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Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

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Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

Can anyone advise what to wear when walking on the trails in Kota Kinabalu national park and the nature reserve at the Rasa Ria? I'm presuming we need trainers & long trousers to avoid bugs but how hot & humid does it get?


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1. Re: Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

I have never trekked in long trousers - always in shorts and T shirt. Nylon shorts are good along with 'wicking' shirts - look on Ebay.

I never wear a rain poncho or waterproof as it acts like a mini sauna.

A 'brolly is sometimes useful as is insect repleant and a first aid treatment for bites.

An old tea towel is very handy for mopping up the sweat.

It gets HOT - damm HOT. And humidty will be about 95%. Temp wise - 30c to 35c is normal.

Foot wear - anything with good grip.

Trainers - unless the trekking type, are not much use as the ground is often muddy and slippery.

You need a day rucksack to carry stuff - including water. Lots of water on a longer walk.

Plastic bags to put your valubles and cameras in. Aim for everything to have a water tight home.

You may be lucky and have a dry day - or, maybe, it will be cats n dogs.

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2. Re: Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

At the Rasa Ria you are told when you book at the desk to wear long trousers and trainers and plenty of insect repelent and to take insect repellent with you. I wore a vest top and trousers and was fine. On the treks they give you a bottle of water. All the trecks are early morning 7.30am and last two hours and you do get very hot.The Orang utang viewings are 9.30am and 2pm and they are only a short walk but you still have to wear trousers and trainers.At KK National Park I wore the same, it was slightly cooler.

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3. Re: Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

The Kinabalu National Park is at the base of the trail to the top of Mt. Kinabalu - it's situated somewhere around 2,200m above sea-level and the weather there's a bit different.

It's a lot cooler and can get downright cold. Humidity is not as high as KK at sea level.

The weather at the park can change quickly and is notoriously unpredictable, so you can wear long or short, but pack something light to layer on if the temperature goes down.

An anorak or one of those cheap plastic ponchos will keep you dry without subtracting too much from your comfort.

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4. Re: Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

Re. the comments from Lin50 above:

I went to Rasa Ria last month and everyone in the group seemed to have been given different instructions. Some were told to wear trainers and that flip-flops weren't allowed. Others were told long trousers only.

I was given no instruction, turned up with t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops (with a fastening strap) and was let in, no quesions asked!

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5. Re: Appropriate clothes for rainforest walks

I don't think that there are any restrictions wherever you go, only sensible advice.

I remember some years ago when I trekked to the top of Mount Teide in Tenerife in February and some people wore tee shirts, shorts and flip flops as though they were still on the beach. Needless to say, they not only got very cold but also really struggled to ascend the peak in flip flops!

when I trek in the rain forest I wear shorts, teeshirt and treking sandals. In the jungle I wear lightweight long trousers long sleeved tee shirt, socks and trainters simply to protect myself from the leeches.

Trainers are the best thing for Mount Kinabalu. I wore proper treking boots and coming down my toes were most uncomfortable due to the continual steep descent, whereas my partner was absolutely fine in her trainers. Just ensure that they are well made and a good fit.

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