There’s never been a better time to travel, whether you’re going for a short weekend getaway in Malaysia or a week-long trip overseas. With the current tax holiday, there won’t be extra charges imposed on domestic airfares or other travel-related services, making it the perfect time to travel.
We’ve got only a few weeks left until the Sales and Services Tax (SST) is enforced on September 1. You might want to start planning for your vacation now, as two major public holidays are coming up at the end of this month (Hari Raya Haji and National Day)!
Besides searching for the best travel deals, there are also a few things you must do before your trip, like choosing the right type of luggage to bring or packing a few items that can help you save more money or even time.
When you’ve got everything you need for the trip or in a case of emergency, you don’t have to run to a store in a foreign country just to get that particular item, especially if the exchange rate is high (for those travelling abroad). Save your money and time for better things, like trying unique dining experiences.
Shop for your travel essentials now before SST starts next month!
Check the ultimate guide to essentials you must pack for your next trip, whether local or overseas.
1. Basic clothing
When packing clothes to bring for your trip, there are three main things to consider: the weather, the length of stay, and the local culture. For those visiting a more conservative state (like Kelantan or Terengganu) or country, you’re well advised to bring along a few conservative garments, especially if you plan to visit places of worship.
These are the basic clothing items we recommend you to pack for your trip:
Basic Clothing Item
|Lightweight clothing that can be layered||Warm weather|
|Long-sleeved shirts or blouses||Cold weather
When visiting a conservative destination or places of worship (preferably loose fitting)
|Jackets, sweaters, or fleece jackets||Cold weather|
|T-shirts and tank tops||Warm weather|
|Long trousers/jeans||Any weather and destination|
|Headscarf||For more conservative destinations where women are legally required to wear hijab in public, like Saudi Arabia, Iran, or the Aceh province in Indonesia
When visiting mosques
|Long or midi skirts or dresses||When visiting a conservative destination/place of worship|
|Short skirts||Warm weather|
|Socks||Any weather/destination (bring wool socks if you plan on going hiking)|
|Comfy walking shoes||Any weather/destination|
|Umbrella, rain jacket, or windbreaker||Destinations with a wet climate|
|Pyjamas/sleepwear||Pack suitable sleepwear based on the climate|
|Underwear||Carry comfortable underwear|
|Sunglasses and glasses case||Warm weather|
|Hat or sun visor||Warm weather|
|Non-expensive jewellery||A city destination or anywhere safe|
|Footwear||A pair of comfortable footwear + flip flops depending on destination’s weather and stay duration|
2. Basic toiletries
Although most accommodations provide a set of basic toiletries for their guests (e.g. toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, and shower gel), the items are often in very small packaging or quantity, and they may not be up to your liking.
You’re recommended to bring your own toiletries, provided you follow the security regulation by Malaysia Airports if you travel by air. Based on the given regulation, you may carry liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) by following a few simple steps.
These are the basic items to pack in your toiletry bag:
- Oral hygiene – Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss
- Haircare – Shampoo, conditioner, comb/hairbrush, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
- Body – Shower/bath soap/gel, deodorant, perfume/cologne
- Skincare – Facial cleanser, skin moisturiser/lotion, sunscreen/face lotion with SPF
- Personal care – Shaving kit and cream, SPF lip balm
- Feminine hygiene products – Pad, tampon, feminine wash/wipes
- Makeup – Cosmetics, makeup remover, q-tips or wipes
- Eyecare – Extra contacts, solution, contact case, glasses, prescription sunglasses
Want to know how many toiletries you can get with RM100? Check out our shopping experiment blog for some insights.
3. Health-related items
Healthcare is costly, and depending on which country you go to, it could be even costlier, especially since the charges may differ for non-locals. Having a travel insurance or credit card travel cover could work in your favour in a case of a medical emergency while abroad.
For those travelling overseas, you may be required to get vaccinated depending on your health condition, the destination, or the activity that you plan to do. It also helps to carry some of these items with you when travelling:
- Prescription medication (it’s better if you have a letter from your doctor or copies of the script during security check or when you need to refill)
- Allergy medicines
- Laxative/ diarrhoea medicines
- Mini first aid kit (antiseptic, adhesives, gauze, bandages, etc.)
- Pain/fever relievers
- Cold medicines and throat lozenges
- Eye drops
- Sickness pills for high altitude
- Motion sickness pills
- Sunburn relief
- Antibacterial ointment
- Insect repellent and sting reliever creams
Before you start packing, make sure to comply with the Malaysian airport security regulation.
4. Tech items and gadgets
Whether you want to be reachable by your colleagues or share your adventures on Instagram immediately, having portable tech items is a must for convenience. Bring these items along for your own comfort and convenience:
- Portable power bank
- Laptop/tablet/E-reader and charger
- Earphones or headphones (pick noise-reducing ones for extra comfort)
- Mobile devices and chargers
- Cameras, memory cards, chargers
- Electrical adapters and converters
5. Personal items in your carry-on bag
For long-haul flying, it’s best to have a few things with you to keep you comfortable and occupied. Some of the items you can bring onboard include:
- Chapstick and lotion (your lips and skin can get dry)
- Books and magazines
- Travel journal and some pens
- Travel pillow, eye mask, blanket, and ear plugs
- Cards or small board games
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6. Portable travel cooker and ready-to-eat food packs
For those with special dietary needs or restrictions, it’s smart to have a portable travel cooker with you, in case you have a hard time finding gluten-free food or halal restaurants in the country you’re visiting. Don’t forget to bring along ready-to-eat food packs that you can simply reheat before eating. Brahim’s Meals Ready-To-Eat products are perfect for those who want Asian flavours wherever they go.
BONUS: Bring the right travel credit card with you
Travelling doesn’t have to cost you a lot. With a travel credit card, you can earn air miles every time you use your card for purchases within Malaysia as well as overseas. These air miles can then be converted into your preferred frequent flyer programme that gets you a discounted fare, access to lounges during long layovers, upgraded seats or maybe a free air ticket!
Using your credit card the right way can also help you reap other benefits like cashback, discounted deals, instalments for big purchases, and reward points. These reward points, that can be earned on most of the transactions, at times can also be redeemed for travel-related costs like flight tickets and hotel bookings.
Check out some of the top travel credit cards in Malaysia right now. And there’s a good news if you’re also looking for a trolley bag or some other travel essentials. Apply now for a Citi, Alliance Bank, or a Standard Chartered Bank credit card, right here on Bbazaar, and get a Tesco voucher worth RM120 or a Condotti 20" ABS Cabin Bag, absolutely FREE, upon card approval. T&Cs apply.
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