A Packing Guide for the Perfect Paradise Vacation

Hello! I’m Nhi from LiveLove-Learn.com and I’m so excited to be working with Laura for this post. We have come up with our favorite must-have items and helpful tips that you’ll need on your next planned vacation, be it the Paris, New York or a remote beach in Fiji. You can also check out Laura’s post to read more about her favorite essentials for the perfect city getaway. From helpful apps to practical tips and items, she’s got the perfect list for you:

Packing list for your next city trip

Whenever I travel, whether it’s for 1 week or 1 month, I prefer traveling with only a carry-on and a backpack or purse. Many things dictate this: the risk of it getting lost/delayed, ridiculous baggage fees, damaged items. Though there are times when I have decided to check in my carry-on at the gate complimentary due to full flights. However, if I am traveling internationally, I usually prefer not to as my bag has gotten lost and delayed twice now. With that being said here are my top essentials for a week away for any summer trip or tropical paradise!

10 Things to pack in my carry-on:

  • 2-3 rompers and/or dresses (with 1 being able to be dressed up for a night out)
  • 3 tops/blouses
  • 2-3 bottoms: shorts or skirts (I prefer shorts as they can double for hiking purposes)
  • 1-2 bikinis/swimwear (depending on if it’s predominately a beach getaway or not)
  • 1 beach towel if you’ll be staying at a rental that does not provide one
  • 1 pair of flip flops (useful on many occasions)
  • 1 pair of nice flats or low-heeled sandals that can also double as comfortable walking shoes and going-out shoes
  • Nude and/or black undergarments since they tend to match everything
  • Basic toiletries (sunscreen is a must have here) & very little makeup that is sweatproof and/or waterproof
  • A waterproof bag to keep all my belongings safe with me when I’m in the water or if I choose to do any boat like excursions. (Phones, cameras, wallet, etc…)

Some may be thinking, that’s not nearly enough! Remember you have to mix-match your tops and bottoms to create multiple outfits and maximize its use. Neutral pieces work best, but 1 or 2 colorful pieces can also a nice touch when paired with a neutral piece. If all else fails, well, that’s when I utilize myself as another packing method. I simply wear things that are chunkier to pack or things I think I might need, such as a chambray button-down, a light cardigan, a jacket or jeans for unexpected chilly days/nights. I’ll layer my tops since I can always take it off if needed, but planes tend to always be on the chillier side for me.

Things I wear on myself through the airport:

  • 1 pair of long pants/jeans + a comfy tee + chambray shirt
  • A pair of walking shoes – If you don’t own a pair of Toms, I am in love with them for this purpose. Casual, cute and it goes well with just about anything! Plus they work well for easy to moderate hikes if needed.
  • 1 light jacket/cardigan
  • My favorite large brimmed hat (because they will be squished if packed!)
  • My favorite beach bag

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Shop Till You Drop In Bali

I’m usually all about saving money but while in Bali I coulnd’t help but shop some items. Good materials and jewelry are pretty cheap there so I simply had no choice ha! You can get a nice dress of Rayon for the same price as an average H&M dress of viscose.

Here and now I want to share my best finds with you guys and tell you where to find the best deals.

In the caption of the single pictures I’ll write down the city where I bought it, name of the shop and price.

Canggu – Love anchor market – 250k IDR

I saw this dress and fell in love! Already got a similar one with zucchini on it so the lemon pattern convinced me on first sight haha

Ubud – Ubud market but really anywhere – 170k IDR

My fabulous dream catcher. It sure was a hassle carrying that big thing in my hand for the last one and a half weeks of the trip but oh my, SO WORTH IT! Every time I go to bed and look up, it brings me joy.

Seminyak – some street shop – 40k IDR

Just a pair of really cool touristy fake sunglasses by ‘Ray Bandito’ 😉 I have a tendency of losing sunglasses so it’s best when I buy them cheap!

Ubud – some boutique (forgot the name) – 300k IDR

A nice little dress of rayon fabric in red and white pattern with ruffles on the bottom tuck. Unfortunately I cannot come up with the name of the boutique but there are so many in Ubud and Seminyak, it’s hard to keep track.

Ubud – YIN Jewelry for the soul – 150k IDR

This is, in my opinion, the best shop for jewelry. It’s a chain and they have three stores in Ubud. My ring was only 10€ and is 925 silver.

Ubud – Ubud market – both for 60k IDR

I was never much of a ring person but kinda got addicted in Bali. These however aren’t of silver.
Simple trick to make them last longer: Reply a layer of your top coat on the inside of the rings!

Seminyak – The Shang – 240k IDR

Felt like I wouldn’t find something like that back home in Germany for the same price so I bought it.

Seminyak – The Shang – 100k IDR

The bracelett is from the same store and matched really well with the shirt I bought plus it’s made of brass, so I’m hoping it will last long.

Canggu – Love anchor market from Natha Design Jewelry & Accessories – 230k IDR

One of my absolute faves is this necklace with a purplish fluoride stone!

Other boutiques chains I liked were ‘Piña Colada’, ‘Lost in Paradise’ and ‘Blink’ for jewelry.

You can find anything from sarongs to decoration for your home in Bali. I really liked Ubud for shopping. You have a large variety of souvenirs at Ubud market and many many boutiques with jewelry and nicer clothes and decorative items.

Happy shopping everyone!