The large paradise island, Bali, in Indonesia is among the most popular destinations for Danes. Bali is also among our absolute favorites! A trip to Bali should always include the Monkey Temple in Ubud, but do not deceive yourself to also see the amazing Gili Islands or Nusa Lembongan!
As we often get questions about what to bring with you travel equipment to Bali, we have therefore based on our own experience prepared a top 10 list of the travel equipment you should bring to Bali or the surrounding Indonesian islands. See the top 10 below.
The surrounding coral reefs both off the coast of Bali, but also on the small islands within a few hours sailing are world class. It is therefore very normal to either go on a snorkeling trip or decidedly diving trips. If you travel to Bali during the rainy season from October to April, which is also Bali’s low season, there may be occasional rainfall.
In addition, Bali’s central mountains (or volcanoes) are also exposed to precipitation and cooler climates, as they are over 3000 meters above sea level. Therefore, a dry behind is the first thing on our list that we recommend. We recommend packing everything you have with you of value (such as purses and passports) and electronics in a dry-bag or two, thus avoiding worries about your things breaking on the boat trip.
First aid kit
The weather is 9/10 days fantastic in Bali and one is therefore naturally outside all the time. A trip to Bali also involves many day trips, treks, diving and the like for most people. When you do activities, the chance of getting injured increases – big and small. A first aid kit can save one a lot of hassle in case of minor defects and is perfect as it does not take up much space in normal backpacks or in your daypack. See our first aid kit from English Lifesystems here.
Yellowstone’s sheet bag can both be used as an extra inner layer in your sleeping bag, but can also be used as a sheet sleeping bag in warmer climates – and it’s hot in Bali! The sheet bag adds extra warmth to your sleeping bag, extends the life of the sleeping bag and keeps it clean. In addition, the sheet bag has a pillow pocket. If you live in a hostel with questionable hygiene, you can use a sheet bag to increase hygiene and get a better night’s sleep.
Smaller daypack backpack for day trips
There are many who travel to Bali without a daypack. We always recommend that you travel with a daypack, as a daypack is ingenious to keep track of your essentials and travel equipment on day trips around Bali. we often travel with a camera, a purse, a water bottle and an extra set of clothes on days when the trip goes to temples or waterfalls. At the temples, you show respect by being covered, and if you are going to visit a waterfall (such as Tegenungan Waterfall) then of course you must bring swimwear! All this you can easily carry in a 15+ liter backpack.
Bali travel guide and travel books
For many, planning a single trip is a big part of the journey. There is nothing worse than coming home from a trip and then finding out that you have missed an amazing travel experience!
Whether it is swimming, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing on the beach, having a quick-drying towel is essential on any trip to Bali. we have different sizes of our quick-drying towel.
With a Highlander money belt, you can be sure to keep your valuables at a safe distance from smart pickpockets. The money belt has two zipper pockets, an adjustable strap and a soft back. It can be worn on the outside of clothing, but we recommend wearing it under clothing, so as not to tempt delicate souls. It’s smart if you’re in town in Denpasar or you’re on a trip – then you always have your money and credit cards safe with you.
A code padlock is essential to have with you during your trip – especially if you are staying in hostels. The code padlock can e.g. used to lock compartments on your backpack, to lock your backpack’s cargo behind during transport or to lock valuables inside lockers in hostels. Especially if you travel to Bali in high season, it can give extra security to be able to lock your backpack inside while you are out and experiencing the island.
Lighting: Flashlight or headlamp
When traveling to Bali, in the big cities there is no problem with lighting at night. But on islands such as. Gili Air or Nusa Lembongan, it could be a problem. Although the islands are considered safe, having a flashlight helps when returning to your hotel or hostel at night on trails where there are no lights. If you go out and draw on, for example, the mountain Mount Batur, you will typically get lights provided by the guides. But these lights are of poor quality, so having your own can be a big help.
Clean drinking water
The drinking water in Bali is not safe to drink. So either you need to buy yourself clean water in plastic bottles, or use other ways to filter the water. The large amount of plastic waste in Bali is now a well-known problem after a series of viral videos ( such as this one of a British diver diving around among plastic off the coast of Bali ). As far as possible, we recommend that you actively help to solve the problem yourself by avoiding buying small plastic bottles as much as possible, but instead use one of the options below.
Lifestraw water filter and water bottle
Lifestraw has developed a patented water filter that can filter the local drinking water (and even water from lakes, etc.) and make it completely clean so that it can be drunk without problems.
An alternative to Lifestraw is to use water purification tablets, or alternatively buy water in larger cans and remember to return them again, to minimize your “plastic imprint” on the island, and so you thus help to make sure to keep the Asian gem beautiful for next time you or other travelers visit the island!
Other useful travel equipment when traveling to Bali
It was the top 10 list of the equipment we recommend for the trip to Bali. However, the list is not exhaustive as the following travel equipment is also important to consider:
- Good hiking backpack – Although it may seem obvious, we are huge fans of having a good backpack on our back. It saves you a lot of hassle compared to traveling with a suitcase.
- Compact sleeping bag – We recommend a sheet bag later in the article, but a definite sleeping bag is also a good idea to have on the trip, either as a supplement to the sheet bag, or instead. In hotels you can of course just use the sheets / duvets that are there, but in hostels it can quickly turn out that an investment is good, as the hygiene can be very varied. We sell a very compact sleeping bag that does not take up much space in the backpack.
- Mosquito net – A mosquito net is always a good investment, and can save you a lot of tiring nights. Asian mosquitoes are just worse than Danish!