What’s In My Suitcase : Bali Edition

Packing for a trip is partially filled with excitement and partially filled with dread.  I am constant trying to strike the perfect balance between packing too much and packing too little.  For this trip to Bali I really have made a goal of packing just the right items.  We’ll be there for 6 days, 5 nights and have plans for both casual and slightly dressier activities (date nights!), and some complete relaxation as well…

I really focused on packing multifunctional pieces in a simple color palette.  Items that made the cut are black, grey or white.  I also included a couple of patterned pieces and one orange midi skirt in case a craving for color strikes.  The simple pieces are supplemented by interesting jewelry (including a major statement necklace) and three pairs of black shoes.


With that I give you: What’s in my Suitcase: Bali Edition

1 Black Oversized Short Sleeved T-Shirt
1 White Oversized Short Sleeved T-Shirt (airplane)
1 Black Long Sleeved T-Shirt
1 White Long Sleeved Casual Blouse
1 Black Shell
1 White Trapeze Tank
1 Plain White Short Sleeved Blouse
1 Sequined Shouldered White Short Sleeve Blouse
1 Grey sweatshirt (airplane)
Total: 9 Tops

1 Denim Shorts
1 Tribal Print cotton shorts
1 Grey Cropped Sweat Pants
1 Black Jersey Mini Skirt
1 Orange Jersey Midi Tube Skirt
1 Charcoal Jersey Midi Tube Skirt
1 Black Leggings (airplane)
Total: 7 Bottoms


1 Black Sleeveless Sheath
1 Large Tribal Print Scarf/Sarong/etc (airplane)
1 Black Bikini

1 Black Flat Sandals
1 Black peep toe flats
1 Black Heeled Sandals
1 Sneakers (airplane)

1 Silver Earrings
1 Gold Earrings
1 Black & Gold Link Bracelet
1 Gold Wishbone Necklace
1 Silver and Black Long Pendant Necklace (airplane)
1 Gold Bibbed Statement Necklace


As you can probably tell from my list, I tend to freeze on airplanes, so figuring out what to wear there is always top priority.  Beyond that all the items are really really basic, but I have some ideas of how to style them to insert a bit of personality.

You may also notice that I have more tops and more bottoms than days in Bali.  This has a lot to with the weather, which like Singapore, is rather humid and can go from Sunny to pouring in a split second.  Plus, as abovementioned, some of our days will have us going from the pool to a temple to dinner- I don’t think I own a look that can go unaltered between all those activities!

What isn’t included in the list is workout clothing.  I try to work out at least 5 days a week and plan to try to keep that schedule on vacation, so in addition to the above items I will have some appropriate exercise attire.

So what do you think of my packing- on point, or way off?  I promise to report back on what actually gets worn and how after the trip!

P.S. See my other packing tips HERE

P.P.S Giving All the traveling I do I thought this may be a fun new series– “What’s In My Suitcase” — let me know your thoughts!


  1. Sheath, heels, and jewellery, yes, definitely looks and sounds like great basics to always have. It’s varies for me regarding packing, but I always carry on so … very minimal weight-wise. Wishing you a marvellous time in Bali.

  2. Oh, Bali! Lucky you! Hope that you will take there a lot of photos and then show them on your blog :)


  3. Happymother says:

    I like your planning very much. What about a summer dress too? Have fun and enjoy the trip! You will get there many nice clothes!

  4. I love your choices! I also tend to limit myself to grays or (navys) when traveling – I like the freedom to mix and match as needed.

  5. Neutrals are the way to to go when traveling!! You are able to mix and match items so much more this way!

  6. Make sure to get some photos of you rocking some of these outfits. Have a safe trip to Bali… can only imagine the beauty you’re about to embark on.

  7. BAli sounds like a dream come true- I think you did well playing it safe and going for a simple palette.
    Plus I am sure you will probably pick up something there, that you’ll also want to wear. Have a safe trip-

  8. I do the same thing! I try to use the same color palette. That also helps with shoe selection, which I try to limit. I love that necklace and how fabulous is that top with the sprinkles on it. So sparkly! Love it and great job!

  9. This is just what I tend to aim for in my suitcase. Mostly neutrals to create different looks and just a touch of colour here and there. What a lovely statement necklace. We were in Bali a few years ago and I have fond memories of our stay.

  10. lucky you! great choices!
    have a wonderful day!


  11. Loving the accessories and jewelry! Have fun :)

  12. i’m in love with this! great post x

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  13. Do more traveling so I can see what else is in your suitcase. And let me get your bib necklace, OK? :)

  14. Lucky you!! if you like check my list with my fav shoes for walking/travel!
    Have a great time at Bali!! We are looking forward to a relative post!

  15. essentials. lucky you! I wish to travel soon.

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  16. Sticking to a simple colour scheme is a great idea! :)

    Hope you have fun on your trip! :)

    Away From Blue

  17. Oh your packing is so pretty and so beautifully edited, loads of fresh white with shot of colour and gold and silvery jewelry, you must post some piccies of you in it!

  18. I maybe late on this but if you’ve not already packed or maybe for next time check out this link http://www.onebag.com/pack.html it’s a cool way to pack clothes without creasing them. I’ve used it before for weekends away if I’m taking a blazer in a weekend back and don’t want it getting creased. Not sure how practical it would be for anything long haul. But it’s cool to know about it.

  19. Some people think I go crazy when I pack but in my opinion I am packed and ready for anything! I think your packing structure is really good, there’s a lot that you can mix and match!

  20. This is how I’ve been packing like this for years. Fab tips! You’re having fun, right? Of course you are! !! Be safe, honey! :)

  21. I love seeing what’s in suitcases and reading packing tips! I think it’s a great idea to stick to similar colors — I’ll have to try that next time!

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