I spent 2 weeks in Bali during the end of the Dry Season (Mid October) and the items listed below either made my trip (or would have made it) more enjoyable and stress-free.
If you've never traveled to the South Pacific, you're in for a treat. Extremely friendly people, warm tropical weather, and beautiful landscapes. I'd say Balinese people are some of the friendliest people I've ever met. And I've been a lot of places.
To make sure you can have the best time possible here, you need to be prepared on all fronts because as we all know, traveling to new places can bring challenges we didn't see coming.
I hope these tips can help you have a great experience in Bali on your own trip, and keep you prepared for whatever this beautiful island throws at you.
Essential Items You Need
1. Bug Spray (and lots of it)
I like to use this brand of bug spray, because it's long lasting even if you sweat hard and the smell doesn't last long on clothes or the skin. Mosquitos are everywhere here, and if you don't want to be scratching for the entire trip, invest in some bug spray. You might also want to buy some itch cream incase you do get bit a few times (which is likely).
2. Sunscreen (it's sunny AF year-round)
Everyone should wear sunscreen, face and body, even if you don't burn easily in the sun. Everybody can get sun cancer. Its always sunny here, even during the dry season so make sure you're protected whenever you step outside.
3. Pepto Bismol (for Bali Belly)
Theres nothing worse than having diarrhea on vacation, and it's pretty common for people to get that in Indonesia because of the spices and germs that might exist on your food that your body isn't used to. This happened to me and I wish I brought some with me... don't be like me. Bring Pepto or something for an upset stomach.
4. Thin Cotton Clothing
You will be sweating within 10 minutes of being outside in Bali, so wear clothing that breathable and dries quickly incase you are dripping sweat all day long.
Sneakers or hiking boots are good for the jungle, but even the locals in Ubud wear sandals. And for good reason. they're practical and allow you to quickly remove your shoes when you need to enter someones home or a sacred space. Plus, Bali is surrounded by water (beaches) and has many waterfalls, so you want to have shoes that can get wet and still be worn comfortable.
Let me know if any of these tips help you have a more stress-free experience in Bali and drop a comment below for any additions to this list!