If you are planning on eating out, it is worth knowing that whilst restaurants are not that formal, 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 their tan in a floaty sundress and guys in jeans and polo shirts.
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 wrap, 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 or 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.
A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
And some simple accessories will transform any outfit from day to night.
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.
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 they were invented!
Pack for the Weather
The summer - June, July, August and September - are very hot and the lightest natural fabrics will work best.
Also In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
Spring and Fall are cooler, and in April and May you can expect showers and variable temperatures. Dressing in layers will help you cope with the changeable weather.
In the cooler winter months of October, November, December, January, February and March you need to pack a warm waterproof jacket, as this is the coolest and wettest time of year with snow in the mountains.
Regions of Croatia
Away from the beaches and coast there is great hiking and cycling to be enjoyed in the national parks, with plenty of lakes and waterfalls to see. Whatever your preference, pack a few items such comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight fleece to enable you to explore.
If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMaxsoft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Stores selling ties and neckwear can be found all over Croatia, and specialist olive oils are a good buy - but remember you'll need to pack the latter in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.
Last updated 22 October 2015.
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