What to Bring to Bali

So You’re Packing for Bali… I’ve Been There too!

Time and time again, I wonder what to pack, then spend half the drive to the airport wondering if I need to remember anything.

If you are anything like me the moment you step off the plane you realise…

  1. I have forgotten my favourite sunscreen
  2. My camera
  3. The swimming nappies for the kids.

Whether you have children, are a couple looking to head away for your honeymoon, or are a solo traveller, our list is a fantastic guide to help you.

Choosing What to Bring

Bali is a beautiful and exotic destination, but packing for a trip to this Indonesian island can be overwhelming. With its tropical climate and diverse culture, it’s important to pack the right items to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip. To help you out, we’ve put together the ultimate packing checklist for Bali.

  • Clothing: Bali is a tropical destination, so light and breathable clothing is necessary. Pack a variety of lightweight tops, shorts, and dresses that can be easily layered. Remember to bring a swimsuit, as Bali is known for its beautiful beaches. If you plan on visiting temples, it’s important to pack modest clothing covering your shoulders and knees.
  • Footwear: Comfortable footwear is a must for Bali. Pack a pair of sandals for the beach and comfortable walking shoes for exploring. If you plan on doing any hiking, make sure to bring sturdy shoes with good grip.
  • Sun Protection: Bali is a tropical destination, so protecting yourself from the sun is important. Pack a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen is recommended (although you can get it there, you might not be able to get your brand), as you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in the water.
  • Toiletries: Bali has plenty of shops to purchase toiletries, but bringing your own is a good idea. Pack your usual items, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and conditioner. If you have any prescription medications, make sure to pack those as well.
  • Electronics: Bali has a good selection of electronics, but if you have a specific device you can’t live without, make sure to bring it. Remember to pack a power adapter, as the electrical outlets in Bali can be different from those in other countries.

Things To Remember:

  • Consider taking a photo of all your appliances switched off on the wall.
  • Place your passport under your keys.
  • I always make sure to bring a small sum of money with me and at least two credit cards for safety (In separate places, of course).
  • Are your animals with friends, family or an animal care facility?
  • Contact your neighbours, let them know you will be going on a holiday, and ask them to keep an eye on your house for you.
  • Turn off the fuse box.
  • Check with your local doctor to see if you require any vaccinations 6-8 weeks before your Bali holiday.

Bring what you can, try not to waste half a tube of sunscreen.

Still Packing for Bali?

Download the Ultimate Travel Checklist PDF.

I suggest packing over several days and laying all your items out in a row; this way, if you need anything (a toothbrush, for example), it’s easily accessible. Preparing over several days also allows time to remember personal belongings not on the list.

On a side note, Indonesia is currently ranked as one of the highest water pollutants in the world due to the large amounts of plastics that are not recycled correctly.

Everyone can do their bit to help keep this tropical paradise beautiful so bring what you can to avoid throwing away wrappers.

Instead of just buying everything over there only to be tossed at the end of your holidays, bring what you can with you and also bring what you can home.

Anything you have left over that you can no longer use, notify reception rather than just throwing it into the bin. They can then use it for themselves or give it to the less fortunate.


Packing for a trip to Bali is easier when you have a checklist. By bringing the right items, you can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip. So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for an amazing adventure in Bali.


What must I pack for Bali?

To enjoy Bali’s tropical climate comfortably, pack light and loose summer clothing and beachwear, including swimwear for the beach or pool. Comfortable sandals or thongs are ideal for casual walks, while enclosed shoes may be needed for certain activities or dining out. Ensure you have bank cards and cash for expenses and emergencies. Don’t forget your phone and related accessories to stay connected and capture memories. A light rain jacket can be handy for unexpected showers. Lastly, pack toiletries and medication, if necessary, to ensure you have everything you need for your health and hygiene.

What can you not bring to Bali?

When visiting Bali, avoid bringing sarongs and expensive jewellery as Bali offers a rich selection of local designs, and it’s safer not to travel with valuables. Illegal drugs are strictly prohibited and can result in severe penalties. Lastly, limit toiletries, which can easily be purchased locally, reducing your luggage weight and supporting local businesses.

What should girls pack for Bali?

Girls should focus on comfortable and casual attire for Bali’s warm climate. Pack enough T-shirts and shorts for daily wear, allowing for washing and re-wearing. Include 2 evening shirts, opting for short-sleeved, light materials that remain comfortable into the warm nights. This practical wardrobe ensures you’re prepared for both the beach and evening outings.

Can you wear green in Bali?

On the southern beaches of Java, it’s advised not to wear green due to the local belief in Nyi Roro Kidul, the Goddess of the Southern Sea, who is said to claim exclusive rights to the colour green. Disobeying this belief is thought to bring misfortune from the sea.

Is it OK to wear red in Bali?

In Bali, traditional clothing often features white and yellow to symbolise purity. Dark colours like brown, purple, or red are typically reserved for special occasions such as weddings or local events. Wearing red is acceptable, particularly during these significant cultural gatherings.

How many clothes can you fit in a 7kg bag?

A 7kg bag can generally accommodate a week’s worth of lightweight clothing. For example, packing four lightweight shirts, a pair of jeans, two pairs of shorts, and a jumper should fit within this limit, ensuring you have a variety of outfits for different occasions without exceeding baggage restrictions.

Does your handbag count towards the 7kg carry-on?

Yes, the 7kg carry-on allowance usually includes two items: 1 main item and 1 small item, such as a handbag or thin laptop bag. The small item must fit under your seat, ensuring you can bring essential personal items and a handbag within your total carry-on limit.

Can I bring deodorant on the plane?

Deodorant can be brought on the plane as long as it adheres to the liquids, aerosols, and gels regulations, which require containers to be 100ml/100g or less and fit within one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.

What is forbidden in carry-on luggage?

Self-defence items (including ammunition, martial arts equipment, pepper sprays, and firearms), sharp objects (like chef’s knives and corkscrews), and certain liquids, aerosols, and gels over 100ml/100g are forbidden in carry-on luggage. It’s essential to check specific airline regulations for detailed restrictions.

Can you take Panadol on international flights?

You can take Panadol on international flights as it’s considered a non-prescription medication. However, medications containing controlled substances like codeine may have restrictions. Always carry prescription medications in your carry-on luggage and any valuables for security and accessibility.