Indonesia is one of the world’s most popular destinations, offering endless adventures in beautiful landscapes. Whether you’re exploring idyllic islands, discovering amazing flora and fauna, or temple-hopping around the archipelago, this Southeast Asian gem provides a perfect blend of nature, culture and relaxation. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling there soon, you’re naturally going to be thinking about what to pack for Indonesia. From what to wear to sun safety, our guide has got you covered.  

Weather Considerations 

With temperatures averaging between 22 and 32°C, Indonesia is a popular country to visit year-round, even during the rainy season. This means your packing is going to be focused on summer attire. T-shirts, shorts and skirts are going to rule your wardrobe while you’re there. Expect it to be much cooler in the mountains, though. If you’re planning moped trips to mountain waterfalls or hiking up Mount Batur in Bali, you’ll want to bring layers. Also note that the rainy season lasts from October to February – waterproofs and umbrellas at the ready.


Given the hot and humid climate, it’s best to pack lightweight clothes in natural fibres such as linen, silk and cotton. Light wool is another good choice as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It wicks away moisture when it's hot and doesn't retain odours even after prolonged wear. Tops and bottoms that can be easily mixed and matched will ensure you’re set for whatever adventures await, while a lightweight shirt or jacket will come in handy for cooler evenings or when visiting religious sites that require modest attire. You also might want to avoid wearing shorts outside of resort areas so as not to offend local sensibilities. Long dresses or trousers with a loose shirt would work well and protect you from the sun. 

Accessories and Footwear 

A compact backpack or crossbody bag is an essential part of your Indonesian kit. It works hard as an adventure bag for hikes and day trips, doubles as a shopping bag, and stays secure if you’re on a moped. Secondly, pack a beach bag you can fit all your essentials in – this will make it easier to pack up your towel, hat, sunglasses, book, camera and sunscreen when you head down to the water or go for a walk around town. If you’re planning to visit Indonesia’s temples during your trip, you should make sure that your arms and head are covered – carry a scarf or a sarong for this. Also be sure to pack sunglasses and a hat: the sun hits hard in Indonesia. And from a footwear perspective, make sure you have flip-flops for beach destinations but also pack sturdier sandals for walking that you might do in bustling cities like Jakarta. And if you’re going for a trek up one of Indonesia’s many volcanoes, take a pair of hiking shoes too.  


Indonesia is famous for beautiful beaches and coral reefs that invite swimming and snorkelling, so packing the perfect swimwear is essential. While wearing swimwear is ideal around the pool and on the beach, it’s best avoided when visiting villages or shopping in town.

Documents and Cash

Several travel essentials will ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. Carry a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining and make copies of important items such as your credit and debit cards, and travel insurance, and keep them in a separate place. Many places in Indonesia will accept card payments, which can be the most convenient way to pay. However, it's not an option everywhere so having some cash is also a smart move.

Top Tech

The next few items on the list of what to pack for Indonesia are all electronics to simplify your travels, starting with a universal adapter. Some newer hotels will have universal outlets, but for the most part, this is an essential item. You’ll also need a power converter to ensure you can recharge your camera, phone, and other electronics. Carrying a power bank is especially helpful in places that occasionally experience power outages. Most importantly you’ll want to be sure you have your camera or phone for all those incredible photos you’re set to take. Indonesia is one of the best places in the world to bring an action camera and we can lend you one before you travel. Whether you’re learning to dive, visiting the stunning waterfalls, or filming your floating breakfast, having an underwater camera on hand is a great call.

Medicines and Toiletries 

There are a few items and toiletries that can make or break a trip. Depending on where you’re visiting, you may need to take anti-malarial medication or get some injections. You may also want to pack travel sickness medicine for long car and ferry rides. Buy a bottle of insect repellent and use it regularly (this is especially important for those visiting places like Lombok and Sumbawa). And in addition to bringing your own personal medicines and treatments, it’s a good idea to pack a small first-aid kit containing plasters, bandages and electrolyte tablets; it’s easy to end up dehydrated, especially if you’re out walking in the middle of the day. Indonesia is known for its exquisite cuisine so pop in some over-the-counter digestive aids to help with any potential stomach upsets.

Responsible Travel Essentials

Did you know that Indonesia is within the Coral Triangle? As part of one of the most ecologically important marine environments in the world, visitors should enjoy it as responsibly as possible. Getting in the habit of using reef-safe sunscreen is great for the local environment. It’s also advisable to take a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic pollution and stay hydrated, especially as the tap water is not recommended for drinking. 

Now you know what to pack for Indonesia, adventure awaits. Should you wish to add an exciting excursion or extra-special accommodation to your trip, our experts are on hand to ensure your holiday hits nothing but high notes.  

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