Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
You need to bring some re-hydration salt & simple medications such as aspirins, pain killer, charcoal pills, altitude sickness pills & etc.
Do bring along some plasters & bandages in case of some minor cuts.
Miscellaneous: Air at 13,000 ft can be quite thin. Those who're suffering ashma attacks, pls consult your doctor before you scale the mountain.
You need to bring along some gloves for both keeping warm & scaling the mountain using ropes at KM 6.6 - 7.
It's best to have some water resistant leather glove, or some cheap substitute of gardening gloves & wearing a surgical glove inside.
The most important thing is to keep your hands dry, or your hands will suffer numbness.
Mountain climbing is supposed to be lightweight & free to move around. Chocolate bars & other high energy foods will be the best supplement for energy needed for Mt Kinabalu trip.
Do not over consume chocolate because it will cause dry throat. Once you're consuming too much water, you may feel very lazy & too heavy to proceed.
Remember that you need to hike 6 KM before reaching Laban Rata.
You will need shoes with good grip when you're scaling the Mount Kinabalu. Any mistake or slip can be fatal & definitely not in anybody wish list.
You also need to keep you shoe & socks dry, or you may need to abandon the attempt to scale the summit.
Do bring extra socks because it is going to be very cold when the night fall. The coldness is especially evident to Malaysian, who lives in hot & humid low land.
Luggage and bags:
1 day bag and 1 back pack.
The whole thing weighed 6kg, and the rest were in carried a day pack (first aid kit, whistle, food & water, rain coat, insect repellant, camera, phone, tissues, note book, id).
The rest went into the back pack for the porter.
This is my ultimate list.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1 Long sleeves shirt for day 2
2 cotton tshirts (1 for 1st day and another was what I wore to and from the airport)
1 short sleeve thermal cum tshirt for day 2
2 track pants (day 1 - 2)
1 long johns (day 2 for the morning only)
1 travel pants that I wore to and from the airport
1 anorak, 1 light wind breaker cum parka with lining
1 very light lambswool cardigan for nights & day 2
1 lightweight Fleece jacket
Sturdy hiking shoes and second pair of rubber shoes
Leather fingerless gloves and wool gloves underneath
2 pairs of cotton socks (wearinmg 2 layers is more comfortable), 1 pair of rough wool socks
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Comb, ear plugs
Microfibre towel, tooth brush, small tube of tooth paste to share with my partner, half bar of mini soap, sachet of shampoo
Tissue paper / toilet roll
Sun block squeezed into a plastic sachet & lip gloss, Insect repellent
A list of first aid items (see packing tip on First aid)
Photo Equipment: Camera / Plastic bag for camera, charger
Mobile phone & charger
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A couple of plastic bags (for wet clothes)
Head torch & fresh batteries
Key chain mini compass and thermometer (for fun, not required)
Miscellaneous: Notebook and pen
High energy food (see packing tips on food for list)
Water bottle for 500 ml
ID/Passport in protective waterproof bag (very important)
Travel tickets, itinerary papers, emergency contacts in plastic bag
You'll need to bring some simple rain coat or water resistant jackets. Rain may shower anytime in the day.
Your shoe & other baggage must be kept dry, or you will suffer cold at night & may not be able to scale the last 2000ft next morning.
P/s: you'll be overnight at 11000 ft (Laban Rata) before proceeding to summit next morning around 2-3am.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Lip gloss is a must because the temperature at the summit can be as low as 4 or lower degree Celsius. I loss my lip gross on my way down, and now I'm still suffering from dry lips.
Why sun block when it's so cold up there? You will expose to direct sun light when you're coming down from the summit around 8-10pm. The burn can be quite severe & my pals thought that I went diving when they realised that I'm becoming really tanned.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack and not trolley luagage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: jacket (when going to the peak), gloves (for icy and slippery rocks), rain coat (not for flashing, but in case if it rains), thermal wear (light and thin), head muffler(before your brain freeze up), knee guard (pressure on your knees trailing down) and proper hiking shoes.
Photo Equipment: Camera (is a must)..
Miscellaneous: Torch light.
The paths at Mount Kinabalu are slippery, always slippery. Because the humidity is always extremely high in the park, the paths are always wet, and when covered with leaves very slippery. Make sure you bring good, decent shoes when you want to go for a walk, even when it's a short one.
It often rains in the park. Early in the morning the sun normally shines at the top, but the rest of the day the mountain is often hidden in clouds, that produce rain. Especially when you are planning a longer walk, make sure you bring some rainclothes, or some dry clothes to get changed.
Make sure you have energy nibbles along the way, not just lunch. I had a bag of nuts, raisins, Muesli bars and chocs with me. Get coated chocolates like Smarties or M&Ms. These wont' melt and cause a mess in the heat. Food with high carbs (peanuts, macadamias, cashews) are good for immediate body fuel. Protein food (eg cereals, almonds) are great for reserves. Raisins also provide the sugar you need. Too much chocs will five you a big sugar rush and you'll feel tired later on. Eat constantly, munch along the way and drink lots (carry a 500ml bottle). If you feel a loss of appetite (due to tiredness or altitude), do take sips of water anyway, and make an effort to have some food. Your body does need it.
Also, I packed it by Day 1 / Day 2, so I didn't have to lug all the food with me all the time. I also split it by breakfast / meal snacks vs hiking snacks, so that everything is accessible. The Up & Go in the picture was a breakfast snack that consists of 2 weet bix in a drink.
You need to bring a compact flashlight & extra batteries unless you just loaded with brand new batteries.
I keep seeing people walking in the dark due to low battery condition.
You'll need approximately 3 hours battery life to scale the summit. So just make sure you're not one of those walking in the dark. If your battery running towards the end of the hike is still alright, but +/- half hour before & after Sayap Sayap can be quite dangerous without proper lighting and torch light.
Waterproofing your shoes is recommended in case you encounter wet weather. Even in muddy surroundings, moisture can seep into your shoes and cause discomfort. It is not comfortable walking in squishy shoes and socks for a whole day.
I waterproofed my shoes by spraying a silicone water repellant spray on my shoes. It is called Silicone-Water-Guard Shoe Spray. It is a heavy duty water repellant for suede, leather, nylon, cotton, canvas and other fabrics. I bought it for A$10.95 from the Army Disposal Store in Chatswood, Sydney (Australia).
Spray your shoes at least 24 hours beforehand as it will need to dry off. One coating is sufficient. The silicone repels moisture, but still allows the shoes to 'breathe'.
Luggage and bags:
If you are going for Mt.. Kinabalu, before heading to the park, remember to pack your things into 2 bags: those carry with you and those not.
You can keep your luggage in the Kinabalu Park HQ for RM5 per bag. So only take a small bag with you for all stuffs that you need on the mountain.
For the important things like passport and wallet, to reduce the weight of the bag as much as possible, you can lock it in a locker inside the HQ. The service is free. We were quite comfortable with the service because it needs two keys to open the locker. Of course they might have spare key.. but we just trust..
You may find it ridiculous, but an umbrella is a MUST for climbing Mt.. Kinabalu. It is not like treking in other tropica forest or jungle where you get a lot of obstacles. In Mt. Kinabalu, the trail is so well-built that is just like climbing stair-case.. of course a bigger steps.
An umbrella is a better choice from wearing poncho- which will make you hot and uncomfortable. Every guide brings an umbrella, poncho is just to cover their bags.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1 Long Sleeve T
1 Walking Stick
1 Raincoat (in case of rain)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deep Heat or Yoko Yoko
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 1 small bottle of water
(untreater drinking water along the way 7 lay by huts)
1 AA batt torch
Miscellaneous: Raincoat and (additional) batt can be purchase at Laban Rata.