What to Pack for Bali
When thinking about what to pack for Bali weather and activities, you want to bring the right things so that you don’t overpack your suitcase with items you won’t need or things which can easily be bought once you touch down in Bali. If you are staying in a luxurious hotel such as Viceroy Bali for a romantic getaway or rejuvenation retreat, you will find that you will be able to dress up in a more glamorous fashion compared to when you are adventuring and doing activities.
Here is a list of what to pack for Bali.
Bali is a tropical island, meaning it will be hot and humid nearly all year round. You should be looking at packing clothing that is light and made of breathable materials such as cotton. Although you may be tempted to walk around the streets of Bali in your swimwear, it is more respectful to dress moderately when in public. If you’d like an evening of glamour, Viceroy Bali’s new restaurant and bar Apéritif is where you would dress to impress – the elegant 1920’s decor and air-conditioning means can showcase those new threads or a jacket.
It is custom in Bali to take your shoes off at the door in many places, especially in temples. If you see shoes outside of a doorway, then this is a good enough sign to know that you must remove your shoes before entering. We recommend bringing shoes with you that are very easy to slip on and off such as flip-flops or sandals to wear when going out for trips to local towns.If you are participating in activities such as hiking, horse riding or mountain bike riding, pack some comfortable enclosed shoes that you can be active in. If you are travelling to Bali during the rainy season, bringing a few pairs of active wear shoes is recommended as they can take a long time to dry.
The temples of Bali feature some of Bali’s most beautiful architecture, but they are also traditional places of worship. When you visit a temple ensure your knees and shoulders are covered up, no matter how hot it is. At most temples and sacred sites there will be a sarong rental, men will need to wear a sarong to enter as it is part of the local custom.
You can purchase sarongs and scarves to cover up when you get to Bali, but we recommend bringing some t-shirts with sleeves and long pants made of light material, so you can enjoy the beautiful temples.
Bring bags that aren’t flashy or advertise the contents that might be in the bag. Bags that advertise expensive tech gear can be a thief magnet. If you have logos on your camera backpack, consider removing the logo or getting another brandless bag to help keep your belongings safe.
Make sure you make a list of all the chargers, power converters, battery packs, cables and electronics you will bring to Bali. This will help you remember to bring them with you and to pack them when you are leaving your hotel. If you are taking electronics with you on day trips, bring some waterproofing bags to help keep them dry in case of rain. In case you forget something, Viceroy Bali does offer universal power adaptors and spare phone cables.
One of the most important things to remember when thinking about what to pack for Bali, is to bring copies of your documents. Make copies of all of your travel and identity documents, then give a copy to each to your travel partner and leave some at home with a family member in case you lose your passport. In the event that you lose your passport, having copies of these documents available will help speed up the process of getting a new passport.
Although ATM’s are easily accessed in Bali, you should still bring some cash to hold onto, just in case you can’t access your funds. To keep your cash secure, you can purchase travel money pouches that you can strap to your body. When changing cash you have brought from home, be sure to count the Rupiah yourself even if you have watched them count in front of you as they can often slip some of the money away before handing it over. Also good to note that the Rp. 10,000 and Rp, 100,000 notes look similar so be sure to use the correct one when purchasing items.
Due to its tropical environment, Bali does have some mosquitoes. To prepare for this, bring along some roll on mosquito repellant or buy some easily in Bali.
Pack a small first aid kit for those small occasions where you may need to patch up a cut or blister along the way. Before you leave, visit your doctor in advance to arrange any vaccinations you may need to get or any prescriptions you will need to carry with you when travelling to Bali.
Items you can easily purchase in Bali
In Bali, you will find that there are so many places that you can buy inexpensive clothing, shoes and accessories. Here is a list of items you can easily find in Bali.
- Swimwear and beach accessories
- After sun lotions / mosquito repellant
- Artisan made jewellery
- Dresses / t-shirts
- Sandals and Flip-flops
What not to bring
Do not bring weapons or pepper spray to Bali, these will not make it through airport security and are seen as an offence. Drugs are punishable by death penalty in Indonesia.
Expensive jewellery is a big no, no when travelling anywhere in the world. These items could be accidentally left behind in your hotel, lost during daytime activities or stolen.
If you plan to go snorkelling in Bali, you will not need to bring your snorkelling gear. It can easily be rented or purchased.
If you are hiking or doing any intense activity during your stay in Bali, we recommend you get in contact with your tour guide to let you know what you will need to pack. If you need further information on what to pack for Bali on your next tropical retreat, get in contact with Viceroy Bali. At the Viceroy Bali, we have incredibly luxurious private villas available to be booked year round. Our beautiful hotel is located beside a lush green valley, at the heart of Ubud Bali where you can encounter the best and finest of Bali’s hospitality and culture.
Book your stay at the Viceroy Bali today.