What to pack for Bali

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    General Every Day Stuff.

    by hayley_69 Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: If your a shopaholic like me then you dont want to take much in your luggage. I usually just take some clothes with me as i will buy some there so i will need room for that, also i leave some room for toiletries etc and shoes.
    But if you like to stock up on stuff then dont take much and take a BIG suitcase!! :)
    What i usually do when im leaving bali i have hand luggage that i take onto the plane and in that i take what i need like tickets passports etc but thats it i keep an empty bag so i can put all my stuff in it to declare when i get to the decleration section, it just makes it alot easier if you have all the stuff you need to declare in one bag not every where.
    But just keep in mind they can check your suitcase just as a precaution thats all.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take with u casual and lightweight clothing with u as the humidity & head can get hot, so you need some thing that wont stick to you and is cool to wear.
    The best bet for shoes is sandals like thongs or slip on shoes some thing easy to get and off, unless you plan on doing hiking or biking trips then take shoes like joggers.
    When going to the mountain it can get a bit chilly as you are up high if that is the case then take a jacket or lond shirt or even a sweater.
    If you need to visit a consulate or goverment building in bali please dress reasonable as they do some times have dress clothes so dont walk into your consulate wearing a bikini and thongs.
    Temple Clothing:
    Bali is full of temples and you are bound to go inside one or near one, if that is the case you must wear a SASH (umpal) around their waist, usually when you get to the entrance they have them for hired or sell to you.
    Many temples require exposed legs to be covered with a sarong, especially if a ceromony is going to take place.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are coming from disease infected areas you may be required to obtain a International Health certificate, just for precausions.
    If you like cheap with your doctor for any injections you may need to get before travel to Bali.
    Bali Belly is very common in bali it can give you an upset stomach or to a really sick condition of vomitting and diorea, it is caused by not eating the right food or drink from the taps plus some other stuff, if this happens to you try taking some Lomotil and Imodium which should stop the symptoms but may not stop the infection inside. So rememeber to bring some incase. If you were to get any cuts or abrasions immediately cover with Betadine ro some thing simaliar, you can buy it from any Apotik in other words a chemist or pharmacy.

    Photo Equipment: Bali sells excellent photo film and video cassettes if you have the old cassette video players, we only bring with us one flim for the start and buy the rest of it at the photo place we have never had any problems with the film there.
    We also get our photos developed there they come out perfectly fine no dramas, you will get an accasional one that went funny but hey that can happen any where.
    You can also get you cameras and video cameras fixed in bali, plus also the lastest cameras and video players at a cheaper pirce then what you will pay at home.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Remember to take a towel and where something over you bikini when going to the beach its just a mark of respect while passing the balinese people. As you may not know you could be heading near a temple or some ones house or there could be a ceremony happening.

    Miscellaneous: PLEASE WEAR PROTECTION if you are planning to meet a bali boy or girl, its the same in every country you dont know if they are carrying any thing or not at all but do take the precautions.
    If you feel more safer take your own condoms from home other wise Bali sells excellent condoms from the leading brands from all around the word, you can buy from supermarkets to chemists and to corner shops.

    Shops of clothing Clothing Condoms Bali streets
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    Part II

    by Rinjani Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic equipment you need such as personal medicine, sunscreen, tan lotion for sun tanner (I carried traditional herb mask to overcome my skin after sun burnt), small bottle of hand sanitizer that come in handy when you need it, wet tissue (it’s very useful, since in some places it is needed when you go to toilet, I usually carry a small bottle of water for toilet purpose for the similar reason)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you opt for jungle trek, it’s always wise to bring more medicine, such as dextamine in case if you develop allergy for bee sting, betadine, handyplast and lotion for insect bite. Mosquito repellant is always useful.

    If you are into water activities, bring your own google or snorkel are always useful. But, surfing board is not necessary, it is available for renting, unless if you develop bonding with your own board.

    Miscellaneous: Some people carry condom with them. They said you never know where you are going to end up. Hm…I think it’s much a wise idea to protect you from Sexual Transmitted Disease. But the best option for this is apply safe sex…and avoid as much as possible having sex with strangers which are quite common in Bali after a long happy night.

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    What to pack when you go to Bali?

    by Rinjani Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Packing is an art, at least for me. I usually stuffed my bag only to find that I need more space for my shopping activity. Sometimes I carry too much, but many times I pack so few …and it’s a good reason to shop : )

    Dear fellow, a good suggestion for you, although you are not into shopping, and although I vowed that I would not shop, just simply sightseeing, usually it is wiser to give space in your bag for new stuffs you found in Bali. Some people I met in Bali made bet to amuse themselves whether the guest that they accompanied can resist themselves from shopping….usually it’s fruitful for those who bet for “shopping”

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: What to pack?
    Since I combine both mountain and beach in my travel wish list, I brought both stuffs that suitable for that. I brought my trekking shoes as well as pretty flip flop.
    A warm pullover and raincoat, comfy trouser and day backpack. But also I equipped myself with swimwear, tops for the beach, t-shirt for daily activity and also pashmina in neutral color for handy cover up in Pura. Sarong…I did not bother to carry with me, I know that I will buy them in Bali.

    It’s always wise to bring a decent dress/t-shirt if you are tempted to go to one of top end places like restaurant or top end club. But, in Kuta, you can always get nice dress.

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    Underwear and Deodrant!

    by Laurs Written Sep 5, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: A big suitcase to put all your purchases in.Usual hand luggage.A money belt type bag to use in Bali.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight clothing.We take very little as clothes are so cheap in Bali we buy as we go.Underwear is not great --fiit -so take your own.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Best to bring any prescription medications.Deodrant is expensive in bali and often not antiperspirant.Approx 30ml undiluted Cottees rasperry cordial every day keeps bali Belly at bay.

    Photo Equipment: Just bring an adaptor to charge cam battries,mobile phones ect.I have a large chip in my digital camera but developing to print or cd format is inexpensive in Bali.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable sandals--closed in shoes get too hot.

    Miscellaneous: I put my mobile on international roaming-for emergency only.The cheapest way to communicate with home is on msn --from one of the many internet cafes.If you wish to usr your phone in Ball for local communication it's cheapest to buy a sim card up there and buy credit as needed.

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    Sex, Condoms & the Balinese

    by balisunshine Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ok, Ok,
    some of you may crave
    that romance while traveling abroad.

    Being Latina & into the Latinos myself,
    and not convinced
    of the Indonesians as lovers,
    I write as a witness only,
    on this subject matter.

    If you are a woman,
    you will find many male Indonesians
    willing to go for the ride
    of having everything paid for,
    and maybe a free plane ticket out,
    or a financial stability for the rest of their lives.

    Call them The Kuta Cowboys

    But beware,
    the boyz here have the tendency to lie.

    1) About NOT being married,
    while many of them are married in their 20's.

    2) Using condoms.
    Most of them have never even seen one!

    Don't be stupid!
    If you must have some romance on this trip,
    carry your own condoms.

    DO NOT expect them to have one,
    when the time is right.

    You will just be looking for trouble,
    or catch some kind of disease.

    As conservative as they are,
    (in my opinion)
    they do get around
    every here and there,
    looking for that free ride.

    Miscellaneous: By the way,
    I've heard many the times,
    that the condoms you get here
    are not big enough.

    Is this a boasting Ego?
    Or should every one bring
    their own extra larges
    from back home?

    Me, good lover!  Guaranteed!  I luv u! Take me w/u
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    a simple smile will bright you day :-)

    by zafilm Updated Jun 1, 2006

    Luggage and bags: light small haversack bag should be fine.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Slipper, short and shirt. The weather can be very hot

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mineral water is a must..

    Photo Equipment: Camera and thats for sure..!!

    Miscellaneous: Where ever you go around Bali, its nice to put up your smile coz the people there are very friendly and nice :-)

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    Pack Light

    by bladedragon Written May 23, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Bring a secure bag that can be locked.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual, beach wear, jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Personal medications, if you're staying in a hotel toiletries should not be a problem, unless

    Miscellaneous: Bali is a developed tourist spot.
    You can practically find almost everything here, so if you have money, just bring lots of money or credit card, that should do.
    For everything else, let your money do the job.

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    Pack Light!

    by travellinmeags Updated Apr 30, 2006

    Luggage and bags: In light of recent events you can choose to have your bag shrink wrapped at the airport before you leave. If you do so be patient when you get to the carousel to collect them they all look the same!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most feet swell in the humidity so pack very loose fitting shoes. Shoes are a dime a dozen over there usually costing around the $5.00 mark, so don;t worry to much about packing them. You can pretty much but all of your clothes in Bali, be aware some of the quality is not great and some tend to shirnk as soon as you wash them.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Of course pack your perscrition medicine but everything else is readily available and quite cheap. I always stock up on make-up and facial products when I am there (a fraction of the price as at home)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't worry too much about wet weather gear I have been twice and if it does rain it is only a quick shower, it is so hot that if you do get wet you will probably welcome it.

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    by Jadeqr Written Apr 28, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light! Half of what you think you will need. Pack for very warm weather and pack light!!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just bring good walking sandals.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Autun, Autun, Autun. I'm mosquito food through and through. This is the best stuff in the world and they sell it for sooo cheap in Bali. Buy it if you get biten at all!

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  • Sun Sun Sun And More Sun!

    by blueturtle7 Written Feb 16, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Pack Minimal... You can buy most stuff there...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight clothes... Slippers for the Beach... Trekking shoes/sandals if you are going trekking... SWIM WEAR!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUN BLOCK!!! Aloe Vera Gel, Moisturizer. Charcoal if you have a weak stomach.

    Photo Equipment: Camera! Tripod.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: SWIM WEAR! Beach Wear! Sunglasses! HAT/ CAP!

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    Sunblock and medical supplies

    by olessiam Updated Sep 7, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't bring a lot of clothes, as I did and regreted afterwards. You will probably spend most of the time on the beach, and it is so warm and humid there most of the time that all you'll need are a few sundresses, T-shirts and skirts or shorts.

    In addition, you can buy a lot of cheap but local and very nice clothes there, so you should have some room left in your bags!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definitely bring your own medical supplies. I got a very bad cold while in Bali, but all they could offer me at the local store or the hotel was vitamin C!

    Bring lots of sunblock. You can buy it there, but it will be more expensive than buying it at home at a local drugstore.

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    The least you take the better!

    by phillarkins Written Jul 28, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A friend of mine said take one summer outfit, a pair of bathers and thongs (flip flops). Anything else you need buy there. I did not believe him, but he was right. Anything you need you can get really cheap and bring back with you.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: take some imodium and gastrolite in case the bali belly hits you!

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    Nothing is hard to find on Bali

    by TravelSimone Written Jun 19, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tropical, summer clothing. Some girls do get decked out for the bar/club scene (but these outfits still tend to be casual- high heels, jeans or mini skirts, fancy tank tops, etc.).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get almost anything that you need. Except there are some newer prescription medications that are not yet available on Bali. Also, they don't seem to have a good selection of contact lense sizes (if you want to buy the disposable kind).

    Miscellaneous: You cannot find fantastic Mexican salsa at the grocery stores if you have a craving (Bali Deli has a selection but they are expensive and not that tasty). You can find Skippy chunky peanut butter (if that is a need).

    Matey- Cam's Bali Dog
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    Mosquito Repellent

    by chatterley Written May 3, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: We brought soft luggage bags, no point lugging huge Samsonite suitcases around!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimwear! Cotton clothing! T-shirts! Sandals and track shoes! basically, just casual wear... If you plan to visit the temples, do remember to bring your sarong (or wear pants/skirts that cover your legs).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent - A MUST!!!!! We made the mistake of not bringing or buying any...and suffered for our folly! Lots of mosquito bites to show!

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film (or memory cards for digital cameras), Bali is so beautiful and offer so many breathtaking sights, you would easily finish all the rolls of film you bring!

    Tanah Lot

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    What NOT to pack in your hand carry luggage

    by runwitme Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: I’m sure any travelers to Bali know what to pack in their bags – minimally sunscreen and sunglasses.

    Here’s a tip on what NOT to pack into your hand-carry luggage.

    Aerosol spray (hair-spray, insect repellent, perfume) and sharp objects (scissors, penknife, forks, knitting needles) are not permitted into the cabin.

    If in doubt, ask the airlines personnel at the check in counter, otherwise your stuff will be displayed among other confiscated items at the terminal gate (see picture – these are the actual stuff not allowed to be hand carried into the cabin).

    Bye Bye Hair Spray

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