What to Take

  • Travel insurance covering all the activities you're planning
  • Swiss army knife for slicing local cheese and popping wine corks
  • European plug adapter with two round pins for your gadgets
  • Unlocked mobile phone so you can use local SIM cards

What to Wear

Churches and mosques throughout the region require visitors to be dressed respectfully, which means no shorts or bare shoulders for men or women. A decent-sized shawl or headscarf is also recommended for women when entering mosques and Orthodox churches.

In summer, pack your swimming gear whether or not you're heading to the coast; the interior can get scorching hot and there are plenty of rivers and lakes to cool off in. If you're planning on hiking, bring proper boots or, at the very least, sturdy shoes, as the limestone on the mountain tracks can be hard going. Be prepared for sudden downpours.

It pays to have a smart set of clothes for visiting the better restaurants and clubs; people in the Balkans dress to impress.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions, including for regional flights
  • If you plan on driving, don't leave home without an International Driving Permit
  • If you plan to spend time in the wilderness, consider vaccinations against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis