What to pack: Bali 15-piece travel capsule

What to pack for a holiday in Bali: new 15-piece capsule

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, How to, Travel 16 Comments

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It’s just one more sleep until we take off for a 10-day holiday to one of my favourite places – Bali. We’ll be staying in a couple of new (to us) places and cannot wait to explore and re-charge.

Bali is just a six-hour flight from Brisbane, making it possible to be in holiday mode super quickly. And the beauty of going to a destination like this one is that all year round the weather will be similar – warm, hot and humid. I know this doesn’t excite everyone but from a packing and planning perspective, your suitcase will be filled with lightweight pieces.

My 9 tips for how to pack and plan for a trip to Bali are similar to those if you’re having Australian summer beach holiday but with a longer flight on top. The aim with your travel capsule is to feel cool and comfortable, to consider sun-safe options.

{If you’re after tips on what to do when in Bali, check out this post and this post … I’ll also be publishing new posts based on my trip this week … stay tuned!}

9 tips for how to pack and plan for a trip to Bali

1. Think about what your daily activities will involve. Maybe you’re going to take out time share on a beachside umbrella and plant yourself there for the duration. No judgement here. You’ll need swimsuits, thongs and cover-ups as your mainstays. If you’re doing some day trips or shopping, then consider adding in shorts and sneakers.

2. Think about what your nightly activities will involve. We love eating out on holidays so I take a mix of evening options that work. We’re not talking cocktail attire, instead think minimalist shifts or maximalist kaftans. Or both.

3. Take more than one swimsuit. I always pack at least two swimsuits if I’m heading on a dedicated beach holiday. This always means you have one dry and available for a quick change from a morning at the beach to an afternoon poolside. Pack rash vests – particularly if you’re planning any water activities.

4. Take outfits that work back with your swimsuits. This can include cotton frocks and cover-ups as well as shorts and tunic tops. A swimsuit can become a bottom layer of an outfit so make it all work together and you’ll extend your holiday wardrobe. Ideal for that elusive beach-to-bar concept that only seems to happen if holidaying sans kids.

5. Pack a beach bag and towels. Often I’ll make the beach bag my carry-on bag or I’ll pack a flat one in my case. Make it a bag that is a neutral or something that can work back with your capsule. We also take our Turkish towels with us – ideal for any day-tripping that might happen as these towels take up next to no room.

6. Pack a hat. And sunscreen. I do pack a broad-rimmed hat in my suitcase for a beach holiday. See HERE for how. Coupled with sunscreen, these are my must-haves. I love the beach but my skin is fair and I don’t take any chances.

7. Pack a couple of different pairs of sunglasses. I keep my holiday accessories to a minimum (mostly my everyday jewellery and one statement necklace and/or ring/bangle/earrings) and prefer instead to mix up my look with a different pair of sunglasses. You have them on all day and for sunset cocktails, so why not take a couple of options?

8. Wear an in-flight outfit that won’t have you sweltering on arrival. This is the tricky thing as you have to dress for the day/evening you depart and the cold on-board situation but be able to adapt that outfit for arrival. A lightweight pant, tee and sneakers with layers I can easily take off and pop in my carry-on on arrival usually works for me. This time around I’m thinking a frock and tights situation, so I can remove the tights on arrival but not freeze on the chilly morning airport tun.

9. Don’t rely on shopping while in Bali to complete your travel wardrobe. I say this with a word of warning. Relying totally on holiday purchases to make the bulk of your travel wardrobe can be fraught with danger. You might arrive at a time when stock is low in stores – or you can’t find pieces that suit your shape or style. Go shopping and if you find pieces that need to be trotted out with a cocktail in hand, then consider them a bonus.

15-piece Bali travel capsule wardrobe

The following travel capsule is a guide for you when planning your own trip. It’s the base from which you might want to add more to. With the hot and humid conditions, keep in mind that you might want to change at least twice each day/night. I would double the number of clothing pieces in the capsule, making sure that any separates work back with each other and that any additions work with the existing shoe edit you’re planning on taking. Check your accommodation (or nearby your accommodation) for laundry facilities. If you have laundry access and feel inclined to wash while on holidays, then the less you’ll need to pack.

What to pack: Bali 15-piece travel capsule

1. Holiday dress $69.95 (on sale) @ birdsnest

2. Birdkeepers dress $69.95 @ birdsnest

3. Country Road t-shirt $69.95 

4. Bohemian Traders top $89

5. Bohemian Traders shorts $119

6. The Acqua Brand rashguard $139

7. Jets swimsuit $149.95

8. Ruby Yaya cover-up $119 (on sale) @ birdsnest

9. FRANKiE4 HiLARY slides $149.95

10. FRANKiE4 Footwear JACKiE sneakers $229.95

11. FRANKiE4 ALYCE wedges $219.95

12. Helen Kaminski hat $240

13. Quay Australia sunglasses $60

14. Country Road bag $229

15. Lee Garrett tote $109.95 

So tell me, is Bali a fave destination of yours? Are you heading back there in the near future? Planning your first trip? When are you going and where are you visiting?


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For me, I don’t book a holiday without first taking out travel insurance. Often the time of booking flights and accommodation can be long before the time of travel and you can never be certain of what might happen between then and showing your passport at customs.

I then want to take off knowing that if someone in my family needs it, I’m backed up with help from my travel insurance company. For my last three international trips – to EuropeHawaii and to Bali – I’ve chosen and paid for Allianz travel insurance. I also take out Allianz travel insurance for any domestic travel or road trips we do.

Obtaining Allianz travel insurance is a simple and easy process. I select and purchase my cover online. I’ve found that the insurance cover is competitive in price for the inclusions I select.

For me, it’s about having peace of mind when we travel. I want to know that if anything goes wrong that my family is backed up through medical help or simply help with extra accommodation or replacement belongings should something be stolen.

When our son was sick six years ago while in New York, we weren’t concerned by the potential expense should we need hospital treatment. And when I book holidays in advance, I do so with the knowledge that if unexpected cancellations occur, I’m covered.^

In short, I don’t leave home – or book a holiday – without it.

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My 10-step packing guide for any destination

Confessions of a Reformed Over-Packer | 10-step packing guide for any destination | Styling You | Nikki ParkinsonFor me, the holiday planning is all part of the excitement and anticipation of being on that escape. I love nothing more than going down the rabbit hole that is the internet looking for inspiration and ideas for what to do at the chosen destination but also for the types of clothes and accessories that will best suit that destination at the time that I’m travelling.

The formula I use for packing is one that can be adapted and applied to every destination and type of holiday. It’s not complicated. If you follow all the steps it’s quite liberating. I can’t ever imagine returning to my bad old days of throwing everything into a suitcase, sitting on said suitcase to get it closed, and hoping that I’d packed what I needed.

Want to get that formula? It’s all in my e-book.

Last year I released my e-book, How to plan and pack for your next holiday (confessions of a reformed over-packer) and I’m excited to let you know that it’s had a 2018 update and an expansion with some new chapters.

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Comments 16

  1. I’m planning a beach holiday in Bali with my two other girlfriends. We’re so excited. I’m pretty sure the girls are packing half of their wardrobe. But I am not. Normally, I take only the most necessary stuff I just can’t do without. I really mean it. The last time I went for a beach holiday to Turkey I didn’t even take a spare swimsuit… I just wore it half-wet for the second time, took a dip and dried up in the sun 🙂 No high-heels, no jewellery, I don’t need that. However, I was tempted into buying a couple of lovely Turkish towels and I love them.

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  2. We are heading off to Bali again, I think this will our tenth time, at the end of July. A well earned break, when I complete all the accounting for financial year end, for the clients of my bookkeeping business. I will so need it, I’ll be totally frazzled by then. Its been a hell of a year on many levels. Two weeks of cocktail, kindle and sun lounge with lots of massage and day spa treats to recharge my weary soul. Hubby & I have 5 nights in Sanur at Kejora suites, we have stayed here before, then 5 nights on Nusa Lembongan at Villa Damai. Then 5 nights in Seminayak, in a boutique villa owned by a good friends mum, very close to Body Works, where they know me well. Enjoy your break, looking forward to hearing more restaurant & shopping recommendations on your return. Loved Sardine and Gado Gado in Seminyak for a fabulous meal, last time we were there, but it was two years ago.. If you get up to Ubud, Bridges is one of the best places I have ever eaten, but you will need to book.

  3. We are heading off to Bali again, I think this will our tenth time, at the end of July. A well earned break, when I complete all the accounting for financial year end, for the clients of my bookkeeping business. I will so need it, I’ll be totally frazzled by then. Its been a hell of a year on many levels. Two weeks of cocktail, kindle and sun lounge with lots of massage and day spa treats to recharge my weary soul. Hubby & I have 5 nights in Sanur at Kejora suites, we have stayed here before, then 5 nights on Nusa Lembongan at Villa Damai. Then 5 nights in Seminayak, in a boutique villa owned by a good friends mum, very close to Body Works, where they know me well. Enjoy your break, looking forward to hearing more restaurant & shopping recommendations on your return. Loved Sardine and Gado Gado in Seminyak for a fabulous meal, last time we were there, but it was two years ago.. If you get up to Ubud,Bridges is one of the best places I have ever eaten, but you will need to book.

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  4. Were in Seminyak at the moment. The weather is not too hot at all. Really comfortable. We’ve been shopping and that’s fun. Massages and facials a treat. The restaurants are great. Try Bikini, Sarong, Barbacoa just for start! Great food. Enjoy your holiday.

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  5. I was in Bali in May for ten days as I wanted to have some dental work done. I was thrilled with the results and my 8 new crowns.
    I enjoyed shopping around Seminyak Square and also Boho Girl near Bintang supermarket. I didn’t shop at all in market stalls although there looked to be a lots of lovely little frocks.
    Having been to Bali many times, I’m no longer interested in cheap bargains.
    Will be back in October to finalise my implant and staying at Courtyard by Marriott, Komaneka in Ubud and the Resort in Candi Dasa. I also have a fabulous driver, Daniel, who makes travelling around very pleasant.

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      Hi Lesley, having a fab driver makes things so easy. We’re lucky to have the fabulous Dewa! And I’m not interested in the cheap bargains. Lots of fabulous offerings aside from those – great designer pieces cheaper than here but quality.

    2. Hi Lesley, I was wondering whether you could tell me what company/dentist you used in Bali? I can’t imagine being able to shop when all that is going on in my mouth!

  6. We are off to Bali in October for our sons wedding for 2 weeks so will have to take lots this time Nikki.
    Thank you for the great tips and ideas have a wonderful time Xx

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  7. Love Bali! The food, the people, shopping, massages – heaven. I used a little local laundry across the road from our accommodation. Everything came back the same day, delivered, beautifully ironed and smelling wonderful. We stayed in Seminyak, quiet but not too quiet. Will go again for sure 🙂

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