bali packing guide

packing for any tropical destination is rather simple. stick to two rules and you will be good to go.

1. pack something breathable


2. pack something comfortable

it’s truly as simple as that. you want to pack anything that allows for air flow, because when i say it gets hot in bali, i mean it gets hot and humid the moment you think about stepping foot outdoors. and well, nobody travels to bali with plans stay inside all day, so the heat and humidity is unavoidable. therefore, breathable and comfortable material it is.

i opted to pack flow-y dresses [they’re great for taking pictures in], skirts [casual skirts], shorts, tanks and of course, beach wear. depending on what areas and sites you will be visiting, you do want to stay reasonably humble in attire. most areas in bali are relaxed and laid back on this, but if you are visiting a temple or holy place most will require shoulders and knees covered. [you can purchase or rent articles of clothing at most sites to cover required body areas].

below are my favorite picks to bring along to bali or any tropical destination you may find yourself visiting soon. you can click on any image to shop directly.

maxi dresses

bali is an adult playground with a photo-op at every corner. flow-y dresses will make any photo you take look instagram ready without even trying. however, they are not practical for every adventure you may embark upon while exploring. i wore a dress when i could and braved wearing one to the tegalang rice fields, all for the photo. it ended up pouring on us and walking around in a maxi dress was the last thing i wanted to do. but hey, girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

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packing a loose fit skirt is a great option to pair with a one piece bathing suit if you plan on seeking out a hidden waterfall or posting up by the beach somewhere. most are breathable and can also be paired with a tank that you can later re-wear with shorts. a great packing tip is to always pack pieces that you can wear in multiple ways. it saves luggage space which we all know is prime real estate!

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this is just a given. my favorite kind of shorts are ones that have a loose fit [you’ll thank me after being outside for 30 minutes or more] or ones that are made out of softer and more breathable material because well, they end up feeling like pajama shorts and who can complain about that!

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tanks and tops

this is another given. i would go for tank tops and t-shirts that are breathable and versatile. like i mentioned before, if you pack a top that could go with both a pair of shorts and a skirt, then that saves you luggage space which leaves you room to do a little bali souvenir shopping. 😉

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cover ups and bathing suits

find your favorite bathing suit and pack it! if you plan on doing a little sun bathing and lounging around, you can pack whatever suit you feel is best. if you plan on jumping into waterfalls and hiking around, i would opt for a suit with support and lots of comfort. i personally, pick a suit by how it ties. i am rather picky about bathingsuits that have a tie behind the neck. if i tie them too tight, i get a neck sore and if i tie them too loose, well.. the girls end up giving everyone a show. so, unless the suit provides extreme comfort, i typically lean towards suits with straps.

one-piece bathing suits are a great option to bring because they can double up as a top worn with jeans and/or your skirt. aka, more luggage space, aka more bali shopping!

cover ups can also double up as a dress/day outfit. i highly recommend packing a cover up that you would feel comfortable sitting in a casual lunch spot in. that way you can make the most out of your beach day.

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wishing you the best time on your next tropical vacation!

xoxo | jasmine


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  1. November 22, 2017 / 8:03 am

    Lovely inspiration for my trip to Bali next Spring. Thanks so much for this!

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:14 am

      oh good! so glad to hear that and so excited for your trip!! check back next week for my write ups on my trip to bali. it will have tons of fun must-do’s! ❤️

  2. November 22, 2017 / 9:20 am

    OBSESSED with those cute maxis! Have a wonderful trip!! XO

  3. November 22, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    This is such a great packing must-haves for a warm weather vaca! I am so jealous of Bali!!

  4. November 22, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Even though it is the holidays, this has me dreaming of a beach vacation!! Great packing tips!

    • November 22, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      thank you!! nothing wrong with spending the holidays under the sun 😊☀️

  5. Anna English
    November 22, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Totally dying to go to Bali! (or any other beach vacay!)

    • November 23, 2017 / 3:28 am

      bali is incredible!! you would loveeee it!!

  6. November 22, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Great article. So true about the maxi dresses…and really any long skirt. They’re really insta only but not practical unless super lightweight and breathable. Otherwise, it’s a sauna under there.

    • November 23, 2017 / 3:29 am

      completely agree 🙌🏼 hahah just depends on how bad you want that picture😂

  7. November 23, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Total dream trip here and love these tips! thanks for sharing.

    • November 23, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      bali is such a dream!!! thank you for checking out my packing guide 🙂

  8. Ashley
    November 23, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Dying to visit Bali…especially after following your adventures on IG! This is a great guide for packing!

    • November 23, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      it was so much fun😍!! i’ll be posting tips about all the places i went soon!

      thank you so much for following along ❤️

  9. November 23, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    These are great recommendations for packing! I haven’t been to Bali but hope to visit one day!

    • November 23, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      thank you! i definitely recommend going 😊

    • November 24, 2017 / 11:22 am

      thanks girl!! hope you do, too! it’s absolutely wonderful!

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