Mount Kinabalu Kit list

This is a comprehensive suggested kit list to help you to think of all the things that you may need. You may have preferred equipment that you have found works for you in these environments and activities. If so then feel free to adapt the contents below. Please also speak to us if you have any questions before buying any new or expensive gear. For a look at gear for other Borneo tours, see our Borneo kit list page.

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Views along the Mount Kinabalu summit trail.


Max 85 Litre Rucksack with rain cover & waterproof liner (Carried by a local porter)
35-45 Litre Rucksack (Day-pack carried by you)
Small stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes.
Small stuff-sack/bag to leave city clothes at the hotel before the trek.

Outer Wear

Waterproof shell jacket, breathable
Waterproof shell trousers, breathable
Gaiters Goretex or equivalent (optional but useful)

Outer Wear Warm

Warm insulated jacket for evenings eg fleece/PrimaLoft

Mid Layers

Warm fleece top
Softshell jacket (optional but useful)
Trekking trousers and shorts

Base Layers

Long sleeved lightweight base layer top 

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A look at the rocky landscape on Mount Kinabalu.

Head Wear

Warm hat
Wide-brimmed Sun Hat or cap with neck veil


Insulated windproof gloves
Thin liner gloves 


Trekking socks
General socks
Lightweight but sturdy trekking boots with good ankle support
Crocs/sandals/flip-flops (optional)

City/travel clothes (can leave at hotel)


2-3 season sleeping bag (suggested comfort temperature 0degC or lower)
Waterproof stuff sack/compression sack for sleeping ba


Head torch & spare batteries
Camera, memory card & batteries 
Solar charger (optional)


2x 1-litre drinks bottles
Favourite high energy snacks eg chocolate, energy drink powder, energy gels, jelly cubes etc

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Looking at the lowlands while perched high in the clouds on Mt Kinabalu.


Earplugs (optional)
Passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane ticket no.s
Waterproof pouch for documents
Books, Cards, Games
Diary & Pencil

Mountain Hardware

Walking Poles (optional)

Personal Wash Kit (optional!)

Antibacterial hand gel
Wet wipes (optional)
Toothbrush with cover
Roll on deodorant (optional)
Shaving gear & small mirror (optional)
Showergel/shampoo (<100ml for before/after climb)
Microfibre trekking towel

Personal Medical Kit

Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Rehydration Sachets
Personal Medication as required: Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc
Lip Salve
Throat Lozenges
Latex gloves
Tubigrip knee/ankle support bandage(s)
Hydrocortisone Cream
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)

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Sunsets are stunning from a beautiful Kinabalu lookout point.

Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use through the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.