Travel Packing List/Tips for
a) Borneo Jungle Trekking
Borneo is 365 days tropical climate, therefore, it is recommended for you to pack some lightweight cotton clothing while traveling around in Borneo. Apart from that, wearing a pair of long trousers and t-shirt is recommended when you are going for jungle trekking in Borneo Jungle. While going for trekking in Borneo Jungle, do not forget to pack sunscreen, raincoat/poncho, insect repellent, and leech socks, as you will venture into the Borneo Jungle with unpredictable weather (it can be very hot and rain the next second) and full of creepy-crawly leeches (Yikes!!).
If you find the leech has attached itself to your skin, don’t panic, you can just put salt and it will recoil quickly. No salt? Get tobacco mixed with a bit of water and rub it near its mouth, and watch the leech fall right after! Apart from that, pack comfortable hiking shoes which can handle the muddy trails and jungle streams. However, we recommend you to purchase the most practical and local’s favorite footwear – Adidas Kampung or rubber shoes. It is cheap, light, and easy to dry for your jungle trekking activity in Borneo.
On the other hand, if you are going to climb Mount Kinabalu for your Borneo Holidays, warm clothing is essential. Wearing a good waterproof windbreaker, fleece jacket, and a beanie would be enough. Once you reach the summit, the temperature will drop as low as -3 to 5-degree Celsius!(Burr….) Don’t forget to pack good trekking shoes with excellent grip for your Mount Kinabalu climb, because it can help you when it gets steep and slippery (if it is raining).
Moreover, headlight and trekking pole is very much needed for your climb too if you are not as fit as a fiddle. You will continue to hike to reach the summit as early as 2 am, which is still dark at that time. Therefore, packing headlight could be very useful to illuminate your path while climbing. Apart from that, trekking poles are best to help you especially descending down from the summit and you will not suffer from sore muscles after your climb.
Tips: Don’t forget to pack some snacks, such as chocolates; energy bars; nuts; biscuits; sweets; glucose or bananas to provide you some energy to climb Mount Kinabalu.
c) City/Populated area
Borneo is engulfed in rich culture, tradition, and religion, which Islam is the official religion in whole of Malaysia. Therefore, traveling around the city area in Borneo, it is recommended to dress modestly, especially for female travelers. Female travelers should keep their shoulders and knee covered; tops should not be above the waistline of the trouser which will expose the midriff; as well as the neckline should not show some cleavage.
Wearing casual wear is acceptable, and you can also wear shorts, tank tops or bikini if you are going to the islands or the beaches. As long as you are not wearing a revealing attire while crossing down the busy road! However, if you are visiting the temples or any holy places in Borneo, it is best to cover yourself fully as respect. For female travelers, don’t forget to pack a scarf or shawl to cover your hair when visiting these holy places.
Borneo is also blessed with an array of marine life, which makes it one of the world’s top diving spot. Sipadan Island is one of the islands that can fulfill every diver’s dream with its outstanding marine life, high numbers of Turtles, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Barracuda, and countless sea creatures that you will not want to miss.
If you are planning for a diving activity in your Borneo Holidays, plan ahead and let your tour providers know what’s your size! Apart from that, pack a dry bag to keep your wet clothes and swimwear, flip-flop sandals, extra dry clothes and beach towel. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat that can cover your face and perhaps a lightweight windbreaker to cover your shoulders from the sun. Remember to pack your camera in order for you to capture your diving moments and to witness the underwater world. If you are going for snorkeling on the islands, be sure to bring a rash top or skinny diving suit, in order to avoid some miniature jellyfish that can sting you (don’t worry, it won’t hurt you that much, but prefer to avoid it!).
e) Misc/other travel packs
There are also some of the important and minor things that you will need to pack for your Borneo Holidays, such as:
- Anti-malarial tablets (pack these and other personal medications in your hand luggage). Click here to download our free guide on Travel Health Sheet to Borneo.
- Pack a travel (plug) adapter for your electronic devices. In Borneo, the power sockets are type G, which is British origin type.
- Don’t forget to bring an empty water bottle, fill it up, and keep yourself hydrated while going around in Borneo.
- Bring a foldable daypack so you can easily carry around some essentials while going for a day tour in Borneo.
Getting to know what to pack for your Borneo Holidays can be a bit difficult, but, fret not, we will provide a Borneo packing list guide for travelers who wish to travel to Borneo in the future. Download your Borneo packing list now!
Related article: 5 things need not pack to travel to Malaysian Borneo
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