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Bali packing essentials: what to bring & what to leave behind

Packing for a trip to Bali, Indonesia, requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay on the island. From lightweight clothing to essential travel accessories, here's a guide to packing essentials for your Bali trip:


what to take to Bali

  1. Lightweight Clothing: Bali enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen to stay cool and comfortable in the heat. Don't forget to include swimwear, beach cover-ups and comfortable walking shoes for exploring the island.

  2. Sun Protection: The sun in Bali can be intense, so be sure to pack sun protection essentials to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. Bring sunscreen with a high SPF rating, sunglasses with UV protection, and a wide-brimmed hat or cap to protect your face from the sun. Make sure you purchase reef safe sunscreen when swimming to help protect the environment, whilst enjoying snorkelling, surfing or other beach activities.

  3. Insect Repellent: Bali is home to mosquitoes and other insects, especially in rural areas and during the rainy season. Pack insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and malaria.

  4. Travel Adapters: Bali uses a two-pin plug socket type (Type C) and operates on a 230V supply voltage. Be sure to pack a travel adapter or voltage converter if your devices require a different plug type or voltage to ensure they can be used safely during your trip.

  5. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated while reducing plastic waste by bringing a reusable water bottle with you. Bali's tap water is not safe to drink, so fill up your bottle with filtered or bottled water from trusted sources to stay hydrated throughout your travels.

  6. Medications and First-Aid Kit: Pack any prescription medications you may need during your trip, as well as a basic first-aid kit with essentials like pain relievers, antihistamines, bandages, and antiseptic wipes. It's also a good idea to bring medications for common travel ailments like traveler's diarrhoea and motion sickness.

  7. Travel Documents: Don't forget to bring essential travel documents such as your passport, visa (if required), travel insurance information, and copies of important documents like your itinerary and emergency contact numbers. Keep these documents in a secure and easily accessible location during your travels.

While packing for your Bali trip, remember to leave behind unnecessary items and valuables that you can do without. Travel light and focus on bringing only the essentials to maximise space in your luggage and minimise hassle during your travels.


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