Packing list to Bali for female solo travellers. Silvia on the beach wearing a long blue shirt.

The Ultimate Bali Packing Guide for Female Solo Travellers

Hello solo traveller! If you’re getting ready for a solo trip to the Island Of Gods, you’ve landed at the right spot. Whether you’re going for a couple of weeks, a month, or even longer, I’ve got your back with the ultimate packing list to Bali for female solo travellers like you! Bali’s a dream, but knowing what to shove in your suitcase? That can be a bit trickier, especially with its unpredictable weather. Lucky for you, I’m here to help make sure you’re prepped and packed like a pro.

Dress code in Bali

In Bali, you will only wear 3 kind of outfits and they all come without high heels (!), so make sure you bring comfortable shoes! These are 3 occasions you will need to get ready for:Β 

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  • Activities during the day-> From sightseeing to beach days, make sure you have some comfortable clothes to help you get through a hot day. I would suggest bringing some shorts and tops. Sometimes I end up using yoga shorts for beach days and other activities.
  • Yoga or sportive activities-> You should plan on getting some light yoga or gym/hike outfits with you. Yoga studios don’t have aircon so don’t pack long leggings or you will literally melt!
  • Evening dinners -> it’s very likely you will go out for dinner most of the time. In this case, I would suggest bringing a few light dresses with you to pair with flat shoes. Alternatively, you can wear the same shorts you plan on wearing during the day but with a nice top this time.

Which shoes should you pack for Bali?

Packing list to Bali for female solo travellers. This image shows Silvia walking barefoot in Bali. She is wearing a white dress with stripes on her shoulders.

As I mentioned before, high heels are not advisable because the vibe is very laid back but also for practical reasons. So what should you bring? 

Let me give you a quick reality check. You are not going to wear shoes for most of the time. There are no-shoes policies at coworking spaces, some shops, people’s houses and homestays. You will obviously also visit the beach or pools so again, no shoes there. However, I would suggest packing the below:Β 

  • Flip flops: I would wear these during beach days or boat trips so you can easily take them off.
  • Flat sandals: These will be super handy for activities during the day, evening dinners out but also to move on the scooter. Especially if you are sitting behind on the scooter, it would be very painful wearing flip-flops all the way!
  • Trainers: I would suggest wearing trainers for hikes or walking through rice fields (in case you meet any snakes) if you are going to the gym or need to catch a flight.

What to bring during the rainy vs. dry season

First things first, Bali’s got two main vibes when it comes to weather – the rainy season and the dry season. Figuring out when you’ll visit is key to packing smart.

Rainy Season Rundown β˜‚οΈ

Set to visit during the rainy season? Brace yourself for spectacular showers and an incredible lush landscape that looks straight out of a movie. Here’s what you need to pack:

  • Rain Jackets: A no-brainer, right? Go for something light and breathable. You’re not tackling cold, just wet!
  • Water-Proof Bag and Things: Protect your gadgets and documents with waterproof bags. Trust me, your future self will thank you.
  • Laundry Essentials: I’m sorry to break this down to you but you can’t wash up your things during the rainy season because nothing will dry! You will have to visit the laundry shop possibly once a week. Luckily it’s very affordable but yes, don’t waste your money on a laundry soap because you won’t use it!
  • Bug Battling Gear: Mosquitos love the rainy season as much as we love Bali. Bring along a good insect repellent and consider packing a mosquito net if you’re going for that authentic Bali vibe.

Dry Season Dos β˜€οΈ

Visiting in the dry season? You’re in for sunny days and cool nights. Here’s what to adjust in your packing list:

  • Laundry Essentials: With less humidity, you can finally pack your laundry essentials. There is no need to visit the laundry shop as often as you would during the rainy season!
  • Bug Basics: There are fewer mosquitos, but don’t ditch the bug spray entirely. Better safe than itchy, right?

Packing List for 2 Weeks in Bali

Packing list to Bali for female solo travellers. This image shows Silvia in Bali on the side of a yellow bike. She is wearing white shorts and a blue top with a bow on the back.

Are you ready for the ultimate packing list to Bali for female solo travellers?

Let’s start with a two-week travel list. Here’s what you should pack:

Clothes and accessories πŸ‘—

βœ… A mix of casual and a couple of dressy outfits – Bali’s relaxed but you might want to glam up. I would say 4 tops and 2 bottoms that are interchangeable. 2/3 evening dresses.

βœ… I would suggest 7 underwear because you can wash them yourself or give them to the laundry shop

βœ… Swimwear, because hello, beaches and pools! I would bring 3 max and you can possibly mix and match them too.

βœ… Light microfibre towel you can use on the beach or to cover yourself when you visit local temples.

βœ… Comfortable walking shoes and flip-flops.

βœ… Light rain jacket if you are visiting during the rainy season

βœ… 3 gym outfits (you can also wear outside)

βœ… Reusable water bottle

βœ… Tissues

βœ… Pocket-size backpack you can use to go anywhere (if possible water-proof)

Beauty and medicines πŸ’„

βœ… Skincare for hot weather. Don’t bring too much with you because you will find amazing skincare in Bali! My favourite is from this shop called Bali Life. I wouldn’t go crazy with makup because it literally melts!

βœ… Electrolytes, paracetamol

Electronics πŸ€–

βœ… Your phone, obviously!

βœ… Camera, if you’re taking one.

βœ… Laptop if you are planning on working

βœ… Chargers and a power bank

βœ… International adapter – Bali uses European-style plugs

βœ… Bring your tripod to take pictures of yourself (we all know we need one when travelling solo)

Packing List for 1 Month in Bali

Packing list to Bali for female solo travellers. Image of Silvia looking at herself in the mirror in Bali. She is wearing white shorts and a yellow tshirt

Staying a bit longer? Here’s how to adjust your list for a month:

Clothes and accessories πŸ‘—

βœ…Think about the activities you will be doing most of the time and increase the size on those. Don’t go crazy though because you can wash everything and wear the same things over and over again

βœ… Pack some extra bikinis and period pads (I would suggest something eco-friendly like cups or fabric pads)

βœ… Bring a long shirt you can wear on boat trips so you won’t get sun-burnt immediatelly!

Beauty and medicines πŸ’„

βœ… Skincare for hot weather and a strong moisturiser in case you get sunburnt

βœ… Electrolytes (very useful especially in case you get the Bali belly), paracetamol and medicines that require prescription

Electronics πŸ€–

βœ… Same as for two weeks, but maybe add an extra charger in case one decides to be naughty and stop working. Alternatively, you can buy one in Bali.Β 

βœ… Again, don’t forget that international adapter!

Packing List for 3 Months in Bali

This image shows Silvia by the beach in Bali with a pen and notepad. She is tanned and has a colourful nail vernish.

Settling in for the long haul? Awesome choice! 🌴 Here’s what you’ll need for a fabulous three-month getaway:

Clothes and accessories πŸ‘—

βœ… Pack more of your faves from the one-month list, plus some extra pieces for those unexpected Bali adventures. If you are planning on going for a visa-run, consider you might need to pack for another country as well. The tourist visa in Bali only lasts 1 month so unless you extend it you might need to change country for a day or more and come back (read more here).

βœ… A lightweight rain jacket, because you never know when you’ll get caught in a quick rain shower. It’s all part of the experience!

βœ… Don’t forget a comfy pair of sneakers. Trust me, your flip-flops will need a break.

Beauty and medicines πŸ’„

βœ… Skincare only for a week or so, you will buy the rest there

βœ… Electrolytes, paracetamol and medicines that require prescription

βœ… Bring your favourite tea from home or anything comforting you think you would appreciate during a long trip

Electronics πŸ€–

βœ… Consider bringing a small laptop or tablet for those chill cafe workdays or if you’re planning to blog about your Bali escapades.

βœ… An external hard drive or cloud storage subscription to back up those priceless memories.

Packing Tips

  • Bring a small first aid kit – it’s better to have it just in case (especially if you are planning on surfing or driving a scooter!)
  • Make sure you pack everything in an organised way, maybe with packing cubes? (check out the best packing tips here!)
  • Take along a notebook or journal to capture all the amazing experiences in Bali.
  • Don’t pack too much! I normally use a cabin suitcase for 3 months because it’s easier to get around.

If You’re Staying Even Longer…

Going for three months or more? You’re living the dream! For longer stays, consider:

  • A mini capsule wardrobe that you can mix and match.
  • Maybe invest in a good-quality, lightweight laptop if you’re working remotely.
  • Over time, buy local products for needs that crop up. Bali’s markets are fabulous for finding treasures.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this blog post including the ideal packing list to Bali for female solo travellers. The next step now is downloading all the essential travel apps and deciding how you will get a SIM card in Bali!

Also, don’t panic about your suitcase because if you forget something you can find it in Bali for sure, in fact, make sure to leave some extra space in case you want to bring something home!

Ciao for now,

Silvia x