During a trip to Bali, you'll have the opportunity to lie on beautiful beaches, hike through the jungle and up volcanos, and tour Hindu temples. This diversity is one of the main reasons the Indonesian island is so popular, but it can also make it difficult to know what to pack. Here are some items to be sure you have in your bag before you leave.
1. A Basic First Aid Kit
It's a good idea to bring the basic necessities to take care of a headache or a small cut no matter where you travel. Bring a few of these items on your trip to Bali as well, but don't overdo it, as there are plenty of pharmacies where you can purchase anything you might need. Packing some basic supplies will just help you avoid having to take time away from exploring to find the items you need. For Bali specifically, you should also bring sunscreen, bug repellent that you're okay with using liberally and regularly (mosquitoes can carry dengue fever), and anti-diarrheal medication. While you'll be able to access clean bottled water (the tap water in Bali isn't safe to drink), the different foods and water sources can cause discomfort to your digestive system. If you already struggle with this, it might be a good idea to prepare your body with a supplement such as Gundry MD Total Restore.
2. A Pair of Flip-Flops
Throughout Southeast Asia, flip-flops are the go-to shoe, and Bali is no exception. They're waterproof, cool and easy to slip off when you enter buildings, as this is the custom in most places. Make sure you include a comfortable pair in your bag, but you can also plan to buy some cheap ones while you're there. Try to stay away from packing expensive, name brand sandals, though, as your shoes will regularly end up in an unattended pile outside of a building, and they might tempt others to swap their pair for yours. In addition to flip-flops, you'll want to pack a sturdier pair of shoes for hiking, a pair for nice restaurants and a pair that will keep your feet protected if you're planning to rent a motorbike or do other adventurous, toe-endangering activities.
3. A Coverup
Even though wearing your bathing suit on the beaches of Bali is perfectly acceptable, you'll want to slip on a coverup before you leave. Bali's residents tend to dress more conservatively, so it's important to be respectful and avoid walking around town in a swimsuit. This can be as simple as a sundress for women and a t-shirt for men, but having something on hand is a good idea. In addition, you should bring clothing that covers your shoulders and knees if you plan to visit any temples or holy sites. Tossing a sarong in your daypack is a good idea, as you can easily drape it over your shoulders or wrap it around your waist if you find yourself unprepared at one of these locations. Most sites also have inexpensive sarongs to rent or purchase if you forget, though.
4. A Light, Waterproof Jacket
While you probably won't need any additional warmth when you're outside in Bali, you may encounter some buses or buildings with overzealous air conditioning units. Be ready for this by packing a lightweight jacket in your daypack. You can also throw it on for modesty at a holy site, or use it as an extra layer if you're going to be spending some time in the cooler mountains. If you plan to visit during the rainy season (October through March), you'll also want to make sure your jacket is waterproof in case of sudden downpours.
Packing for any international trip can be exciting and daunting as you research the place you're going and decide what you need and what you don't. While this isn't all you'll need, making sure you bring these items on your next trip to Bali will make it easier and more enjoyable for you.