The Tropical Live/Work Packing List

Makeshift mosquito net

Above is a picture of a mosquito net that I fashioned together with 2 plastic bags and the electrical tape I brought. Why? Because the windows wouldn’t close. Shit happens. Deal with it. Move on!

Prepare for the worst, enjoy the best.

That was our approach to packing. What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? In that situation, know what to do and what you need. In addition to that, we also packed items that we would need based on the weather and our activities.

You lose your passport
What to do: Get a new passport from the Australian Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali. Under a consular services sharing agreement, the Australian Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali provides consular services to Canadians living and traveling in Bali. Keep a photocopy of your passport and driver’s license or other ID. Program the contact information for the Australian Consulate-General into your phone so you can call them.

You get injured or really sick
What to do: Contact your travel insurance provider and inform them immediately. Program the contact information and travel insurance policy information for your travel insurance provider into your phone so you can easily call them.

Your wallet is stolen
What to do? Call your credit card company and bank to cancel your credit and debit cards and ask them to send you replacements. They won’t arrive immediately, so don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place. Program the contact information of your credit card company and bank into your phone.

You lose your laptop
What to do: Lock it down or keep it in a safe. I’ve never had anything stolen from my room, but if it ever happens what am I going to do? Blame people? Call the police? Do something to deter or prevent it from happening.


Our current plan is to stay in Bali for 6 months. In December we moved twice: Kuta and Canggu. In January and February, we’ll move at least 3 times: Ubud, Singapore, back to Ubud, and maybe a few weekend trips within Bali. I suppose we could have packed suitcases, but we thought that would be excessive and a fuss to move around with. Free yourself! We each have 1 “home” bag and 1 daypack. Together we share an “office” backpack.

The home bag

All your house belongings, on your back. I have to admit, I enjoyed organizing all my belongings in a single bag. I took a picture of it and thought to myself THIS is everything I need. Life felt simple and I liked it. We’re each keeping everything we need in a Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45. Why?

  1. Optimal capacity: it weighs only 2lb 7oz and it’s the maximum size for an airline carry-on bag.
  2. Water-resistant: waterproof fabric and water-resistant zippers. Any bag that I buy that houses my laptop can withstand the rain. Who wants to worry about the rain?
  3. Organized: it’s a duffel bag with shoulder straps. There are 3 main compartments and 3 zippered pockets. When it’s open, I can see almost everything.

The day trip bag

Useful items you might need on a given day in Bali that you can’t fit in your pocket. Everywhere we go we carry sunscreen, bandaids, antiseptic wipes, tums, quick dry towel (beach), book, water bottles, bug spray, ponchos. We’re using the Outlander Packable Handy Lightweight Travel Backpack Daypack. It fits under the seat of the motorbike.

The office bag

Your office… in a bag. I happened to have a Burton AK 23L Pack that I bought a few years ago for snowboarding. I bought it for the low profile design, which keeps the contents snug on my back when I’m riding on a snowboard. Conveniently enough, I also want the contents snug on my back when I’m riding on a motorbike. It’s also water-resistant. Again, don’t get angry at the weather, get even.

I think it’s been working out well so far. Our home is neat and our days are carefree. I spent quite a bit of time researching and geeking out on other people’s packing lists and augmenting mine.

I’ll share our packing lists for you to do the same:

His tropical live/work packing list

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Administration

  • Passport (and photocopies)
  • Passport photos
  • Credit card and debit card
  • International driver’s permit
  • 60-day VISA
  • Plane ticket
  • Cash

Storage and security

  • Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45
  • Outlander Packable Handy Lightweight Travel Backpack Daypack
  • Burton AK 23L Pack
  • Stuff sack
  • Packing cube
  • Combination lock (TSA accepted)
  • Money pouch
  • Wallet
  • Money clip

Electronics, office supplies, and various tools

  • MacBook Pro
  • iPhone
  • Laptop lock
  • Rugged external hard drive
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • USB to micro USB adapter
  • USB to mini USB adapter
  • Headlamp
  • AA Batteries
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Bottle opener
  • Watch
  • Electrical tape
  • Mini screwdriver
  • Elastics and twisty ties

Clothes

  • 2x flip flops
  • 1x sneakers
  • 2x socks
  • 7x undies
  • 2x shorts
  • 1x swim trunks
  • 2x pants (jeans + khakis)
  • 4x t-shirts
  • 3x tank tops
  • 1x long sleeve shirt
  • 2x button-down shirts
  • 1x microfleece sweater
  • 1x poncho
  • 1x sunglasses
  • 1x glasses
  • 2x bandana
  • 1x cap
  • 1x quick dry towel

Toiletries

  • Lewis N Clark 311 Luggage TSA Quart-Size Carry-On Toiletry Pouch
  • Ziplock bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Zinc
  • Moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Bar of soap
  • Electric razor
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair gel
  • Eye drops
  • Floss
  • Tongue scraper
  • Nail clipper
  • Q-tips
  • Immodium
  • Tums
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Benylin
  • First aid kit
  • Tiger Balm
  • Wet Ones
  • Lip balm

Her tropical live/work packing list

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Administration

  • Passport (and photocopies)
  • Passport photos
  • Credit card and debit card
  • International driver’s permit
  • 60-day VISA
  • Plane tickets

Storage and security

  • Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45
  • Daypack
  • Stuff sack
  • Combination lock (TSA accepted)
  • Money pouch
  • Packing cube

Electronics, office supplies, and various tools

  • MacBook Pro
  • iPhone
  • Moleskin

Clothes

  • 6x tank tops
  • 3x t-shirts
  • 1x long sleeve shirt
  • 1x beach sarong
  • 1x maxi skirt
  • 2x dresses
  • 2x shorts
  • 1x light scarf
  • 1x  pair of jeans
  • 1x  pair of leggings
  • 1x hoodie
  • 1x poncho
  • Bathing suits: (2 pairs of bottoms and 4 tops)
  • 2x bras
  • 1x bralette
  • 8x pairs of underwear
  • 2x sandals
  • 1x pair of converse

Makeup bag (note from Tay – I’ve never used any of this except for the mascara on occasion. It’s TOO HOT!)

  • BB cream
  • Mascara
  • 1 eyeshadow palette
  • 1 eyeliner
  • Blush
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Makeup wipes
  • Concealer

Toiletries (many toiletries on my list are shared between the both of us, so her list appears shorter)

  • Lewis N Clark 311 Luggage TSA Quart-Size Carry-On Toiletry Pouch
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Bar of soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wet Ones
  • Lip balm

 

My carry-on bag was ~10 kg without my laptop. Taylor’s carry-on bag was ~9kg with her laptop. It’s too early to tell if we’ve packed too much. We certainly did not pack too little, because the only things we’ve bought since we got here were band-aids, a skirt, aloe vera, and more sunscreen which were all expected purchases given the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule we had to abide, and the cool Balinese clothing you just can’t reasonably buy back home. So far, so good team.

Btw, GPS is AWESOME. No data plan, no problem. With GPS on my iPhone, we always have satellites telling us how to get home if we need it.

No worries. Get lost in Bali and find your way home later.

Talk soon,

Stevo

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8 thoughts on “The Tropical Live/Work Packing List

  1. Great packing lists! You guys are so brave to forgo so many ‘things’ that we think we need in our day-to-day lives. I’d love to hear what items you got the most use out of at the end of your trip. xo

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    1. Definitely a great idea for a follow up post Ruthie! It’s crazy to see how much you can actually live with when you force yourself to leave all the other “stuff” behind.

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  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this
    matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll
    try to get the hang of it!

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    1. It’s a long list eh? If it makes you feel better, I certainly didn’t write this list in one sitting! I did a lot of thinking and reading on what to bring/wear in Bali and made many revisions to my own list.

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  3. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

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