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Packing for our Kuala Lumpur trip was not as easy as it seems. I did some research and found out that there was a lot of rules in Malaysia that tourists have to abide. Even though Kuala Lumpur is multicultural and generally a laidback city, there are still a lot of people practicing a number of unique traditions and customs.
Here is a list of essentials to bring to Kuala Lumpur:
1. City Chic casual attire- I know once you think of Asia, you automatically imagine the beach where you can wear your short skirts and crop tops, but every major tourist activity can be found right in the city. So leave your beach hats for your baseball caps, and wear city chic attires. Kuala Lumpur is not only hot, but it is also humid, so don’t wear too many layers when strolling around the city because you will work out a sweat on your vacation. Kuala Lumpur is predominantly Islam and this is one thing tourists should be respectful of.
I decided to pack long skirts to pair with my trusty white sneakers. I wanted to remain respectful to the Malay culture while enjoying my vacation in comfortable style. To answer your thoughts about shorts, yes some tourists were still wearing shorts while they were there, it was fine for some people but they had to deal with judgemental stares.
2. Scarves- this simple accessory can make a huge difference when traveling in Kuala Lumpur, as mentioned earlier, Kuala Lumpur is extremely humid but the shopping malls can be very cold this is why bringing a warm scarf in your bag is essential for you to be comfortable during your stay. The scarf can be very useful when visiting temples for reasons that most of Kuala Lumpur’s temples have strict rules about clothing. Anything that shows their knees was not allowed, and showing off bare shoulders needs to be covered using a scarf.
When we visited Batu Caves, I was prepared with proper and conservative attire. I wore my Kamiseta skirt which was comfortable and breezy for the hot day. Along with my skirt, I wore a light and soft white t-shirt and sneakers to be prepared with all the climbing. I had an idea of what I was going to climb in the Batu Caves so I came prepared. This is why I made sure I wouldn’t have any distractions and didn’t have to carry a heavy load when climbing all those steep stairs. I chose to bring with me my belt bag so I will have both of my hands available during the climb.
3. Hat- there are a lot of outdoor activities to do while you’re in Kuala Lumpur but most of the time the sun was not shy. The heat and humidity in Kuala Lumpur can be overwhelming, but this should not stop you from enjoying your vacation.
I brought a hat with me during this trip for some outdoor activities like the zoo. It is always handy to have a hat in your luggage just in case it gets too sunny.
4. Comfy shoes– This is already a staple when you’re packing your travel luggage but I think this has to be mentioned to prepare you for the amount of walking you will have to do in Kuala Lumpur.
We spent days walking around the streets of Kuala Lumpur and it wasn’t easy when it was too hot for the kids. We needed to stop for breaks and look for places to have a refreshing drink, and my feet were aching all day long. I was happy to have comfortable shoes to keep me going these days.
5. Crossbody bag- I brought my favorite crossbody bag for this trip because I knew how difficult it would be to travel with kids and not have both hands ready for anything. I usually bring a backpack with me anywhere I go, but during this trip, I thought of trying something new- did it work? Yes! I’m never traveling without a crossbody bag again!
Our first trip as a full family, watch out for my next blogs about our Kuala Lumpur trip!