Croatia’s Adriatic Sea is simply charming in every sense of the word. The water is beguiling clear, the sun conveniently warm and the wind endearing friendly; so it’s not hard to see why it tickles the fancy of many would-be sailors. If it’s your first time sailing on the beautiful stretch of Croatia’s alluring waters, then there are probably a couple of things you need to take into account. Here are five essential pointers:
1) Get your Packing Right
Swimwear such as board shorts and bikinis ought to be at the top of your packing list as the majority of your time will be spent amidst the enchanting warmth of the Adriatic perimeter. A jacket should also feature on that list for the occasional biting cold that sets in once the sun goes down alongside top-notch walking boots for touring the jugged terrain of breathtaking peaks and famous towns of yesteryears.
You can also bring along a plethora of exquisite dress costumes to keep up with the regular shindigs. If you are looking to grace the scintillating Ultra Music Festival in Split, then you’re also going to need lots of neon paint! Last but not least, be sure to pack a little extra on the travel toiletries for seawater sanitation and for outdoor party preparations.
2) Have your Document Nitty-gritty in Order
Might sound a bit cliché, but ensure you are armed with travel docs, visa, currency etc so that you don’t get into trouble with the local authorizes. American and Canadian visitors are afforded an entry gratis spanning 90-days while EU citizens enjoy unrestricted access to Croatian waters. Also important to have at the ready is a good travel insurance cover.
With regards to pocket money, it’s better to opt for the native currency (Kuna) as opposed to the Eurozone’s Euro as it’ll last you longer on account of currency value. Either way, it’s important to have a few bucks to spare for when you need something along the way.
3) Watch Out for the Sun
The Croatian sun is pretty much the very definition of hot. With barely any clouds in the sky to shield its rays, summer temperatures can soar up to more than 80s. Sunglasses, creams and lipsticks are therefore of the essence if you want to steer clear of sunburns.
4) Basic First Aid Skills are Important
You’ll probably have a guide or two hanging around ready to provide medical assistance, however, it is important to learn the ropes of basic first aid work for when they aren’t around e.g. patching up cuts, air to mouth resuscitation etc. The deck can be a really dangerous place, particularly when coupled with the temptation of Slavic beers. Knowing a few first aid essentials could mean the difference between life and death for you and your friends.
5) Don’t forget your Bottled Water
You probably know that you can’t drink salty sea water so it’s vital to come equipped with plenty of bottled water in case in-between town transits take a tad too long. Also, stores can be incredibly hard to come by so it’s best to be well stocked.
There you have it folks, a few important to tips to help you brace for sailing the Croatian waters and the challenges that come with it. All that’s left now is to wish you the best of luck on your trip. Enjoy!