What To Bring
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Probably one of the most important items, and one that most people forget, is a hat, the Indonesian sun is relentless. Sunglasses are also essential, and do not forget sunscreen lotion.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Dentals floss, shaving cream and tampons are hard to find, so bring your own.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't forget to bring a flash light, mosquito repellent lotion, etc.
Miscellaneous: It is important to stay connected. If you think that you will need to make telephone calls during your tour in Indonesia, I suggest you to bring a cellular phone or get a cheap cellular phone in Indonesia and buy a local SIM card for your communication needs. If it's possible buy a Indosat Mentari SIM card or Telkomsel Simpati SIM card, it has wide coverage area and has cheaper rate for both local and International calls.
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Additional Items To Pack Between Oct & Apr
Luggage and bags: Locks for your luggage – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In Bengkulu and in most part of Sumatra, the wet season falls between October and April, the wettest months are January and February that can make travel more difficult. The weather is still hot and more humid, but the January to February rains can come in sudden tropical downpours, and or it can also rain nonstop for a whole day.
Bring plenty of socks to wear while wearing shoes, folding umbrella, a light waterproof rain jacket (heavy plastic raincoat might be too warm for the humid tropics), long pants and/or jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops.
Bring a light sweater or sweatshirt just in case the evening temperatures cool off after or during a rain.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, toilet paper. Don't forget to bring Travelers’ First Aid Kit, antimalarial tablets, analgesics, Antihistamine pills for any allergic reactions.
Photo Equipment: zip lock bags (for use in protecting your camera equipment, travel documents, etc)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flashlight & mosquito repellent.
Miscellaneous: Bring extra surf wax. You can't find any surf wax available at any sport stores in Bengkulu.
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Bring Enough Rupiah
Miscellaneous: It’s a good idea to stock up on Rupiah before you arrive or go shopping in Bengkulu. There are a number of banks (MANDIRI bank, BCA bank, BRI bank, Danamon bank, BII bank, Buana bank) along Jalan S. Parman and Jalan Suprapto Bengkulu. Will change money and travelers checks, although it may take some time (around 30-60 minutes). Most the banks have ATM machines that take MasterCard, Visa and Cirrus. BCA bank is the best and most convenient for changing money. The bank are closed on weekends.
There are also money changers on Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Suprapto which are efficient and have slightly better rates than the banks in Bengkulu.
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