You’re headed to Bali and probably not 100% sure what to pack. Luckily, this post will give you a full Bali packing list plus 10 things you may be forgetting. Aside from these packing tips, you will find important and helpful travel information for your upcoming trip to Bali. So grab a pen, make a list and get ready for the best trip ever to one of our favorite places on the planet!
Weather and Best Time to go to Bali
The weather in Bali is warm and beautiful year round. The dry season generally extends from May-August. During this time, rain will be limited but prices will be high. We decided to go during the shoulder season, April-May and September-October. During these times of the year there are some more rainy days, but we lucked out and only had 2 hours of rain the entire time! The rainy season in Bali extends from November to March, so I don’t recommend visiting during these months. If you’re wondering what to pack for Bali, the climate is pretty warm year round so you won’t need to bring anything heavy.
Money, Hotels and Transportation
Bali is very affordable. The currency is Indonesian Rupiah. You can change money right in the airport.
- Hotels: There are amazing expensive resorts in Bali and really cool, inexpensive places too. There are terrific accommodations at every price point. See our 9 helpful tips about money in Bali to get recommendations.
- Transportation – The main transportation in Bali is a scooter. Cost is 60,000-100,000 IDR ($4-7 USD) per day. Taxis are very affordable but mostly for trips that include your luggage. The 45 minute ride from the Airport to Uluwatu is less than 20 USD.
- Airport – No visa is required for US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries unless you plan to stay for longer than 30 days. Pro tip: We paid 20 USD per person to skip the 2-3 hour customs line and got out of the airport in 10 minutes.
What Do You Need to Pack for Bali?
Bali is located only a couple of degrees south of the equator in Southeast Asia. This hot and tropical environment means packing is relatively simple since no heavy clothes are needed. For the most part, a swimsuit, sundress, and sandals will be what you need to pack for Bali. Being that warm-weather vacations call for lighter clothes, you can definitely use a carry-on suitcase and some compression packing cubes to make sure everything fits. Trust me, this is a trip you won’t need to overpack for.
10 Things You Won’t Want to Forget on Your Bali Packing List
1. A Waterproof Phone Case
Let’s be honest, we don’t get very far away from our phones and they’re one of the most expensive things we use on a regular basis. Bali days are filled with waterfalls, beaches, and other activities near water. Protecting your phone is really important. A waterproof pouch that you can wear as a lanyard will keep your phone safe and ready to use whenever you want. You can even use this waterproof phone case for underwater shots.
2. GoPro or GoPro AlternativeShould be on Your Bali Packing List
Take your Bali photos to the next level and have a blast while you’re at it. Pack a GoPro 7 or more affordable waterproof sports action camera/video camera in your Bali suitcase. No matter which camera you choose, this accessory kit fits both and will give you a bunch of attachments including a selfie stick, tripod, head strap and so much more. For less than $100 you can have killer photos of your bucket list Bali vacation.
3. When You Pack for Bali, be Sure to Bring a Jacket
Depending on what time of year you visit Bali, the amount of rainy days will vary. With that said, it is a very tropical climate so rain will come and go. A very light rain jacket will be the perfect item to bring along with you. These take up hardly any space and will keep you protected from rain while not making you sweat. You should also bring a sweater because it can get chilly at night especially if you adopt the local transport, riding a scooter. If you plan to do the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek, you will need a warmer jacket.
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4. Wondering What Shoes You Need to Pack for Bali?
For the most part, your shoe of choice will be flip flops. If you are heading out at night, you will probably want to wear cute comfy sandals. The other shoes you might want to add to your Bali packing list are aqua socks. They will help prevent slipping and protect your feet if you are visiting waterfalls or any of the coral reefs. These 3 types of shoes will carry you through your trip with one exception.
Certain spots in Bali require more sturdy footwear. I tried going down to Kelingking beach in flip flops and realized quickly that it wasn’t a good idea. Immediately afterward, we met a guy who was completely scratched up because he fell. It was honestly a little scary because there weren’t steps and it was so steep that you had to use the wood scaffolding to climb up. Waterproof hiking shoes for women or men are a good thing to pack for Bali that you might not be considering.
5. Pack Lots of Swimsuits for Bali Since You’ll Wear Them Most
Swimsuits are an obvious packing item for Bali so this is really on the list to remind you to bring at least 3-4. I like to wear swimsuits under my outfits so that I am always prepared, no matter what the trip throws at me! Whether you are planning on snorkeling or lounging on the beach, it is a good idea to plan your bathing suits for a few different scenarios so that you will be most comfortable. Swimsuits with a Boho vibe are perfect for Bali. For reasonably priced swimsuits, check Amazon and Shein.
6. A Sarong Should Be On Your Bali Packing List
If you plan on visiting any temples or religious ceremonies in Bali, you will want to make sure you have clothing that covers you knees. I would recommend bringing a pair of linen pants or a classic maxi skirt, but a sarong is most commonly worn. It is important to respect religious traditions, so definitely make sure you come prepared for whatever adventure you want to take on.
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7. Sundresses are the Best to Pack for Bali
I love wearing sundresses on tropical vacations. They are so light and easy to pack, and can be warn during the day or at night. Maxi dresses are always extremely comfortable and cute, but some shorter sundresses will be good for the warmer weather as well. Sundresses also make it easy to wear a bathing suit on underneath. I know that when I go into the water, I’d much rather put on a comfy dress rather than jean shorts.
8. Reef Safe Sunscreen and Sunburn Relief
Swimming and snorkeling are two activities that you will likely take part in on your trip to Bali. With that said, it is always important to be conscious of the coral reef and life around you. Wearing reef safe sunscreen is very important because you don’t want to harm any wildlife you may encounter. Our favorite reef safe sunscreen isn’t greasy, water resistant for 80 minutes and safe for the environment.
Being in a place only a few degrees south of the equator means that the sun is very powerful. Unfortunately, this also means that sunburns are often inevitable. I recommend bringing aloe vera with you to soothe any sunburn you get, that way it doesn’t completely ruin your trip and leave you very uncomfortable. My favorite thing to use in these situations is the Aloe After Sun Soother.
9. Insect Repellant is Really important for Your Bali Trip
Packing for Bali definitely requires insect repellant for outdoor activities or being out at dusk. Tropical climates tend to have a lot of bugs, so if you are prone to mosquito bites, don’t forget to pack insect repellant. It’s never fun to be itchy and scratching while trying to enjoy a vacation. This insect repellant is travel-sized, effective for mosquitos and a lot of smaller bugs, DEET free and safe for the whole family.
10. When Packing for Bali, Bring a Day Pack
You will likely be taking many day trips whether that means going on a tour, hiking, swimming, etc. It is always good to bring a day bag with you so that you are prepared for whatever the day brings. This water resistant backpack is very lightweight and roomy. It also comes in a variety of colors, although I tend to lean towards more neutral ones. If you’re going somewhere that you will really get wet, you might bring a fully Waterproof Dry Bag .
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The Main Things to Pack for Bali
- Passport with at least 6 months of validity
- Credit cards, ATM Card and some cash
- Driver’s License and insurance card if you plan to rent a car
- A hardcopy of your Travel Insurance policy
- Flip flops for the beach
- Water Shoes
- Sandals for outfits
- Packable hat
- Sarong or coverup
- Beach attire
- T-shirts / tank tops
- Linen pants
- Reef safe sunscreen
- Insect repellant
- Light rain jacket
- Aloe Vera sunburn relief lotion
- Water bottle – Can’t drink the tap water and this will help reduce plastic use
- Underwater camera
- Waterproof phone case
- Cell Phone
- Power adapter
- Charging cords
- Power bank
Things to Leave off Your Packing List for Bali
- Jeans – Aside from denim shorts, Bali is much too tropical of an environment to wear jeans. You don’t want to feel sticky and weighed down in denim. Not to mention, jeans can weigh a lot and take up space.
- Heavy jackets – You will not be needing any heavy clothing whatsoever. Hot and humid temperatures will maybe call for a light cardigan at night, nothing more.
- Heeled shoes – It is not necessary to bring any heels with you to Bali. It is a very laid back, relaxing place. Sandals should certainly do the job, but if you really want to bring a nicer shoe for dinners, I would recommend some sort of wedge.
Travel Insurance for Bali
It may not be on your packing list for Bali but it’s always a good idea to have travel insurance. It’s one of those things you don’t think is necessary until it’s necessary. We’ve had our share of travel mishaps so we don’t travel out of the country without insurance anymore. Since you might be diving, or doing more active things that usual in Bali, make sure you plan ahead. We do our travel insurance through World Nomads.
What to Pack to Protect Your Health in Bali
Since Bali is in an area with mosquitos and Dengue fever, you should always check current information on vaccinations or overall health issues check the Centers for Disease Control Indonesia Travel Page. No inoculations are needed to enter Bali but you should be up to date on all typical vaccinations. Make sure you bring insect repellant. You also need to be mindful about sunburns and bring reef safe sunscreen.
Safety in Bali
We felt very safe in Bali. There have been issues in the past and hotels take safety seriously with guard gates and security checks. You can look up the latest safety updates here: Indonesia Travel Advisory Page. Bali does not allow any type of drug use so don’t pack anything questionable in your bag unless you feel like going to jail.
Additional Bali Travel Tips to Help You Plan Your Itinerary:
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- Staying at Alila Villas Uluwatu Resort
- 9 Helpful Things to Know About Currency and Money in Bali
- 5 Tips for Supermarkets in Bali
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