Miscellaneous: Look at the picture, this is the thing you might want to pack. My opinion for tourists is to bring just a small lightweight bag but with pocket full of money. I believe we have EVERYTHING you needed. Malaysia is a country materials rich, tourists need not worry about packing.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: some cool clothings.. No winter wear. It's hot all year round
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Easily available, unless u got medicine from doctor
Photo Equipment: films and batteries are available all over the place. If digital, bring more memory cards
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: not really suitable unless u are hitting the beaches. weather is hot here. Get Tee or bemudas.
Luggage and bags:
pack light and you might want to consider bringing an empty suitcase for all the souvenier that you might end up buying while in Malaysia ! or you can just buy a suitcase here !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable shoes, hat, sun block, sunglasses
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: can be easily found at our local Guardian / Watson outlets at reasonable price
Photo Equipment: films and batteries are not too expensive here...
a varierty of digi cam too...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: can be found here at special outdoor shops...
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some cold place, like Genting, Cameron, Mt Kinabalu, and all the beaches to prepare Weather Gear, and more clothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It should not be a problem in getting them around the city, but one should prepare some in case. To have immunization is better.
Photo Equipment: To develop pic in not cheap. The Film itself is very expensive especially in tourists place.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Can rent it.
Light, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round. Shorts, miniskirts, sleeveless garments for women are not advisable, especially in the rural areas. and when visiting Mosques and temples. Comfortable walking shoes.
In the Highlands, warm comfortable clothing is recommended, especially during the night when it is much cooler.
Sandals or good walking shoes. There's only 2 season in Miri, RAINY AND SUNNY. heheheheheh. And when it's sunny, it's HOT. So, drink lots of liquids.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You might not adapt well to the food here sometimes, especially if you can't resist the food sold by hawkers in the street. So, bring any antacid or Pepto just to be safe.
Miscellaneous: Suncreen or a hat, cap, etc. And also, make copies of your passport, credit card, etc...just in case...well, as an season traveller will know, this is prolly a no brainer tip. hehehehhe
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: summer clothing
dun forget your sun-glasses!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: insect defense lotion, tissue
for people dun wanna have sun bathing, you'd better bring sun block cream!
Photo Equipment: it's better to have spare batteries, but twin tower in KL may be found
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: swimsuit and goggles!
Miscellaneous: for people dun like asian food, should bring some biscuits in your bags!
in general, you can try different types of Asian food!!!
Shorts and t-shirts as the weather can be quite hot.
More conservative clothes if you are going to cisit mosque. The chinese temples in Malaysia are not really too strict about attire.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is a must
Sunblock if you are going to the beaches
Medcine to cure tummy ache.
Photo Equipment: Anything is ok. They uses 3-pin plugs and sockets can be eas1ily found if you stay in a hotel.
Films can be quite cheap if you know where to find(not in a tourist attraction)
Luggage and bags:
A backpack is practical for those who travel around a lot. Besides that, anything would do! ;)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For clothing, since Malaysia is a warm and humid country, i recommend cotton, light and loose fabric. Preferably not polyester nor leather (except for shoes! =>) High-cut boot is not recomended, sneakers/sandals are the most comfortable to get around. Don't worry, there're so many beautiful sarongs and batik sundresses you can get here!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock!!! =)
Photo Equipment: You can find all necessary photo equipment in the cities especially, but if you are planning else where, you might face some difficulties. However, almost all convenient stores nationwide sell films! ;)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It's important for you to bring mosquito repellent if you are planning to camp outdoor.
Miscellaneous: A hat or sunglasses would come in handy in hot days.
Hat - keep off the sun and allow you entrance into some mosques which require women to have their heads covered.
Sarongs are handy too, same reason.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sleep sack. Guesthouses have bedbugs.
Mosquito repellant and sunscreen. Duh.
In every country I visit, I usually make a list of things that strike me about the country. Here’s my list of “things Malaysian”
- allergy to repairs, everything is left to fall into
disrepair (sidewalks, bldgs, Malacca).
- stolen moments where the mixed cultures are talking
- unfriendly women and overly friendly men (and I was
usually dressed fairly conservative even in the
- fruit/juice stands
- allergies to sidewalks, people must walk in the
- blindness to traffic signals: you go by how you
- place that makes you feel fortunate to live
Luggage and bags:
I hope to provide some information on suitable rucksacks for travel in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. The details will vary from country to country (such as safety features) but the information will be essentially consistent regardless where you are.
The best rucksacks fit for travel, backpacking and adventure would be travel packs and not expedition packs for a one main reason:
Travel Packs are easier to lock up. You'll find necessarry to lock your pack up on bus and train journeys, in backpacking inns and the sort.
I have a Lowe Alpine 70+20 Liberty and its an expedition sack and I did not really face any problems with security travelling in Malaysia.
Expedition packs are more user friendly compared to Travel Packs. Travel packs are usually bulky. Expedition packs like mine are a lot more tubular and therefore doesn't displace your center of gravity like a Travel sack would. Its also a lot more easier to carry heavy loads with an Expedition sack.
I've used and surveyed number of rucksacks and I'd go with a Lowe Alpine any day, anywhare and won't have to worry about it. Look in for more information on their ranges.
You may also want to check out The North Phase, Macpac and Pod rucksacks.
If you're on a tight budget where purchasing a rucksack is concerned, Vango makes pretty decent and durable sacks. Deuter is not bad at all. Its a little more costly in contrast to the Vango but a little more money goes into the available frills of the Deuter.
Karrimor sacks not made in the UK pretty much sucks where the stitching is concerned.
In SouthEast Asia the climate is fairly warm, if not scorching! This means, whatever you carry in your rucksack are high density items and not any of the bulky stuff such as fleece. So the size of your rucksack is going to be based on
-how much can you carry
-are your adventures going to require lots of equipment
If you are going on adventure expeditions, you may need at least 75 liters of rucksack space. This will also vary based on the size of yoiur group. Basically, the more people you have, the mre you can distribute the group weight.
Dont carry too much of the unnecessarry (walkmans, facial creams, etc.) unless you are able to. Remember that the longer your expedition is, the more tired you'll be feeling at the final days and may not be up to it to carry your load.
-your rucksack grows heavier with every step you take-
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing is cheapest when travelling in the tropics. A lot of 100% cotton tees and pants is most appropriate. This includes thich 100% cotton socks as well. As far as possible, use medium coloured clothes for light colours tend to get really dirty after a while. Black and very dark colors are not advised for these colours absorb heat.
When camping in the rainforests, its always good to have some long sleeved shirts and long pants fpor vasrious reasons.
-there are lots of mosquitoes and sometimes sandflies which'll bite the life out of you.
-long clothes prevent you from getting scratched from branches and thoorns while trekking. Wounds in a tropical rainforest with humid cinditions are not going to heal as long as you are in there. They actually may get a lot worse under those conditions.
For the rain, umbrellas are suitable for urban and sub-urban conditions. In the jungle and the mountains, a good rainproof jacket is best. Try getting jackets which extend below your waist to prevent rainfall from leaking into your trousers. A jacket of this sort with drawcords at the hips will help you retain heat.
GORE TEX does not work in tropical conditions so dont waste your money on GORE TEX if you're coming to Malaysia.
Shoes should be high-cut if you're going to be carrying a heavy rucksack to prevent twisted ankles. Again, you don't need GORE TEX to survive.
Don't get complete leather boots as they retain water and don't dry easily. Wet shoes and socks will result in tropical foot-rot. So have lots of dry socks and try to get shoes made from synthetic breathable material. Extra lacea and anti-fungal foot powder are a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You'll need to consult a physician on vitamin and mineral supplimentation needed for this trip. Make sure to get all the necessarry vaccinations. Common ones are Hepititis A and B, Tetanus, Polio, Japanese Enciphilititis and Chollera. There may be more so confirm this with your physician. In Kuala Lumpur these dosages are administered by easy to find physicians. Also equip yourself with water purification tabelets and the various Malaria and Dengue pills.
You can also get your physician to advise you on an appropriate First-aid Kit.
I will have a section on an elaborate First-aid kit soon. Come back soon to view it.
You'll need lots of stuff from this list. Remember that safety and hygene should be your priority.
-cotton buds -tooth brush and paste
-nail cutter -shaving blades and cream
-toilet paper -sun cream
-safety pins -Vaseline(friction burns)
-talcum powdwer -sun shades (UV protected)
(I'll add more stuff to this list soon)
Photo Equipment: I don't know much about photography and equipment, but you'll need canoe bags to keep your equipment dry.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: SLEEPING IN THE JUNGLE
There are two advised methods of sleeping in the jungle. In tents or on 'Bashas'.
Dome tents are best for they are easily erected and packed unlike the A-frame. Tents need to be rain resistent to a large extent. Read assembly instructions carefully so that your tent doesn't leak or have the flysheet blown away.
Bashas are jungle hamocks easily available in Kuala Lumpur. Look for them in the army surplus shops at PERTAMA COMPLEX. They are lightweight and dry easily. They are not as waterproof as tents but they are a lot more comfortable and presents a new avenue where sleeping with nature is concerned.
WHAT YOU NEED TO 'BASHA'
The Basha sometimes is not sold with a flysheet so you may need to shop for them seperately. You can look for lightweight nylon tarps very easily available in Kuala Lumpur. They are usually in light blue and white stripes.
The drawback of sleeping in a basha is that you need trees to tie the basha to and two 3 foot by 6 inch radius branches to support either end of the basha. This is sometimes not readily available on some campsites and I don't advocate cutting down trees to get the poles. So, you may need to carry them. Refer to park rangers and guides fore the pole availability at the campsites.
You'll also need string about 15 feet to tie the tarp up on the trees. Bungee cords are a luxury when it comes to harnessing the edges down to the ground. You'll need about six bungees.
All in all, the basha presents a more natural way to sleep in the outdoors. A must try!!!
Its always important to camp in designated campsites. This reason is because these campsites are usually designated by park authorities as being safe and fit for campers to camp on.
Also look out for dead fall up in the trees. You won't want any dead branches to be dislodged by the wind to come crashing down on you.
Dont camp near rivers. Flash-floods can wash you and your entire campsite away is matter of seconds. If camping near a river make sure its a high bank you are on and survey the area for possible happenings of flash floods in the past. Large boulders and logs that seem to be curiously out of place and nmay have been swept downstream by a flash-flood.
FIRE FOR FOOD
Numerous stove designs can be found, especially in the West, Singapore and Japan. The best of the lot will have to be the multi-fuel stove. This stove burns anything from petrol to kerosene. This is good because you may not be always able to get the right fuel to do the job.
Hexamine tablets can be bought at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Campbell Complex, in Kuala Lumpur. Its cheap and packs easily. These tablets come with a metal stove. All you need to do is to light these tablets and leave it on the stove. You can start cooking almost immediately. The drawback is that its useless when its wet.
Evergreen also sells gas stoves for camping. They are priced at about RM100 for the stove and about RM17 the gas canisters. The fire on this unit is a perfect blue which makes cooking more efficient, unlike the yellow/orange flame of the Hexamine burner.
Remember to bargain with the Evergreen Center. All listed prices aan go down about 20% or 30%.
If all else fails, then a wood fire will suffice. If the terrain is really wet, think about setting up 2 stoves; one for the actual cooking and another to dry the wood. Always start a stove with twigs before using the bigger pieces.
The only thing leech gaiters are good for is to encourage the leeches to climb higher and feed on you. When the leeches cant get to your skin because of the gaiters, they climb above it and start feeding on you.
My advice is that you'll have to just get used to them. Study about tropical leeches because some of them can cause severe problems if they go up your anus or vagina. Most of them are harmless. Thge ones you should watch out for live in water and as far as I know they cant survive on land.
To remove leeches use salt or just burn them off. Don't pull them off because by doing that, their suction tube may break off causing infection.
-Penknife (must have can opener)
Miscellaneous: Read about Malaysia before embarking on your journey. The net has lots of available tips. This site is lovely! Lonely Planet travel guides are very handy to get around. The Lonely Planet book on Malaysia is titled Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Read about your interests, about the culture, people and structure. The more you know the more there is to enjoy. I'll soon update this site with National Park phone numbers and addresses for you to contact directly.
Till hten, I hope that this page is both informatibve and entertaining. See you later.
Luggage and bags:
If you are moving around alot, a back pack is good. If staying in 1 place, a rolling suitecase is good.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: lightwieght clothes, rain poncho and umbrella for rain and to keep the sun off. Sandles or shoes that come off easy. Long pants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: None special. Carry those small packages of Kleenex, as restrunts and food stalls do not have napkins.
Photo Equipment: none special. Anything for a camera can be bought overthere.
Casual, comfortable clothing and shoes that is suitable for walking, hiking, jungle-trekking.
Umbrella and Raincoat would be of great help if travel during rainy season.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring some insect repellent when you're doing jungle-trekking.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Apply insects repellent before you start with your day in the jungle, before the insects such as mosquitoes spoil your day. :-)
Miscellaneous: All persons are required to have a valid passport to enter Malaysia. All foreign visitors are also required to have a passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as between Sabah and Sarawak.
Visitors arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zones and other affected areas are required to possess International Health Centificates showing Yellow Fever vaccination (not applicable for children below 1 year old).
Its a good zero degrees up there with high wind chill factor, so bring along a good jacket and a couple of layers. a sccarf is useful esp during the colder seasons.
During the hike up, its pretty warm and humid, so you'll make do with a t-shirt and berms, but do change at the halfway house before the ascent.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: medicated oil as most people gt sick from altitude sickness. paracetamol helps or if you prefer the easier way, a couple of beers....
Miscellaneous: Also bring your own bottle of water, the halfway house at labuan rata allows refills although please do it discretely.
Otherwise, the alternative would be to buy bottles of water at US$2-3. Ex for a cheap country
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