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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.
Updated Oct 26, 2005
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.
Written Sep 6, 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.
Written May 5, 2005
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.
Written Apr 14, 2005
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...
Written Dec 29, 2004
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.
Updated Apr 28, 2004
Luggage and bags: something light
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.
Written Dec 5, 2003
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...
Written Oct 31, 2003
Luggage and bags: Lock?Name Tag?
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.
Written Dec 26, 2002
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Updated Dec 17, 2002
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