Hello Again, Bali!!!
I am taking Ky to Bali again this long weekend. The difference is this time it will be just me, Ky, and Pakpak. Also, this trip is sort of a more carefully planned trip. In Ky’s first trip, we were just on a stopover (a quite long one, I suppose) returning home from Papua; and Pakpak wasn’t with us. Our bags were countless considering I had to move out from jobsite. So this time is actually our first time going with Ky as an almost toddler. Yup, he’s going to turn 1 in May and I am pretty excited about it.
Of course this will not be Ky’s first trip. As a baby he’s been around quite often, not the country-to-country type of thing, but I say he’s been around more than some of the people we know. We took him to Jogja on a road trip when he was 3 months old, took him on his first short “flight” trip to Jogja again when he was 6 months, a long “flight” trip to Papua (that’s a 6 hours flight – 12 hours if you include the travel and waiting time from our home to the airport) when he was 7 months, 4 helicopters ride between 7-9 months old, and a number of road trip to Karawang, Bogor, and Bandung. Check the links should you want to read more about those trips.
Anyway, I found that the stuff I am bringing is more or less the same with the stuff I brought on the flight trip to Jogja, but definitely far less then what I had brought on the first road trip (I guess the feeling of “would have the car all the time” contributed in this), and the trip to Papua (we were going to stay there for 4 months, the diapers are hell expensive there and I was pumping to get my breastmilk stock, so yeah, far less). With “escapes” I have to think carefully on what to bring so as not too bring too much or too much in that case. I don’t like carrying too many bags, especially plastic bags or carry-on bags, when I am travelling. My husband actually doesn’t mind if he has to, but I like us to travel light so that our hand would always be free should one needs help from the other.
Having those thoughts in mind, here are pretty much what I packed and had packed (yes, of course I did the packing) for our 4 Days and 3 Nights trip to Bali and to the short trip to Jogja last year:
- One cabin size luggage (20″)
Although we usually still check-in the luggage so that we are more free to roam around the airport, I always prefer to use this luggage size for the three of us for a trip between 3 to 8 days. I actually packed an 18″ luggage (expandable using zipper) when we went to the Jogja short trip. But that one is already broken now so I borrowed my mother’s 20″ luggage (non expandable) from my mother.
Here’s what’s in it:
For Ky, I packed 8 t-shirts,1 shirt, 2 casual shorts, 2 short jeggings, 1 sleeping pants, 3 pairs of socks, and 12 diapers. I also packed his swimming pants and cap, a pair of sunglasses, 1 pair of shoes and a hat. For practical purpose, I brought his tether, his favorite plastic doughnut, a slabber, a kiddy car seat, and a baby wrap (Cuddle Me Easy Wrap; for review you can click here). He will be going on the flight wearing a long jegging, a t-shirt, a sweater vest, and of course a pair of socks.
For Pakpak, I packed 8 t-shirts (Bali can be really hot and we tend to sweat a lot), 2 shorts, 1 light trousers, 1 swimming pants, underpants, 1 pair of socks, and a pair of sandals. I am bringing him an extra shirt if he wants to change at the airport later. He will go to the airport directly from work and most probably riding an ojek to beat the Jakarta traffic.
For me, I packed 4 tank tops, 1 t-shirt, 2 shorts, 1 miniskirt, 1 sleeping shirt, 1 short dress, 1 long dress for church, undies and bras, 1 swimming suit, and a pair of sandals. I feel I over packed but who cares, I like to have options later. Although, most probably you won’t see too much of a difference in the pictures later. Haha. I will be going wearing a pair of leggings, short dress and cardigan, and a pair of shoes.
- One small foldable backpack
I am packing one pouch of Ky’s travel essentials: diapers, wet towels and stuff and put it in my backpack. I also bring my wallet, my phone, my charger, and my laptop in it which I will transfer in my husband’s backpack at the airport. I also bring a small pouch containing my medicine, a rub, Band-Aids, and warm patch.
- One laptop backpack and a traveling stroller (we will bring it as carry-on)
The backpack will consists of my husband’s work laptop and my laptop. Our traveling stroller brand is kiddopotamus and you can read our review on it here.
I am a big fan of travelling light and writing this make me extra aware of what’s in the bags we are bringing. I used a list to keep me on track and I tried to imagine the day by day we are going to have so that I can plan carefully. Most of the time this was what kept me from overpacked. Although in reality, of course later I might make mistakes. For our trip this time I planned on having a nice stroll on the beach waiting for the sunset since we will arrive a little before 5 pm, then check-in to this nice villa our friend managed, Niramaya Villa, and most probably will be having dinner with him and his family; and that’ll be day one. On the next day I planned on taking Ky to Bali Zoo and maybe have a nice dinner by the beach in Jimbaran before we get together with our friend. On the third day we will go to church of course and well our agenda is pretty much open for relaxation and see what Ky likes to do. I like to plan but I also like to keep it spontaneous. I plan on doing nothing on the fourth day since our flight will be at 12:15. I think we might just swim in the morning, grab a quick breakfast and head to the airport.
Talking about spontaneous, it is almost 9 AM and I need to get prepared for the trip. We will go from here at 11, make a quick stop at the mall to take my phone from the service center and head to the airport to catch our 1:40 PM flight. I will be updating the blog as soon as I have connection. I am so excited!!!