Below are some general packing tips and information.
Please read the luggage requirements and travel information carefully.
Please pack as light as possible!!! We will be moving around a lot on this adventure and the more you have to lug the more burdensome it becomes. We will also have limited space in our vehicles so please limit your luggage to one smaller sized checked bag OR camping backpack (preferred for ease of travel), and 1 personal item (backpack, purse, laptop sleeve, etc). An additional camera backpack or camera bag is OK.
- AT LEAST 2 BACKUP PHOTOCOPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT
- Suntan lotion
- Water Bottle/ bladder
- After bite
- Anti-bacterial hand lotion
- Dramamine/bonine if you get travel sickness (*The boat ride to Gili Islands is 3 hrs long and can be very choppy)
- International Plug Adapter (See: http://whatplug.info/from/usa/to/indonesia Laptops and 90% of electronic devices come with converter built in so all you need is a plug adapter. Voltage converter is only needed for certain items such as hair dryers)
- Camera Gear (body, lenses, point n shoot, tripod, etc)
- Good sandals
- Walking or hiking shoes (If interested in hiking please bring ankle high hiking shoes)
- Mesh laundry bag/trash bag for dirty laundry
- Bathing Suit (s)
- Rain Jacket w/ hood
- Pair of long pants
- Layered clothing
- Light jacket or sweatshirt
- Small daypack
- Toilet Paper
- First aid kit including:
- Tiger balm (for headaches)
- Prescription medicines
- Mosquito repellent
- Antibiotic cream
- Ace bandage
- Pain reliever
- Lip balm
Please bring US currency in small denominations for the trip and ensure the bills are in good condition (no rips, tears, markings, etc). There is no need to exchange currencies before we arrive since ATMs, banks, & money exchangers will be available upon arrival. We suggest exchanging a small amount of currency at the airport and the rest en route to the hotel at a money exchange or bank with better rates for the amount you anticipate spending. You can always exchange more with a debit/credit card at ATM’s and cash at money exchangers throughout the trip.
Bali & Cambodia widely accept US dollars as well as their local currency however you will often get a better exchange rate paying with the local currency. You can also obtain the local currency by paying for items in US dollars and receiving local currency back. Please keep in mind it is very difficult to exchange the local Cambodian currency back to US dollars outside of Cambodia so you will want to have as little left as possible or spend it all.
Current Exchange Rates:
Bali: 1 US Dollar = 11,800.00 Indonesian Rupiah
Cambodia: 1 US Dollar = 4,000.00 Cambodian Riel
See the below links with more information about money when traveling in Cambodia & Bali: https://www.balilocalguide.com/en/travel-guide/article/money & http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cambodia/practical-information/money-costs
Obtaining Visas on Arrival:
For both Bali & Cambodia you will obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport when going through customs. Below are the visa costs. Please bring CASH in exact denominations for each Visa.
Bali Airport Departure Tax
When you depart Bali from the Denpasar International Airport for your flight home or onto Cambodia with the group, there is a departure tax which everyone must pay in CASH.
Please be sure to bring around $22.00 US Dollars with you for the departure tax.
There are no required vaccines for our trip however the standard vaccines for travel are recommended. You can go to the US Gov travel site below for more information and consult your doctor. IMPORTANT: We are not doctors and do not have the authority to give medical advice, including vaccine recommendations.
Please consult your doctor and the website below and do as you see fit. When we travel to these destinations we personally get Hep A, B, & Typhoid.
For those attending the Cambodia tour, Malaria pills are highly recommended. If you are in the bay area, a good location for travel vaccinations is the overseas medical center (49 Drum St , San Francisco – 415 982 8380).