What to pack in your suitcase if you’re visiting Bali

When we visited Bali, it was on a whim and we made up our minds in just a few days. Tickets were booked, hotel too and we were off. We just about had enough time to do a bit of shopping before we left and I found myself trying to search for things we may need to take. The internet was not very helpful and I ended up taking a lot of stuff we didn’t (couldn’t) use.

So here’s a handy ‘what to pack in your suitcase’ if you’re visiting Bali. Do bear in mind that the temperature is pretty much at 30ºC most times of the year and it’s very humid too. Plus there are mosquitos when you are out and about in the evenings.

Clothes –

  • Light t-shirts, blouses – half-sleeved or strappy or sleeveless
  • Light cotton trousers – linen or cotton (no tights, leggings, jeans)
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Underwear – boys won’t need vests unless they sleep in them
  • Short pyjamas
  • Swimsuits
  • Sleeveless t-shirts for boys/men


  • Sandals
  • Flip flops (we used our flip flops everywhere)

Medicines – there are medical shops around but it’s best you carry and use what you’re familiar with.

  • Children’s medicines – calpol, nurofen, piriton, vicks,
  • Adults – paracetomol or any other painkillers, diarrhoea relief
  • Mosquito spray or bands
  • Bandaids, plasters

Sun cream – lots of it!!

Sun hats (though you can buy some really nice ones for cheap there)

Cool water spray (available from Boots)

Baby Food – If your travelling with a baby, you will need to take these along as there isn’t much of a selection there.

Wipes – You may want to take these along for cleaning up – well, anything.

Camera and iPad or Laptop (wifi is pretty good and should be free in the hotel)

Backpack – essential to carry around snacks and water when out and about. You need loads of water.

Sunglasses – for all the family

Face towels (you perspire almost continuously when out and about)


Don’t buy/take

Water purifier tablets – if you are staying in a 4 star and above hotel, they should provide you with fresh bottled mineral water daily and there’s always an adequate amount.

Beach toys/buckets – you can buy these there instead of carting them all the way (they’re really cheap)

Wetsuits – it’s way too hot for those.

Jeans – you’ll never wear them and they add to luggage weight.

Trainers – Unless you are planning on doing loads of exploring you don’t really need these. Again, it’s too hot and you’d be better off with a good pair of sporty sandals.

Towels for the beach or the pool – Most hotels will give you towels for use with the pool or by the beach.

If I think of anything else, I’ll add to the list. Hope this has helped.

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