It’s time to travel more. Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most beautifully picturesque travel destinations in the world - it's the perfect place for getting out there and exploring.
Whether you are traveling around your region, the country, or even around the world, you will be able to take something way from these great tips!
1. Scan The Essential Documents
Scan your passport, ID and holiday itinerary, and then email it to yourself. This way you have a digital back up incase you lose them.
2. Roll Your Clothes When Packing
When packing your bags, roll your clothes to save space and prevent wrinkles.
3. Book Flights In Advance
According to one study, domestic flights are on average cheapest 54 days before departure. Airfares also tend to be cheapest on Tuesday afternoons. The most expensive time to book is at the last minute.
4. Put Loose Chargers In A Glasses Case
This will keep your chargers and cables safe and organized.
5. Protect Yourself
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6. Mosquito Repellent
Indonesian mosquitos can be pretty relentless. Take some mosquito repellent spray or cream to keep them off you.
7. Charcoal Tablets
Essential for Indonesia travel, charcoal tablets are a quick-fix for toilet issues... If you're a first-timer to Indonesia, think twice about eating from roadside vendors, despite most of it being very cheap and delicious! (unless of course you have a stomach of steel).
8. Prevent Toiletries From Leaking
Use plastic wrap to keep your liquids and gels from exploding or leaking during travel.
9. Buy A Portable Charger
These things always come in handy and are definitely worth it. Alternatively, if you’re staying at a hotel and forget your wall plug, charge your device through the USB behind a TV. (You also 'blend in' better in Indonesia with a powerbank).
10. Ziplock And Plastic Bags
If you’re heading to the beach or swimming pool, put your phone in a ziplock bag to prevent it from getting wet. It’s also useful to have a spare plastic bag to keep any dirty shoes or clothes in.
11. Access Google Maps Offline
Just type ‘ok maps’ in to the Google Maps and the app will ask you whether you want to save the map. Do this and you’ll be able to use the map later when you don’t have an Internet connection. Awesome.
12. Emergency Info
Write down your emergency contact information in your phone and wallet so that if there is an emergency, people will know who to contact. Apple's iOS 8 has a Medical ID setting which can be accessed without unlocking your phone.
13. Airplane Mode
Put your smartphone in airplane mode if you need to save battery or want to charge your phone faster.
14. Enable Private Browsing When Booking Flights
Use private browsing or incognito mode when booking flights and hotels online. Travel sites often track your previous visits and will raise the price simply because you've visited before.
15. Avoid Suspicious Moneychangers
If you're worried about getting ripped off by local moneychangers, just use ATMs as they generally offer more competitive fees and charges. Remember to use reputable ATMs, and if you lose your card call your bank and cancel it ASAP.
16. Water Hygeine
This may be obvious, but don’t drink the tap water in Indonesia – buy bottled water. When eating at a local restaurant, order a hot drink like ‘teh tawar’ plain tea to make sure any bacteria has been killed.
17. Dirty Clothes Quick-Fix
Indonesian warungs always sell small sachets of detergent for a quick and convenient clothes wash. This is particularly convenient in more isolated areas.
18. Only Use Reputable Taxis
Blue Bird Taxi probably has the best reputation in Indonesia and is definitely the best option late at night or if you’re worried about getting ripped off.