Kota Kinabalu What to Pack

    by DennyP
    by DennyP
    by DennyP

Most Recent What to Pack in Kota Kinabalu

  • DennyP's Profile Photo


    by DennyP Updated Sep 14, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: I always carry a small backpack while out and about to carry neccesary everyday items;
    ALWAYS CARRY FRESH BOTTLED WATER HERE..(check the caps to make sure they are not refills)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Have good hiking/walking boots:
    I carry a small rolled up poncho that covers me and the backpack
    A pair of sunglasses
    A hat for sun protection

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A reliable Insect and Mosquito repellant is a must here.. (use it)
    A good sunscreen for sun protection
    A small tube of moisturiser
    A packet of wet wipes
    A small packet of tissues (in case the roll is empty)
    A tube lip balm

    Photo Equipment: Make sure that your digital camera battery is charged:
    A spare memory card.
    A digital battery charger:
    An International powerpoint adaptor

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I am never without a small self charging torch ..as here the streets a very badly lit if at all..

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • nezz's Profile Photo

    always remember the sunscreen

    by nezz Updated Jun 27, 2009

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: You must leave enough room to fill with all your shopping great exchange rate means good buys

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always remember some comfy shoes or sandals for walking especially if you have large feet. The largest sized shoes for women are size 8 (Australia) a 38 or 39 European. Not much large sized women's clothing you really have to hunt it out, so bring enough from home

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is very expensive and remember the tropical strength rid or areoguard repellant. otherwise all other toiletries are super cheap just stock up at the supermarkets. Basic medicines are cheap from the pharmacies but you'll need to know what to ask for. I always bring the basics like dressings, antibiotics, pain killers.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a good camera for all the wonderful sunsets

    Miscellaneous: If you love your wine bring a cask with you as wine is very expensive. You are allowed 1 litre per adult into Malaysia so a 2L cask per couple is ok...Local spirits & beer although not cheap by Malaysian standards are reasonable if you stock up your hotel fridge from the supermarket in the basement of KK plaza.

    sunset from Magellan Sutera Harbour
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • stevemt's Profile Photo

    Carry tissues

    by stevemt Updated Jun 14, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Miscellaneous: Tissues - I would suggest you always carry one of those pocket size packets of tissues with you.

    Useful for many things, last but not least is cleaning up after gorging on those fantastically messy chicken wings the hawkers sell which are iresistable.

    Was this review helpful?

  • pepemorris11's Profile Photo

    BYO toilet paper

    by pepemorris11 Updated Mar 8, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Thin cotton T-shirts, cotton shorts or bermudas. A hat or cap to beat the heat. An umbrella as it rains almost every evening for a few hours. It can get pretty cold up in the mountain or in the Kundasang Ranau area in the early morning and late evening so a thin jacket will come in handy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper. I normally carry one roll in my backpack just in case, it runs out at toilets in shopping centres. Toilets at toilet stops and coffee shops do not normally have toilet paper. Better still, bring along a hand sanitizer. Insect repellent is a must. Sun blocks!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Diving or snorkelling gear for those who wish to visit the islands.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • stevemt's Profile Photo

    What to take

    by stevemt Written Oct 12, 2008

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton shorts - NOT denim. Denim will absorb water when you sweat (as you surely will here) and will not dry easily. While wet, it rubs and chafes - not a pleasant feeling in a hot humid climate.

    A hat

    An Umbrella (folding)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen

    Insect repellant (with deet) if you are going to be going inland is a good idea

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your own snorkling gear if you have it, the rental ones are not good

    Was this review helpful?

  • Things to Bring up Mt KK

    by meliaz Written Aug 8, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: Don't carry too much, just enough for one night's stay. Make sure you have some water proof bags or some plastic cover readily available in case it rains.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you have some warm clothing for your night hike up Mt KK to watch the sunrise. Things like gloves, a good windbreaker are a definite must. When you hike, you'll be quite warm so you won't need your jacket, however, when you stop, the wind will definitely get to you.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some medication of your own in case of emergency - heat rub, paracetamol (Panadol), pain killers, carbon pills.

    Miscellaneous: Bring cash as food is expensive on top of Mt KK. Better yet, bring some of your own food - things like muesli / energy bars, chocolate, 3-in-1 packet drinks, these are things that aren't really heavy and would cost 10x more on top of the mountain. Bring water for your hike up the mountain as well. You'll easily drink a litre of water at least and there's no clean water source available on the way up. Don't throw away you water containers / bottles though. You can fill up at the restaurant at Laban Rata for free later on for your trip downhill the next day.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

  • syetan's Profile Photo

    A generalised list

    by syetan Updated May 17, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: One with a waterproof cover (or at least able to keep out some water) would be good if you're moving around....and please, bring locks!! Bags are fairly cheap in KK though quality varies so you might end up buying a good bag in KK.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Travel light as what you wear outdoors can easily be worn indoors-clubs don't really have dress codes per se, especially for tourists-I'd definitely recommend sneakers and sandals, and you can buy cheap slippers which you can use in the wet bathrooms if you're staying at a backpackers. A raincoat is a good idea, and women here like to use unbrellas with silver lining on the inside to keep the sun out-again, cheap to buy in KK. No need for black shoes, or ties and suits-dress down. Oh, a full brimmed hat (aussie style) will raise a few eyebrows but is a bloody good idea.

    I suppose women might wonder about dressing 'modestly,' as I've seen in some forum questions-really I wouldn't worry one little bit-MTV has us all dressing like J-Lo or P-Diddy (or whatever they are called these days...).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I suppose mosquito repellant wouldn't hurt if you're going out of town, or backpacking. Sunblock won't be the easiest thing to find in KK but both are available at Tong Hing Supermarket in the city (2nd floor next to the wine colection). Medicines are easily available so I won't bother. if you're off the beaten track I suppose toilet paper might be necessary but I've also known people who brought toilet seat covers-mind you off the beaten tracks, the toilets haven't got seats...bring 20 cent pieces with you for entry into most toilets.

    For the guys, i've never found it too easy to get a wide variety of shaving blades, so if you think yours isn't generic enough, take enough stock.

    Photo Equipment: Not expensive to buy in KK, but why spend time looking for a camera when you should be snapping away? Film is cheap as easy to find-digital reproduction kiosks are still a rarity though.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Very unpopular Malaysian pastime but becoming more common so camping so gear won't be easy to find-BYO!! Hotels will have those beach umbrellas though. Most camping gear is imported so it won't be necessarily any cheaper in KK, and could even be a bit more expensive than overseas.

    Was this review helpful?

  • theDreamCatcher's Profile Photo

    Pack for Action and Adventure!

    by theDreamCatcher Updated Mar 14, 2007

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: backpacks are the way to go and make sure you bring an extra bag for souvenirs!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: pack light. prepare for rivers, beaches and the jungle.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: for those allergic to seafoods like you gotta bring lots of claritin (antihistamine) cause the food is just great!!! you can't miss out on it. insect repellant for the garama river cruise since you actually stay after dusk too!

    Photo Equipment: extra batteries and more storage space for lotsa pictures!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: UMBRELLA...it usually rains in the afternoon...most of the time it really does!

    Miscellaneous: SUNBLOCK!!!!!

    sunblock...its hot!! yep sunblock baby!! food trip!!
    Related to:
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • blacksnail's Profile Photo

    things u need

    by blacksnail Written Mar 16, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Glove (water resist with good grip if possible)
    Although sports shoes are acceptable, hiking shoes with good grip is an advantage. Need not be waterproof. i brought spare shoes.
    Thick sports socks with toe support. i wore 2 socks all the way. Bring at least 1 spare sock in case of rain.
    Raincoat with hood and knee length.
    Knee I ankle guard
    Hat / cap. To shield from drizzle and sunlight near mountain top.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip balm — air at the summit is dry. Some people use them.
    Sun block (at least 30 SPF). Small bottle - needed for descend from 13,300 to 5,000 feet Kinabalu base camp. Use spray type for even coverage and easy application.

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

  • dimanche's Profile Photo

    Cold Mountain!

    by dimanche Written Feb 12, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good trekking/climbing shoes are very important because its quite a long climb. Temperatures can drop to less than 10 when you're nearing the summit of Mount Kinabalu, so it would be advisable to bring some waterproof, thick windbreakers and gloves to keep yourself from getting sick if you're not used to cool temperatures.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera which will not get stuck under cold temperatures, if not, you'll regret it if you are not able to take down the breathtaking scenery!

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

  • Swwaattcchh's Profile Photo

    Stuff to pack for Mt. Kinabalu

    by Swwaattcchh Written Oct 19, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: A

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climb is quite rough so make sure you have a good pair of trekking shoes. Don't have to go buy the special ones, but normal sport shoes with good sole grips would do.

    The temperature can go down to 0 degrees on the peak, so make sure you are warm enough. Bring gloves to protect your fingers.
    Also bring a raincoat. You might encounter rain while trekking up.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - A roll of toilet paper. It runs out really fast in the hostel.
    - Headlight for those who plan to climb up to the peak. If you have a headlight, all the better.
    - High energy bars for food
    - Ziplock bags to pack in all your stuff, so you bring as small a backpack as you can.
    - Insect repellent is a must
    - whistle, in case you get lost
    - Thermal water bottle if you have. The water can get cold up there
    - diarhea pills, altitude sickness pills (if you need), headache pills, anti vomit pills and plasters.

    Photo Equipment: Remeber to keep your camera warm if your camera is not weatherproof or cannot withstand low temperatures.

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • yuet29's Profile Photo

    KK Map

    by yuet29 Written Jan 15, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Miscellaneous: KK is small and most of the tourist spots are reachable by foot. Thus, a town map is a must to bring with.

    You can get a free town map from Sabah Tourism Board at Jalan Gaya or download one from internet. I was using a year 2001 map but most of the places are still the same. So the old map doesnt give me much trouble.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • yuet29's Profile Photo

    Insect Repellent

    by yuet29 Written Jan 15, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Well, there is a lot of mosquitoes in Sabah.. night market, filipino market, ...

    I will consider insect repellent as a must when travel in Sabah. For insect repellent with DEET, I cannot find any in KK. MOst of the insect repellent here are from traditional/ nature ingredient for example from different kinds of herbs. So if you particularly want the insect repellent with DEET, bring yours here.

    I was told by a pharmarcist that insect repellent with DEET actually threathed fish. So if you go into water, make sure you wash out the repellent first before you go into the sea.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • runwitme's Profile Photo

    Packing List for Mt. Kinabalu Climb

    by runwitme Updated May 17, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: A back pack.
    A waist pouch or a small daypack.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I divide the Mt. Kinabalu Climb into two parts.
    Part one is the hike up from the base (Timpohon or Mersilau) to Laban Rata (A place for climbers to stay overnight before ascending to the peak). Part two is the climb from Laban Rata to the summit (Low's Peak).

    For part one, long sleeve shirt/ sweater and short/bermuda for hike are sufficient. The weather is usually sunny and warm. Bring a raincoat, in case of rain.

    You need to dress warmly for Part Two. Thick jacket, long sleeve shirt and track pants (I wore two) for climb up to Low?s Peak. Wear a scarf, ski mask (you can buy this at RM5 at the base HQ) or balaclava. It is windy and cold on the mountain. Bring a light disposable raincoat, in case of rain.

    Hiking shoes or sport shoes. I wore my Karrimor sandals with thick socks for the first part and changed to my Fila running shoes for the second.

    Gloves are essential for Part two to protect your hands from rope burn (you need to use rope to climb over some slopes) and cold.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Travel light. Do not bring a bottle of 400ml shampoo and your make-up kits.
    Laban Rata rest house provides soap and towel. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste.

    Lip moisturizer helps to ease chapped lips due to cold.
    Sunscreen for sun protection.
    Lotion for dry skin. Ladies take note.
    I noticed that mosquito repellent is NOT essential.

    I rubbed Vaseline between my toes and on my feet before I put my socks on for the climb. This prevents blisters and chaffing.

    Eyes drop, plasters, headache pain-killer tablets just in case.

    Analgesic rub like Yoko Yoko (thanks Chan Yok for the supply) or Deepheat for the tired muscles.

    Photo Equipment: You will regret if you do not bring your camera. Bring enough films and batteries.

    I was petrified when I saw no socket point for my camera battery charger in my room at Laban Rata and my batteries were running low. Thanks to the friendly people at the reception, I was able to recharge my batteries and took some breath-taking pictures at the summit.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not applicable unless you want to camp on the mountain.

    Miscellaneous: Torchlight (2D batteries and bring a spare bulb) is essential for Part 2. Climbers will start their climb at 2:00 am. If you can afford it, use those headlamps.

    Walking stick (about RM3 from the local guides) helps to make the Part 1 hike easier. Do not take it up to Part 2, leave it at Laban Rata along with your other luggage. You need your hands to hold the ropes, not walking stick.

    Food & Drinks
    Untreated water (mountain fresh) is available at the rest area along the trail. I have drunk the water without problems. It tasted refreshing and cool. I also brought one bottle (500ml) to keep me hydrated during the Part 1 hike. I also brought 2 packets of Ribena (pouch). Tuna and crackers, raisins, sweets, cookies, chocolate, energy gel and apple are recommended.

    For Part 2, bring some water and some munchies. I brought a packet of Ribena, 2 packs of Power Gel and some candy.

    Plastic bags. Put your garbage in. Do not leave your garbage on the mountain.

    Your Pictorial Guide of Stuff To Bring
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • JamesWtc's Profile Photo

    Climbing in the cold!

    by JamesWtc Updated Apr 3, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: A Good Backpack, 50L is adequate!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes for hiking. Gym and tennis shoes are fine.

    Bring Warm clothes. The weather drops to below 5 degree when you reach the top, depending on the weather.

    Bring a rain coat in case of rain.

    Water proof gloves and a hat to protect you from cold wind.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Altitude sickness like vomit or headache could happen. Consult your doctor.

    Photo Equipment: Camera with spare batteries and film. You must take the photo on the top of sunrise!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Buy a walking stick from the HQ. It helps a lot.

    Small water bottles. 1L or less are fine. Mountain waters are available along the way up at each stop.

    Miscellaneous: The Golden Tip: Travel Light

    This is me in the cold

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Kota Kinabalu

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

34 travelers online now


Kota Kinabalu What to Pack

Reviews and photos of Kota Kinabalu what to pack posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Kota Kinabalu sightseeing.

View all Kota Kinabalu hotels