Girl overlooking Bali temples

What to pack for a holiday in Bali

Bali might not take up much room on a map, but the tropical island is growing in popularity with sun-seekers. Home to soft beaches, flawless sunshine, first-class restaurants and impeccable water sports, more and more people are choosing Bali for their yearly escape. If you’ve joined the pack and are heading to Bali soon, here’s our handy guide of what you should bring with you.

The important documents

We know you’re excited to plan your wardrobe, but firstly remember to pack the important things. As Bali is outside of the EU you’ll need to ensure you have your passport and visa packed, as well as plenty of Indonesian Rupiah. After this, all important documents will be what you would take on any holiday: booking reference, credit cards, ID, and a copy of your travel insurance.

Clothes, for women

Like all hot destinations, you are looking for something in your wardrobe that is lightweight. You might be in the habit of throwing on denim shorts over your bikini or swim-suit, but in Bali the denim material might be too much. Pack in some loose-fitting beach dresses, floaty tops and three-quarter length trousers.

If you like treating yourself to stylish new swimwear every holiday, then Bali is the perfect excuse. The island is home to some amazing beaches – so we won’t judge you if you go on a bikini shopping spree. Sunglasses, as well a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight scarf are also must-haves.

As for footwear: we’d recommend leaving the heels at home and opting for stylish sandals and flats.

Clothes, for men

Similar to women, you want to make sure you’re not melting under layers of cotton or denim. Opt for loose fitting causal shirts and t-shirts in light colours. Same goes for trousers. When choosing your footwear, also mirror the women and pack a few pairs of sandals.

Toiletries and make-up

You’ll need all your usual essentials, but there’s a few extra bits that will need included. Remember to pack a high factor sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF properties. If you wear make-up, a full-face will melt in the Bali sun. Instead try a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream with some mascara, eyebrow gel and lip gloss.

It’s not very glamorous, but it’s a good idea to pack yourself a small medicine kit. Travel/seasickness tablets, Imodium and insect repellent will cover your basics. Remember to ask your doctor about medication for travel.


Bali is a stunningly photogenic place, and you’ll want to ensure you bring home plenty of pictures. What type of camera you bring is up to yourself, but we’d recommend a spare battery plus a waterproof cover for some scuba diving adventures.

And remember to bring a plug adapter (Indonesia uses European style two-pin socket)!

What’s your must-haves for Bali?

Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.