Bali Travel Tips

Travel Safely with these 10 brilliant tips.

Knowing how to travel safe is the most important part of traveling.

Traveling abroad is one of the most exciting things a person can do and no doubt is something that you are looking to do in the near future.

Knowing how to pack a suitcase and knowing how to pack a suitcase safely are two entirely different things.

Top Recommendations for Bali Explorers

  1. Opt in to renting a scooter: Navigating Bali’s narrow lanes is more efficient on a scooter. It’s economical and offers a closer view of the island’s charm.
  2. Make time for Ubud: Allocate a couple of days to experience Ubud’s spiritual essence. Its temples and green landscapes offer a serene getaway from Bali’s bustling areas.
  3. Download Go-JEK: This local ride-hailing app is a must-have. Economical and user-friendly, it connects you with cars and scooter taxis at a fraction of the cost of regular taxis.
  4. Plan for Longer Journeys: Despite Bali’s compact size, travel time can be longer than anticipated due to the terrain and traffic with some places you would expect to arrive in 45 minutes can take anywhere up to three hours.
  5. Indulge in Luxury: Investing a bit more in accommodation can elevate your Bali experience. Luxurious villas and resorts, especially in Seminyak, offer private pools and exclusive amenities at surprisingly affordable rates.
  6. Budget for Beach Club Visits: While overall affordable, certain trendy beach clubs and bars in Bali can be pricey, it is well worth taking the time to research the prices of these and account for them in your budget (there is nothing worse than finding out the people you have met are all going to a fantastic beach club only to realize you have not budgeted for it… trust me… i’ve been there).
  7. Get the Right Gili Island Ferry: Ferry trips to the Gili Islands may (and often do) encounter delays. Choose your ferry service carefully to avoid disruptions.
  8. Master the Art of Bargaining: Bali’s markets are vibrant, especially in Seminyak and Ubud. Bargaining can significantly lower prices of souvenirs and local crafts.
  9. Discover the Nightlife Beyond Beach Clubs: Explore the energetic street nightlife in areas like Seminyak Square, where bars and restaurants offer a unique ambiance.
  10. Seek Out Hidden Beaches: For a tranquil beach experience, visit lesser-known spots like Karma Beach in southern Bali, which offers stunning views and less crowded shores.

Understand Quarantine Laws

Read up on the quarantine laws to ensure you’re not importing anything illegal – this can include things as simple as wood carvings, skins or even food – or even something as simple as a tooth from a monkey that you found at a temple. The penalties are can be extremely harsh and vary from country to country– in Australia, you may receive an on-the-spot fine of up to $AU220, or, for a more serious offense, you may be prosecuted and potentially face a fine of up to $AU66,000 or even 10 years’ in prison.

So please make yourself aware of what you can and cannot bring across borders.

Bring the Right Gear for Your Trip

When packing for a holiday we need to be as practical as possible.

It is understandable if it’s your first time traveling overseas if you are unsure what power adaptors the hotel has, if they have a hair straightener for hire or even how many pairs of shoes you need in case one gets wet… what if you need to to go out dinner “Should I bring a set of heels?”

There is an old saying that “Less is Best” and when it comes to packing a suitcase this is very much the best practice.

Consider where you are headed and what you may be buying whilst on your holiday and remember – It is much easier to get travel and keep an eye on one bag rather than two.

Spend the money and invest in a hard-cased suitcase with built-in locks, this help to deter would-be thieves and you can still throw a zip tie on the zippers for additional security.

Only Carry Your Own Bags

This one is fairly obvious but it can be so easy to offer someone else assistance with their luggage when they are struggling, the rule on how to travel safely is simple:

  • Unless they are a very close friend or family that you can completely trust do not carry their bags through the airport, it will be you that goes to jail if there is something illegal inside.

So many travelers have been caught out simply trying to do the right thing and had to spend their holiday time rotting in a jail cell.

Don’t be fooled – Even the frail elderly have been known to smuggle contraband (Due to health reasons some elderly start smuggling to help support their family once they are gone as they have nothing to lose).

Know the contents of your bags at all times, if customs pop the question you should be able to at least generally note the contents of your bag (an “I don’t know” or “just the usual stuff” will prompt them to search your bag and waste everyone’s time).

Zip Tie Your Luggage

Although Zip ties (also known as cable ties) don’t replace secure luggage locks, they are incredibly useful for ensuring that your luggage isn’t tampered with. You or customs can easily cut them off, but they do prevent easy access for opportunists and would-be thieves.

Most zip ties are black or white, however, I suggest purchasing some colored ones for extra luggage identification.

If your luggage arrives on the carousel at the airport with the zip ties missing or a different color, don’t touch the bag, call a security officer and tell them you think your bag’s been tampered with.

You will be subjected to a thorough search of your belongings, however, if any contraband has been planted in your luggage, you’ll have a good alibi and have covered your tracks.

Keep a couple of spare cable ties with you while traveling just in case your baggage does get searched at the airport, this way you will always be able to easily identify your luggage.

Know Your Travel Insurance

Lost luggage is very inconvenient and it can completely ruin a holiday! Items can be expensive to replace, including the luggage itself.

To lighten the stress, ensure you get the right level of insurance coverage to meet your needs, this is even more important if you’re carrying expensive items such as laptops, cameras, or smartphones.

Always read the policy description all the way through, for your own piece of mind to ensure these items will be fully covered.

Accept That You May Lose Things

In some circles, light packing is considered an art.

It goes without saying that while you may travel safely sometimes losing things can be unavoidable.

Things do get lost whilst traveling but the core of good packing is to not pack anything which you could not bear to lose, this is especially fundamental with sentimental and valuable belongings.

A child’s favorite teddy bear for example is a lot better off missing the holiday than to be missed forever.

Never Leave Your Bag Unattended

The trip from the airport to the hotel is not always a short-stop and can sometimes be multiple stops before you arrive… especially with friends.

The airport lounge, the beach, a café, or wherever else you may find yourself spending time with your luggage means there are potential scouts looking to take advantage of you.

Always keep your luggage by your side and if you do need to go to the restroom as a family member or trusted friend mind it for you.

When you arrive at your hotel make sure your room is lockable and secure and take advantage of hotel safes (make sure they are reliable first).

when you do leave your luggage in your hotel room, make sure you lock it up.

Always keep your valuables (especially your passport and money) hidden on your person, rather than in your luggage.

If for whatever reason you find yourself out with your luggage, place the handle of your luggage under your chair leg or secure it to the table.

Keep Your Valuables With You

Whilst traveling overseas take everything valuable out of your luggage and stuff it into your day pack prior to getting onto your flight, or better yet just pack your day pack with it already inside.

Now all you have to do is sit back in the airplane with your bursting-at-the-seams day pack onto your lap for the next few hours not having to worry that someone is stealing your laptop, camera, or diamond earrings.

Get A Secure Day Pack

The same as getting good luggage, you will also need to get yourself a good day pack.

make sure to have all zips secured – it’s too easy for pickpockets to steal your gear (they do this for a job remember) … or worse yet it could fall out and smash which you would have no one to blame but yourself.

To travel safely in crowded areas such as markets, airport terminals, and train stations, it may not be the most fashionable choice but wearing your day pack on the front of your body can save you a number of hassles.

These types of places are renowned as being so busy that travelers easily lose focus on their belongings because there is so much else going on.

Not only are you able to easily access the items within your pack when it is in front of you but you will be at less risk of getting robbed.

Hot Tip

To travel safely, handbags should be worn across the body with the strap diagonally over one shoulder. Don’t let your bag hang loose from your shoulder as this makes it an easy target for snatch-and-run thieves and drive-by grabbers.

Film Your Contents Being Secured.

Now, this travel safe tip may sound a little far-fetched however is an additional safety measure to prove that you filled, locked, and zip-tied your suitcase.

This may help your case if someone has tried to smuggle something in with your belongings (Has been known to happen in the past).


There is no way to 100% guarantee that your belongings will be safe and secure when you arrive at your destination, however, you can take valuable steps to minimize the risks.

We have a free downloadable checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything next time you travel, you can find it right here.


How can I hire a driver for day trips in Bali?

Hiring a taxi driver for day trips is common in Bali, offering a convenient way to explore the island. You can book a driver through recommendations, at the airport, or via your accommodation. Remember to negotiate the fare in advance​​.

Should I use Grab or Gojek for transportation in Bali?

Both Grab and Gojek are popular and affordable options for transportation in Bali, offering car and motorbike taxi services. Note that in certain areas, especially near local taxi stands, you may need to walk a bit for your pickup due to restrictions​​.

What’s the best SIM card to buy in Bali?

Telkomsel is recommended for its widespread coverage, including in Ubud and other remote areas, over other providers like XL. It’s advisable to purchase more internet data than you think you’ll need​​.

Is Bali as hot as other Indonesian islands?

Bali’s temperature can be cooler than expected, especially compared to places like Cairns during Christmas or the islands of Sumba and Flores. It tends to get hotter in the dry season​​.

Are there more European tourists in Bali now?

While Bali has historically been a popular destination for Australians, there has been an increase in European visitors in recent years, diversifying the tourist demographic​​.

Do I need to pre-book restaurants in Bali?

Yes, it’s wise to pre-book restaurants, especially popular ones or if dining out on the weekend, to avoid long waits​​.

What about experiencing a flower bath in Bali?

Flower baths in Bali are highly recommended for relaxation. These are not only visually appealing but also offer a tranquil and soothing experience​​.

Should I be concerned about earthquakes in Bali?

Bali is a high-risk area for earthquakes. While most are not strong enough to cause damage, it’s important to be aware and know basic safety procedures​​.

What should I know about visas for Bali?

Indonesia now requires visitors from non-ASEAN countries to purchase a Visa On Arrival (VOA), which is valid for one month but can be extended to two months with the help of a visa service. The current VOA fee is around 500,000 IDR ($30)​​.

Is there anything special I should pack for a trip to Bali?

Essential items to pack include flip-flops, swimwear, a sarong, sunscreen, hand sanitiser, and bug spray. Bali is a tropical destination, so packing light and leaving space for souvenirs is recommended​​​​.