Bali is one of our top ten destinations for families, especially those with young kids. It’s energised, full of life, filled with smiling people, and taking a dip is the key priority for the day. Plus, there’s cheap massages.
But as with any foreign country or city, there are things you need to be aware of to make sure your holiday is a joy-filled experience rather than the holiday from hell.
Bali Family Holidays with Babies and Toddlers – What to Take to Bali
There are three things most people are concerned about when travelling to Bali with the family: Mosquito Bites, Traffic, and Bali Belly.
Luckily, it’s fairly easy to counter most challenges, including these three, through some simple advance planning so we’ve compiled a list of what to take to Bali – it’s what most experienced Bali family travellers take with them when they go.
The burning question “Should I take a stroller to Bali?”
If you have a child aged five or under, the answer to the question, “should I take a stroller or pram to Bali?” is YES. A stroller should definitely be top of your list of what to take to Bali.
Here’s why we think taking a stroller to Bali is one of the most sensible decisions you’ll ever make.
Here it is – The Essential Bali Packing List for Babies and Toddlers
This is our tried-and-tested list of what to take to Bali for baby, toddlers and kids under 6.
- Lightweight Stroller (We like the Pockit stroller. Read our review here.)
- Clip-on pram fan (from Big W or Kmart)
- Lightweight muslin wrap
- 30+ sunscreen
- Zinc cream
- Sun protective clothes – durable, quick dry, short and long sleeve ‘rashies’. Cancer Council rashies have UPF50+ rating
- Wide brim hat
- Waterproof wind jacket
- Pack of three cloth face washers
- Two packets of wet wipes
- Swim nappies
- A favourite teddy
- Ergo baby carrier (our fave)
- Ziplock bags x 10
- ALL the snacks. Take a few packets of favourite rice crackers, muesli bars, and the like. These snacks are to see you through till you can find a mini-mart.
- 1 litre bottled water (For the airport and immigration queues. Guaranteed the kids will be thirsty when there’s no shop around.)
- Refillable food pouches and tinned baby food
- A stash of food and snacks for those on special diets eg coeliac, gluten free, allergy-prone
- Travel bed for the airplane. NB: Some carriers have recently banned many travel beds for kids on their planes. Due diligence is required before purchasing.
We’ve heard people say that they can’t travel to Bali without the Grandparents, so pack them too if you can. Failing that, employ a nanny to tag along on your adventures. An extra pair of hands is a godsend.
PLUS all the other stuff you’ll need!
- Here is our comprehensive First Aid Kit Checklist of remedies and first aid stuff we take to Bali for kids.
- Here is the Best Mozzie Repellent Checklist for Bali– take all the stuff! Plus, our useful guide on How to Avoid Mosquitos in Bali
- Here is our Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Bali Belly Prevention Checklist and What to Bring to Bali, just in case you find yourself dealing with the horrid tummy bug.
Grab a printable copy of the full list here. COMING SOON.
Bali Travel Tips
- Short or long sleeve ‘rashies’ can do double duty as t-shirts when you are out and about in the heat of the day.
- Dampen a face cloth with bottled water and drape around the kids’ necks to keep them cool
- Use the muslin wrap to ward off mozzies on the pram or stroller, and to keep the wind off on breezy days
- The muslin wrap is also a fabulous sunshade on car windows, and over the pram
- Pack each child’s clothes and accessories into their own travel cube. We do not go anywhere without these.
- Pack each child’s essential toiletries in a small zip-up make up bag and store this inside their travel cube.
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