The following are the stuff I brought with me for my trip to Kota Kinabalu.
2 hiking poles. A MUST. If you’ve stumbled upon this page and are heading to Mount Kinabalu, PLEASE make sure you have 2 and not 1 hiking pole. These 2 babies preserved my legs, KNEES especially. Of course you can still buy carved hiking sticks at Kinabalu Park for RM5 each but they are not as light as proper hiking poles. Moreover, these 2 hiking poles which I bought for RM16 each has shock absorbers that tremendously help you move better for hours after hours during ascend and descent.
Knee and ankle brace. A must for people with a history of injuries. I’ve injured my left ankle and right knee once before.
2 very important items for climbing Mount Kinabalu.
Milo wafer cubes. It doesn’t have to be those expensive type of energy bars. As long as it’s high in calories it will do.
Custard cream biscuits.
Instant cup noodles. A must as the packed lunch during ascend is shiteous. Of course you can only eat it once you reach Laban Rata as there aren’t hot water along the way.
16 pieces of medicated plasters for the 3 of us.
5 oral rehydration salts.
2 rows of paracetamol for pain relieve.
Tissue papers. There is not enough toilet paper at the mountain hostels.
Handkerchief. A definite must for people with chronic sinus issues. Your nose will run faster as you near the peak, as it gets colder and colder.
Apple cider vinegar. All-in-one anti bacteria, anti nausea, insect repellent, blister treatment.
My own tube of shampoo as I’m dandruff prone.
Rubber bands. You never know when you might need it.
Flip flops are the best choice as they are light. You’ll definitely need it when you reach Laban Rata.
The coolest rechargeable head lamp bought at only RM26.
The 13 LED bright-as-hell head lamp. A definite MUST during the ascend from Laban Rata to the Low’s Peak.
Extra thick gloves for keeping the hands warm and preventing rope burn.
A good quality windbreaker is important as it gets very windy and cold during the ascend to Low’s Peak. The temperature can be as low as 3ºC.
2 pair of socks. Nothing more nothing less.
All rolled up into plastic bags. Rolling clothes save space and prevent wrinkles. The plastic bags are for protecting them from the rain.
I managed to fit all of the above into the bag. Total weight was about 5kg.