Packing Tips : Explore JAkarta
Luggage and bags: Backpack or Rucksack serve you well on this place due to its simplicity and mobility. bring along some additional little backpack if you want to explore the city because it serve you well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jakarta was hot, but sometimes "things" happen. If you're planned to go to Jakarta on November - March, please bring along some jacket, umbrella or raincoat in case "things" happen. If you're decided to go on April to Oktober, bring some umbrella because it will getting hot.
shirt, short pants, cargo short were good option if you're planned to explore Jakarta, also with mountain sandals. I prefer mountain sandals rather than sneaker on Jakarta due to its simplicity.
Luggage and bags: Do not need to bring big luggage/many bags, because many places offer/selling clothes at reasonable prices. When you come with 1 small bag you will going home with 3 big bags.. especially for shopaholic. Just DIGITALIZED your money ! , all major CREDIT CARD are accepted for shopping.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Its tropical but dynamic climate (global warming effects), hot sunny day can be turned into raining.
So better prepara your cap/hat and sunglass when you go out also, light jacket or rain coat, sometime its very humid..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find toilets at every gas stations, 24 hrs mini mart, supermarkets or hotels. But not all of then are preparing toilet papers (Indonesian use only water for toilet purposes).
So prepare your own toilet paper..!
Photo Equipment: All of us are moving to modern living, with all digitalized systems.
1.For foto hunters..with your own digital camera.. so just bring some back up alkaline battery and or extra MC/memory card.
2.And for your safety, you can use major credit card at any tourist places (hotels, shopping malls/marts) and take some cash at any ATM for local currencies fr your small expenses.
Celluloid / manual film are no longer exhist...and but we can print out any formats of foto sources at any photo studios.
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packing for the tropics
Luggage and bags: Normal-sized luggage and bags should be okay. If you plan to go crazy shopping, bring an extra large bags. If you have fancy suitcases, do cover it with some kind of protection as Jakarta Airport's baggage handlers are notoriously known to be rough.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothing is the most suitable for hot and humid Jakarta. Comfortable footwear is a must if you plan on do lots of walking for sightseeing and shopping. Flip flops, beach sandals, and shorts are okay for sightseeing and trips to the mall but may be frowned upon at fancier establishments. For the businessman and woman, a shirt and tie is normally formal enough for business meetings. October to April and usually extend to June is the rainy season, where rain showers can be expected most afternoons, be prepare to have an umbrella handy. March, August, September are the hottest months since the sun's position is near the equator.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Over the counter diarrhea medicine if you plan on indulging in street food yet have a weak stomach. Mosquito repellent is a must during rainy seasons (October-April). Other toiletries and over the counter medicines should be readily available on most drugstores throughout the city.
Photo Equipment: Films, batteries, and photo development services are readily available throughout Jakarta and are usually cheaper than buying abroad. If you plan on bringing your Digicam, the electricity in Jakarta is 220 Volts and we use plugs with two rounded prongs. Most hotels provide plug adapter kit, otherwise they're available in most drugstores. If your battery charger is set for 110-240 Volts then you'll be good to go.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Shorts, t-shirt, beach sandals, or flip flops are best for camping/beach/outdoor activities. Bring insect/mosquito repellent.
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Luggage and bags: Any type of bag will do. But, Jakarta's road is not really suitable to drag your luggage with wheel. The roads are not all so smooth, some are really bad.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jakarta is always hot no matter what. There's no use checking the weather forecast (except if you want to know whether is raining or not, which can be different to all areas in Jakarta anyway) The temperature is always around 30-33 degree. So,... light clothing would be enough. You can't feel any different.
Miscellaneous: IMPORTANT! Mosquito repellant.
Luggage and bags: Big travel bag and daily pack (backpacker). The temperature quite hot and the middle of June it can be very hot, so preparing thin t-shirt and cargo pants will necessary. Plus hat and small-compact umbrella.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sport gears and hiking sandals for weekend. Formal shoes for any occasion plus several shocks according to the temperature.
Meanwhile, for clothing as I descript it above, you can bring extra t-shirt (thin). Jeans can make you feel comfort also and if you feel too hot, change it with cargo pants or short pants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tissues and wet tissues (beware with great polution on the main streets). Vitamin C and aspirin. Also sunblock with high SPF.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Use your backpack and hiking sandal as I mentioned above. Adding with parachutes jacket and hat. Plus mosquito lotion (but don't think something horrible about these mosquitos in the beach).
+ Picture by Salim Djundam. Beside me is Dicky, fellow at Gramedia Publishing Company on different unit :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's so much better to use cotton and cool shirts, because the heat sometimes is unbearable, especially the humidity. You can change clothes three or four times in a day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you used to use toilet paper, you should bring the toilet paper, but it is available in most of the supermarkets. People in Jakarta are used to have water.
Photo Equipment: You can find almost any camera's batteries in big Fuji, Kodak, and Konica outlets.
Miscellaneous: Be sure to have diarrhea medicine with you
Luggage and bags: Bring a large suit case, everything is very cheap in Indonesia / Jakarta. Who knows you would like to shop til you drop !!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jakarta / Indonesia is very hot and humid. I would suggest, casual and smart casual. Bring sandals, sun glasses and a hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip Balm, Sun Block, Moisturiser, and usual medicines
Photo Equipment: Camera
Luggage and bags: The bag that is not easy to be riped or cut. Cos Jakarta aiport is notorious for that.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing is fine. You could also wear something sexy for night life activities
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your personal medicine and toiletries. Not all international brand available here.
Miscellaneous: Dictionary English - Indonesia!
Luggage and bags: A mid-size backpack should be good to explore Jakarta.
You don't need to carry all your valuable amenities since, like other metropolitan cities, every 'western' living standard little stuff is pretty easy to get anywhere in Jakarta.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Women, if you're used to tampons better bring extra just in case. It's not a very common thing in Indonesia.
Photo Equipment: Not a Problem!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Follow the standard rule and you'll be fine...
Sexy is fine, but vulgar is a turn-off.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Before you leave on a trip (no matter how long you'll be away), list the complete contents in your luggage (that's everything... including make-up, books and medications). Carry a photo of your suitcase as well as a description of it (i.e. make, type, etc.). Should your bag be lost or stolen, you'll have everything you need with you in order to expedite a
Secondly, my rule of thumb is to take enough clothes for one week OR for the length of the trip PLUS two days, whichever is shorter.
If you are traveling on business, you can probably pack along two suits and rotate between them. Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes than you did. That's the whole idea, isn't it? ;-D
If you are going on an extended trip, pick one color and stick with it... like say black. If you are part of the Generation X (ahem!).... REJOICE! Why? Because black travels very well. You can get ketchup stains all over your black jeans or coffee stained on your black t-shirt and nobody will ever notice! Just make sure they don't stand too close to you to catch a whiff of the...er... Well, I'm sure you know what I mean!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are the absolute necessities. So DON'T ever forget to pack them along! Toothpaste. Toothbrush.
Contact lens equipment and spare glasses. You might also wish to consider bringing along disposable contact lenses especially if you are going to be at a place with poor water supplies. Makeup (I never leave home without it!). Razor. Hair care products (brushes, comb, blow dryer, hair gel, hair spray. Get the picture?).
Photo Equipment: I bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
So, the cameras that I'd bring are: the Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens) which comes in a cool silver metallic color (I usually use this camera for day photography). And the Pentax 150 Zoom which I use for places that DOES NOT allow flash photography.
These days, I also bring along the ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size of my palm (and it also comes in a cool metallic silver shade). You can even hang this camera around your neck and it'd still look cool on you. This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to do lots of walking and sightseeing, do remember to put the following items into your tote bag or backpack: Maps and perhaps a Bahasa Indonesia phrase book. Your all-important Guidebook. Water bottle. Sunglasses.... etc.
DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the
money-changers to change all your money into Indonesian Rupiahs before your trip.
And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees.
In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I used to work for an American bank).
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
- Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The
Exchange' etc. on it?
- If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
- Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in Indonesia, no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
- If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... yet. Yes, even in the remotest village of Africa!
Photo Below: That's me looking a little jet-lagged (from Singapore to Jakarta?) and resting inside my hotel room at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. I think I must have rushed to the airport straight from my office... hence, no time to refresh myself.
'The more the gypsy leaves your soul, the more the money stays in your pocket. Flexibility and Independence cost money.' - Gail Rubin Bereny (American Writer); b.1942
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