Have you just booked your Bliss trip but are wondering what to pack?! Bali is the most incredible, exotic island where you will get to walk along sandy white beaches, climb volcanos, learn to surf, wander through tropical rainforest and gorgeous rice paddies and visit stunning temples. While the weather is mostly hot, it can vary, depending on whether you go to the beach or mountains. Bali temperatures can range from 20C - 33C all year round – bliss! Lightweight fabrics are perfect for both heat and humidity, so make sure you pack plenty of these. However heavy rainfall can be expected from December to March, so remember to bring some warmer clothes during this period!
The predominant religion in Bali is Hinduism, and so while the rules are relaxed in beach towns, you will need to be respectful of the beautiful local culture of the Island when visiting temples and religious sites.
So what clothes should you squeeze into your suitcase?
The style in Bali is generally quite casual, pack plenty of options based on the activities you have planned. If you’re planning on just chilling by the pool at Bliss and having massages all day or planning on trekking up a volcano, make sure you are prepared!
Sleeveless tops are fine, just remember to pack a scarf or jacket to cover up when visiting temples.
Pack tops that allow your skin to breathe and choose colours that will reflect the sun – you can’t go wrong with pastel colours or white. Lightweight comfy blouses and kaftans are a go-to for our Bliss ladies!
If you are planning to attend a local ceremony, women usually wear the traditional kebaya, a beautiful, embroidered sheer cotton blouse that is worn over an ankle-length kain and tied with the help of a sash around your waist. Pull your hair back and you are ready to go.
Shorts, skirts, lightweight trousers. Remember to pack items that fall below the knee for when you are visiting temples, we gift all the women that stay with us at Bliss their own traditional Balinese sarong! They are so handy and multi-functional as you can wear them in many different ways – perfect for temple visits.
If you would like to take part in our unlimited yoga offering, we recommend bringing along some yoga pants and a top.
Dresses / Kaftans
Day dresses are great for throwing on over your swimwear at the beach and can be worn in the evening for a relaxed beach vibe look. We love kaftans at Bliss, and you can pick up beautiful ones at Bali’s incredible markets and shops.
We recommend bringing along some flip flops for the beach, some trainers for activities such as bike-riding, CrossFit, trekking, and some sandals for evenings wandering into town or having dinner with the ladies.
You will need a jacket for the cooler evenings, particularly at our Ubud sanctuary located in the beautiful rainforest. We have a fire pit to keep you toasty but if you are venturing out this will be beneficial.
Don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to pack something as Bali has the most amazing boutique shops and markets where you can pick up beautiful items and Bali-style Boho accessories for a fraction of the cost of back home.
We wanted to share our Bliss experience as far as it can go and so we created Bliss News. Even if you can’t go on a beautiful personalised Women’s Retreat right now, we hope you can take the time to add a bit more bliss to your life in whatever way you choose. Self love comes in all different shapes and sizes but the one thing it has in common is that it starts with you. We hope some of our ideas and laughs and wellness retreat additions are something you can incorporate into your everyday life... love Zoë xxx