What to pack for Bali

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    Old Clothing

    by OneNightInBangkok Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Before you fly to Bali, maybe you should consider filling up your half-empty suitcases with your old clothes and shoes. You can also pack toys that your kids don't want anymore. The less fortunate locals would sure appreciate them. =)

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    Sunblock and more sunblock!

    by OneNightInBangkok Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure you only pack half a luggage worth of clothes. You must do some serious shopping in Bali and you wouldn't want to run out of space when you return to your own country.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light clothes as it gets very hot and humid during daytime but it will be a little cooler at night. Don't forget the sandals for the beach and of course swim gear is a must!

    Photo Equipment: Take a good camera with you. Bring spare batteries, if you have rechargeables then better. You should have extra memory cards for digital cameras when you join tours. In 5 days, I have taken at least 400 pictures in Bali and still I feel it wasn't enough.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring loads of sunblock and tanning oil. They could be quite pricey in Bali. Also, mosquitoes could be a problem too so bring insect repellants.

    Miscellaneous: They use two round pins for power plugs in Bali. If you are going to bring in any electrical appliance, check them first if you will need a socket adaptor.

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    Pack lightly!!!

    by leebee1 Written Aug 18, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Since youll probably buy loads of cheap goodies, it may be a good idea to take another bag with you. Saves buying one over there.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light, all summer gear is so cheap. Warm clothes not needed.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellant and maybe take a few mosquito coils, as the pests are EVERYWHERE!!! If you forget, they can be purchased locally.

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    Definitely Bring Things to Give Away!

    by corsakti Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: The Balinese people are extremely friendly and generous....and they love to trade! They also love "American" paraphenalia, for instance t-shirts with your city's name on them or well-known sports teams or landmarks. That kind of stuff. Also other 'American style' items are of interest.

    Someone shared this tip with me before I went. Being from Chicago, I was able to go to a local thrift store and find plenty of Bulls t-shirts. I also brought personal trinkets to possibly trade.

    Miscellaneous: (continued from above)

    I made friends with several natives and hung out with them quite a bit. As a show of gratitude for our meeting and our friendship, we always traded things. I gave away all the t-shirts and they were all very happily received. In trade I got wonderful native items. A beautifully woven basket, some jewelry, two very lovely woven sarongs.

    There was one friend who was my best friend in Bali. We did everything together. When I left I gave some personal items to him. He was a leathersmith, so he made me a custom belt with our names in Balinese stamped on it, as well as a handmade wallet and doll.

    Really, I can't stress this enough, bring stuff you plan to give away and you will be glad you did!

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    by Aliceg Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent a must,sunblock,sun tan lotion.

    Photo Equipment: Get a water proof camera if you going for water sports.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Get a small carry or bag easy to move about, best if its water proof.

    Miscellaneous: If you have 2 pins round head adaptor, bring along to charge your batteries or you can ask from hotel staff.

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    Whitening that Fabulous tan away......

    by balisunshine Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you use body lotion to dehydrate dry skin,
    or that fancy French facial creme,
    you better off bringing plenty of your own.

    Because of the Indonesians seeking
    to appear to be of a higher social status
    by avoiding the sun,
    so not to look 'dirty',
    you'll find the selection of natural products
    and of normal body lotions
    limited to the Skin Whitener that contains who knows what.

    No help here in keeping that great tan
    to show off back at home.

    You might find Baby Johnson's,
    and a couple of others in larger towns,
    but if you go to the villages,
    there is not much of a choice,
    but these bleaching cremes.

    More & More Whitening Creme

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    Lock it!

    by balisunshine Written Jul 10, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: After traveling from border to border,
    I can not recommend enough time
    that you buy a small combination lock
    for all your suitcases.

    Even if there are security measurements
    on the flight you are taking,
    you can open it and lock it again.

    It will help avoid the temptation
    of the many hands
    that your suitcase goes through while flying,
    the staff of the hotels you will be staying at,
    moments of when your bags
    may be unattended,
    and other opportunities
    that may arise for the wrong person
    to take something out.

    Yes......these locks can be broken into,
    but it's more of an effort
    and then you will know for sure.

    Lock it!!!!

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    So many things to do, yet so little time.

    by rockadolly Written Mar 31, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: You don't really have to bring huge luggages. It's not like you're traveling to Paris for a shopping spree. For some, a backpack (big ones, not school-sized ones) is enough.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light clothing. Tees, tank tops, and shorts are essentials! And you might wanna bring your fave sarong (tho there're huge numbers of small shops that sell beautiful but cheap ones). But don't forget to bring a light sweater or a waterproof jacket! you don't want your trip to be bumped by changing weathers, do you?! (especially if you plan on visiting the mountains in Bali) and ofcourse don't leave your swimsuits at home!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There're a lot of small shops (7-11 alike) around Bali (mostly in the most crowded towns). But i'm sure u don't wanna forget your toothbrush or any of your other essential items. As for med. supplies... i'd recommend on bringing your own (the ammount? you decide -> considering on how long you'll travel). There're several 'big' hospitals in the major town, among them are 2 (maybe even more) international ones. And there're also clinics all around Bali.

    Photo Equipment: It's always kodak moments here no matter where you go! So please, don't forget to bring your cameras and/or video cams! If you run out of films, there're shops that carries them! no worries! Most of these shops also have those disposable cams (in case you decide to leave your cams at home...which is unclever =] ). So strike a pose, and make sure that you don't blcok the scene ;)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bali is not all about beaches! There're mountains, villages, lakes, falls (as in water), rivers, and forests! Those of you who loves outdoor activities, it'd be quiet impossible for you to just stay in your hotel room! Surfing and other kinds of water sports, white water rafting, hiking, diving, snorkling, camping, you name it! And the best thing is... you don't really have to bring your own equipments! You can rent them on the spot for a reasonable price. In some places, you can even bargain!

    Late night swim
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    What to bring ?

    by kenyneo Written Feb 11, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Just bring little coz you will probably want to buy the colourful shirts / sarong there ...get additional empty ones just in case buy more than you expect ! But again be careful whn you buy becoz you will end up buying many unneceesary things !

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a raincoat during the raining season Nov till Feb , slipper ( coz you will need them ) when you go for water sports

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellents ( but during my stay I was not bitten at all ) so Kuta Beach Club is a nice place to stay !

    But you can get almost everything there in the 24hours shop

    Photo Equipment: Batteries are almost the same - 4 AA batteries for Rp21000-23000.

    But if you want to buy the memory card for you digicam , I think its more expensive here !

    its raining cats and dogs
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    You don't need much to pack

    by cadzand Updated Nov 9, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When packing, keep in mind that you will be in the tropics, but that it can get cold in the mountains. Generally, you will want to dress light and wear natural fibers that absorb perspiration. A medium-weight sweater or wind breaker is also a must as is a sturdy pair of shoes. Suits and ties are almost never worn.

    Don't bring too much, as you will be tempted by the great variety of inexpensive clothes available here. A a cotton batik shirt is much more comfortable If you visit a government office, men should wear long trousers, shoes and a shirt with collar. Women should wear a neat dress, covering knees and shoulders, and shoes.

    A sarong purchased upon arrival in Indonesia (€5-10) is one of the most versatile items you could hope for. ft serves as a wrap to get to the bath, a beach towel, a waist sash which is required dress for Balinese temples, pyjamas, bed sheet, fast drying towel, etc.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In the majority of Indonesian department stores and supermarkets you can find Western toiletries.
    Kondom (condoms) are available at all apotik (pharmacies).

    Photo Equipment: Bring your own photo equipment, though it is available in supermarkets and local stores, at more expensive prices.

    Miscellaneous: Bring sunscreen and Insect repellent, although these are also available locally.

    Chocolates, biscuits, pens, stationery from your hotel, even your T-shirt with foreign designs are appreciated.

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    Things you dont need!

    by neo7 Updated Oct 9, 2003

    Luggage and bags: You really dont need much in Bali as far as clothing goes, so pack a suitcase full of toiletries and clothes you no longer need, and distribute these through out the community.They will be greatly appreciated

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    Packing List

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Big 'soft pack' bags. Duffel type bags are
    good. Bring EMPTY bags too. You will buy much stuff. If you don't buy, you will regret it. I'm not a shopper. 11 years ago, on my first trip (when I WAS a poor backpacker) I didn't buy anything. I made up for it on this trip, big grin!!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sneakers (tennies) and cotton socks & tevas/birks... That's about all you need. Clothing wise: Tanks and shorts and a decent sarong for Temple Hopping (Sash too!) I wore dresses also, however.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mossie spray & lotion (Deng and Malaria are a reality, particularly in rainy season). Suntan lotion as well. You can naturally buy it in Bali, but it may not be the variety you have at your own store.

    Photo Equipment: This was my 1st totally digital photo trip. I brought two 128 cards and took about 350 photos over 8 days. Didn't quite fill them up & took Hi-Resolution. Had no problem recharging my batteries w/ the transformer provided at the hotel jayakarta (had to take the TV plug out, and put my re-charger in.) I had 3 sets of re-charge. batteries - I traveled w/ 2 sets (one in camera; one as reserve) and had one at the hotel charged. Never had a problem with this method.

    Miscellaneous: Pack VERY lite, in short. Buy your clothes there. Listen up women: all those rayon dresses I buy here in Hawaii that come from Bali?! I found them their for 1/3 the price. In some cases 1/5 the price: I literally bought a BEAUTIFUL dress for $5USD. I can wear it to work. On the Hi-End Side, I bought a LOVELY ensemble (dress w/ jacket) for $35. Bought a couture-quality sundress (lots of detail and hi-end fabric) for $40. Don't Pack Clothes, again... Just BUY them there! You can also have sarongs made or purchase off the street.

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  • Bare Neccessities Only!

    by TiNkSta Updated May 6, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Take the largest bag that you could comfortably carry when it's full. It will be almost empty when you depart for Bali but if your as hopeless at resisting your shopping urges as I am then it will be overflowing on your return!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A pair of sensible shoes for any hiking or bike riding etc you might want to do and a pair of sandals or thongs. Bring summer clothes as the weather is tropical so even in the rainy season it is still quite warm and humid.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There isn't a huge risk of malaria here so just ensure your vaccinations are up to date and any other medical stuff you can buy there. You will be amazed by some of the things you can get over the counter here!

    Photo Equipment: A camera is an absolute must and if you have one a video camera would not go astray. Make sure you learn how to take photos of sunsets etc. otherwise you'll come back with a heap of ***ty shots! Get as much of your photos developed in Bali as you can. It's much cheaper, faster and they will even put them in little albums for you.

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  • Mosquito Netting and a Sense of Humor

    by Jaylin27 Updated Apr 19, 2003

    Miscellaneous: Bring mosquito netting. I was in Bali in 1999 and many hotel rooms were 'open' - there was a space between the walls and the ceiling so you had lots of insects. The geckos would do their best to eat them, but they couldn't get them all. The geckos also left bits to fall on you (insect heads, legs, wings) so you've got to have a sense of humor about things.

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    You can buy anything you might need

    by pianomany2k Written Jan 4, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: You'll probably be bringing lots of stuff back home with you so you might as well bring an extra bag so you don't have to buy one. Don't bring it over empty, pack it full of used apparel that you or your friends don't want anymore and give it away to needy people since the average monthly wage in Bali is only 50 $US and even those jobs are hard to get these days. They will really appreciate it.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will invariably find that you don't need as much clothing as you thought because you are always in your bathing suit. Besides you can buy a whole new wardrobe for a small sum or even have a local tailor make you anything you can dream up.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available but sunscreen is about double the cost at home.

    Photo Equipment: Have your film developed in Bali. Its cheap and fast and you won't have to worry about the security machines messing it up.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't camp.

    Miscellaneous: Bring any extra clothing or old eyeglasses for gifts. Eyeglass frames cost a months wages and many go without due to cost. If you are in doubt who to give it to just ask your hotel personnel or the waiters or waitresses in the local restaurants or any of the vendors on the beach....no problem.

    bali sunset

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