What to pack if you want to enjoy a holiday in the sun on Bali Island
Bali is by far the most popular island in Indonesia because there is so much to see and do, which can sometimes make packing difficult. With a huge tourist population, the culture in Bali is completely different from the rest of the country. Here, the tourist infrastructure is well established and the beaches are simply transformative, which helps to explain why it has grown into a busy and popular nomad hotspot.
In terms of what you need to bring to Bali, the climate is constant and fairly easy to deal with. Therefore, whether you are planning on going in April to October, which is usually the drier season or traveling in November to March when the weather is slightly wetter, you will not need very much for a trip to Bali. If you find that you have forgotten something, worry not because you will most probably find it available for purchase in one of the local shops. Here is what to pack for a sunny Bali holiday:
Clothing for Bali
While vacationing in Bali certainly conjures images of skimpy beachy attire, locals are actually quite conservative in the way they dress. Try and ensure that your knees and shoulders are at least covered if you plan on visiting any Hindu temples or sacred spot or when venturing out into some of the more rural villages located in the island’s interior.
Wearing beach attire is fine as long as you are on the beach but ensure that you cover up if you are not on the sand. Go for light cotton fabrics and clothing and ditch the jeans unless you are wearing them to dinner or the club. Pack simple items and leave room for shopping if you plan on purchasing items locally.
If you are going to be going on a detox retreat like I did then you are also going to want to pack light clothes to walk in and to do Yoga.
Shoes for Bali
You will soon find out that the standard and most reliable footwear for Bali is simply a sturdy pair of flip-flops. Flip flops are available all over the island so you can replace yours easily if they are damaged. Some shops, restaurants and popular tourist spots sometimes ask visitors to remove their shoes, so ensure that whatever you carry can be slid off and on effortlessly. You will also need reliable hiking shoes or sandals if you plan to hike or walk around often.
You may want to carry along your tablet or laptop when traveling. You might have to protect any fragile electronics from the tropical climate to ensure no damage occurs. Indonesia uses the two-pronged power outlets common in Europe.