State of Sabah What to Pack

    by DennyP
    by DennyP
    by DennyP

State of Sabah What to Pack

  • Something cool

    It is best to pack very light for this trip. If you are flying in or out be sure to check the luggage allowance before you leave home. Light weight cotton clothing is needed here. It is very hot and humid. Of course if you are going to the mountain area you will be cooler.Be sure to bring something warmer for that. Kota Kinabalu has most anything...

  • Travelling in December/January

    Unless you are backpacking (in whick case this tip doesn't apply), standard suitcases are fine for visits to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. However, if you are going to one of the lodges on Kinabatangan river, or travelling to Selingan Turtle Island, you will need to take lighter luggage. This is because you can't take large suitcases on the boats,...

  • Be weather prepared!

    Carry as little as possible, except your water bottle and if you have cameras, make sure you have security straps. Long dangling earrings are a no-no. These guys can pull! if you do have a bigger bag than needed, you can leave it at the locker at the HQ before beginning your walk. Do pack a rain jacket, cap/hat and make sure you have covered...

  • Binoculars and Good Camera

    useful to have a rain jacket (the thin ones) as it's hot in the jungles and you jsut want to be protected from the rain while not feel too hot. It's humid so don't bring your padded rain jacked. Just get a cheap one in sabah or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Sun Block and Insect Reppellant are both useful. Don't forget your Sunglasses and a...

  • From warm to light weight in KK Park

    Moving around Kota Kinabalu park with luggage is a lot easier if you have a back pack. We had about a 15minute walk from the headquarters to our accommodation. My husband had a back pack but I had a suitcase on wheels which was hard to maneuver down the paths. However you only have to do it twice, coming and going. We both had light weight...

  • Its not that bad

    I know everyone recommend that you take bug spray but I have to admit I never really used it. I only got bit once from a mosquito and I never saw a leech the whole time I was in the Jungle. I'm not saying that they aren't there only I never saw them. I don't think you would suffer much if you forgot the aerogaurd. We did however some cool large...

  • Useful items for visiting Sabah.

    Backpacks are always the most convenient for this kind of travel. Waterproof covering is essential - especially in the rainy season. Light clothing is a must for the lowlands - it is very hot. Certain regions in Sabah also call for leech socks - you don't want them parasites crawling up your legs without you noticing them! If you are planning on...

  • Suntan oil, mosquito oil

    Borneo.... islands.... sea.... beaches.... lots of sunshine! No need to say that you should bring some good suntan oil with you to protect your skin.Borneo is also jungle..... insects.... mosquitos! So take some good mosquito oil with you as well! I must say I wasn't bothered so much by mosquitos during my visit, but I might be in luck with the...

  • Torch

    In several cases I was very happy to have a torch light with me. But in three places it was an absolute must: Selingan Island (Turtle Island Park), in the Gomantong Caves, and during my nightwalk in the jungle at Sukau. On Selingan for instance is the use of torchlight limited while you are on the beach with the turtles. But it is a good thing to...

  • Electricity

    With all this digital equipment it is important to have fully charged batteries all the time! And I have to say that went perfectly during my trip.In Malaysia they use 240 volts and 50 Hz. It is a rectangular blade plug (see picture)Beware : an adapter by itself will not change the electrical voltage. You must be sure that your appliance can...

  • Digital camera --> portable harddisk

    If I take my digital camera with me, I won't leave the house without taking my new 'toy' the X's-Drive Pro (a portable hard disk)This has been the first trip I took the X's Drive Pro with me and I am amazed by it! I don't think I want to travel ever again without it, LOL :-))This little gadget is a portable hard drive where I can store all my...

  • SLR or Digital??

    I did bring my SLR camera AND my digital along with me to Borneo. I always make a choice between my digital camera and SLR depending on the place I visit, things to see, situation and light.Pro's for the digital: it is quicker to grab, cheaper in use as I don't need to develop the film, endless memory space so I can take as many pics as I want,...

  • Under water camera

    There are several places on Sabah where you have a chance to go snorkling. On Turtle Island (and also Sapi Island) for example where I went swimming and snorkelling. So an underwater camera might be a fun idea to have with you! I had fun using it and being able to make some pictures I otherwise never could have taken.

  • What you need for your Mount Kinabalu...

    Small day-pack enough to put 1-2 days of clothes. - Definitely long sleeves- Sweaters / Jackets / Windbreaker- Hiking Shoes- At least 2 pairs of socks- Gloves- Beannie or head scarf - Pills for altitude sickness for some people. - Camera and lotsa films / memory cards

  • Baby wipes

    Baby wipes were the best investment that I took with me. Because of the humidity and the fact that I was in the jungle, a shower wasnt always available to me, but a quick wipe down with a baby wipe made me feel quite refreshed quickly. The antibacterial ones are also good for wiping the top of cans etc if you cant get your hands on a straw. They...

  • Shoo fly dont bother me

    No more really needs to be said......Pack mossie repellant. Make sure it has a good DEET rating. Mine was that strong that it took my nail polish off....not so sure that it was so good for me, but hey, nothing bit me

  • Sucker if you dont pack Leech socks

    If you are intending to travel to the Jungle, a piece of advice for you....pack or buy some leech socks before you get there. I prevents the leeches getting in your boots or down your socks and I must say you definately cut a stunning figure when you wear them


    hiking boots for jungle treksloose clothing in natural fibresfoldaway raincoat [ its a RAINFOREST ! ] mozzi guard, we didnt get bitten but its great for making leeches drop off !VERY IMPORTANT ! take a rehydration suppliment [eg Diarolyte ] every day, you will sweat a lot in the high humidity and it replaces vital salts and minerals and helps...

  • Mossi Repellent, Sun block

    Rucksack if you're seeking for some adventure activities such as trekking through Crocker Range, climb up mount kinabalu Boots, sandals Sun block, mosquito repellent, lip balm, mosturizer Digital camera for Mount Kinabalu, water prove camera for both land and ocean trip Diving gears if you are heading to Sipadan

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