When I say I am headed to Bali the questions I’m asked the most are ‘where to shop?’ and ‘what to pack?’ Look, there are a billion shops (I haven’t actually counted but there are stacks and stacks) in Bali so that is a post in itself, today’s post is about covering off some Bali holiday packing tips.
It’s just one more sleep until I hit the shores of Bali to host another ‘Styling Curvy on tour’ and I am very much looking forward to the sights and sounds of Bali and being among the beautiful people who are so friendly, welcoming and for them nothing is too much of a bother. Oh, then there’s the food and shopping. The time right now can’t go fast enough, except I really need to get organised and pack for Bali, speaking of packing in this post I’m sharing my Bali packing tips.
Think about what day and night activities you have planned.
For some a Bali holiday is jam packed with action, while for others are a relaxed affair. Personally I like it somewhere in between so need to pack accordingly. Bali is humid so pack breathable, lightweight pieces that will keep you cool and be easy to wash and dry. Silk, cotton, linen, bamboo and rayon are all cool to wear when traveling.
I pack denim shorts and two to three tops, several cotton dresses, one poolside coverup and several silk kaftans for evenings or cocktail sipping. I can’t stress enough to ‘keep it simple’ as you will most likely do some retail therapy and collect some pieces while shopping. I plan on two outfits each day due to the humidity and will usually hand wash items daily. Just before I fly home I have housekeeping dry-clean all my clothes, there’s nothing like arriving home with no dirty washing and it’s ridiculously cheap to have done.
To be sun safe and ready for a change in weather think about packing some extra layers like a cape, lightweight cardigan and a sarong. A sarong or cape can also do double duty on chilly planes, be worn as a scarf and is also sometimes a necessity if visiting temples. If you don’t have a sarong you can most certainly purchase one quite cheaply from literally hundreds of market stalls .
For evenings you can choose to dress up a little but Bali is a beach holiday destination so anything goes. For me, I tend to wear a silk kaftan and sandals at night with some earrings and a lick of gloss on my lips. Thanks to Adrift all the attendees of my tour have been gifted a kaftan of choice to wear in Bali, thanks Adrift 🙂
If you are wondering about the weather in Bali the rainy season is from October to April and the dry season is May to September, even if it is rainy it’s often refreshing if you get caught in a shower or use it as a great excuse to head indoors for ‘another’ cocktail or massage 🙂
10 Pieces you might like to pack for Bali
I always end up purchasing jewellery when I travel so when it comes to packing, less is best. I keep it simple in the accessories department by day and bring out the bling after dark. For me one pair of sunglasses, 3 pairs of earrings (one daytime, two for evenings) plus a few cocktail rings is all I pack. I let the sparkles and embellishment on my kaftans work hard so there is no need for a necklace.
Because I have short hair that doesn’t react well to humidity I also pack one or two head scarves, they make the most of pool hair and can add some colour and print to an outfit.
When it comes to shoes I am governed by luggage weight restrictions so again I go light with a pair of slides, a pair of sneakers and comfy heels. We all know we never end up wearing everything we pack so think hard about what styles you are more likely to wear and that suit your activities and be ruthless, if in doubt leave it out!
Luggage and day/night bags
Invest in the best travel cases you can afford, it took me a few years to work my way up to the luggage I use but they were worth the wait. I use Samsonite and Antler, both very similar, stylish, lightweight and durable.
I am a fan of packing cells…lightweight, waterproof soft bags in assorted sizes that I can pack ‘like with like’ items for easy access and neater packing. I throw knickers and bras in one, cossies in another, clothes (rolled up) in a larger one and shoes get their own packing cell too, because no one needs dirty shoe soles on their clothes. You can find packing cells at travel stores, Kathmandu, K-Mart and various online stores.
This trip I invested in small re-usable travel sized containers to decant skincare in to and a budget makeup roll bag (from Kmart), the kind that unrolls and has a hook so you can hang it. This has forced me to pack less and keeps all personal body products neatly in one place.
I don’t like travelling overseas with a large handbag so will be taking one from ‘Wanderers Travel Co’. It has plenty of separate areas, zip up compartments, is big enough to fit my camera and I can wear it across my body for comfort and safety. When walking the streets overseas always sling your bag away from roadside to prevent thieves on motorbikes stealing it. I also have a passport wallet and luggage tags that are monogrammed so there is no confusion.
For shopping I have packed re-useable shopping bags, because I don’t want to add to the plastic pollution in Bali. I have a smaller pouch for poolside and a larger zip up tote for shopping trips. In fact thanks to Project Ten who have kindly donated product all the ladies on my tour will receive their own pouch and tote!
Always pack at least two cossies when traveling to Bali as there is nothing worse than trying to shimmy into a damp cossie. The humidity (or evening rain) mean they can take some time to dry plus I am one to have several dips in the pool during the day. The ladies on my tour will all be jumping into their private pool wearing Curvy Swimwear, thank you to the team for gifting cossies to all attendees 🙂 Stay tuned for pics.
Gadgets and more.
Don’t forget chargers for all electronic gadgets and phones and remember to pack a two pin travel adapter plug. If you forget your adapter most hotels will loan you one and they are easily found at local supermarkets.
Every hotel I have stayed at has a hairdryer so these days I don’t pack one. I do however pack a travel garment steamer which is about the same size as a hairdryer and means I can steam the wrinkles from my clothes which makes me fresher and more ‘pulled together’. The garment steamer I use is a Phillips and it was just under one hundred dollars however you can find a budget friendly version at K-Mart that does the trick.
Bali holiday packing means some items are better purchased here, like knickers, bras, sunscreen, mozzie bands, sanitary items, and makeup. The shops and pharmacies in Bali are well stocked so grab deoderant, hair products, toothpaste and other personal items over there.
How to beat the humidity in Bali.
One thing that is always a constant in Bali is the humidity, yeah baby it’s stick-eeee! The pace is a little slower in Bali so I go with it but the thigh situation is something else! If you want to enjoy your holiday in comfort without thigh rub and rash then invest in a few specialised products.
I have long been a fan of a specialised cream to rub on my thighs to keep the perspiration at bay and recently started using a fab Aussie product Calmmē. The best part is it has NO nasties, that’s right Calmmē has
-No aluminium chlorohydrate
–No palm oil
-Not tested on animals.
-available in 40g tube so meets airline travel guidelines for hand luggage.
It’s like wearing a silk body stocking, which allows your skin to glide and not rub together to prevent chafing by creating a long lasting barrier that is not greasy or sticky, YAY! If your skin is already chafed calmmē helps soothe.
TIP, it’s a highly concentrated formula and so a little goes a long way. All the ladies on tour are going to be dry and comfy because Lajoie skin the makers of Calmmē have gifted a tube to each attendee.
Another must pack product is an anti chafe short to wear under your skirts or dresses. I am taking my Bridgets anti chafe shorts to Bali( see link and pic above), I know they will be perfect under my kaftan and give me a little more protection and peace of mind.
Bridgets are made from a soft breathable fabric with sweat-wicking technology which keeps you feeling dry, comfortable and fresh. Wear them instead of knickers for no VPL or if you like wear them ‘over’ your knickers…it’s your choice. Available in black or nude in sizes S-M (10-16) or L-XL (16-24). I wear the L-XL and yes they have great stretch and retraction so hold their shape while still fitting a range of body sizes/shapes.
Babes I will posting pics and videos of our trip from Bali, so follow along on Instagram, Instagram stories and Facebook, the newsletter will still go out as scheduled on Monday 26th. All up I will be in Bali ten days because when the tour ends I will be staying on solo for five days to finish writing a course I am working on. Please note the timing of posts may be out a little so please take the time to check in if I don’t pop up in your social media feed, ta.
See you when I am in Bali (hopefully with cocktail in hand).
Til next time,
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