Spend more time enjoying yourself and snapping great pics instead of feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. In my experience these 6 are must pack items so you can live your best Bali life.
1. Antidiarrheal Meds
A not so glamorous start to your packing you say? Bali is a special place where even if you tried your best to be careful and make educated choices about what you eat and drink, the odds are up that you will experience some degree of GI upset at some point. Don’t let this deter you. Don’t actively make poor food safety choices (That chicken sitting in a cart on the side of a dusty road with or without a regular lightbulb over it…..mmhmm), but don’t miss out on immersing yourself either. A little bit of planning ahead and some body awareness can keep you living the dream.
*I am not a physician and do not advise simply taking medications to mask symptoms without further consideration. Your body issue/s may actually require medical attention and support. That being said, this may be all you need while your body (or something) works things out….literally….(sorry not sorry). Antidiarrheal meds can at least let you be more comfortable and able to get from point A to point B as you need in the meantime while additionally helping prevent dehydration. Monitor your symptoms and listen to your body. If you have more going on than diarrhea (fever, vomiting etc) or it persists, you may want to seek medical advice.
*Taking this may result in you literally not pooping for three days, which in personal experience is simultaneously fascinating and concerning.
2. Seasickness Tablets
Maybe you know you get seasick and maybe you don’t. Even a somewhat short fast boat ride in rough water could end up ruining part of your day. If you don’t know if you get sea sick-depending on what you are heading off to do, how long you will be on the boat for and how rough the water conditions are- if you pack this you at least have the option. Be sure to take as directed, typically 30 minutes before you need your sea legs to kick in.
3. Re-usable Water Bottle
Don’t drink the water. You probably are aware of this already. So why bring a water bottle if you shouldn’t drink the water? Many villas, hotels etc. in larger areas like Ubud have a supply of safe drinking water you can use to fill your bottles up with. This saves you money since you won’t need to buy plastic water bottles everywhere you go while additionally reducing consumption and waste of single use plastics. Trash on the island is a big issue and a very visible one, as you will experience.
4. Protein Bars
Because man cannot live on seaweed flavored Pringles and Oreos alone. I like to pack a couple of GoMacro bars and KIND bars low sugar bars. You never know when you are going to get stuck in 4 hours of traffic because of a ceremony.
You can definitely find sunscreen in Bali, the question is how much are you willing to pay for it? The same goes for Aloe. We should have bought stock in Aloe before our trip. Small bottles, high price tags (the price increases the larger the bottle and higher the SPF count) and if you need something specific for your skin needs (sensitive skin maybe) you definitely want to pack your own.
6. Bug Spray & Itch Cream
I don’t like taking medications or using chemicals if I can avoid it. I typically use an essential oil based bug spray that works fairly well (as long as you take it with you so you can re-apply). Unfortunately the combo of sweating in the humidity and lack of re-application one day was my downfall. My bug bites welted. I found myself Googling types of bug bites in Bali-because surely these couldn’t be regular mosquitos. It was not sexy. We tried twice to find an anti-itch cream to help bring down the inflammation and manage the itching. Nothing works quite like good old cortisone cream-which you cannot find and which I did not pack. Pack it.
*If you do need something the second herbal based product I tried did provide some relief with frequent application. Minyak Oles Bokashi -“fermented oil of spice and medicinal plants through effective microorganisms (EM) technology.
***Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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