On your way to Bali but unsure what essentials to pack? We feel you! Packing for a trip can be super stressful, especially if you haven’t been before or need to pack for several different excursions (that cute bikini is going to look great sunbathing on Echo beach, but not so practical climbing Mount Batur!)
Although we can’t personally tell you which pair of jean shorts out of the 12 you currently own should make it into your luggage, we can provide you with an extensive list of the essentials to pack that we guarantee will be useful once you arrive on the Island of Gods… so let’s get started!
Packing list 101- our top 8 essentials to pack
1) Waterproof phone case
There are a MILLION Insta worthy shots to take in Bali! From stunning waterfalls in the middle of the jungle to crystal clear baby blue oceans to the legendary purple sunsets – you are going to need a lot of battery life for Bali! Yet, being on the beach, at waterfalls or just around the pool can be an accident waiting to happen if you aren’t prepared (and nobody wants a broken phone on day 1 of the trip.) To avoid this, invest in a decent waterproof phone case that is splash, waterfall and Bali surf proof. You will be pleased you did when looking back at all the glorious photos you were able to take because of it!
Bali packing top tip: Give this one a try and not only is your phone protected, but it also turns into the perfect underwater adventure camera should you spot any sea turtles on your snorkelling adventures.
2) Bali power adaptor
Remember we said you are going to need a LOT of battery life for your phone in Bali? Well, what with charging iPads, laptops, kindles and other electronics such as hairdryers and straighteners (the Bali humidity can play tricks on even the most groomed hair… more on that later!) You will find a travel adaptor pretty essential! Be sure to bring a normal adaptor for your accommodation, otherwise you may find a bag full of electronics you can’t use. But our pro tip? Bring a power bank when you are on the move. They are an absolute lifesaver if you have spent the afternoon using google maps to navigate around.
Bali packing top tip: The U.S and Bali share the same travel plugs… so if you are traveling from there you won’t need an additional adaptor. Massive bonus! These will both work perfectly:
3) Activated charcoal
Worried about Bali belly? The choice of food is unreal here and it would be a shame to miss out by sticking to bland foods. Be prepared for any upsets by having activated charcoal in your first aid kit. This is a local Balinese method for stomach issues, since the charcoal acts as a sponge, soaking up bad bacteria from your gut. Well worth having handy just in case!
Bali packing top tip: Accidentally left it at home? Don’t panic! Since it’s a local Balinese favourite, there are plenty of places to buy once you arrive. Try the Canggu shop.
4) Filtered water bottle
Staying hydrated is important in Bali, and water bottles are essentials to pack – but they can be expensive to buy here. So avoid the extra cost by bringing one along with you. You could try a filtered water bottle that contains activated carbon- ideal for decreasing the bacteria and reducing the chlorine taste, or a chilly bottle is really handy to keep water chilled all day in the glaring Bali sun.
Bali packing top tip: You can’t drink the tap water with Bali, even with a filter. Always use bottled even when brushing your teeth! You can help reduce waste by stopping in eco-friendly stores and filling up your water bottle for a small fee
These are two of our favs:
5) Natural mosquito spray
The mosquito’s in Bali can be a real pain… especially if your trip is during the rainy season or your outside once the sun goes down. Avoid being an evening meal by bringing some effective mosquito spray with you. Luckily it is now easier than ever to purchase one using only natural ingredients and without the toxic and harmful chemicals found in conventional bug repellants.
Try this one which is 100% vegan and organic.
Bali packing top tip: You can also purchase sprays which aren’t bug repellants, but when applied change your scent to something bugs don’t like… genius!
6) Leave-in hair conditioner
Remember we mentioned humidity can cause havoc to your hair? Well, that combined with sea salt and sunshine can leave hair feeling both brittle and dry. Your haircare SOS? Leave-in conditioner. Smother your ends with coconut-infused conditioner whilst getting ready for the evening or leave overnight for a mask type treatment and we guarantee your sun-damaged hair will thank you for it. Our fav is Dr Bronners Organic Hair Creme Lavender & Coconut.
Bali packing top tip: Once you have arrived in Bali, head to Body Balance, a gorgeous shop in Canggu that sells the most delicious rosemary coconut conditioner we have ever smelt!
7) Beach bag
Of course, no trip to Bali is complete without visiting the fabulous beaches! From Canggu to Uluwatu to the stunning Bali islands, there is no shortage of beaches for you to enjoy. That being said, some of them are incredibly remote so it is best to come prepared and have all you need for a day on the beach. Think sunscreen, towel, water bottle, suitable footwear, sunglasses to name a few! With so much to carry around you are going to want to look super stylish doing it, so invest in a good quality beach bag. Not only will you look oh-so-chic, but it will make your life a ton easier when hiking down the steep steps on Nusa Penida!
Invest in this lust-worthy straw number from Shop Bop.
Bali packing top tip: A ton of Bali’s boutique shops offer stylish tote bags which are great for the beach and double up as the perfect supermarket reusable bag.
8) Coconut oil
Just as we are obsessed with coconut hair conditioner we are also obsessed with standard coconut oil… it is a total travel multi-tasker! As well as applying to your hair for a more intensive treatment, rub into sunburnt skin, dry patches or on spotty skin… you can even use it as a natural teeth whitener if you have been hitting the Bali coffee shops too hard! It’s a great protector for the suns harmful UV rays and will leave you smelling delicious as well. Bonus.
Take this handy travel size pot from Kiki Health with you to save on precious luggage space.
Bali packing top tip: Planning to cook a few nights? Well, coconut oil also acts as a perfect, healthy cooking oil which provides a tasty natural flavour and avoids any unwanted nasties or MSG.
What are your packing essentials when planning a trip to Bali? We would love to hear from you!