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Minimalist Packing - Bali Indonesia

Updated: Feb 2

Want to know what to pack for simple and affordable eco-friendly travel?

Check out this article to see how I always travel with carry-on luggage for short trips throughout Southeast Asia.

In this article I will share with you what I have learnt over the years and how easy it can be without checking a bag!

I have noted everything in my travel bag for my trip to Bali but this list can be repeated for many destinations.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu

Packing List For 10 Days In Bali Indonesia

This is a complete list of what I am packing for my next trip to #Indonesia.

Any suggested brands/products mentioned throughout this article are not part of a sponsored post; but are simply items which I personally use and love. I'll list some of the brands I use below!

I aim to use #vegan or #ecofriendly cosmetic products and pack minimal makeup and hair care items.

If you are taking carry-on baggage only, you will have restrictions for clearing security when it comes to liquids. Purchasing toiletries once you arrive at your destination may be a more practical approach and is often cheaper than bringing excess luggage.

If you are passing through a major city such as Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong you will have no problem purchasing items from major department stores or pharmacies.

+ Toiletries

Soap bar

Shampoo bar

Face wash

Natural roll-on deodorant

Mascara & eyelash curler

Lip balm

Reusable razor

Natural bug spray

Hair brush

Bamboo toothbrush & toothpaste

Plastic-free dental floss

Hair ties & pins

Reusable menstrual cup & natural cleanser

+ Miscellaneous

Jewellery (I take what I wear on the flight)

Head scarf & headband





Reusable water bottle

Reusable container & cutlery

Fabric bag

I only pack the basics for a short trip, especially when going to a destination such as #Bali, where I know I will find items to purchase at the local market.

+ Clothing

Casual t-shirts & Singlets


Maxi skirt

Long pants

Yoga pants & top


Summer dress

Denim overalls & linen jumpsuit

Collared light weight long sleeve shirt

Underwear, sports bar, socks


Rain jacket

Knit cardigan

A shawl

+ Shoes



Waterproof Boots

+ Documents

Passport & Passport cover

Photocopy of my passport

+ Electronics

iPhone 8

iPhone charger



Spare SD card

Camera charger

Adaptor plugs


Laptop charger

+ Luggage


Small day pack

Small sling bag

+ Eco-Friendly Travel Items

Reusable straws

Reusable water bottle

Reusable coffee cup

Extra Advice

+ You can always swap the #backpack for a cabin size suitcase, however, boats, buses, trains and motorcycles are not going to be your friend! When you are off exploring you will be so thankful for your backpack.

+ Leave the heavy travel guides at home by downloading an e-book to your phone or using a kindle for storing all your #travel books in one place.

+ Do you use packing cubes?

These are a really great way to organise all of your items and keep your #backpack tidy. The cubes usually include a bag for your shoes, laundry and electronics. Compression cubes are amazing for making the most of the limited space and I suggest packing at least one compression cube (medium or large) or dry bag for your trip.

+ If you think you will travel home with more luggage than you departed with, simply book and pay for added checked luggage for the return ticket only.

+ The best clothes to pack for minimal travel are practical, breathable and comfortable items. As this region experiences monsoon rain and frequent wet weather; a good quality rain jacket and boots are definitely a good idea!

+ I have recently started packing bamboo clothing items such as a singlet, sports bra and socks which are incredibly breathable and perfect for the high humidity.

Do you pack and travel with carry-on only?

What challenges do you face?

Leave your comments and suggestions below as I would love to read them!

Here are some of the #products and #brands that I use when I travel (this is not a sponsored post)


Pocket-It Rain Jacket

Pocket-Pack 15L Bag

Kit Lite Toiletry Bag


Farpoint 40L Backpack (suitable for cabin size)

Packing compression bags 12L


Pack-It Compression Cubes


Waterproof Dry Bag


Menstrual Cup

Cleansing Wipes (great when you do not have access to running water)

Cleansing Gel Wash


Women's Pampa Hi Boots (waterproof)


Spin 5 Laptop


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 Waterproof Camera


E-Book Indonesia

Interested in reading about my amazing WorkAway Experience in Batam Indonesia?

Check out the link by clicking on the photo below and see how I #travelled and #volunteered as a teacher in this amazing island city!

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