Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Bali

General Packing Tips

  • In this tropical country, dress is generally informal.
  • Outside of hotels and well-defined tourist areas shorts and t-shirts are not recommended or you may get more than your fair share of unwanted attention and offend the local people.
  • Pack at least one long sleeved shirt for protection from the sun, the mosquitos and unwanted stares.
  • For the humidity pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Pack good sturdy shoes with you since your feet will be dusty and dirty while sightseeing and the roads outside of the major cities are very rough. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Opt for longer skirts, below the knee.
  • A sarong is a valuable cover-up for the beach and whenever a little more modesty is required.
  • A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  • For evenings it is best to avoid dangerously high heels - flat sandals will do just fine. Try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • When visiting sacred sites avoid shorts or short skirts - wear shirts or blouses with sleeves and carry a sarong or wear a long skirt.
  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • You will enjoy cool breezes in the dry season of April, May, June, July, August and September.
  • October, November, December, Janaury, February and March are wet and humid.

Regions of Bali

  • If you are planning to visit the Highlands, our advice is to wear long cotton pants or lightweight trekking pants, plus a sleeveless undershirt under a thin cotton We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.long-sleeved shirt.
  • Be sure to pack a phrase book.

Last updated 24 February 2015.

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