yachts have 12v sockets it would be convenient to bring the appropriate 12v charger (car plug) for your laptop, mobile phone, digital camera, etc.

Waterproof phone case, because you don`t want to drop off your phone into the sea.

Don't bring and avoid

  • Large and hard case luggage
  • Hair dryers and straighteners
  • Heeled shoes
  • Valuables: Jewelry, expensive watches…
  • Bedlinens
  • Snorkeling equipment

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