Packing List for Bali – What to bring for your holidays

What you should bring: While for some people packing is a lot of fun, for others it is just a nightmare packing the right things and not forgetting anything.

Packing list for Bali: Things you shouldn’t forget

Take it easy and play smart: Bring the essentials from the Home Sweet Home packing list for Bali and save a lot of time. Also, since everybody is different, we’ve created a customised packing list for Bali. While the surfer doesn’t want to miss some wax (and the surfboard of course) the family might bring loads of sunscreen since the products here are quite expensive. Prepare yourself well and also make sure to check everything on the Departure Checklist!

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First note to you:

Bali and all over Indonesia has tropical weather where the sun is bright and the humidity level quite high. Bottom line, you are always going to be hot and sweaty – Therefore don’t pack too much, you’ll only need shorts and shirts. Laundry prices here are ridiculously cheap – for less than a dollar, you can get your clothes washed.

Let’s get started: Your Packing list for Bali


Keep a copy of all those documents online!


  • Shirts and shorts (again, don’t pack too much. Pack stuff for a week and simply bring it to the laundry.)
  • Fleece jacket / Hoodie (for the plane or for trekking, it might get chilly in the mountains)
  • Sports clothes (for some hiking or morning yoga)
  • Weather resistant jacket (this will be essential for the rainy season in Bali. You can also buy raincapes in Bali for little money.)
  • Trekking/sports shoes (Make sure they have a grip if you go mountain climbing)
  • Nice shirt and long pants/pretty dress (For the fancy clubs in Seminyak only. Find the best parties in Bali!)

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Beach Necessities

  • Swimsuit (Bikinis, swimsuit, board short: you name it. Bring a couple, not just one. You are surrounded by water: The ocean or the pool or some lakes – you will have a chance to swim quite often.)
  • Sunglasses (Don’t let the bright shine blind you – don’t forget your sunglasses. You can get tons of fake Ray Bens here, they have the name but not the protection)
  • Waterproof Sunscreen (Having a nice tan as a souvenir is really nice, but having a sunburn is the worst nightmare. Bring your sunscreen from home – Of course, you can get it here but prices are insane)
  • Books (Is there a better place to read than at the beach? Grab your best book and enjoy the story with the sound of the waves.)
  • Snorkel/goggles/Fins (If you are a passionate snorkeler you should bring your own equipment. Then you are always ready to jump into the ocean and watch the fish)
  • Hat (Block the sun and save a bad hair day)
  • Sarong (easy for beach days)
  • Beach Towels (there is no need to bring a shower towel. Most guest houses include fresh towels. When browsing through our beautiful listings watch out for the feature ‘Towels’.)
  • Flip-Flops (Yup, that’s what you will wear all day if you are not barefoot)packing-bali-birdeye-man-black-beach-sand-taning-vacation-holiday

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    Other Stuff

  • Earplugs (It’s always summer here, parties everywhere, people on motorbikes, the need of quietness isn’t so high with the locals. Just in case – be prepared. It’s a bit hard getting them here.)
  • Your own water bottle (20 million plastic water bottles are wasted on Bali every year. It is insane. And their garbage organisation isn’t the best yet. Don’t add water bottles to this – bring your own and help to make Bali a cleaner place. A good deed every day!)
  • Converter (two-pin plug (round), Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz, Power sockets: type C / F)
  • Mosquito net (There is no Malaria on Bali, therefore it’s not essential to use mosquito nets during the night. But mosquitos can be annoying anyway. Do you need an accommodation with mosquito net?)
  • Card/Board games (for the social hangouts)packing-list-luggage-bali-indonesia


  • Camera (Yep, for selfies, sceneries or any other shot you never want to forget. There is so much beautiful stuff around the corner. But: Don’t forget to enjoy the moment.)
  • Underwater camera (Go Pros or any other brands. But if you have one, take one! You will make great shots underwater of turtles, mantas and colourful fish. Check out the best diving spots in Bali.)
  • Phone (Do you want to stay connected in Bali?)
  • Powerbank (You might need it on longer trips or at guesthouses with only one plug)
  • Memory card  
  • Laptop/Tablet (if you are not working in Bali, you don’t need your laptop. It’s holiday time! A Tablet can be useful to check out some information or watch a movie)
  • E-Reader (download the best stories for some relaxing time in a hammock)
  • Charger (camera, phone, laptop)
  • Headphones (music makes emotions don’t forget to update your Playlist)coworking-work-table-internet-wifi-desk-together-bali

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    Useful Apps:

  • Dictionary 
  • Currency Exchange rate (world currency exchange rates)
  • Google translate
  • Foursquare (Food guide)
  • Uber/Grab/Gojek (Delivery and Taxi app, only working with an Indonesian number. Do you need a transport in Bali?)


  • Toothpaste + toothbrush
  • Shampoo + Body wash ( you will often find whitening ingredients In Indonesian products. Therefore, make sure to take enough products from home)
  • Shaver (bring enough blades)
  • Body lotion/After sun (your skin needs it after loads of sun)
  • Wet tissue (bacterias are all over)
  • Glasses/contacts/contact solution

Women should also take:

  • Hair ties (It’s so hot in Bali and you will need it.)
  • Tampons (Only some special supermarket like Papaya, Pepito and Circle K sell tampons, but they are ridiculously expensive.)
  • Conditioner (After all the salt and sun a conditioner will be a blessing for your hair.)

packing list for bali toothbrush


Additional packing list for Bali with a Baby

  • Floaties 
  • Sun protection (take enough sunscreen for the kids with a high protection. also shirts and hats are not a bad idea.)
  • Baby food (take some baby food from home for the plane or some favourite food for the stay.)
  • portable baby cot (super easy and flexible)
  • Special First Aid Kit for Kids (medical thermometer, suppository)
  • toys/sand toys (you can also buy a lot of toys at the beach and little shops but maybe your loved ones want to take their favourites )
  • pram/back frame (easier to carry your Kid around, but be careful there are hardly proper sidewalks in Bali)
  • nappies (take some from home since they are more expensive in Bali)
  • napkins 
  • bib

packing list for Bali wuth a baby

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Tip: Check out the best things to do for families in Bali.


Additional packing list for Bali for Surfers

  • Your Surfboard (of course…)
  • Sunblocker 
  • sun shirt/wetsuit
  • Rashguard
  • Wax (It’s hot in Bali, pack two!)
  • Extra Fin and Ding kit
  • Surfer First Aid (Why cuts are dangerous in Bali)packing list for bali for surfer

Tip: Find the best surf spots in Bali!


Additional Packing List for Yogis

For those of you looking for peace and meditation, Ubud is your place to be. With many yoga centres, you just need to bring:

  • Yoga mat (if you want, most provide)
  • Yoga clothes

packing list for bali for yogis

You want to stay close to the Yoga Spots? Find your best place to stay in Ubud with HSH Stay. Check some guesthouses close to Yoga Centres!

Did we miss somehting? Tell us what you bring for your Bali vacation!

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