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Friday, May 1, 2020

Croatia Packing List

If you know me personally, you'll know I'm kind of an obsessive packer. I would never pack something I won't use and I do not overpack. It's like a game/challenge for me to plan out all my outfits and get them into my suitcase. So, with that being said, I thought I would walk y'all through what I packed for my trip to Croatia — which required a lot of things because you never know what's going to happen in Europe/what you can buy. Now this trip was almost exactly a year ago, and yes, we currently can't go anywhere. But I figured you could bookmark this and maybe this post will feed your wanderlust a bit — xoxo darling, Hayden.
Curious about Croatia? Watch the vlog. See Dubrovnik, visit KorĨula, explore Hvar and check out Split.
From top of my bed to the bottom and left to right...kind of. I've linked similar products where I could!
Shoes: When traveling I think it's important to bring more than one pair of shoes. I brought along a pair of sandals — for the beachy times and to switch it up. I also brought two pairs of sneakers so my feet wouldn't get tired of one pair. Since Croatia involves a lot of walking it was nice to change up my sneakers every other day. 
Clothes: Since there was a lot of walking, I packed a ton of socks. The big t-shirt was what I slept in and I mainly just wore jeans and blouses. I took one dress (that I didn't wear — LOL) for dinners. Obviously, I took plenty of bras and undies as well. I took a swim suit and rash guard because you can go swimming in Croatia and to the beach. Plus, a rain jacket because May is a rainy time everywhere. 

Accessories: My favorite bag to take when traveling is the classic crossbody purely because it can help with pick-pocketing. Also, you can fit pretty much everything you need — wallet, keys, phone, charger, water bottle, book, gum, etc. Of course I brought a baseball cap and sunglasses for the sunny days.

Technology: I took my laptop (and charger) with me, for photo editing, research and to have in the airports. Of course I took a phone charger and I purchased a extra battery pack that came in handy in the airports. I brought my phone headphones and got some cheap ones for my laptop/the plane, plus I brought my laptop/phone connector for easy uploading. 

Toiletries: For toiletries I took everything I would normally need, which includes pads, make-up, hand sanitizer, toothbrush + toothpaste, hair mousse, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, contacts + solution, face wash and sunscreen. Some other items included make-up remover wipes for the airplane (they're just easier), plenty of pain meds, hydrocortisone cream for thigh rub, Emergen-C to keep me from getting sick and diapers. Why diapers? I have to pee pretty much all the time and we had a car journey that was four hours and we didn't know where we could stop. I ended up wearing them and not having to use them but it gave me peace of mind (I had serious anxiety about not being able to use the restroom) to wear them. 

Other: There are some obvious things in this category like my wallet, passport, a book, neck pillow and eye mask. Then there are the weirder things like seabands (because I get pretty rough motion sickness) and a giant water bottle to provide liquid to my whole family. A plastic bag for wet swim clothes and dirty laundry on the way home. A box of gingersnaps to help with aforementioned motion sickness and almonds for if I got too hungry. Rounding out the weirder things were Luna bars for hunger and a pen because you never know when you're going to need to write something. 

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