Spending a month in Bali was the experience of a lifetime. It’s a fairy tale-like island with inspiring art, yoga retreats, a thousand temples and breathtaking waterfalls. It will always have a special place in my heart.
I prefer practicality and value versatile pieces when I travel. Lots of solids, bright shawls & coconut oil are always in my suitcase. I also shop for local crafts and textiles while traveling, so my suitcase is usually half empty with a room to bring things back.
Certain things I’m listing here are available in Bali’s local stores and markets; however, if your time is limited and you’d prefer to be prepared, you may find these tips particularly useful.
Lightweight Tees & Leggings
Before throwing tees & leggings into your suitcase, check out the label that indicates the fabric content. Make sure that it’s made of natural fibers. Lightweight cotton or lycra blend clothing is ideal for a hot, humid climate.
Bali is known for many insects, including dangerous mosquitoes. Avoid their bites! I purchased my mosquito repellent in Bali. It has a pleasant orange scent. Lemongrass and tea tree oil are also natural mosquito repellents. I added them when customizing argan and jojoba body oil at one of the local shops. When indoors, I also use natural mosquito repellents, such as sandalwood incense sticks and oil.
High humidity is no friend to my combination skin; therefore, I like using blotting papers every few hours or so. Mostly over my T-zone where I get shiny. These papers also quite effective with keeping my phone screen clean.
Why bring tons of beauty products when all you need is coconut oil? This oil is so versatile. It can be used as a makeup remover, sun protection agent, hair conditioner and even deodorant. Coconut oil also is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing benefits.
Sandals and Sneakers.
I like both sandals and sneakers to have some sort of Velcro fastening. They are so convenient when going to yoga studios, swings, waterfalls and massages.
Cotton Shawl / Poncho / Scarf
Bali is about trips to waterfalls, beaches and pools. I find a poncho or shawl made of cotton or linen or a blend of both is a good investment. It can be used as a towel and provide protection from the sun. You’ll find plenty of these around the island, including beautiful handmade batik pieces.
Bring 2 swimsuits. If you are size L or larger, I recommend that you bring your own swimsuits to avoid spending time hunting for them. Local sizes run significantly smaller and size L, the largest size available, is equivalent to American size M.
No comments needed. You will need at least 30 SPF for adequate protection.
Linen / Cotton Shirt Dress
A solid shirt dress made of natural fibers is very useful when travelling. It can be a stylish dress or amazing beachwear. Wear it with various belts, jewelry and accessories.
Light Raincoat / Parka
During the wet season (October through May), occasional rain showers are quite common and it’s always great to have a very light parka or raincoat. In Bali, plastic ponchos are sold everywhere. Most of these are not durable and are not made with eco-friendly plastic. Rather than acquiring new plastic, bring your own raincoat.
Full-length Statement Kaftan
I loved having my full-length statement kaftan when traveling to Bali. It was a perfect piece to take my outfit from temples to the beach.
Reusable Water Bottle
Bring your own reusable water bottle, especially if you practice yoga. I purchased mine at one of the local yoga studios. I use it for cold distilled water and my favorite honey-lime-and-ginger tea.