Let me start this packing list by saying - don't panic. If there's anything you have forgotten, you can always buy it there. Bali has very good shopping and you will easily be able to find the pair of sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, extra swimsuit you have forgotten. Ok, good. Stress alleviated. Now you can go back to packing feeling a bit calmer. You are so welcome.
Bit of background. Bali weather is warm and steamy year round. The wet season is December through March. If you are going then, pack an umbrella and/or lightweight rain jacket.
Here's what'll be in my suitcase next time I head up the Island of the Gods for a week:
- Swimsuits (2 or 3)
- Rash shirt and swim material skort. (Skorts are highly underrated. They mean you can kayak, do floating yoga, jetski or walk along a beach without baring all your jiggly bits to the world, and still get wet if it comes to that. I just think we need to petition someone to change their name because it sounds kinda like a snort and we all know that's not so sexy.)
- Sarong or 2 (wear to temples where you'll need to cover your legs, wrap around your neck or tie in 4 or 5 different ways around your waist and body)
- Short pool/beach coverup. Naturally I'm biased towards my own because they are lovely and can be worn pool to street, but if you're shopping your own wardrobe or you're getting on a plane in 2 hours, I'm sure you'll have a cotton caftan or shirtdress that will work just as well.
- Long pool/beach coverup. Ditto above. I'm suggesting long as well as short because it will cover you up from the sun, cool you down with a breeze captured under the fabric and if we are talking aesthetics, it just looks and feels beautiful to wear a long floating skirt. Now I've just written that I'm going to increase the number to 2.
- Lightweight pants (for the plane). Usually I wear my yoga pants and then they get to be worn at the other end as well.
- Lightweight skirt x 2
- Lightweight shorts x 1
- T-shirts x 4 (wear one on the plane). T-shirts all need to match back with either the skirt or the shorts. I'm sure you didn't need me to tell you that.
- Lightweight cotton shirt. Ditto above gratuitous comment.
- Nighties or shortie pjs x 2
- Summer dress that you can wear for starlight cocktails. Bali is casual, so not so dressy that you look as though you're going to a wedding, but just a step above something you would wear to lunch. Something like this black sun dress.
- Light cardigan (mainly thinking of the plane, but if you're tired and in air conditioning, you might be grateful for one)
- Sports singlet
- Sneakers or shoes you can walk in with sweaty, hot feet along footpaths that are not as smooth as you'll find at home.
- Dressier sandals
- Beach bag. That'll be the last Alexandria Main plug because I've run through my stock list now. Point being though, a bag that can work from sun lounge to cocktail lounge will save you some luggage space
- Back pack or hand bag that can cross over your body (just be safe from potential bag snatchers)
- Underwear (leaving it to you to figure that out)
Non clothing things
- Whichever electronic things you usually carry. Useful to know that Bali uses the 2 round pin socket.
- Plastic zip lock bags (this is your mother talking. You never know what will leak or be wet when you are coming home)
- Insect spray.
- Bottle of Evian face spray
- Hand sanitiser
- Filled script for antibiotics that will work on Bali belly (see your doctor)
- Patience (for if you are driving or being driven anywhere ;))
Ok, I think that's it. Have fun! Let me know if I've forgotten anything and have a mojito at Finn's Beach Club for me please.