12 Travel / Style Essentials for your Trip to Bali

Spending a month in Bali was the experience of a lifetime. It’s a fairy tale-like island with inspiring art, yoga retreats, a thousand temples and breathtaking waterfalls. It will always have a special place in my heart.

I prefer practicality and value versatile pieces when I travel. Lots of solids, bright shawls & coconut oil are always in my suitcase. I also shop for local crafts and textiles while traveling, so my suitcase is usually half empty with a room to bring things back.

Certain things I’m listing here are available in Bali’s local stores and markets; however, if your time is limited and you’d prefer to be prepared, you may find these tips particularly useful. 

Lightweight Tees & Leggings

Before throwing tees & leggings into your suitcase, check out the label that indicates the fabric content. Make sure that it’s made of natural fibers. Lightweight cotton or lycra blend clothing is ideal for a hot, humid climate. 

Mosquito Repellent

Bali is known for many insects, including dangerous mosquitoes. Avoid their bites! I purchased my mosquito repellent in Bali. It has a pleasant orange scent. Lemongrass and tea tree oil are also natural mosquito repellents. I added them when customizing argan and jojoba body oil at one of the local shops. When indoors, I also use natural mosquito repellents, such as sandalwood incense sticks and oil.

Blotting Papers

High humidity is no friend to my combination skin; therefore, I like using blotting papers every few hours or so. Mostly over my T-zone where I get shiny. These papers also quite effective with keeping my phone screen clean.

Coconut Oil 

Why bring tons of beauty products when all you need is coconut oil? This oil is so versatile. It can be used as a makeup remover, sun protection agent, hair conditioner and even deodorant. Coconut oil also is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing benefits. 

Sandals and Sneakers.

I like both sandals and sneakers to have some sort of Velcro fastening. They are so convenient when going to yoga studios, swings, waterfalls and massages.

Cotton Shawl / Poncho / Scarf

Bali is about trips to waterfalls, beaches and pools. I find a poncho or shawl made of cotton or linen or a blend of both is a good investment. It can be used as a towel and provide protection from the sun. You’ll find plenty of these around the island, including beautiful handmade batik pieces. 

Swimsuits

Bring 2 swimsuits. If you are size L or larger, I recommend that you bring your own swimsuits to avoid spending time hunting for them. Local sizes run significantly smaller and size L, the largest size available, is equivalent to American size M. 

Sunscreen

No comments needed. You will need at least 30 SPF for adequate protection. 

Linen / Cotton Shirt Dress 

A solid shirt dress made of natural fibers is very useful when travelling. It can be a stylish dress or amazing beachwear. Wear it with various belts, jewelry and accessories. 

Light Raincoat / Parka 

During the wet season (October through May), occasional rain showers are quite common and it’s always great to have a very light parka or raincoat. In Bali, plastic ponchos are sold everywhere. Most of these are not durable and are not made with eco-friendly plastic. Rather than acquiring new plastic, bring your own raincoat. 

Full-length Statement Kaftan

I loved having my full-length statement kaftan when traveling to Bali. It was a perfect piece to take my outfit from temples to the beach.

Reusable Water Bottle 

Bring your own reusable water bottle, especially if you practice yoga. I purchased mine at one of the local yoga studios. I use it for cold distilled water and my favorite honey-lime-and-ginger tea.

My Style Agenda, Summer 2015

 

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are having a fantastic summer!!

I’m sure you all have a summer to-do list. I hope it includes fun and awesome activities, such as travel, picnics with friends and loved ones, hair salon trips for your new look, and, of course, shopping for your favorite brands!

I’ll share with you what’s on mine:

  1. About Face. I intend to try as many vegan beauty products as possible. I’ve already discovered the online service . For only $15 per month, you receive a box of four vegan beauty products. Some of them are samples and others are full sized. I received my first box. I’m very happy about it and can’t wait to receive my next one. I’ll certainly review these in future posts.  petit_vour_vegan_products_beauty_box_samples
  2. Zen Presence. Sign up for yoga and meditation classes.
  3. Sports Appeal. Hunt for athletic-inspired pieces I absolutely love this mega trend. Chic side-striped pants made of satin, floral jacquard sweatshirts, elegant minimalist backpacks, glamorous jumpsuit with a drawstring that adds a casual touch…Currently, both slow and fast fashion offer a wide range of product choices.athlitic_pants_long_jacket (18 of 18)
  4. Network Effects. Invest more time on quality networking by attending events and joining social groups.
  5. Drink to your Health. Stop drinking soda and replace it with iced Calypso Green – coconut and pineapple flavored green tea.IMG_8759IMG_8754
  6. Day Trip. Make a quick getaway from the city.new_york_getaway_weekend_trip_summer_blogging
  7. Hobby. I recently enrolled in an Advanced Fashion Illustration Class. I absolutely enjoy taking my drawing skills to the next level. Stepping away from computer and meeting creative people is quite refreshing.