Packing List: Indonesia

April 29, 2016 Stephan Popescu

Few places evoke images of “paradise” more than the breathtaking islands of Indonesia. Whether you’re “monkeying” through the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud, taking in the sheer magnitude of Mt Bromo, or enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach in the Gili Islands, Indonesia is truly a place that has a little something for everyone.

But as incredible a destination as Indonesia is, making sure you pack properly is imperative. Forget one or two important things and your trip might just not be the same. It’s with that in mind that we’ve created this list of the top 10 things to make sure make the final cut in your suitcase.

Lake Bratan near Bedugul.

1. Comfortable shoes

You’ll see any number of landscapes in Indonesia; from jungles and rainforests to mountains and volcanoes. Such variation will mean you’ll need a pair of comfortable shoes to explore properly. Whether hiking, running, or any other style, the key is to make sure they are comfortable on your feet.

2. Bathing suit

You’d be remiss if you travelled all the way to Indonesia and didn’t spend at least a little time enjoying the pristine beaches that seem to pop out at every corner. You’ll need at least one good bathing suit although we’d recommend that you bring at least a couple with you if your trip includes heading to the beach often. And because the weather here tends to be so humid, it’s a good idea to wear your suit under sarongs or other light clothing to keep cool.

3. Rolling backpack

Due to the differing topography of the islands of Indonesia, travelling with a backpack is the most ideal way to go. A smaller rolling suitcase/backpack should work just fine. Just remember to stay away from bringing any big and bulky suitcases. These will only weigh you down.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali.

4. Bug spray

If you’re going to be exploring any jungles, forests or natural highlights while travelling across Indonesia, you’ll absolutely need to bring some bug spray with you. It’ll keep those pesky bugs (and their bites) away, and ensure that you have a relaxing time while out and about.

5. Rain jacket

You’d be hard pressed to find better weather than what you’ll experience in Indonesia, but every once in a while the rain does come out. You won’t need to pack as if you’re travelling somewhere during monsoon season, but make sure to bring a light rain jacket in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Umbrellas are a good choice too, if that’s what you prefer.

Sunrise at Mt Batur.

Sunrise at Mt Batur.

6. Sunscreen & aloe

Even if you’re not planning on spending all of your time on the beach, you’ll need enough sunscreen for every day you’re in the country. As gorgeous as the weather often is, if you’re not prepared you may easily get sunburned. Be sure to pack aloe vera gel for when you’re out of the sun. It’ll help make sure you skin is soothed and well taken care of.

7. Hat & sunglasses

As important as it is to bring sunscreen, bringing a good hat and sunglasses is just as important. When you’re not tanning on the beach, you’ll want to keep as shaded from the sun as possible. Just remember that it gets hot pretty quickly in Indonesia.

The water temple at Danu Bratan.

The water temple at Danu Bratan.

8. Electronics adapter

You don’t want to run out of juice when travelling across Indonesia, so make sure to bring the proper power adapter on your trip! Be sure and double check that you have the right adapter before you leave. (Extra hint — bringing a portable battery charger can go a long way in Indonesia)

9. Must-have toiletries

Basic toiletries are always essential, but there are a few extra items that are especially useful; toilet paper (you don’t want to get caught empty-handed), hand sanitizer (you’ll need to keep those hands clean) and anti-diarrhea mediation (in case you don’t).

Having a snack at the Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Having a snack at the Monkey Forest Ubud.

10. Less is more

Whether you’re travelling across Indonesia for a week or for six months, packing light is key. Regardless of how humid and hot it might get, doing laundry in Indonesia is not only cheap, but quick and efficient as well. Plus, with all the local markets and shops you’re bound to come across, you’ll need some extra room in your luggage anyway.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in Indonesia encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater to different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.

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