In this tropical country, dress is generally informal.
Outside of hotels and well-defined tourist areas shorts and t-shirts are not recommended or you may get more than your fair share of unwanted attention and offend the local people.
Pack at least one long-sleeved shirt for protection from the sun, the mosquitos and unwanted stares.
For the humidity pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
Pack good sturdy shoes with you since your feet will be dusty and dirty while sightseeing and the roads outside of the major cities are very rough. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
And we like Thorlos hiking socks - they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when trekking in hotter climes.
A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
Opt for longer skirts, below the knee.
A sarong is a valuable cover-up for the beach and whenever a little more modesty is required.
For evenings it is best to avoid dangerously high heels - flat sandals will do just fine. Try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
When visiting sacred sites avoid shorts or short skirts - wear shirts or blouses with sleeves and carry a sarong or wear a long skirt.
The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.
Clothing Tips for Men
There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Pack for the Weather
You will enjoy cool breezes in the dry season of April, May, June, July, August and September.
October, November, December, Janaury, February and March are wet and humid - a small travel umbrella will come in handy, or pack a light but breathable raincoat.
Regions of Bali
If you are planning to visit the Highlands, our advice is to wear long cotton pants or lightweight trekking pants, plus a sleeveless top under a thin cotton shirt.
A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
Combine your main bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your day trip essentials.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Sarongs are a good buy, or look for cinnamon or coconut shell bowls.
Last updated 22 October 2015.
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