What to pack for Bali, Indonesia

Packing List for Families with Kids

The good news is, Bali is far from being a deserted island, there are plenty of local stores where you will likely find all that you need. Better to pack less and save that space for the affordable shopping you can do on the island.
So, in case you forgot something at home, you can easily find a convenience store or a pharmacy in Bali - particularly in the south (Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu), and in Ubud, Sanur.
In the other areas it's a bit more difficult. So if you travel to the southern Parts of Bukit, or to Lovina, Amed, Lembongan Island etc, then it is better to be sure you have everything you need.

At Sunset Road you can find a fully stacked Carrefour, that sells everything form fruits to TVs. Pepito's is a local grocery and convenience store that can be found in many areas nowadays. Matahari is similar and can be found in Discovery Mall and Lippo Mall Kuta. In Kuta the infamous Bintang Market is great and of course all the small convenience stores that are all over Bali, such as Alphamart, Indomaret, Circle-K, M-Mart, etc. sell the necessities we often need and tend to forget or run out on.

We advise you to only pack the essentials and remember, you can get your laundry done very easily in Bali. All hotels provide this service. If you want to save some money, you will find many laundry services all over Bali you wash, dry and iron your clothes for 2-4 USD per Kilo.

Shopping is one of the main "activities" in Bali. So you might want to pack less and use the space for clothes shopping.


Do bring:

Light colored and breathable clothes
Bali can get hot and humid. Have a look at our weather charts. One long sleeve shirt and pants or skirt will be handy in case you will attend a ceremony or high-end party. Some restaurants, high-end clubs and lounges have a strict dress code Shorts, tank tops and sandals are not always allowed.

Beach essentials
Well fitted caps/hats for the sun protection of especially the little ones. Swim wear (T-Shirt or full sleaves) and sunscreen cream for the whole family. Cheap sunglasses are easily found in Bali but you might want to bring your own, as you are never sure if you get some that filter UV (unless you buy at a proper shop). beach shoes could be a good idea, although not necessary very often. A snorkel and a mask are always good fun, also in the pool.

Toiletries & Amenities
Depends on where you stay, smaller scale accommodations don’t provide toiletries, otherwise shampoo, body gel and body lotion are standard amenities in Bali's hotels, resorts and villas.
Ladies, a decent selection of tampax etc. is not always available.
Mosquito repellent is standard equipment in all accommodations and Bali has wonderful natural products to stop those pesky creatures. If you favor a special brand for your kids, then better to bring it along.

It's good to bring your own "home-medi-kit". Particularly when you or your kids need any special medicines. Pack some paracetamol, something against diarrhea, sunburn, insect bites. Although available, sun protection lotion is very expensive in Bali.

No need to bring:

Formula milk, pampers and baby wipes are abundant - but a bit more expensive than at home. Always good to bring your stock for the first few days anyhow. These items are easily available in pharmacies and supermarkets (local and international brands).

Your kids have plenty of things to do in Bali. IN many hotels and resorts you can find a small game selection, that will keep them buys during a rainy day. The small shops lining the streets of Bali sell enough goods your kids might want to buy.

Your heavy baby equipment
Avoid airline surcharges and backache caused by lugging cots and strollers; baby equipment of good quality is easily available for rent on the island. Note that most villas have their own high chairs and cots if not more.

  • Camera
  • Memory cards ( you will be amazed at the many photo opportunities) Smart phones & tablets & Headphones
  • Chargers for all devices
  • Plug or adapter

More on what plugs and sockets are used in Bali