5 Essentials To Pack When Planning a Trip to Bali

Feb 07, 2021
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Bali is an island province of Indonesia. It draws many tourists with its tropical setting and Hindu-influenced culture. A trip to Bali can be an exciting and memorable experience, but you may run into unforeseen difficulties if you don't know what to pack beforehand. The following is a guide to the essentials that you need to pack when planning a trip to Bali.

1. Medications

If you have to take prescription medications, you should arrange to bring these with you when you come to Bali. You should also bring any over-the-counter medications you may need and supplements from Gundry MD, if applicable.

You should also prepare for any urgent medical situations that may arise during your vacation on Bali by packing a well-stocked first aid kit. The Red Cross describes everything your first aid kit needs, and you can either put together your own or purchase one pre-stocked. There are travel first aid kits that fit all the recommended supplies into surprisingly small packages.

2. Modest Clothing

If you're planning to spend much time on the beach, you should certainly pack a swimsuit. The locals are tolerant of skimpy swimwear on the seaside where it is expected. However, they are more conservative in their clothing as they go about their daily lives, and when you visit their cities and areas away from the water, you should follow their lead to avoid unintentionally offending anyone. Choose casual attire made of a lightweight, breathable fabric, such as cotton, that keeps you comfortable in the hot weather. If you plan to visit any sacred sites, such as Hindu temples, be sure to observe any more stringent dress codes that may be in place. You may have to wear a specific outfit, such as a sarong, that you can purchase in Bali upon your arrival. Otherwise, you should expect to keep your knees and shoulders covered at sacred sites.

3. Removable Shoes

Rules about footwear in Bali are not always consistent. Some nightclubs may insist that you wear closed shoes and prohibit flip-flops or sandals. Other restaurants, shops, or temples may require that you remove your shoes upon entering regardless of their style. Depending on what you plan to do in Bali, you should bring at least two pairs of shoes with you, one open and one closed. So that you can remove them easily when needed, you should try to choose shoes without a lot of complicated straps or laces. On the other hand, if you plan to do any hiking, you may also want to bring a sturdy pair of boots as well.

4. Reusable Straw

The problem of plastic waste is prevalent throughout the world but is particularly troublesome in Asia. You can avoid contributing to the problem during your trip to Bali by bringing a reusable straw with you for sampling cocktails and drinking out of coconuts, which is a cool thing you can do in Bali for real.

5. Mosquito Repellent

Mosquitos in Bali can carry dengue fever, a viral illness that can sometimes be very serious. While you probably won't die from dengue fever, it may send you to the hospital with symptoms of fever, swollen glands, muscle stiffness, rash, eye pain, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. There is no cure, and a vaccine is not yet approved. You can decrease your chances for contracting dengue fever by reducing your risk of mosquito bites. This is another good reason to pack modest clothing that covers exposed skin. For full protection, you should also pack a mosquito repellent. Repellents containing DEET are often recommended, but there are other repellents that use all-natural ingredients that are just as effective as DEET without the possible environmental or health risks.

You do not necessarily have to pack everything that you think you will need in Bali and bring it with you. There are other items that you can purchase when you get there. Examples include sun protection such as sunglasses and hats, as well as beach bags in which to carry all the stuff that you are likely to need on a day-to-day basis.