What to pack for Bali

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Don't underestimate how much you'll buy

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Dec 29, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring an extra suitcase. If you have suitcases that can nest together, pack your stuff in the smaller one, then put that in the bigger one for the trip there. Then you will have the big one to fill with your purchases. We did this, and still bought another bag before we came home.

    Photo Equipment: A good tip I read in a video magazine is, put your camera equipment in an old diaper bag when travelling, or something similar, so it's not too appealing to thieves. Make sure it has enough cushioning, though.

    Carvers in Bali

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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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