What to pack for Malaysia

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    Consider This...

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    Luggage and bags: Always use the least amount of luggage possible no matter how long you plan to stay.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring clothes of a cool, light weight material, it is very hot and humid here.

    Malaysia is predominately a Muslim country and you, especially women, should dress modestly.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring the basic items for your personal needs as you would on any trip, but if you forget something like Imodium--as I did--you can easily get it from a local pharmacy--as I did--and relieve the misery.

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    Pack Light

    by schurman23 Written Sep 26, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Your luggage should contain just the basic things like clothes, camera, money and chargers and sun block. The rest you can find in your hotels or you can just buy when you're already in KL.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable light cotton shirt in KL since its hot and humid at times. In Genting Highlands, if you have low tolerance for cold weather then bring a light jacket and also get rid of your shorts and on with your pants so you can be properly attired for the casinos if you want to go there.

    Photo Equipment: Adaptor for you electrical stuffs may be requested from your hotel staffs.

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    THESE ARE NECCESITIES THAT I ALWAYS CARRY

    by DennyP Updated Jan 22, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK FOR DAY OUT ESSENTIALS..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: HAVE A GOOD PAIR OF WAKING SHOES/BOOTS
    I CARRY A SMALL PONCHO THAT WILL COVER ME AND MY BACKPACK..SMALL ENOUGH TO ROLL UP POCKETSIZE

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: IT IS SO IMPORTANT HERE TO HAVE A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY MAKE IT A NECCESITY..USE IT EVERY EVENING..ALSO CARRY A GOOD SUNBLOCK..SUN GLASSES AND HAT
    A SMALL BOTTLE OF ANTISEPTIC HANDWASH IS A MUST AND ALSO A SMALL PACKET OF FACEWIPES (MOISTURISED)
    A VERY HANDY ITEM I FIND IS A SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES ... HANDY IF THE ROLL IS EMPTY!!!

    Photo Equipment: MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY IS FULLY CHARGED EVERY EVENING ..AND CARRY A SPARE MEMORY CARD IF YOU TAKE LOTS OF PICS
    MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ELECTRICAL ADAPTOR IS RIGHT FOR WHERE YOU ARE VISITING.. GET A LITTLE "ZIP" PACK FOR ALL YOUR CHARGERS AND ELECTRICAL LEADS..IE: CAMERA ,I POD, MOB.PHONE..LAPTOP..

    Miscellaneous: A SMALL SELF CHARGING TORCH IS A MUST FOR THOSE DARK PLACES..

    ESSENTIAL STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT VERY HANDY TOILET ESSENTIALS CHARGER ,SPARE MEMORY CARD,INT.POWER ADAPTOR COPACT PONCHO...ROLLS UP TO POCKETSIZE..ESSENTIAL SMALL COMPACT SELF CHARGING TORCH
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    Mosquito Net is a Must

    by pennies Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you will be spending time in the jungle, rubber boots are a must. The mud NEVER dries up. You can buy cheap ones in Malaysia or borrow them from the camp. Sabah has malaria, bring long sleeved tops and long pants. Make sure you can cover yourself. It is very humid and this can be uncomfortable so bring the lightest most breathable clothing possible. if you are staying at a jungle camp, it is hard to get clean, there may be very primitive shower facilities only (a bucket!). If you can stand being sweaty and dirty for prolonged periods, bring plenty of changes of clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sabah region has malaria - bring repellent and mosquito nets. Most places will have a net, but if it has holes it's useless. Bring your own - they are useful even in non-malaria regions just to keep the creepy crawlies off the bed. I do not take anti-malarials, but you probably should!

    Photo Equipment: a good zoom! You will be seeing lots of WILD animals, some dangerous, some not. For safety and out of respect for the animals' space, get a good zoom. Also, learn how to take a steady photo in a wobbly boat. You will see much of the wildlife from boat trips along the rivers - it can be difficult to get a steady photo.

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    Anything to make you Happy!

    by honeymoon4ever Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks, light luggage

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jackets for Genting, comfortable shoes (CROCS...what else!)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Decongestants for the cold night of Genting

    Photo Equipment: Digital and Video Camera!

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget to bring adoptors for your cellphone and camera chargers. That is, Adaptors suited for Malaysian electrical sockets. Malaysia has different sockets from back home and so we had to buy adaptors fit for these sockets.

    socket adoptor
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    Packing List

    by Fudge Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Always carry a hammock in Malaysia. U'll find it a versatile 'tool' to make yourself comfortable wherever you go :)

    On the islands, a good book or a quiet scrabble game with a friend is a good thing to pack.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If your holiday is the walking-a-lot-in-national-parks kind, u'll need good walking shoes and always keep a pair of trekking sandles handy. Cos it's hot and humid, locals prefer trekking sandles to closed up shoes. But do be aware of leeches in some areas.

    Good to also have a poncho/raincoat with you if you visit in rainy season (May-July)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: U can get most things in Malaysia in the city pharmacies. Nothing to worry abt except specific medication which you're on.

    Photo Equipment: Hmm. this is subjective but again camera shops in city areas carry most things. Its cheap too so u wanna develop your pics there or buy film there.

    Lenses, digital cams, camcorders etc are all of good quality and competitive price.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: well depending on what kind of a traveller you are, most people stay in chalets, tents etc... Camping stuff like methyl spirit for cooking in trangias or outdoor stoves, is easily available.

    Penknives, ropes, strings all of good camping quality are available thorugh out Malaysia.

    A hammock and a good book to keep u company Keep that camera fully charged White bat Lily Wildlife roaming around your chalets
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    Easy on - easy off shoes

    by Robin922 Written Feb 19, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes are not worn in religious buildings or home!

    If you plan to visit many of the mosques or temples, wear inexpensive shoes that are easy to take off and on.
    While lace up shoes may be great for walking around, they quickly become a pain when touring religious buildings. Often you will have to leave you shoes in a pile with other peoples, and won't have a place to sit to put them back on.

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    Bring your own over the counter meds!

    by Robin922 Written Feb 19, 2006

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Something as simple as a normal cold, can be a disaster here! Any medicine that may cause drowsiness requires a prescription. Only the weakest of cough medicines can be bought over the counter.

    Aspirin also can be hard to find and is expensive.

    A little box of cold medicine/allergy medicine and a travel packet of aspirin could save you a lot of misery.

    As the saying goes... Been there, Done that.

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    Bring your own paper!

    by Robin922 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaysia is defiantly a practice you deep knee bends & Bring Your Own Toilet Paper country!

    While pit toilets may not be very important to men, for western women who have problems with their knees this can be a major problem.

    Nicer hotels, and malls in the K.L. area usually have both types of toilets, but many times there will be a paper shortage. Some public places charge for paper. Places that cater to locals or in the rural areas may only have pits and NO PAPER.

    My suggestion is to buy little packages of travel Kleenex that can be easily carried in your purse or pocket and a small travel bottle of waterless soap.

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    Apply the sunscreen or burn

    by kyoub Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light because some of the smaller planes have a very limited weight allowance. You will also need a small day pack to take along on your day trips.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight cotton is your best bet for the hot humid weather here. A long pair of pants for the jungle, capris, shorts, tops, swimsuit, sandals, and a pair of comfy walking shoes will take you most anywhere.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you have a favorite brand or special needs it is best to take it with you.

    Photo Equipment: Take a very big memory stick or lots of film. Also extra batteries.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget the sunscreen and the mosquito repellent. The sun is very hot and you will encounter some biting insects, if you get out of the city..

    Shell beach
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    Light Clothing only

    by gnh Updated Oct 26, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Better to come empty handed and buy all you need here. It's so cheap !

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Equatorial country - so it's hot and wet most days.

    An umbrella would be helpful.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tissue paper a must in you backpak or luggage bag.

    Photo Equipment: Use Digital Cameras.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan to climb Mt Kinabalu make sure you have WINTER clothing !

    A rain proof jacket would be a good idea.

    It's Cold, Cameron Highlands

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    Travel as light as possible!

    by ant1606 Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: We both traveled all the way with one mountain backpack each, sized to fit carry-on aircraft boarding. Best if waterproof.
    Malaysia is a shopping heaven for convenient prices will dictate to buy stuff, and prior to return we bought a bag to be checked-in.
    For certain places such as Taman Negara National Park, we discourage to bring hard cases or huge luggage. Getting there requires a 3-hour longboat ride and it's advisable to avoid such equipment.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Local weather is warm and requires light clothes, best if they provide UV protection. Hat recommended. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended for jungle treks.
    Occasional downpours occur in summer, we brought compact raincoat overalls.
    Plastic bags can be useful to protect cameras, wallets and travel documents. Carry some in your pocket as downpours can get you totally drenched, our boat ride to Taman Negara was such an occasion.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anything can be found in the country, just bring your own specific drugs or supplies you can't do without.

    Photo Equipment: No problem to find memory cards or spare batteries. Traditional films and prints are also available at many stores and shopping malls.
    Protect your cameras from moist. Simple plastic bags can do a great job.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Buy it locally in case of need.

    Miscellaneous: Bug repellent available at local stores.

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    Shoes

    by Janemei Written May 5, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes are really cheap in Malaysia especially fashion/seasonal women shoes. Especially slippers, sandals and open toe heels. So if you have average sized feet 6-7, you should leave your shoes at home because you'll be stocking up here in Malaysia. But 8 sized feet will find that they will get some massive reduction on the shoes for their size because it is less popular in malaysia.

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    An SLR camera is a good to have in Malaysia

    by Fudge Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Photo Equipment: Film and battery for cameras are easily available and relatively cheao in Malaysia. But do stock up from the cities before you hit the out country places.

    Also, i've met travellers who have bought digital cameras in Malaysia and other thumb drives for storage of pics etc...

    Miscellaneous: Malacca is a nice place to take pics of historical things - the fort, the temples, the shrines all in the city area.

    Taken at the top of the fortress in Malacca
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    Tampons are hard to find......

    by Designerartgirl Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Bring something you can carry....

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flops/ sandals are always good atire as you'll no doubt be taking them off in many places, or trainers for the places where you need to cover up a little more....... Dont bring too much, but things that cover shoulders and knee's will mean that local people will show you a lot more respect!! If you wear a mini skirt and skimpy top in town, they will think of you as a tart.....

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tampons are so hard to find if you go off the beaten trail in Malaysia. If you stick to touristy places you'll be fine, no problems but if you go into places such as the centre of the country, ie, near Temerloh, you could have a problem finding them, as Asian women dont tend to use them....

    Photo Equipment: Digital Camera... and rechargable bateries... you can write all your pictures to disk in many places throughout the country so dont worry about running out of memory space...

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