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Packing List: Backpacking Indonesia longer

This is the ultimate packing list for backpackers and voloutourists who love to plan in detail and stay longer in one place before then moving on to the next destination.

Regardless of your stay’s purpose (study, intern or travel), all people have one thing in common: you will need to think of what to pack and to take with you! These Packing Lists fit all Southeast Asian countries, however some local-based knowledge concerning Indonesia is included into this article. Feel free to print it out and to tick the boxes, in order to reduce the stress just before your departure.

Are you ready? Packing List for Indonesia pluscountry-specific Info

I will start with awosome news: Indonesia uses the same sockets as used in Europe!

Goods, hard to find in Indonesia

Since you have done your basic packing there are certain things that you should consider bringing with you, because they are either not offered at all or they are hardly to find abroad. Such an example is tan-lotion. People in Indonesia are tanned already and more likely use whitening-products, because it more fits their ideal of beauty. IF have preferred brands here take them with you. Moreover, outdoor-shops in your home country provide some practical tools for your stay. Below in „Goods easy to find in Indonesia“ however, you will get information on what you can save weigh in your baggage, or what is considered ok to be left behind. But for now, check out the list following of extra goods that you might think of adding to you packing list:

  • Tan-lotion
  • Sleeping bag inlet (cotton, e.g. of the brand “cocoon”, prevents bed bugs and mosquito bites, also
  • Hammock (good ones in remote areas hard to get, but in more touristy areas like Bali they are relatively easy to get)
  • Take the light blanket from the plane with you, the airline staff offered you
  • Snorkelling mask (& fins)
  • Leatherman (heavy thing, and don’t bring in your hand luggage!)
  • Earplugs
  • Dictionary “Bahasa Indonesia”
  • Culture guide for newbies (Watch out, often I met false culture advices in most of the travel guides! For Germans I strongly recommend “KulturSchock Indonesien” by Bettina David)
  • Padlock for you backpack
  • Presents for the guest (European chocolate, Haribo, Räucherschinken)
  • One litre of wine & liquor (Check the import regulations)

Goods, easy to find in Indonesia

  • Drinking bottle (consider taking with you in your hand luggage for getting refilled during long flights)
  • Rain jacket (you can purchase here, depending on the model between 50.000 and 130.000 Rp.)
  • Bag spray (Of the brands Autan or Softell even cheaper to buy over there)
  • Mosquito net (the most expensive one around IDR 150.000). Best would be a square-formed with no central, but four attachment spots & without entrance slot
  • Sunglasses (If you also prefer wearing cheap ones back home, better buy them here)

Paperwork

  • Credit Cards & Debit Cards + TAN Generator + Cash (in EUR/USD)
  • Passport
  • International Driving Licence
  • Proof of your travel insurance
  • Immunization Card
  • Diver certification
  • Copies of flight tickets, booked hotels, TAN-lists and other important documents

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One comment

  1. Steffi says:

    For the people who menstruate, I can only recommend to bring a moon cup instead of tampons. It’s just the best thing for your body and you avoid trash, a big big issue here in indonesia. Because in the end you put the used one in a plastic bag and later some guy in the junkyard will open and probably burn it and I just couldn’t bear that thought any longer. I bought my ruby cup last year (made by a small company that supports girls and women in poor countries, for every cup you buy they donate one) and I’ve never looked back. Ow, and it’s perfect for traveling with less stuff and easy to handle on indonesian toilets 🙂 (and no, I don’t get paid for this, I just wanna spread the message).
    I always brought lots of „useless“ things: Seeds for herbs and flowers (basil grows great here!), natural cosmetic and soap, snackies for my cats, knitting needles and films for my analog camera. But I came to study first and then for love, so I needed things to make me feel home.

    Thanks for the great website, I just discovered it today and will be back for sure!
    Best,
    Steffi

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