Only pack 10 kilos of luggage each !
Luggage and bags: As we travelled as a couple we took two lightweight large cases. They were both zip sided cases and one did split on the way home, however we did not lose anything. If you are in the market to buy, consider a hard sided case. They withstand the thrashing they get being thrown around on baggage carts and in transit and are reportedly less easy for people to "tamper with".
We took one cabin bag with wheels and handle and a quality back pack as a boarding bag. You can carry 5 kilos each in them. The back pack was invaluable as a daily tote bag to hold shopping etcetera. We both carried gortex jackets to and from the airports. We did not actually wear them on our trip but they did have useful pockets to carry our overflow goods onto the planes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Our trip occurred in January when the weather is hot. We both took 5 tops each and three "bottoms" for during the day. These were generally jeans or long shorts and t shirt style tops. I did take one loose skirt which was very comfortable. We both took one evening outfit each for clubbing and evenings out. We both also had 2 changes of shoes and one light weight pyjamas. We found 4 changes of underwear sufficient.
The total weight came to just under 20 kilos which meant we were able to take home 20 kilos of holiday booty...duty free, t shirts, watches, DVD's the list goes on!! By the way, there is no need to overpack because laundry is exceptionally cheap to have done so use the services provided by the hotels, or ask around when you get there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As a female, I wasn't going anywhere without my makeup! I cut it back to the barest essentials though and then cut back on the size of containers by using "sample size" plastic containers. Remember hotels provide the basics of toiletries. Do pack leave in hair conditioner. The weather and swimming in pools and the sea are savage on hair so partner and I used heaps daily instead of gel and hairspray which we had left at home. Prescribed medications should be in original packets in a plastic bag in your cabin bag. Consider getting a letter from your Doctor also to cover yourself for drugs you are carrying. Pack a toothbrush and mini toothpaste. A roll on deodorant that stops wetness is great.
Photo Equipment: I can only really comment on a digital camera but do take sufficient batteries or the camera recharge unit. All cameras are different but I took 950 photos in 2 weeks and changed batteries every 4 days. The memory card must be able to hold all your photos. Or consider taking a second card. It is easier than trying to find an internet cafe where you can download your shots. Portable drives do add additional weight but they are another option.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For the beach or hotel pools pack 2 X Bathers, 2 X sarongs, scuffs or thongs as footwear. Consider a cloth hat. But chances are unless you usually wear one, you won't bother! You will need sunscreen and a good roll on insect repellent. You will be provided with towels for swimming by your hotel.
If two people are travelling together, one can carry a good backpack on the plane as cabin bag. It is then very useful to put shopping in during the day while you see the sights. Also handy for carrying bottled water around town.
Miscellaneous: When you go out for the day, take a back pack. Pack some bottled water , your camera, sunscreen and plenty of tissues because paper is usually not provided in toilets. We also took "wet ones" and anti bacterial handwash. A gel that cleans your hands and doesn't require water. If your hotel is a good one and you have a quality room safe that is bolted down, then leave your passports, tickets and additional credit cards behind. Enjoy your trip and resist the tempation to over pack.
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Less is more
Luggage and bags: I travelled with a day pack and it was more than enough.With malaysia things are so cheap you could leave home with your passport and a toothbrush.The less you take the more time you save in transit as you can take your pack as on board luggage ..Walking on and walk out-- no waiting.....also for the female shopper inside us you can bring back more stuff...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since it is a Islamic country I dressed modest but it actually works in your advantage to cover up from the sun. One pair of cargo style pants one knee length skirt and another ankle length.One long sleeved long waisted baggy indian style top which was perfect for the hot climate keeps of the sun and mozzies.
Three polo style tops.One pair of hard wearing walking sandals.Underwear 5 pairs of underdaks and three bra's ,two tight strappy singlet tops that can be used as undergarments also for that layered look under shirts..Board shorts for swimming and singlet style cozzie ..
Modest dress really pays off with the locals,it shows respect ,it does not draw attention and people will be more relaxed in being seen talking to you male and female.I also wore my hair tied back..
Take a hat or buy one... Cleaning services are easy to find and CHEAP! Dont waste your time washing things yourself with the humidity you'll find that things don't dry out that fast anyway and will smell like mold when they do..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A great tip from Predhead --' Wet ones wipes' this is a must for the public toilets you will also must take tissue paper as 95% of the bathrooms do not have..But they sell this for 30 sen outside.Take one small pack with you as you never know when you have to go....
Sunblock is a must .Insect repellant also an Insect bite cream with antiseptic properties for example Paraderm which you can use for itchyness sunburn and infection.
I didn't have any problems with insects but others did.
Toothbrush and paste the usual suspects etc nothing special required..
Photo Equipment: Take your battery charger with you and an power plug converter then you need not worry about buying batteries which always happens when you least want it too.Langkawi and Penang use the british plug system..Malaysia does has two systems check which that area in which you will be travelling.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hotels supply beach towels usually in a log in log out system.
Miscellaneous: Dont take too much honestly ,Malaysian's past time is shopping and eating they say so themselves! it's so cheap save your money buy there.They have great small packs of everything which is great for travellers...
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You can bring these ....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: thin clothing because its really hot here , an umbrella would be nice because downpour usually from Oct to Mar but nowadays its really hard to predict ( you can also get one here , its very cheap ), comfy shoe with ventilation ( coz you will be sweating a lot )
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Get a malaria injection ( if you want , but this is not really popular here ), the Aedes mosquito which spread Dengue fever has been the new monarchy ever since a Malaria jab / tablet is available.
Note that Aedes usually strike during dawn and dusk time , so put more repellents during that time . Or you can but some mosquito repellent plug in for you hotel room.
All medical supplies can be easily available in leading pharmacies ( in malls )
Photo Equipment: Its cheaper in malaysia , so dont have to bring films etc, camera is also cheaper here
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Leave room for souvenirs
Luggage and bags: Pack very light and leave plenty of room for everything that you will want to buy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight cotton clothing is best because it gets quite hot. Shorts, t-shirts, and comfy walking shoes are fine for sightseeing but take along some capris for when you visit a mosque.
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Luggage and bags: Bring a big rigid suitcase if possible with strong locks (my bag was broken while with Malaysian Airlines)... Try to leave as much space as possible for everything you buy...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes but also take comfortable thongs/slip ons/sandals.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film or memory cards...but if you run out you can always buy more fairly cheaply in Georgetown...
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Nobody needs packing
Luggage and bags: In Penang, you don't need to pack anything. Take a look at the photo I uploaded for you, that's how foreigners enjoying Penang. Malaysia is 365 days hot, nothing needed. Everything can be bought in Penang.
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Shorts and t-shirts are the best way to go...
Luggage and bags: Pack a small backpack. In this you can carry your maps, water bottle and any souvenirs you might pick up.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I's suggest a pair of good walking shoes or sandals. The best way to see this fantastic place is by foot so comfort is the key. From a clothing point of view, shorts and t-shirts are the best. It's generally pretty hot and can be quite humid so light clothing is the best choice.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always carry a bag with paracetemol, band-aids, scissors, antiseptic hand gel and a small pack of tissues.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera and if you have a video camera take it. There's just so much to see...
Luggage and bags: When wet weather (October to February) time will be very quiet at the East coast, so a lot of places are closed. Then visit the Westerly coast of Penang and bring an umbrella, though these are very cheap up there and ...
NB: -> don't fill up your suitcase, bag or rucksack!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The preferred attire is light cotton, linen and moisture absorbing but “decent” clothing. In places of worship, shorts and tight revealing attire are taboo. Flip flops and strappy sandals are the most comfortable footwear for walking and sightseeing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: See Health Requirements - Vaccinations
Photo Equipment: If you don't need to work for a fashion-crew just bring your money and buy in Penang your equipment, films, digital ...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swim wear, sunglasses and sun block will come in handy for days on the beach. Unless you can afford to launder your clothes daily, don't bother with socks. Some classy establishments in Penang observe a dresscode, so if you plan on dining there, don't leave that designers gown, design suit and Stephane Kelian shoes behind.
Miscellaneous: Note : -> you can buy anything in Penang!
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t-shirt, shorts, slippers - the unofficial uniform
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing / summer wear is sufficient. If you are doing a lot of walking, a pair of Teva sandals would be handy and does double-duty should you decide to head to the beach!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock
Photo Equipment: you can find most types of photo processing - 35mm, APS, digital, etc. available around Georgetown.
This is a convenient place.....
Miscellaneous: The normal packing items are enough..... If you have no transport and plan to stay at resorts in batu ferringhi, then please make sure you bring all you daily necessaries... Convenient shops and supermarket is hard to find here.....
However, staying in town cause no problem at all.....
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There's not much you need in Penang. Anything you left behind can be bought here. Since it's warm all year round, pack light - cotton tops, shorts and walking shoes/slippers are fine. In case of rain, bring an umbrella or wind breaker.
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women dont take your g strings!!
Miscellaneous: being a female who likes to wear mini skirts & singlets & bikinis(no g strings anymore, getting older)when im on holiday, i found that i was stared at & was given bad looks by many locals,when i was out and about in the not so touristy areas. I noticed this & although it wasnt too much of a problem i have never encountered this before( Bali no problem, south pacific, the states, all ok with this)Maybe just save the short skirts for the hotel.
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Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We found that although sunscreen was available in most of the mini marts and chemists the range was limited and the prices were fairly high compared to what we pay in Australia, even after you consider the exchange rate.
Also the SPF ratings were a bit dubious. So if you plan on lazing by the pool siping Mai Tais and working on your tan i advise taking a reasonable sized bottle of sunscreen with a good SPF rating, 30+. You will burn easy, europeans in particular, no offence intended here, but we've watched them arrive off the plane and the next morning they are laying out by the pool ALL day and you see them down the night markets white on one side and glowing red on the other, next night they are red all over. Pace yourself and even out shopping around Georgetown wear a hat and sunscreen you WILL burn.
Power supply plugs
Miscellaneous: All the mains plugs that I have found in Peninsular Malaysia (and Singapore) are 3-pin square UK-style. Great for those of us from the UK. Everyone else needs a UK travel adapter from their 'native' type.
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