Welcome back to this article series on my adventures to Bali, the Island of the Gods. This article is all about what to pack (what to bring), and what to buy when you actually get to Bali. Sure, this shouldn’t be rocket science, but there really is a trick to knowing what to bring so that you aren’t paying extra money for baggage, and you aren’t over or under dressed for the climate, the terrain, the activity, or the culture.
Without further ado…
What to Wear in Bali: Life is a Beach!
Beach wear is a totally separate section in the department store. During spring and summer months, this section will move closer to the main door, and during the fall and winter months, this section will migrate to the back of the store or disappear altogether in order to hibernate until spring returns again.
When you get the chance to catch the swimwear section before it flitters away, you should grab yourself several pairs of swimwear. You’ll need at least three full swimsuits that are modest in nature. These are for the days when the sun is out but the breeze is a little too chilly for a bikini. Also, if you like the scarcity of the bikini, you should buy several for a Bali vacation—go crazy with designs and styles—you want to be eye catching and feel incredible in your beach wear.
You should also consider packing swimsuit covers. These basically function like beach robes that will keep you covered from the time you leave your Bali villa until you actually want to go swimming. Since I’m a modest lady, I like to buy a few of these (one to match each swimsuit) and wear them outside my Bali villa rental, but when I’m sitting around my private pool (yeah, I opted for a Bali villa rental with a private pool) I don’t worry about it.
Once you’ve gathered your swimwear, you need to purchase a few pairs of footwear that are appropriate for beach wear. Flip flops can be a logical choice, but a better choice is sandals that slip over the top and heel of your foot. This helps to keep the shoe on when you make a break for cover under the eaves of your Bali villa as sudden rain showers appear. Beach hats and sunglasses are also a must if you want to spend any time sunbathing—which you probably will. The sun is a delightful kiss on Bali.
When it comes to beach accessories like towels, I wouldn’t bother burdening your luggage with these things. Not only does the Bali villa rental of your choice provide you with plenty of towels, they are luxury towels as soft as clouds.
Other beach necessities like sunscreen, reading materials, snacks, beach bag, beach chair, beach umbrella, and beach fun time activities (volleyballs, horses, and kites) can all be purchased on Bali or included with your Bali villa rental.
Bali is resplendent in beaches so beautiful that they defy imagination. Make sure that you have what you need to enjoy it before you get there. The next article in this series will cover what to wear for a night out on the town or a day out in the villages.