What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia

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What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Photo taken by me in Dubrovnik - yes the water really was this clear (no filter here)

In May I booked on a 7 day Croatia Island hopper cruise with Busabout and it was epic!

I spent a lot of time sailing, eating great food and exploring the gorgeous islands Croatia had to offer. 
I tried to research what to pack and find some packing inspiration as I only had carry on luggage for my trip! 

Having limited luggage was a bit tricky because you have to factor in so many elements of your trip:

  • Spending time on the boat - sunbathing, lounging, boat dinners and parties.
  • Exploring the islands and walking around - proper footwear and protection from the sun.
  • Dinners on the islands and enjoying the nightlife - be realistic with what you wear, most islands are religious and don't like too much skin on show. Also, the streets are cobbled so alcohol plus high heels and the cobbled streets...you get what I mean.

Plus going in May was a risk, as it was still early season so I had to plan for the odd cold day, just in case! 

I'm going to share with you what I should have packed (because I definitely overpacked) and also add in things I wish I had packed before going!

2 bikinis
1 swimsuit (that could double as a top when worn with bottoms of your choice!)
2 playsuits/rompers (double up as cover ups on beach as well as night time outfit)
2 towels (one that dries quickly for showers/sunbathing on deck and one for the beach)
2 bottoms (shorts/skirts)
2 dresses (one maxi and one shorter maybe - exploring towns/cover up/dinner/nights out)
1 pair of leggings (I flew in these as bulkier item)
1 light hoody or checked shirt (I flew in this as more bulkier)
2 t-shirts/tops
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of converse or walking sandals (anything supportive and keep feet cool. We walked a lot more than expected!)
1 pair of flip-flops

What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Circular Towel - Primark | Swim 2-piece - Black Milk Clothing | Sunglasses - Quay | Headphones - FRENDS

Extras to pack/consider:

  • Hats (I took a straw hat and a cap. Definitely needed)
  • Only pack essential toiletries prior to security. After security you can buy whatever you need. (Don't go over 100ml if you plan on bringing it back though!)
  • Minimal makeup should you want to take some (I packed a BB cream with an SPF, eyebrow pencil and waterproof mascara)
  • Elastic hair ties (my hair mostly stayed in plaits and away from my face - it was HOT)
  • A bag for the beach/backpack and smaller bag for evenings
What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Towel - Primark | Sunglasses - Miu Miu | Deep conditioning mask and 30SPF sun lotion - both Aldi | LipBalm - Malibu 

What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Sunhat - GEORGE @ ASDA
I will be looking to do a proper breakdown of my 7 day Croatian sailing tour that I did with Busabout so watch this space! In the mean time here are a couple photos from my trip!

Thanks for reading xoxo

What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Canoeing in Mljet National Park
What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Walking up to the fortress in Hvar
What to pack for a 7 day sailing trip in Croatia
Enjoying the best gelato in Dubrovnik

Why it took me 10 years to vote...

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I'd never really taken an interest in politics growing up. I remember something about first-past-the-post in my Humanities class but to be honest it was so technical and wordy I didn't enjoy learning about it. It's not my education at blame here, i'm just stating the obvious that even though I was taught about our voting system and why we should vote, it didn't really resonate with me. Hell, I still had a couple years to pass before I could even vote so why did it matter to me? I cared more about being cool in front of boys and wearing Von Dutch hats then to try and understand why politics and voting was important. 

It's also worth saying that my family rarely discussed politics. Not because it was taboo or anything like that - we just weren't a family that discussed current affairs really. We watched TV and played boardgames - we were in our own bubble I guess. Even to this day my family aren't engaged in voting. 

A quick Google search has told me that since I turned 18 I have been eligible to vote in 2 major elections and the Brexit vote. During this time I sat back and did nothing. Eek. 

I want to explain what made me vote this time around. Why now? Up until Brexit I can honestly say I was still dis-engaged with politics and only really knew bits of information via social media when I saw a hashtag trending or if something scandalous happened with MPs's. Occasionally i'd get involved in what I call 'grown-up' conversations at work but as soon as it got more serious or debatable I tuned out and got back to my work. I wasn't interested again.

The real turning point for me was Brexit- ok so I didn't vote in the EU referendum, i'll explain why in a second. I did however start to recognise that it was an important time to get interested in politics. I slowly started to build my own interest and understand how I might make a difference. I started to read up on information, had some help from friends with where to look for clarity etc but in all honestly... I was overwhelmed. There was language used that I didn't really understand, I tried an anonymous test - multiple times might I add- but it came out different each time. It really wasn't clear to me how I should vote. I gave up, lost interest and kept schtum about not voting. Naively I didn't think it would make a difference and certainly never thought the vote would end up the way that it has. What a clanger. 

So when Theresa May announced this snap election I really wanted to get involved and I decided now was the time to vote. So much shit has happened in our world over the past 10 years and something just clicked in me. I knew it was the right time for me personally. Maybe it was maturity? Never have I been more educated about the world we live in now. I've experienced life outside my sheltered family bubble. I've experienced my own struggles, I know what it's like to have sizeable debt, living independently, not being able to afford my own house feeling trapped on the renting market, a serious health scare (where I was so thankful for the NHS and the help I received)... it's my life right now where I need help from the government and actually the big eye-opener was actually thinking about my life in the next 5 years. I finally get it. I registered to vote.

I want to have children. I want to live in my own home. I want to feel safe and secure. I want to live in an environmentally conscious world. I want homelessness and food banks to become a thing of the past. 

I read through each manifesto. I have to be honest - there wasn't a stand out choice for me. It was still hard to decipher. I agreed with snippets of different manifestos. I watched the televised debate and found that very helpful.  A no-show from our own Prime Minister, a UKIP candidate blaming all terrorist attacks on muslims (what about the tragic murder of Jo Cox...) and some great responses and challenges from the SNP and Plaid Cymru. I think Caroline Lucas came across wonderfully. Ideally I would love to live in a world where the Green's would thrive. I really rated their manifesto but sadly the reality is that it's not the world we live in. It was also great to see Jeremy Corbyn in action (the media always portrays him as weak I feel) and see how he came across in a debate. Not bad really. 

So anyway I've rambled on. Let me tell you about my day today. I voted! I did it! I went to my local polling station and I got my voting paper and put a big ol' cross on it. And now i'm sat writing this post, watching live coverage of the exit poll. Exciting times ahead by the looks of things!


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