Bali has to be one of the most special travel destinations. The island offers something for everyone. From lush green rice fields, to white sand beaches, to breathtaking mountain ranches, waterfalls and endless jungle views, this island truly has it all. I have had the privilege of living here for 7 months (and counting).
And you are reading this blogpost which means you are planning on visiting this amazing island as well! I couldn’t be happier for you. Whether it’s your first-time visiting Bali or the 5th time, you will keep being surprised by its beauty.
In this blog post I am giving you a detailed Bali packing guide for female travelers. After 7 months of living here I think I can confidently say what you need and what you don’t!
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Now let’s get started with this Bali packing guide for female travelers
- Less is more
You will be traveling a lot around the island and probably driving a bike to most of your destinations. The more stuff you bring the more you have to carry which can make your travels unnecessary complicated.
- Roll your clothes
This saves up a lot of spaces in your suitcase!
- Don’t bring clothes that can wrinkle quickly
Clothes that wrinkle quickly are an absolute no go when you are traveling around Bali. These clothes will be wrinkly all the time as you have to cram them in your suitcase/backpack a lot.
- Packing cubes
Packing cubes are essential when you are traveling a lot. These cubes will make sure you have your stuff organised.
These are the packing cubes that I have and I am super happy with them.
- The right travel bags are essential
As I said before, you will probably travel a lot around the island of Bali. Having the right travel bags will make everything easier. So, definitely do not be afraid to spend money on good quality travel bags.
Let’s start with which bags you need to bring.
Having proper travel bags is so important. This island is so diverse and you probably want to explore a lot. This is why you need to have good travel bags. Make sure you look for quality. I mention 7 types of different bags, however this doesn’t mean you have to bring all of these bags with you. It really depends on what kind of traveler you are. Below are some bags that I recommend:
- Backpack for big travels / luggage
If you are planning to travel a lot around the island, having a big backpack is necessary. Traveling with a suitcase around Bali can make things very complicated (think about bike rides, boat trips etc.)
- Backpack for weekend/daily trips
If you are planning on settling down in a place and do day/weekend trips, you will need a smaller day backpack.
This is the backpack that I am using for my daily travels and I couldn’t recommend it more.
- Camera Backpack
If you have a lot of camera gear and want to capture most of your travels, you will definitely need a camera bag.
These are some of the camera backpacks that I can recommend:
- Beach bag
- Fancy bag
This bag you can use for nights out – going to restaurants/bars etc.
- Fanny pack (this is such a must, I use mine every single day)
A Fanny Pack is such a must have in Bali. It is super convenient and also safe. When you are driving your bike it is more difficult for bag snatchers to snatch your bag.
I can not decide for you how many pieces of every item you need. This really depends on the amount of time you are spending in Bali.
– Strapless bra
– Normal bra
Make sure to bring more supportive styles if you are planning on surfing or doing any water sports.
- Sport bras
- Flip flops
You will probably be only wearing your flipflops so make sure you bring good quality ones
These are the ones that I like the most
- Comfortable walking/running/hiking shoes
Good adventure sandals are a must, they’re comfy, airy and stable enough to go on outdoor adventures.
- Water shoes
Some beaches, waterfalls, etc. can be very dangerous and painful to walk with your bare feet. That is why it is always very convenient to have water shoes with you.
- Denim shorts
- Linnen shorts
- Cotton shorts
- Bike shorts (As they are super comfortable and this might be just what you need on a hot travel day)
Top left: My black biker short I wear on all my adventure activities and long bike rides
Top right: My demin short that I wear on daily activities
Bottom left: I have these kind of shorts in almost every color. It is a linen short and ideal for the warm Bali climate
Bottom right: Cotton shorts like this are ideal to combine in almost every outfit and every situation.
- Casual tank tops or crop tops
You shouldn’t forget that it is super hot in Bali and you will probably be wearing the same top over and over again. So don’t make your tops more complicated than necessary. It really depends on your own style but what works best for me are tank tops, crop tops, strapless tops and t-shirt crop tops
Some examples of tops that I wear a lot in Bali.
- Cute tops to wear on nights out / or to wear on your pictures
Every girl has those tops that look super cute but are not convenient at all. It is entirely up to you and what you plan to do in Bali but I brought around 3/4 tops like this.
- T shirts to cover up your shoulders
Make sure to bring a few t-shirts that cover up your shoulder, these will come in handy many times.
Tip: Some baggy t-shirts can be super comfortable to wear when it is really hot outside.
- Make sure the dresses that you bring are lightweight and don’t wrinkle.
- Wrap skirts are a must have to cover yourself up
- Denim skirts
- Long skirts (also can be used for making good pictures)
This is why wrap skirts are so necessary. They are super easy to cover yourself up when you are in bikini.
This is my long skirt I have to take pictures with. It is super handy to have 1 skirt like this. Make sure the skirt is lightweight and wrinkle free.
- Beach coverup / sarong
The sarong you can also use to cover yourself up when you enter a temple, or as a beach blanket. And extra tip: They are great to make pictures with
I love to take pictures when I am wearing a sarong. It adds more ‘spice’ to the pictures as sarongs mostly are very colourful.
Some sarongs you might like:
Not bringing warm clothes to Bali is a common made mistake. The North of Bali can be very chilly and also if you are going to do a sunrise mission (for example climbing MT. Batur) you will need to get up in the middle of the night and you need your ‘warm’ clothes.
- Light sweater or long-sleeved shirt
- Rain jacket
Having a rain jacket in Bali is super important. The weather can sometimes be very unpredictable (especially in rainy season).
- Legging/yoga pants
Whatever is comfortable to wear on the plane and for hiking/workout or yoga
- Long pants
The time I really needed warm clothes in Bali and I didn’t have any:
- Hat (for long days in the sun)
Some hats that I really like are:
- Bath towel / Microfibre towel
This towel will come in handy many times. If you are going to a waterfall but you don’t want to bring your heavy beach towel, this is the best option.
- Diving goggles
- Hair accessories
Toiletries are different for everyone, but this is the list that I brought with me when I moved to Bali.
- Cotton pads
- Cotton swabs
Sunscreen is quite expensive in Bali so make sure you bring enough with you.
- Mosquito repellent
- Wet wipes
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Makeup remover / face cleanser
- Razor blade
- Shower gel
- Facial cream
- Dry shampoo
- Makeup (whatever you personally use)
- Body lotion
- Tampons or menstrual cup
- Hair tools or products needed to battle humidity
- Hair ties
- Travel Medical Kit
For the Flight
- Neck pillow
- Ear plugs
- Eye mask
- Reusable water bottle
- Cozy pair of socks
To see what is exactly in my camera bag, read THIS blogpost.
Besides what I discuss in the mentioned blog post, you will also need:
- Lens wipes (especially if you’re doing activities near water like waterfall hikes)
- Dry bag for camera gear
- Indonesia power adapter
- Dual USB charger
Bringing a kindle with you will save you from the extra weight of hard cover books.
There will be many times that your phone or camera is about to die but you still want to capture that beautiful sunset. To make sure your electronics don’t die on you, it is best to bring a powerbank with you.
- Prescription medications
- Seasickness tablets (if any of your Bali adventures involve taking ferries or other boats)
- Hand sanitizer
- Laundry bag
- Copies of passport and visa pages
- International driving license
- Water protective case for phone
- Activated Charcoal
This will be your life saver. Bali belly is very common in Bali and activated charcoal help an upset stomach. It is available in Bali itself but I recommend taking some with you so once you start shitting your pants you already have a remedy.
- Rain cover for your backpack. This is very important for rainy season.
And obviously you should never forget to bring your passport, bank cards, credit card, driving license, the flight tickets, right visas and make sure you have a good health/travel insurance and so on..
I really hope you found this Bali packing guide for female travelers helpful and I wish you all the best on your Bali adventure!
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