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What to bring
Luggage and bags: You can always pick up extra luggage in Chinatown if you need it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You must, must must, bring clothes that are comfortable and suited for hot and humid weather. Change socks/underwear multiple times a day--if needed. Wear sneakers because you will probably walk a lot. I saw a lot of locals wearing sandals and I don't know how they did it on their sidewalks. I slipped every time I wore sandals. If you are an uncommon size, it's best to bring all of your own clothes. Asians are smaller people than most Americans.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Handsanitizer and personal wipes. Keep your hands clean. I got a cut on my finger and then got a nasty infection. Most toilets in the city do not have tp. Finding toiletries and medical supplies in KL is fairly easy. I just think you should have these two on hand.
Photo Equipment: Bring extra batteries with you or your charger. Finding AA at a good price is hard.
Miscellaneous: If you can fit it in your luggage and you have enough weight allotment, bring some bottled water and some protein bars. That way you do not have to search for water when you first get in, and you have something to eat in case everything grosses you out.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light weight clothes, the weather is HOT & HUMID! Bring clothes that are modest if you intend to show respect for the values of this society.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you forget to bring an extra pair of glasses, and you need an extra pair, simply take your broken glasses to a 'Speck-Shop' and in a short time you will be seeing clearly again!
At this shop, 'Famili Optometrist,' 31, Jalan 2/76c, Desa Pandan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, I was able to get new glasses at a very resonable price, and the service was excellent!
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A Change of Clothes for a One-Day Stopover
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you just have a stopover in Kuala Lumpur and just spend the day in the city, as I did, it is essential that you have a change of clothes in your hand luggage.
You will sweat like crazy in the city, so be prepared.
Best is to take one or two of those breathable sports jerseys with you, as they transport the sweat to the outside and keep you relatively dry. Some fabrics even cool you when it is hot, and warm you when it is cold.
My jeans felt very hot - but I wanted to be dressed appropriately in mosques and similar places. Now as I know that they give you cloths you can wrap around your waist in such places I opt for lighter trousers or a skirt... Fresh underwear and socks is clear, isn't?
Also make sure you have a pair of slippers or sandals, so you do not have to suffer in hiking boots the whole day.
After your excursion you can (better: have to...) take a shower at the airport and wash the sweat and stink away, and only then change back into dry clothes. You will feel like new :-)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only the essentials you would need to refresh yourself at the airport anyway.
When you take a shower at the airport (wonderful!) before leaving you get shampoo and bodywash, so no need to fill up your bag with such things.
What to wear
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Malaysia is a Muslim country,
with many visitors from the Middle East.
If you are a female traveler traveling solo,
to keep the stares and maybe even stalkers away,
it best that you pack clothing that cover your legs.
Short shorts, tight dresses, or mini skirts,
may bring on some uncomfort.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can dress informally in most places in Malaysia, but some fancy places require some etiquette. Keep in mind that the weather is very hot and humid, but the air conditionning makes that the contrast between outdoor and indoor temperatures is brutal, so a light jacket is always very handy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate is generally hot and humid. Wear light clothes, long cotton trousers or shorts and cotton shirts or T-shirts. Long sleeved shirts are better because they keep the mosquitoes out especially in the evening. A hat or a cap will provide a shelter from the sun. Wear strong sensible shoes or slippers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring along medicines for malaria, stomach disorder, diarrhea and anti-mosquito spray (cream). It’s good to bring a small first aid kit. Ask your doctor about health risks in the area and prepare yourself accordingly.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: What type of clothes do you need to pack??
The weather here in Malaysia is generally HOT and HUMID. Be prepared to perspire alot here under the sweltering heat. So pack along clothes that will aid in cooling your body! DO NOT come to Malaysia (esp. if you heading to the East Coast of Malaysia and the beaches) during the Monsoon period i.e. from November to February. But if you intend to hang around the capital city, K.L., then no worries. You can come anytime!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to spend lots of time at the beach, DO bring LOTS of SUNBLOCK lotion! Even if you forget to bring one, don't worry. You can buy it from any supermarkets or shops here. They don't cost a bomb. And yes, you can even find your favorite brands here like Coppertone or Body Shop or Hawaiian Tropics etc.
Miscellaneous: O.K., here's something on currency exchange: No need to change all your money into traveler's checks or Malaysian Ringgit before arriving. You can actually withdraw ALL the money you need at any ATM machines here in Malaysia. Yes, just ensure that your ATM is linked to the 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' etc networks. Once it's linked, you can withdraw cash in Malaysian Ringgit even from the remotest banks here in Malaysia. And the important thing I've discovered about using this method is that you actually benefit from the interbank exchange rates. Trust me, it'd work. I've tried it countless of times before and have NEVER been disappointed. The minute you arrive at the Airport, just head straight to any ATM machines located just outside the Arrival Hall and you can withdraw cash for your holiday enjoyment. Of course, the ONLY person I can see that'd fume over this recommendation of mine are the money changers! ;-))
'Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola... oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!' - Bob Dylan
What to wear
Luggage and bags: Bring empty bags as there'll be tons of shopping to do in KL as its also a lot cheaper than most cities in the world.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light, cool, and casual clothing is recommended all year round. For more formal occasions, men should wear jackets, ties, or long-sleeved shirts whereas women should wear dresses or go for the local batiks!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No need. You'll find the same items much cheaper here than in their Western counterparts.
Photo Equipment: Cheaper to buy them here.
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