Updated on April 25, 2019 by Asher Fergusson
What should I bring on my Indonesia trip?
Whether you are looking to relax or go on an adventure, you can find it all in Indonesia. So when you are thinking of what to pack, follow this complete packing guide!
We cover what to wear in Indonesia, what NOT to bring and general FAQs. Enjoy your trip!
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8) World Nomads Travel Insurance – Stay safe while traveling by getting insurance. World Nomads is popular with travelers because they cover a range of activities from snorkeling to horseback riding as well as trip cancellation and protection for your gear.
10) VPN – Many countries in Asia will restrict your access to certain webpages like Facebook and Netflix. A VPN will give you access to everything on the internet worldwide not matter where you are traveling to.
Other packing list items to consider bringing to Indonesia
For more ideas of useful items to pack, check these out.
Travel Razor Women and Men
Hand Sanitizer Wipes
Insect Repellent Wipes
First Aid Kit
Diarrhea Relief Tablets
Pain Killer Tablets
Moisture Wicking Underwear Men and Women
Hiking Shoes Women and Men
Dry-fit teeshirts Women and Men
RFID Wallet Men and Women
Portable Phone Charger
Snorkel & Mask
What Should I Wear in the Indonesia?
Indonesia is a tropical, hot climate year round which means you should choose clothing that is light, breathable and with moisture wicking abilities. Materials like cotton, linen, and rayon are great choices.
The most common clothes for women are shorts with a tank or dresses. For men, it is shorts with a tee shirt or tank. Just make sure to have a good pair of sandals with you.
On beaches, bikinis are the most popular choice for women and board shorts for men. A sarong and microfibre towel are also good to bring along. Make sure to protect yourself from the heat by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. If you plan on doing a lot of snorkeling it may be worthwhile to bring your own gear.
If you plan on visiting any of the temples in Indonesia, make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
While exploring busy towns and cities don’t wear flashy clothing and jewelry. Keep your things protected by wearing an RFID cross body bag or storing your cash and cards in a money belt.
What NOT to take to Indonesia
2) DON’T BRING heels – Many of the roads are unpaved and dirty so it’s completely unnecessary to lug around heels.
3) DON’T PACK warm materials – This is a tropical country and you will feel very uncomfortable in clothing made of materials like denim, polyester, and nylon.
5) DON’T BRING tops that have plunging necklines or expose the midriff and avoid short shorts and skirts – The majority of the country is Muslim and wearing clothes like this will be considered disrespectful and attract a lot of unwanted attention.
6) DON’T PACK a jacket – If you are visiting in the rainy season, the country is still hot so an umbrella and/or rain poncho will be better.
Packing correctly for Indonesia weather
Indonesia has two distinct seasons but can vary a bit depending on if you are visiting in the Northern or Southern region.
The wet season typically begins in October or November and will run during December, Janu-ary, February, and March. During this time, the average temperatures range between a low of 73.4 °F and a high of 84.2 °F. Although it is the wet season, it normally doesn’t rain throughout the day. Instead, you can expect thunderstorms that will last for a few hours typically during the early morning or late in the evenings. Make sure to pack an umbrella, rain poncho, and water-proof shoes. It’s also good to have a sweater for the cooler mornings and evenings.
The dry season starts typically starts in April and includes the months of May, June, July, Au-gust, and September. This is the best time to visit with frequent hot, sunny days and great visi-bility underwater. This is also peak season where places like Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands are flooded with tourists and prices increase. During these months the temperature ranges from a low of 73.4 °F to a high of 87.8 °F. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a hat and sunglasses. Dress in light, moisture-wicking clothing. Shorts and a teeshirt or tank are the most popular choices amongst male and female travelers.
10 Frequently Asked Questions about travel in Indonesia
1) Do I need a visa?
For many countries like the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, you can enter Indonesia without a visa for 30 days as long as your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the date of your arrival and that you have two blank pages.
2) Is Indonesia safe to visit?
In general, Indonesia is a safe country to visit. Scams and theft are common crimes particularly in Bali and Lombok, so do not leave your valuables somewhere unsafe and just be aware while exploring busy areas. Make sure before your trip to check with your national government advi-sory for the latest updates.
3) Can I drink the water?
No, you should drink only boiled or bottled water.
4) What currency is used?
In Indonesia, they use the rupiah. Make sure to bring cash for your trip especially if you are going to more remote areas where ATMs are nonexistent.
5) How much money should I bring?
If you are on a budget and plan to stay in hostels and eat cheap meals budget for $32/day. If you have a midrange budget plan for $70/day and luxury travelers can expect to spend a minimum of $145/day.
6) Where can I surf in Indonesia?
Indonesia is known for its surf sites and Lombok is a surfers paradise. For beginners, head to Kuta beach where you will find plenty of surf shops and locals offering lessons.
7) Where should I go for yoga and meditation?
Everywhere in Ubud, you will find yoga studios and meditation rooms. A popular spot frequented by travelers is The Yoga Barn, which offers a wide variety of yoga and meditation classes, as well as hosting retreats, wellness activities, and even accommodation.
8) What’s the best way to get around to different islands in Indonesia?
If you are up for some island hopping, either boat or air is best. Just make sure to check the prices because oftentimes budget airlines are cheaper and faster to take than by boat.
9) Where are the best dive sites in Indonesia?
Indonesia has a ton of sea life and excellent opportunities for some amazing scuba diving. Some places you should visit if you’ve got scuba diving on your agenda includes Raja Ampat, Wakatobi Islands. Komodo Island. Banda Island, and the Togian Islands. Go from April to October where visibility is at its best.
10) Should I tip?
Tipping isn’t mandatory but some places like nice hotels and restaurants will include a service charge on your bill. If you want to tip you can add 5-10% off the total bill and just round up in taxis.