Things to Watch Out For

Most places we visited outside of Nusa Dua had many semi-stray dogs hanging around. Most of them were tame, or bored, and did not pay attention to us. However, you'll want to keep a close eye on toddlers who might be tempted to reach out and pet a strange pooch.

Often taxis don't have seat belts. If you need a car seat, you will have to bring it with you.

Our hotel, and the hotels of all of the people we spoke with staying outside of Nusa Dua, did not have smoke detectors installed in the rooms. Bring one along for added safety (we have more information on hotel room safety).

Some places had ever so many mosquitos. We brought OFF pump spray with us and it helped a bit. We did not see any familiar brands of repellant in the stores, so bring it with you if you plan to use it.

You should also consider bringing some anti-itch salve for when the little ones get bitten.

Vendors, hawkers, whatever you call them, are just everywhere and it gets annoying. They are selling a variety of junk that would fill the old King Dome, to include by actual verified sighting: ice cream (Wall's, from the UK), hats, leather belts, bows and arrows, necklaces, fake Rolex's (I checked, just for research purposes, and the prices seemed to vary from US$5 to whatever the vendor thought I'd, um, I mean someone else'd, pay), rings, blow dart guns, massages, gems real or imagined, sunglasses, kites, junky toys likely from China and space shuttle parts.

OK, I'm kidding about the space shuttle parts but the rest is true. The vendors are aggressive and persistant. Some are rude. If you don't want to debate with your kids, for the 83'rd time this morning, why you are not buying a dart gun, settle the issue before hitting the beach (By the way, I watched one tourist bargain the dart gun guy down to US$10 before changing his mind).

Bali is 12 degrees below the equator, and the sun can burn right through clothing. Sunscreen was available widely, but was more expensive than U.S. prices. A hat is required for the kids, and special care should be taken with little ones in the sun. The best sun block for kids is one with Titanium. The sun is too intense for regular sun block.

Sidewalks can be uneven, poorly lit and are build very high up to avoid flooding during the rainy season; there is a lot of up and down as you cross driveways. No stroller really works on the sidewalks. In some areas there are no sidewalks, and precious little shoulder to keep your heirs from incoming traffic. Outside of the built-up areas it will be very, very difficult going with a stroller and impossible if it had only tiny wheels. Bring a flashlight with you at night to help spot bad spots in the sidewalk.

Folks drive on the left on Bali, as they do, for example, in the UK and Japan. If you come from a place where one drives on the right, you need to be very careful to look the right, er, the correct way before crossing a street. Most traffic laws seem optional on Bali, so even if your kids can cross streets at home safely, they will need help on Bali.

We saw no crime. We never felt unsafe at night, though others talked of pickpockets and some limited street crime in naughtier parts of Kuta after dark.

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