8 things you cannot leave home when you go on family vacations

8 things you cannot leave home when you go on family vacations

The main holiday season will soon be here and you’ll soon be packing your things for the seaside holiday. For many people the few days before summer vacation are very stressful. Especially if you have small children there is greater concern. You cannot afford to forget any of the important things at home and ruin your holiday.

I recommend you to constantly write down the things you need for vacation a couple of day before you go on holidays. Before leaving check everything on the list twice. Such system works at my home.

Below I give you 8 things that you can by no means leave at home.

1. Identity documents

One of the most important things you have to bring with you is identity documents. If you are traveling to Croatia, an identity card is enough to cross the border. But do not forget to arrange insurance for abroad. If you are traveling with a partner, make sure you both have your driving licenses with you. Although you don’t intend to drive, it can happen for various reasons that you will be forced to sit behind the wheel.

2. Camera and (or) video camera

I can tell you from my own experience, that holidays without a camera can be a little nightmare. Especially if you are a type of person who wants to eternalize the best moments of the year and watch this photos in the wintertime to remember the beautiful summer days at the seaside. Today smart phones are very helpful with shooting photos, which we less likely forget, but usually the quality of the photos and videos is not at the same level. When you are packing your camera and video camera, you have to include the charger for the battery and SD card and maybe any other additional equipment. Don’t forget your phone charger! Although we want peace while on vacation, we also want to have a working phone close at hand. So, you have to add a camera and (or) video camera on the list of things for seaside holidays. You can do that now. 🙂

3. Sunscreen

It will not be a disaster if you don’t take your sunscreen with you on vacation, because you can buy it almost anywhere. The problem may arise if you or your family uses a specific brand of sunscreen for the first time. We had a bad experience, because two family members had an allergic reaction to the cream we used for the first time and we were quite angry about this. Therefore it is better to buy a tested sunscreen at home and take it with you.

4. Drinks and snacks for the road

Whenever you are traveling to the seaside by car and have small children, it will be a lot less stressful for you if you have a variety of drinks and snacks on hand. It is best to prepare them at home or buy them in your favorite stores. When driving to the seaside you mostly stop at gas stations, where they have very high prices and the quality of food is worse. Consider the triangle (and other) sandwiches, which were made two days ago and have a shelf life of several days. Surely your sandwich will be a lot richer and healthier, with it you can eat a lot of fresh seasonal vegetables, that will give you renewed energy for the road ahead.

5. Cooler

No one wants to drink warm drinks in the hot summer days. Especially if you are adventurous and will not only be soaking in the hotels pool, but rather explore the nature and different attractions of the land where you are on holiday. Today you can buy different coolers, even those that are appropriate for trips. You can also connect the cooler to the car, which is very convenient. Just consider driving with the car to a beautiful beach and you always have various cold drinks on hand.

6. First aid and medicine without prescription

Isn’t it a pity that due to a small scratch on your foot you have to open the cars’ first aid kit? You know that then it is no longer valid and you need a new one. It is best to buy basic first aid supplies separately and keep them with the medicine. If you have small children, you have to bring something against fever (suppositories, syrup Calpol) and other medication you might be using (aspirin, lekadol, linex, anti-allergy medicine etc.). No one wants their child to get fever and not having medicine to get rid of it. Especially if you are on a remote island with no pharmacy!

7. Sunglasses and headwear (hats)

Many people go to the seaside early in the morning and then you can easily forget about the sunglasses and headwear against the sun. Make sure this does not happen to you, otherwise you will spend unnecessary money at your destination and the glasses or headwear quality will be significantly worse, but the price will probably be the same.

8. Rain gear

Although the forecast for the next few days is great, don’t forget bad weather can surprise you at sea – that is rain. Especially if you stay at the seaside for more than a week it is difficult to rely on the weather forecast. If you have children, jumping in the puddles will be a special experience. Make sure you have umbrellas in your car, bring rubber boots and raincoats for the children. Don’t let a light rain ruin your outdoor activities.

What to take with you to the seaside depends mainly on your lifestyle.

If you like to run on the seaside, you definitely don’t want to forget your running equipment. Similarly, if you like snorkeling, just think how you would feel if you would forget your favorite flippers and diving mask.

Above we have listed only some important things that you have to take with you to the sea. In any case, we advise you to start writing a ‘’list for the seaside’’ a few days before the trip. If you want you can start to write now. 🙂

TOP things you should visit on the island of BRAČ

Zlatni Rat beach (Bol) on Brac island

The island of Brač is the third largest of the Adriatic islands, it is 48km long, 14km wide, and is one of the sunniest with 2700 hours of sun annually.

The island of Brač is separated from the mainland by the Brač Channel, from the island of Šolta by the Split Gate and from the Island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel. The island is known for its fishing products, local producing good wine, olive oil, figs and other fruits. The largest towns on the island are Pučišća and Supetar. The most well-known town is Bol, which boasts one of the most famous beaches on the island, Zlatni Rat.

If you like to know more about the island of Brač, you should read this free ebook!

Would you like to visit the island of Vis?

Are you looking for information about the island of Vis? Then you are in the right place. In this blog post I will give you a lot of information that you’ll need if you visit the island of Vis. Let’s start!

The island of Vis is a small Croatian island and a pearl in the Adriatic Sea. Due to its strategic position in the open sea it served as a military zone for many years. Since Croatia’s independence the island began opening to the other world and today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. The island of Vis has an area of 90km2 and is surrounded by smaller islands and islets: Ravnik, Budikovac, Bisevo, Svetac, Jabuka, Brusnik, and Palagruza.

The island has three mountains, Hum with the highest altitude (585m), Sveti Duh (563m), and Mali Hum (514m).

How can you come to the island of Vis?

Firstly you have to reach the city of Split. You can arrive by plane, train, bus, car, or bike 🙂 – you decide.

Then you should use the ferry or catamaran.

Jadrolinija: Car ferry Split – Vis
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For more information you can contact Jadrolinija:

Agencija Split
tel.: +385 21 33 83 33

Krilo Jet: Catamaran Split – Vis

For more information you can contact Krilo Jet:

MB Kapetan Luka TP
tel. +385 21 64 54 76

Where you can stay and what can you do on the island of Vis?

The island of Vis is divided between two beautiful towns: Vis (northeast) and Komiža (southwest).


Town of Vis is located in the north-eastern part in the island of Vis and it is very protected bay from all sides. In the town of Vis you can rent an apartment or private house (about 1500 beds) or stay in a hotel (400 beds). There are about 10 restaurants in the town where you can taste the local specialities like homemade bread and many fish dishes, especially sardines from the grill. Here is more information about the town of Vis.


The town of Komiža is located in a deep bay on the southwestern side of the island of Vis. Near the town is the Hum mountain which is 600m above sea level. Lovers of active holidays can choose between sailing, kiting, surfing, diving, hiking, and running in nature. There are many locations in the depths of the sea with sunken planes and war ships.

Only 5 nautical miles from Komiža is the island of Biševo. It has only 20 permanent residents. On Biševo is one of the most popular natural attractions – the Blue Cave (Modra Špilja) visited by thousands of tourists every year. The Blue Cave is a glowing blue ocean cave. The bright sun lights up the water and the glowing ocean illuminates the walls in amazing blue, creating glowing blue grotto. Here is more information about Komiža.

Small towns and bays

The island of Vis has many beautiful bays and small villages. You can visit: Rukavac, Milna, RogačićBrgujac bay, Zaglav bay, Stoncnica bay etc.

Beaches on the island of Vis

Prirovo beach

Prirovo is the most popular beach in the town of Vis. The beach is located on the Prirovo peninsula near the port of the town of Vis. Prirovo beach is a 100 meters long pebble beach with a natural shade. Near the beach is the hotel Issa and several bars and restaurants. Even though the beach is located close to the town port, the sea is clear and clean because the sea currents constantly bring water from the open sea.
prirovi beach

Grandovac beach

Grandovec beach is located on the eastern side of the town of Vis (close to the village of Kut) on a small peninsula called St. George. It takes 15 minutes of a relaxing walk to get to the beach from the village of Kut. Grandovec beach is a 60 meters long pebble beach with crystal clear sea and lots of natural shade of pine trees. On the beach is a small bar where yo can enjoy refreshing drinks in a relaxing atmosphere.

grandovac beach on the island of Vis

Velu zolo beach

Velu zolo beach is an amazing pebble beach isolated and accessible only from the sea. Even in the high season there are just a few people on the beach. Near the beach are steep cliffs that make this bay gorgeous. If you’re sailing around the island of Vis, it is definitely a must see location.

Velu zolo beach on island of Vis

Vartalac beach

Vartalac beach is a beautiful pebble beach located south of Komiža town. It is a pet friendly beach, thus you can let your pet enjoy the sea.

Vartalac beach in the island of Vis
Stoncnica beach

Stoncnica beach is located on the eastern side of the island and one of the most popular beaches on the island of Vis. The sea is crystal clean and has a sandy bed. On the beach is a little restaurant and bar that serves traditional delicacies.

stoncnica beach on the island of Vis

Srebrna beach

Near the Rukavac town is Srebrna (Silver) beach – the most popular beach on the island of Vis. This amazing beach is named after the silver shine of its pebbles in the moonlight. It is a very common choice for families with children because on the beach there are a lot of pine trees that provide shade.

srebrna beach on the island of Vis

Milna beach

Milna beach is a sandy beach located at the end of the Milna bay in the southeastern part of the island. Shallow water that reaches the knees thirty meters from the beach makes Milna one of the best beaches on the island of Vis. There is no natural shade on the beach, but you can rent parasols and lounge chairs.

Milna beach on the island of Vis

Zaglav beach

This beach is one of the most beautiful sand beaches on the Adriatic coast with bright and glistening sand. It is located on the southern side of the island and well protected from northern winds. You can access it by a 10 minutes’ walk or in a small boat. It is the best choice if you want to enjoy the peace and crystal clean water.

zaglav beach

Stiniva beach

Stiniva bay is a small pebble beach located on the western part of Mala Travna. It is enclosed by two high rocky cliffs which are just four meters from each other. From the land side it can be reached by a steep goat’s path which is not suitable for small children. Because the beach is surrounded by high cliffs from all sides, at least half of Stiniva beach is always in the shade.

stiniva beach on the island of Vis

Mala Travna beach

Mala Travna bay is located in a beautiful little bay on the southern part of the island and it is a pebble beach. The water is crystal clear and always a few degrees cooler than at the nearby Srebrena or Stiniva. The reason for this is the fresh water springs in the bay and the omnipresent western current.

Mala travna beach on the island of VIs

The top 5 beaches in Croatia

The Telegraph Media Group chooses the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian coast every year. For 2016 they picked the top 5 beaches for relaxing and splashing in the sea.

1. Zlatni Rat beach – Brac island

The island of Brac is best known for the Zlatni Rat beach, which is located on the island’s southern coast near the town of Bol. Zlatni rat extends into the sea almost vertically and changes its shape, location, and length depending on the influence of the wind and sea currents. It is the most famous windsurfing beach in Croatia. You can either have an active holiday or relax on the beach – depending on your mood.

Zlatni Rat beach in Bol is one of the largest and most beautiful natural attractions of the Adriatic sea.

zlatni rat beach on brac island

2. Palmizana beach – Pakleni island

Palmizana beach is located on the islands of Klement, which belongs to the Pakleni islands (Hell islands). Pakleni islands are a unique and the most famous natural beauty on Hvar. Palmizana beach is covered with pebbles, but the sea entrance is sandy. A small part of this beach is intended for nudist tourism. The beach contains bars and great restaurants where you can eat fish specialities in different ways.

Palmizana is very popular for yachters-sailors who put anchor in the bay at night.

palmizana beach in pakleni island

3. Stiniva beach – Vis island

On the southern side of the island of Vis is the fabulous Stiniva bay. Looking from the sea side, Stiniva is enclosed by two high rock cliffs which are just four meters from each other. From the land side it can be reached by a steep and at times very difficult path which can take over twenty minutes to walk. Stiniva beach is a tiny stone beach with clear blue water and always in the shade on one side.

If you have a holiday on Vis island, it’s definitely one of the best beaches to see.

stiniva beach on vis island

4. Banje beach – Dubrovnik

The Banje beach is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik and one of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic sea. It has an amazing view of the old part of Dubrovnik and the beautiful Lokrum island. This pebble beach is very popular for younger people because it offers a lot of activities such as pedal boats, jet-ski, watertubes. In the evening Banje beach turns into a place for young people enjoying a night out.

If you spend a day or two in Dubrovnik, don’t miss the opportunity to see the great view from the popular Banje beach, or even refresh in the sea.

banje beach near dubrovnik

5. Sakarun beach – Dugi island

Sakarun beach is located in Central Dalmatia on the northwest coast of the Dugi island. It’s an 850 meters long mixture of beautiful white sand and pebbles. The smooth white stones on the coast turn to fine white pebbles on the seabed, making it ideal for families with small children. The sea in the Sakarun bay is very intense turquoise-blue, looking more like the Caribbean than the Adriatic sea.

Sakarun is one of Croatia’s most photographed beaches. It’s become a member association of the “The most beautiful bays in the word” club.

sakarun beach on dugi island

Day 5 (105km) – Amazing bays and lovely small villages on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan

Map of day 5
Map of day 5

As every day, I woke up early and before 7a.m. I already cycled back to Pirovac. That day I planned to cycle on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan. Because I had to get to Biograd na Moru, I rode part of the way like the day before. Again I cycled around Lake Vrana.

I decided to make a break in Pakostane, and refreshed with fruit and cold lemonade. Before I wanted to ride on I noticed that I had a flat tyre on one wheel again. After an hour’s break in Pakoštane, I moved towards Biograd na Moru where I had to catch a ferry to Tkon on the island of Pašman at 1p.m.

When I arrived in Tkon, I went to explore a part on the left side of the island of Pašman. Then I returned back to Tkon and continued cycling towards Ugljan. The Islands of Pašman and Ugljan are beautiful with amazing bays and lovely small villages. I really enjoyed the views, on the way to Lukoran, where I spent a night in a nice camp. Lukoran is a small and lovely town that impressed me with a very nice beach.

Both islands have a low altitude. The highest point of the island of Pašman is Bokolj (272 m). From here you take in everything that makes Pašman what it is. At the top you can see the Kornati islands on one side, the amazing natural bay, the lovely villages, and the sailing boats on the sea. The highest peak of the island of Ugljan is Šćah (286 m). It is a nice, short, and easy trail from Turkija near the Preko ferry port. In the last 500m after a right turn before the peak there is rocky terrain. Without fear the path is also suitable for children.

Other days:

Day 4 (115km): Relaxing cycling around the lake Vrana

Day 3 (90km): A hot day on the island of Pag

Day 2 (65km): A great boat ride with Rapska plovidba, which leads to the Lun town

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”