Croatia: Mediterranean Paradise

Croatia: Mediterranean Paradise

Engage with the history and modern complexities of this crossroads of cultures. Croatia has been a desired strategic location for all major powers throughout European history. Visit national parks, medieval towns, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Encounter local traditions and sample cuisine from the capital city, Zagreb, and down the Dalmatian Coast. Discover why the Adriatic is a hidden gem of European travel.

Travel this program in the future

We recommend Northen Italy Adventure as an alternative program.

Program Profile
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport and Wallet
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Any required COVID documentation
  • Covid Kit (masks, TSA-compliant hand sanitizer)
  • Warm coat/jacket
  • Extra pair of clothing (long sleeve shirt/sweater, pants, underwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Electrical converter (220 volt – European two round pin plug)
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Headphones
  • Recommended: Approximately $150-$200 for souvenirs, snacks, and any shopping. We advise that you change to Euros before departing the US.
Main luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

  • Socks (7-8)
  • Underwear (7-8)
  • T-shirts (7-8)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (7-8)
  • Sweaters (1-2)
  • Jeans or warm pants (1-2)
  • Active wear (e.g. athletic pants and sweatshirt) (1-2)
  • Warm coat/jacket (preferably waterproof)
  • Two pairs of old clothing for outdoor activities
  • One nice outfit for hotel meals, etc.
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit and flip flops
  • Hat
  • Shoes (1-2 pairs, preferably waterproof e.g. hiking shoes or quality sneakers)
  • Masks (we recommend 2 masks per day, with N95, KN94, or KF93 rating)
  • Laundry bag

Travel size bottles in plastic bags.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Contacts & solution or spare glasses
  • Foam earplugs / eye mask
  • Personal med kit/necessary medications
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer
Important Reminders
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.