Nothing, you’ll need all the space in your bags for your purchases…just kidding, we can’t have you walking around naked in Bali.
As many would be aware, because Bali’s geographical location is close to the equator, the climate is tropical and the weather, warm and humid. In Bali, winter is non-existent, the culture relaxed and casual and the people friendly and welcoming. With all this in mind, we’ve listed for you some “must-packs” to help you prepare for your time in our beautiful neighboring country.
Passport // Insurance // Smart traveler
Although Bali can sometimes feel like the eighth Australian state, you in fact are travelling overseas when you fly to Bali and the obvious essential items of a current passport, travel insurance and registration of your travel details with smarttraveller Australia are all necessities.
pieces that mix and match
Shoes // Clothing
Bali is indeed a beach destination and it oozes a relaxed vibe. Clothing should therefore reflect this. Items that are breathable which allow you to stay cool and as sweat free as possible are recommended. Flowy dresses and tops, comfortable cotton shorts and skirts, covered flats and sandals will provide you with more than enough clothing for the week of shopping and resorting.
Togs // hats // sunglasses
If these are items you would pack when going to the beach then we would highly recommend you packing them for Bali. The sunshine is non-stop in Bali and sun safe items are essential for most activities when on tour. If you’re coming on a Sourced Bali Homeware Tour, we will also provide you with water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Money // Bank
It’s always sensible to contact your bank to inform them of you travel plans and use of cards in overseas ATM’s and shops. Your bank will be able to give you up to date information about using your cards in Bali and compatible Indonesian banks and ATM’s to withdraw cash. We also suggest you have Australian or American dollars on you when you arrive in Bali as you will be able to change this into Indonesian Rupiah in the airport upon arrival. Having cash on you will save you having to pay international fees.
Chargers // Adaptors
Indonesia's voltage and frequency is the same as Australia's, which means you can use Australian appliances safely without a power converter or transformer (ie. they won't catch on fire or melt!). However, Indonesia's power sockets and plugs are different to Australia's, so you will need a power adapter. Since the country uses two different types of socket, a universal adapter is recommended.
Bali style attire
VISOR// LINEN //SUNGLASSES //FLATS
Links // Apps
In our modern “device dominant” world, we suggest you “packing” (downloading) these links and apps to your phone, tablet or laptop before you go. Tip: If possible, choose apps that work offline so they won't chew up your mobile data or stop working when you're in remote places.
- Triposo Indonesia app (Apple or Android) includes offline maps, attractions, mini-guides for day trips, and the ability to create your own travel log.
- The Bali Bible app (Apple or Android) includes food, shopping and nightlife recommendations, as well as a wellness guide and advice for families.
- Search for more Indonesia travel apps.
- Currency conversion apps help you work out costs in Australian dollars.
- Translation apps help with communication.
Tip: To save a map onto your mobile device for offline use, select the area on Google Maps then select 'Save offline map' from the menu and follow the directions on the screen. Your GPS positioning will still work on the saved map, even when you don't have access to the internet.
Alternatively, download the Google Maps app, go to 'Offline maps' in the menu and select a city. Search for free Wi-Fi hotspots on wificafespots.com, or download an app such as WeFi (Android or PC) or Wi-Fi Finder (Apple or Android). (www.choice.com.au)