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When to go

The best time to visit Indonesia is in the dry season between April and October. But it is possible to visit the country the whole year. In the wet season there will be more rain specially in the afternoon. A exception to this rule is the Maluku archipelago where the wet season is between April and October and in this part of the country it can rain all day long. An other thing to decide when to go is the presence of other tourists. Australians will mostly visit Indonesia in January and February while European tourists plan their holidays between June and August. Also around Christmas is a very busy time while many Indonesian migrants turn home and foreign tourist take their Christmas holidays to go to Indonesia. Expect hotel rooms and flights to cost more than usual.

What to take

The best is to take as little as possible. Because of the climate it is not easy to take your 20 kg suitcase with you if you are planning to travel around. Many of the thing you can buy in your own country you can also buy in Indonesia. In all larger towns are shopping centers and all villages have at least a small shop where you can buy necessary things like soap, shampoo, washing powder and so on. The best cloths to take are cotton ones. If you really want to save space you only have to take two sets of cloths. One to use and one you can wash and dry, and remember dark colored cloths hide the dirt better but are more hot to wear. It is easy to buy some extra cloths in Indonesia and if you don't need them any more you can give or throw them away. Only shoes are difficult to find in big sizes. If you plan to do some real trekking it is worth to invest in good shoes. Some tracks are good to walk but you also can find yourself back in the mud or on sharp volcanic rocks.
If you decide to go to higher places or to the inland of Indonesian Islands it is advisable to take also some warm clothes because temperatures drop dramatically at night at higher altitude.
Don't forget that you are in an Islamic country where not all people are used to very short t-shirts and shorts so take at least a shirt with longer sleeves and a short which will reach till your knees or even longer. Also at night or if you are going into the forest or jungle it is advisable to use long sleeves and trousers because of the mosquitoes and snakes.

If you are planning to do longer trekking in uncommon touristy areas it is a good habit to take your own first aid kit. Be sure you take a good sunscreen lotion with UV protection and a good pair of sunglasses. Also good to take are some small things which can make life easier like; a can opener, a towel, an international driving license if you are planning to drive yourself, photocopies of all important documents, a small knife, some passport photos, scotch tape, a small alarm clock, a piece of rope and a torch.

If you want to do some real jungle trekking you can also need a water bottle, a compass, maps, instant food for one day, a burner and a small pan. Remember these are only some hints and it depends on what you want to do on your trip. A tent or sleeping back is not really necessary unless you plan to stay on higher altitudes.

The last part is how take this all with you. A medium size backpack without a frame is the most easy. Be sure you take one with a good quality because in Indonesia it is normal that all luggage will be transported on top of the busses and they don't ask you if you have any fragile items in it. Also very easy is a 'one day size' backpack so you don't have to carry everything on every trip you make and you can take with you only what you need.

 
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