What to Pack for Bali

10 essentials for your Bali Packing list:

  • As many Bikinis and Swimsuits as possible
  • Beach cover up – I love the Heidi Klein coverups
  • Silk Kaftan –  Cool to wear in the heat and take no space in a suitcase
  • Maxi Dresses – Perfect for Temple visits when you must cover legs
  • Silk Playsuits –  Mine are all from Camilla (I found one in TKMaxx!)
  • Cotton Sundresses – Tropical heat is hot and sweaty, stay cool in cotton
  • Sun hats – protect your head and face from the strong sun
  • Sunglassses
  • Factor 50 skincare for face and Factor 30 for body
  • Sarong – Keep it in you bag for Temple visits

10 essentials for boys to pack for Luxury Bali:

  1. Perfect Vilbrequin swim shorts OR the less expensiveSuperDry version (see the photo and click to buy) Pack AT LEAST 4 pairs.
  2. Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts – Still the best and choose navy, white or pink or all 3! Click on the Ralph Lauren Ad on my home page to buy.
  3. Shorts, in beige or Khaki, navy, pink or red. Don’t go for patterns – this is a luxury look! Designs on Vilbrequin are fine.
  4. Long sleeved linen shirt and loose linen trousers in white
  5. Deck shoes, flip flops and trainers
  6. Shaving kit – beards are so horrible (sorry beardies …but you need to know!)
  7. Moisturiser and sun protection, aftershave. Girls love freshly shaved scented faces (my Diva tip for you).
  8. New underwear – old ones are in the same category as beards.
  9. Manicured tootsies and fingernails – again grooming is so nice!
  10. A beautiful waterproof watch – your watch says everything about you in one glance.

This is your ‘must pack’ list, add to it with some white T’s and perfect sweater for travelling. BOYS…… do not wear the same Swim shorts day after day! You will ruin the photos apart from anything else! If Vilbrequin prices are a bit steep, then Superdry Swim Shorts are the perfect choice. Inexpensive too!

PHOTO: The perfect Cotton sweater for travelling, click on the pic for info

My “What to Wear” and “What to pack” blogs are always popular. It is good to have advice and tips from someone who has actually visited the country and can pass on some information. This blog is updated for 2020 with some new links and new products. I am heading back to Thailand and Bali this Spring. Packing advice is the same for both countries, both hot and humid!

Dry Season in Bali:

The Dry season is May to September. My packing list is for the DRY season. If you travel in the WET season from October to April then add some lightweight waterproofs to put in your bag. The rain showers are often very intense when it does rain.

Diva readers know that I have limitless floaty summer dresses!  These are perfect for the hot, humid weather in Bali.  Pop a maxi dress on and you will be cool all day.  They are perfect for temple visits too, because you must cover shoulders and legs if you enter a Temple.

Just click on any of the items to take a closer look or if you want to buy them.

PHOTO: SuperDry ‘Ibiza’ Dress – perfect for my upcoming Bali trip

A trip to Bali means swimming, snorkelling and diving. Make sure you pack some amazing swimwear! This is on my wish list for my 2020 trip to Bali (yes, I plan to go back for the third time!)

It is worth spending money on a decent swimsuit for water skiing, jet skiing and snorkelling. There is nothing worse than a disappearing swimsuit as you try and elegantly stand up on your water ski! I LOVE a matching rashguard too!

PHOTO: My 2020 wishlist Bikini from Heidi Klein.  Click on the photo

TIP: I recommend a Rashguard to protect from the strong sun if you are spending time snorkelling, avoid a red sunburnt back.

Exploring Bali is a big adventure!  I really wanted a little Backpack to put all the essentials for a day which can include sightseeing, walking, photographing and other adventures.

Bali Packing List:

  • As many Bikinis and Swimsuits as possible
  • Beach cover up – I love the Head Klein coverups
  • Silk Kaftan –  Cool to wear in the heat and take no space in a suitcase
  • Maxi Dresses – Perfect for Temple visits when you must cover legs
  • Silk Playsuits –  Mine are all from Camilla (I found one in TKMaxx!)
  • Cotton Sundresses – Tropical heat is hot and sweaty, stay cool in cotton
  • Sun hats – protect your head and face from the strong sun
  • Sunglassses
  • Factor 50 sincere for face and Factor 30 for body
  • Sarong – Keep it in you bag for Temple visits, A silk wrap is useful for putting over your shoulders too.

Diva readers know that I have limitless floaty summer dresses!  These are perfect for the hot, humid weather in Bali.  Pop a maxi dress on and you will be cool all day.  They are perfect for temple visits too, because you must cover shoulders and legs if you enter a Temple.

Just click on any of the items to take a closer look or if you want to buy them.

SuperDry dresses are not expensive but look so great.  This will take you from the beach, to cocktails and exploring the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida near Bali!  If you like to travel light, this is for you.

Then you need a short dress for beach and sightseeing on the island. Cool, lightweight, fabric pretty and perfect.  Put on a straw hat and flat sandals and you are good to go!

I also like at least one Dress that I can wear for a smart restaurant in the evening.  Dress it up with heels for night or flats for daytime lunches.

Sunglasses are essential in the bright sunlight.  

Lipault

My Lipault Back pack is perfect, I absolutely love it!  Perfect for city or travel, it is made of soft leather and is elegant and chic as well as super practical.  I wanted a backpack that looks good, is light to carry and practical. My leather bag is coming with me for my 2020 trip! Check their website for the latest additions.

Skincare:

Protect your skin! Wear a hat, long sleeve cotton tops and suncream.

Any dermatologist will tell you to keep your face out of the sun and plaster total sunblock!  I always wear a hat and sun protection on my face plus sunglasses.  However, it is problematic when  enjoying water activities.  Impossible to snorkel with a hat! Use waterproof sun protection with a SPF 50.   Great for days out on adventures because it lasts all day but reapply often.

I have used this Facial Oil cleanser for a year now. Cleanses the skin and leaves it super soft. PLUS Bare Minerals is Cruelty Free, not tested on animals and does not contain harmful chemicals. ALL Bare Minerals products are totally cruelty free.

Water Bottle:

PHOTO: WATER BOTTLE FROM AMARA – CLICK ON PHOTO

If you read this blog regularly, you know I am obsessive about single use plastic.  I have seen too many plastic bottles and plastic bags littering beaches around the world.  I always carry a reusable Water bottle. Worth buying a good quality one, like mine in the photo.

I packed one of my many Stainless Steel water bottles, which are small enough to go in my backpack and extremely durable as it is Stainless steel.

Do not forget that all airports have drinkable water dispensers, usually located near the toilets.  It is also illegal for any restaurant or cafe to refuse to fill a bottle (although in Helsinki Airport Starbucks they tried to charge me 1 euro!  I politely declined).

MOSQUITOES:

Take some anti mosquito spray which contains DDT.  There are Mosquitoes carrying Dengue fever and Encephalitis in Bali.  I packed lots, but didn’t see a single Mosquito anywhere!  However, make sure to pack some in case you are not so lucky.

SARONG:

You will need to cover your legs for visits to Temples in Bali.  If you are wearing a Maxi dress, that is absolutely fine but legs cannot be shown.  Pop a Sarong into your Backpack to wear for Temple visits.  Although we quickly suffered from Temple fatigue, it is fascinating to visit.

PHOTO: Pack a Sarong for Temples

Although, you can buy or hire a Sarong at all Temples so don’t worry if you forget!

CLOTHES:

I  pack:

  • lots of swimwear,
  • rash guard,
  • beach dresses,
  • Kaftans,
  • shorts,
  • maxi dresses,
  • sun dresses,
  • all in one shorts,
  • loose long sleeved tops.

Loving these Swimshorts for every budding action man out there! Just the right length, cool and quite CUTE too. I am going to buy them for Mr Diva, he will look great in Thailand.

PHOTO: SUPERDRY SWIMSHORTS

Trainers and flat sandals.  I take my own Snorkel gear, I don’t think it is hygienic or safe to share equipment that has been used a lot.  Sunglasses, hats, baseball caps.

DIVA TOP TIP:  ALWAYS pack a capsule wardrobe in your hand luggage.  If the Airline lose your suitcase, your trip will not be ruined.  I take my Samsonite Carry on case.

PHOTO: What to Pack for Bali

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR:

My Canon Camera, 2 lenses one long range, Go Pro Camera, lots of batteries,  iPhone.  I take my MacBook Pro for editing in Lightroom, writing articles and watching Netflix.

FOOD:

I always pack some emergency supplies!  You have no idea how grateful you will be for snacks sometimes!  I take packets of Nuts and Dates, a Probiotic to keep tummies healthy, energy bars, Vitamin C and Multi purpose Vitamins. Imodium just in case.

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