Bali is just south of the equator and has a year spherical tropical climate with only 2 seasons – moist (Oct – March, high humidity) and dry (April – Sept). I’ve visited in both seasons, and found both are unpredictable, nevertheless, the temperature is normally fixed at around 28 – 30. Even when it does bucket down with rain, you’re never cold! The mountain regions are always a little cooler, particularly at night, so if you are staying in that area it is a good idea to pack a warm jumper.
What to pack…
– As little as possible!
– Smart-informal and luxuryable is the norm, but remember to pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes.
– Sunscreen, insect repellant, hats and a folding umbrella for those sudden showers.
– A protracted skirt for the ladies and pair of long trousers is a should, particularly if visiting temples where this etiquette is a requirement. (As an alternative sarongs may be hired or bought at point of entry very cheaply).
– In case you put on glasses, it is a good idea to pack your spares in your suitcase.
– A face washer or hand towel for long journeys – in the event you undergo humidity stress, an excellent refresher is to freeze a bottle of water and take the frozen bottle & face washer in a plastic bag in your trip for quick ‘cool downs’.
– Anything you’ll have forgotten might be bought very cheaply in spa bali!
– Journey insurance is a must – if you don’t already have it – consult your travel agent or travel insurance will be bought on line.
– Make 2 photocopies of your passport, credit cards, journey insurance coverage and I.D. information – go away one copy at residence (with a relative or pal) and take the other copy with you (in your suitcase) keeping it separate from the unique documents.
– Take some spare money (for medical emergencies or in any other case).
– Most hotels & accommodation have safes – both at reception or in-room – use them for your own security & peace of mind.
– Using your credit card to make purchases in Bali is a safe and extensively accepted follow, nevertheless, always take care as you would anywhere e.g. don’t let your card out of your sight at the level of transaction.
– Bali has its share of petty crime the same as any country – take care together with your handbag or valuables at all times. (Drive past ‘snatches’ have gotten more prevalent).
– Solely change money at your hotel, resort or reputable trying places the place you belief the changer (and the calculator used) – ordinary practice is to depend your money back earlier than you and a receipt is given.
– A very good tip is to take a ‘cheat sheet’ currency converter with you – it will only be a rough guide (as foreign money change rates change each day in Bali) but it might save the frustration of haggling over something which could solely be a couple of dollars difference. You may make up your own ‘guide’ from any of a number of on-line change forex netsites.