What to pack for Bali

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    Bring Waterproof Camera

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Photo Equipment: You will need a good and tough waterproof camera to take pictures and videos of your activities and there are many good waterproof all weather cameras like the panasonic lumix, the olympus tough, the canon d20 or if you have the dough, get a GO PRO sports camera and video.

    they are many water sports activities to picture and video in Bali like scuba diving, seawalker, surfing, diving, swimming, jet ski, parasailing, banana boat and a lot more.

    Nothing beats taking a video while in the water and then viewing your recordings on a big LED tv.

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    Bring A Poweful Optical Zoom Camera, USB Charger

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Photo Equipment: If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 32 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 256 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx50 and olympus sz-31 MR can do.

    also bring the new USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 10,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery before recharging your USB powerbank), which can easily recharge your camera battery plus smart phone and tablet devices.

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    Bring Large Luggage and extra hand carry bags

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Luggage and bags: So if you are the shopping type like us, have a big lightweight luggage and then the foldable stroller type hand carry luggage as extra that can fit in your big luggage as when you are going to bali, prepare for one big shopping extravaganza as you will be spoiled for choices on what to buy like assorted local arts and crafts, food, souvenirs, shirts and a lot more plus the ubiqitous civet cat coffee (kopi luwak). Bali may lack the luxe international big malls with international brands but it has lots of local stuffs that willing tourists like us are willing to buy.

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    Bring Sun Block Lotion

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: well, most people go to bali not only to experience balinese culture but mostly to surf, sand and shop and being such, buying sun block lotion is handy specially if you are swimming, sun bathing and doing beach activities and on long walks during tours as not to get sun burn. if you forgot to bring sunblock lotion, you can buy these stuffs and other beach necessities at the numerous convenience stores and shops and stalls around kuta, seminyak, sanur, tanjung benoa, jimbaran and nusa dua.

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    Bring Lite Colored Shirts, Flip Flops, Rubber Shoe

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When visting the Bali, you must bring light colored shirts so as to deflect the rays of the sun as it can get really humid as Bali is still a tropical Island After all. you can use your walking shorts or board shorts instead of jeans and slacks as the atmoshphere in the major tourist area like Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua are relaxed.

    you can also bring a portable umbrella if you want as there are occasional slight rains in the afternoons during november to february months but no typhoons.

    You can just wear flip flops while walking around kuta as even the bars and restaurants are not strict on the dress code as bali is a party place after all.

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    Bring Sunglasses and Cap

    by machomikemd Written Jan 2, 2014

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Going to Bali even in December is still hot as the country lies south of the equator and though it has only dry and wet seasons, December is still hot as temperatures lies from 31 to 33 degrees celsius (87-92 degrees fahrenheit). December and January see Bali at its most humid, with relative humidity averaging 85% which makes the weather somewhat unbearable. If visiting during this time it is best to prepare by packing a lot of light, cotton clothing. Rain is also prevalent hence beside a cap and sunglasses, umbrellas are also handy.

    Also you need to have sunglasses as to protect your eyes from the blinding heat here specially during the early to late afternoon, where the temperature is high. the sunglasses will protect your eyesight from dizziness and heat blindness.

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    General 2

    by Poquita Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: You can't take any liquids over 100mls. So I suggest that when doing your packing just put all your toiletries etc in zip lock bags and put in your cargo luggage. Make sure your nail clippers etc go in there too.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Mosquites have never bothered me, but if you're one of those people that they love to eat bring your DEET.
    Bring your reef shoes/wetsuits if you're into that.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Immodium if you have a sensitive stomach. Avoid tap water and you should be right. If you run out or forget, go to the Apotek and get some. If they don't have, ask for charcoal tablets.

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    General

    by Poquita Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Lock your bags

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes that you can wear all day without getting sore.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tampax cannot be found. So if that is your brand, bring your own.

    Miscellaneous: I always photocopy my passport, licence and itinerary and leave a copy with a family member. I also take a copy of my passport with me.

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    Ask your friends/family if they have these things.

    by Poquita Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: I always ask around at home for old prescription glasses to take to Bali as they are an expense a lot of Balinese people can't afford.
    I also like to take writing paper (I buy at the Start of School Term specials for 1-5cents per exercise book), pencil, pens and so forth.*

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    Bring what you want...

    by LauraJames31 Written Apr 7, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: I would suggest a suitcase with a fold up bag inside for extras...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When you come to Bali or any place like Bali remember it is stinkin hot... there is no inbetween... it is not cool or pleasant.. you need to remember the heat hits you in the face the moment you walk out so be prepared... bring cool clothes... dont think because it is cheap there that there are clothes you will like... some are lovely but if you are going for 3 weeks and do what everyone told me to do (dont pack clothes) and you cant find anything except for printed sarongs... it will be a let down...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring things you need but make sure they are in your large suitcase or you will have them taken away from you by the airlines if they are over 100ml... In Bali you can pick up lots of items absolutely dirt cheap... make sure however that you check the bottle as most skin care has bleach or whitener in it to make you more fair... we as australians have an ideal to be tanned and balinese people said often to me they would do anything to be white like I am. Grass always greener :)

    Photo Equipment: Bring it along for sure... be careful though that you keep it close to your person at all times and if you are doing water activites be very careful there is limited places to store them safely..

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not really needed..... togs are of course - but towels are cheap and easy to purchase...

    Miscellaneous: If you are a new traveller... like i was.... and am... I packed most things in sealed clip bags (like from the supermarket) in my carryon... its a good idea as you are forever getting your passport in and out of your bag... also the large fold up (able to be locked bag) is very useful to roll up inside your normal suitcase for all the extra stuff you buy... it may cost you excess luggage but who cares you want to remember your trip and be able to look at nice things for your home when you get back...

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    Lock your luggage

    by shelnlin Written Mar 16, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure you purchase locks for your bags whilst travelling to Bali. Since the arrest of Australian woman Schapelle Corby, I believe that if we all lock up all our luggage and bags we will have less chances of someone trying to smuggle drugs into them.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual T shirts and shorts are fine and a good pair of sneakers and jandles. This can all be found here so if you just take your underwear that's fine as you can always haggle in the markets for new clothes and shoes. Pack a little as everything is relatively cheap and inexpensive.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take the basics with you as most things are here and readily availiable. Look out for mosquito repellant which contains DEET in it. DEET is the active ingredient used in insect repallents known as N, Ndiethyl m toluamide or DEET for short. The brand "Autan" here in Bali has a nice perfume like smell and it is not offensive. It is in a pink container and is sold as a liquid.

    Miscellaneous: The Lonely Planet do a great book on Bali and Lombok. Like all the other Lonely Planet Guides, it is a book worth reading when studying up on a country you wish to visit and getting opinions and thoughts from other travellers worldwide. I love these books and never travel anywhere without them.

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    Mosquito Repellent or Suffer!

    by ilovetravel1 Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: 1 small backpack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, sandals, light shirts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera with a large enough memory card.

    Miscellaneous: You can buy everything else from the local shops but you will have to haggle. A good tip is to knock 60% off the price and stick to it.

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    Bring open mind, leave only footprints

    by BesarRahasia Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: What to say here? Definately put your things into some sort of luggage.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing is mostly casual, it is hot most of the time (around 30 all year), so pack light clothing. the coastal areas can get quite windy especilally on an evening also the centre of Bali Ubud/Kintamani etc) can be a little cooler, especially on an evening and night, so maybe a light shawl or sarong. Rainy season is between Nov - March but don't worry it's still warm no need for packamac. Visits to temples require a bit more respect, wear blouses that cover your shoulders for ladies. Wear long trousers or sarong with sash over short trousers for men

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are many chemist outlets in Bali, and there are plenty of creams/ointments/tablets available, however there isn't really anything too good for upset stomaches and the like, so I suggest you consider bringing your own from where you are (Gaviscon for example isn't available here, and the imodium isn't so effective as available outside). Sun cream is readilly available as is mosquito repellant so perhaps you could save space and weight by not bringing it (unless you have a particular favourite). Bring an emergency first aid kit, that would include sterile syringes/dressings/ etc, if bought from a reputable supplier they usually come with certificate for medical reasons which the customspeole accept, then in an emergency you know that the equipment being used is ok. (although to be honest most hospitals in the South are ok.

    Photo Equipment: There are millions of photo opportunities every day in Bali, snap away. There are plenty of places to get your data stored onto disk, ot other storage media (not so much in the rural areas), or to get the good old fashioned photo's developed. And it's cheap. However the replacement memory cards, or whatever you use to record onto, are not bargains here in Bali, as is Photo equipment, better to bring spare with you, or get in the duty free shop during transit, if you have one.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not really applicable, although you can enjoy camping and the outdoor life in the centre of Bali. But most people do this sort of thing through organised tour which supplies all the camping equipment you would need, (saves lugging it through the airports)

    Miscellaneous: Passport Make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity from the date of your entry into Indonesia, Recentlya couple from Australia were refused entry and sent home on the next flight, because the ladies passport only had 5 MONTHS & 2 WEEKS VALIDITY Bring your Visa on Entry Fee 25USD,(30 day stay, ) or 10USD, (7 day stay) with you in cash (or equivalent in AUS$ or RUPIAH), make sure the notes are post 2002 and in very good condition. That way you will save time going through immigration. A good idea is to have a photocopy of your passport made,after your arrival including the visa page, and carry that around with you, leaving the original in the hotel or room safe.

    Some small change in Rupiah (50,000 min) for emergency taxi fare if your transport doesn't turn up.

    International Driving License: If you are considering hiring motor bike or car in Bali you need an International driving license, or face a large fine if stopped, by the police.

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    Beach Wear in Bali

    by henryckv Written Oct 6, 2007

    Luggage and bags: If you are planning to get souvenirs, get an extra empty bag. Things are relatively cheap if you know how to bargain. You won't even realize that you have bought too much stuff until your trip is nearly over.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach sandals is a must if you are going to the beach. For sight seeing, I recommend that you wear shoes. Pack light clothing. It is really humid and you will be sweating all the time (trust me)

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera. Lots of memories to be taken!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you surf, you can bring your own surfboard. Otherwise, don't worry. You can find many shops that sell surfboards. Beach wear is must! Why go to Bali if you don't swim?

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    Yourself, Your Passport and Some Money

    by Ubudian Written May 18, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Bali is easily one of those places that one could literally fly to with nothing in tow except your passport, the clothes on your back, and of course, some money! In fact, it makes perfect sense to come to Bali with little or no other packed clothes and shop here, as Indonesia in general is regarded as a major textile production center and all the clothes one would need for a tropical climate can be found in Bali and in all fashions, and at a great price.

    I know quite a number of regular visitors to Bali who do just that, and rather than pack any conventional luggage they load up their suitcases with coloring books, colored pencils, crayons, toys, and pre-natal vitamins to present as gifts to the schools and villages where they have formed long lasting relationship with more needy Balinese families.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries, cosmetics, personal care items, meds...virtually anything the tourist could possibly need are easily available here and at very reasonable prices. Even families traveling with young children, including infants, can easily find all they could possibly need.

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