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Travel Guide – Packing for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hello everyone and welcome to 2019! I hope you all had a pleasant holiday and that you’re ready to take on the new year! As you can tell from previous posts, I spent the month of December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was an amazing trip filled with tourist attractions, shopping, and new experiences that I never would have imagined.

Now I’m not going to lie, I am really not good at packing for trips. It’s not because I pack too little but rather, I pack far too much. I am a worrier, a ‘what-if’er, and a ‘just-in-case’er. The aforementioned reasons are why I grossly overpacked for my trip. I can honestly say that I didn’t use 70% of what I brought with me. Mostly because washing machines work and I tend to cycle through the same 4/5 outfits over and over again.


What I brought:

When I packed I laid out everything I wanted to bring and then eliminated what I wouldn’t need (yet somehow I still packed too much). For bottoms, I brought 3 pairs of jeans (I only wore 1 of them), 3 skirts (didn’t wear any of them) and 2 pairs of shorts (I wore the 1 pair). I brought more tops than I can remember (and only wore about 6 of them) and out of the 4 summer dresses I brought, I wore only 1 (as can be seen in essentially every photo I took in KL).

I brought along my favorite hoody, raincoat, and jacket in case it got cold or the rain was too much (it is currently thunderstorm season in Kuala Lumpur). Unfortunately, I had no need for any of them so they just took up space. On the shoe front, I brought 2 pairs of sandals, 2 pairs of flip-flops and a pair of sneakers. As my severe foot tan can attest, I wore only 1 pair of sandals and occasionally my sneakers when we would be walking a lot. Last but not least I naively brought along my gym clothes. Needless to say, they sat untouched through the majority of the trip.

It didn’t help that while I was there I bought a new pair of jeans, 2 dress shirts, a pullover, and a jersey.


My suggestions:

If you’re going to be traveling to Kuala Lumpur or anywhere else in Malaysia, I would suggest the following. We were told multiple times that in Malaysia, there is no winter so it is always hot. There is no need for big hoodies or jackets (unless your AC is broken and your apartment is in the new Antarctica). Bring loose, breathable tops, dresses, and skirts. I would suggest 5-9 tops, 2 dresses and 1 skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down. Depending on your preference, bring 1-2 pairs of sandals and 1 pair of good walking shoes.

You should bring 2-3 pairs of pants of varying styles (preferably lightweight and breathable). Just because I’m predictable, doesn’t mean you are. Bring gym clothes only if you know you will actually go, otherwise it’s just using much-needed space. Don’t bring unnecessary toiletries such as 2 different types of cream, different shampoos, and different face washes. If it is a short enough trip you can make do. We were over there for a month and I didn’t finish my shampoo, body cream or face creams. Lastly, use a big enough carry-on. I struggled with 2 smallish bags.


Tips for traveling:

  • Charge your devices and make sure you have all chargers and headphones in your carry on. They do give earphones on long flights but that just doesn’t sit well with me.
  • Bring snacks and buy water once you’re through the bag check. I felt beyond dehydrated because those little waters they give you are not enough.
  • Wear comfy clothes or bring something to change into. And always bring socks. I wore jeans to the airport and once we had landed but kept a pair of leggings in my bag to change not on the plane.
  • I brought a book along for when I got bored watching stuff and trust me, it saved my sanity.
  • As a coffee expert (read – addict) I brought sachets of coffee because I need my caffeine but not enough to drink the stuff they serve on the flight.


I hope you all have a wonderful start to the new year and don’t forget to subscribe for updates.

Big smiles!
Jos x

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