Bandung is often referred to as the “City of Flowers” to many residents of Indonesia. It is a popular weekend getaway for many residents of Jakarta who come here to shop at its many shopping outlets and to enjoy the relatively cool weather of Bandung. Although Indonesians may know what to expect of Bandung, travelers from different parts of the globe may not be as informed. Here is a guide on what to pack and what to wear in Bandung.
- Knowing what to wear generally depends on where you come from. If you come from a relatively cold country, bring light-colored casual clothes with you. The same goes for people from hot countries with the exception of bringing a jacket with you especially when going to high places that surround the city (since you are more likely to feel the cold than someone accustomed to it). Bandung is relatively cooler than Bali and Jakarta so it may get cold in the mornings and evenings.
- You can never go wrong with a good pair of shoes. Aside from using public transportation options such as mini-buses and taxis, many destinations around Bandung are a pleasure to walk around in. Just make sure to have your reliable walking shoes on.
- During the wet season, any bag will do but having some kind of water proof material would be best to shield your stuff from the rain. To cover yourself from the rain, bring an umbrella or a raincoat as the wet season can bring rain showers all throughout the day.
- Although Bandung is one of the larger cities in Indonesia, the people are generally very polite and conservative. Please refrain from wearing revealing outfits such as short skirts or tops with plunging necklines. The people here are used to wearing long skirts and trousers so try your best to blend in with the locals as a sign of respect. Sleeved shirts-not necessarily long-sleeved ones-like your average T-shirt would also be a good bet.
- Weaning sunscreen may be a good idea. The high temperatures of Bandung are caused by the direct and intense sunlight. Protect yourself from the sun and avoid getting burnt by applying a layer of sun block before touring around the city.
- Mosquito repellants are extremely abundant around town at very affordable prices. These are also reliable items here. Make reapplication easier with the spray type repellants. Some of the more popular local brands include Autan and Sari Puspa.
- Batteries for your cameras and other electronic equipment are must-packs. It is hard to find places that sell batteries especially if you run out of them at a tourist attraction.
- Now if you are visiting Bandung for a special event such as a wedding, it would be a nice gesture to wear batik to honor the culture of the couple. But if you are not too comfortable wearing the national clothing, wear something formal to the event comparable to evening wear in the Western world without being too revealing.
Traveling to any part of the globe entails only one rule: pack light. But packing light means that you’ll have to know the right kind of clothes to bring to your destination. Follow these simple reminders on what to wear in Bandung and be on your way to a worry-free vacation.