We know it may be difficult to choose what to pack, so we’ve put together this kit-list for you to make sure you pack everything you'll need.

It is a non-exhaustive list, but should help guide you in the right direction. It’s important not to pack too much, as it is likely that you will want to pick up more clothing and souvenirs whilst in Bali, Indonesia. 

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Clothing

Please read the ‘What to Wear’ document in your SLV.Global Portal before looking at this. Indonesian dress is modest, especially in more rural areas, and all volunteers must dress smartly whilst in the local community and on projects. Please see the clothing document on your portal for more information on what clothing is appropriate.

+ For Ladies

Lady Project

2 pairs of full length smart trousers

Loose fitting linen or cotton trousers are cool and smart

4 collared shirts

For the majority of projects volunteers will be required to be dressed in a collared shirt. Polo shirts are not smart enough and please avoid sheer clothing. Aim for cotton or linen materials in neutral or plain colours.

Underwear

Make sure it’s comfy and hand washable if you wish! You can take your washing to the local laundrette, but also choose to hand wash if you like.

4 vest tops in neutral colours

You must wear thick strapped vest tops under every shirt or t-shirt Monday-Friday.

1 pair of closed toe shoes for projects

You will be wearing closed toe shoes for working in the psychiatric facility, governement run schools, some English for Development projects and field trips, so these are a must!

1 pair of smart shoes/sandals for projects

You will be wearing closed toe shoes for most projects, however for some projects you can wear smart sandals. Make sure they are comfy!

1 pair of sandals or flip flops for the beach

Plastic flip flops are not smart enough for projects.

1 Pair of lightweight Trainers

These come in handy at the Adventure Weekend (you will need them in the water) and on the weekends.

Swimwear

For the Adventure Break, and the beach!

Light weight jumper

Sometimes weekend transport AC can tend to get a bit chilly.

Casual clothes for weekends

Many volunteers still like to wear modest clothing whilst traveling to avoid attracting any unwanted attention, but you can really wear what you like.

+ For Gentlemen

Gentlemen Projects

3 pairs of smart trousers

Linen trousers or chinos are a common favourite, please make sure they are full length.

4 collared shirts

For the majority of projects volunteers will be required to be dressed in a shirt. Polo shirts are not smart enough and please avoid sheer materials. Aim for cotton or linen materials in neutral or plain colours.

Aim for lightweight linen or cotton shirts in neutral colours.

3 t-shirts

It’s hot, so you want them to be light and airy.

3 vests

You will need to wear vests under shirts. You can buy these in Indonesia if you need to.

Underwear

Make sure it’s comfy and hand washable if you wish! You can take your washing to the local laundrette, but also choose to hand wash if you like.

1 pair of closed toe shoes for projects

You will be wearing closed toe shoes for working in the psychiatric facility, governement run schools, some English for Development projects and field trips, so these are a must!

1 pair of smart shoes/sandals for projects

You will be wearing closed toe shoes for most projects, however for some projects you can wear smart sandals. Make sure they are comfy!

1 pair of flip flops for the beach

Plastic flip flops are not smart enough for projects.

1 Pair of lightweight Trainers

These come in handy at the Adventure Break and on the weekends.

Swimwear

For the Adventure Break, and the beach!

Light weight jumper

Sometimes weekend transport AC can tend to get a bit chilly.

Casual clothes for weekends

Many volunteers still like to wear modest clothing whilst traveling to avoid attracting any unwanted attention, but you can really wear what you like.

Other Essentials

Now that we’ve covered the clothing essentials, don’t forget all the things you’re going to need for your day-to-day life, the weekends away, and anything that you might need or want to bring for your projects.

+ Toiletries

✔️ Sunscreen 30-50 SPF

The sun is very strong. For each month you are there, bring at least one bottle, more if you’re a sun worshipper.

✔️ Mosquito Repellent

Make sure it has 50% DEET or more. You’ll stink, but you won’t get bitten.

✔️ 3-4 100ml bottles of antibacterial hand-wash/hand sanitizer

At times you might be eating with your hands without wash facilities available.

✔️ Shampoo/ shower gel/ moisturiser

1 medium bottle should last a 4-week placement. You can buy more out there; it just might not be your usual brand.

✔️ Flannel / Loofah

✔️ 1 Small bath towel

✔️ Deodorant

✔️ Beach Towel

If you are pushed for space, you can buy one of these out there

✔️ Prescriptions

If you do take any medication, please remeber to bring enough for your entire time on placement.

✔️ Face wipes/baby wipes

Your face can get quite sweaty when out and about on projects. Also good to use as emergency loo roll.

✔️ Sanitary Products

Towels are available, but if you prefer tampons or any other products, please bring enough for the duration of your week. You could also consider a moon cup or keeper, as sanitary products can be awkward to dispose of.

+ Our top "must pack" tips

✔️ Small Backpack

To use when you are traveling at the weekends.

✔️ Waterproof jacket/small portable umbrella

Great for short, but vicious downpours.

✔️ Padlock

For your bag whilst you are in your homestay and for travelling. SLV.Global cannot be held responsible for loss of personal property. Please do not travel with valuables or large amounts of cash. If you do insist on travelling with valuables, please ensure you keep them locked in your suitcase for safekeeping.

✔️ First aid kit

Plasters/Band-Aids, painkillers (ibuprofen, paracetamol), anti-histamines.

✔️ European plug adaptor

Most homestays have European sockets, so best to pack one.

✔️ Torch

Essential for power cuts and reading in bed!

✔️ Unlocked Mobile phone

You need to ensure your phone is unlocked so it can accommodate another carrier's SIM card. All volunteers are required to purchase a local SIM card and make sure it is supported by their phone. You can find more information about what an unlocked phone is here.

✔️ Indonesian SIM

You can buy a SIM card when you arrive – they are relatively cheap. You must buy an Indonesian SIM even if you have an international plan so the team can contact you about your projects and updates, but also so you can contact them if needed.

✔️ Mp3 + Mini Portable Speakers

Top tip, load your iPod with some cheesy tunes and these will be invaluable at projects. The Macarena, The Ketchup Song, Boot Scoot Baby. Now’s your chance to finally break out those moves and not be judged in the slightest.

✔️ Photocopy of important docs

We recommend photocopying your passport, visa and medical insurance policy and keeping it in your carry-on case.

✔️ Bum bag / Money belt

✔️ Metal head lice comb

It’s best to bring one just in case!

✔️ Earplugs

Volunteers will be sharing rooms so light-sleepers will find these invaluable.

✔️ Rehydration Salts

Hydration for the nation!

✔️ Diarrhea Tablets and Senokot

Just to be on the safe side! Most people don’t expect they’ll need the latter, but trust us, you might.

✔️ Reusable Water Bottle

We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you to avoid using a large amount of plastic ones. You can buy one when you arrive if you don't have one at home.

Money 

Indonesian Rupiah is the local currency. The easiest way of getting money is to withdraw it from an ATM once in country. There is an ATM at the airport and ATMs within walking distance of some parts of the program, so this is easy to do.

In our experience this is the safest and most economical way of getting money, rather than having lots of cash at any one time. If you would like to, you can bring a small amount of money to exchange at the airport - but we would not advise bringing any more than £100/$100/€100.

+ Debit/ Credit Card

ATMs in Bali accept most major credit/debit cards. Remember to let your bank know that you are going abroad, otherwise they may block your card.

+ Travel Cash Card

An alternative to using your debit or credit card is to purchase a travel cash card. The idea behind them is a simple one, you pre-load the card by transferring money to it from your own account which can be done via the internet, text message or by phone. You can then use the card to withdraw cash or make purchases. There are many options online to browse through but remember to read the terms and conditions!