A Beginner’s Guide to Camping in Malaysia’s Rainforests

What comes to your mind when you think camping?

A bulky tent? Annoying bloodsuckers and creepy crawlies? Or something that only scouts in your high school were allowed to participate in?

The biggest misconception about camping is that it’s hard, messy and troublesome, which in untrue.

Therefore, this article aims to reintroduce you to a better perspective of camping as well as provide a comprehensive guide for you to catch up with all the camping fun you have missed growing up.

One of the barriers that stops people from going camping is the cost.

Getting all the equipment needed for camping can be pretty expensive.

However, purchasing camping equipment is a one-time investment, which means you get to use them many times over a few years even.

When it comes to experiencing the great outdoors, camping gets you so close to nature. You’ll be able to do many fun activities such as hiking and star gazing.

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Looks cool and fun, doesn’t it?

If you’re thinking of giving camping a try, here are some tips to help you get into camping mode:

  • 1. Find your camping buddy 

It’s advisable for you to have a partner on your camping trip. From setting up your tent, cooking in the wild to playing board games at night, having two is definitely better than one.

Moreover, you will appreciate having someone to look after your belongings when you need to be away from the tent.

  • 2. Plan your trip 
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Picture of campsite taken at the Endau-Rompin National Park

Remember to always check for the weather first before you plan to go camping.

You’ll need to think about where to go camping, when, how to get there, what you’ll want to do during the experience and most importantly the restrictions and campsite facilities.

  • 3. Get a tent, your shelter in the woods. 
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Tents have become more inviting and beginner-friendly over the years, making camping so much more easy now.

Tents today are ultra-lightweight and made easy to carry.

You’ll need to determine which tent to purchase, and this is according to the desired capacity of the tent. A 2 person tent is by far the most versatile option.  

You may also want to think about the tent’s peak height, ventilation outlets, number of doors, design, ease of setup and rainfly coverage.

  • 4. Bring along camping cookware and food

Cooking in the outdoors can be an exhilarating activity, provided that you have the knowledge and the right tool to do so.

Generally, there are four ways you can cook outdoors — open fire, alcohol stove, liquid fuel and canister stove.

The best way you can cook in the wild with peace of mind is with a Canister stove.

Canister stoves are incredibly easy to use. Just screw them onto fuel canisters, turn on the gas, ignite it with a lighter and you’re all set to cook.

Other things that you will need is a cooking put, some utensils, and of course some dry food which you could cook with your stove.

Maggi packets and canned foods are the best, easy to get and cook options.

  • 5. Carry a good backpack
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A comfortable backpack is perhaps the most worthy investment you can make for your adventure in the outdoors, as you will be carrying your bag as you hike.

For a weekend camping trip, you should look for backpack that has a capacity of at least 40 litres.

The rule of thumb when purchasing a hiking backpack is to always try it out first.

Measure your torso length to find the perfect fit, check out all the perks and features of the backpack and even ask the store owner for some advice on the best bags with maximum comfort.  

  • 6. Hygiene 

If there’s one thing you absolutely need to do to end your day in a tropical rainforest, it’s to treat yourself with a freshening shower.

Most campsites in Malaysia are equipped with public toilets for campers to use.

But be aware, you’ll most likely be showering in freezing cold water.

  • 7. Some safety precautions

Bring a small first aid pack in case of any potential injury as you never know what can happen on your trip.

It’s probably best you bring a flashlight for dark nights and a whistle in case of emergency.

You should have insect repellent and could bring along powdered sulphur for warding snakes off your campsite.

Basically, other than what is necessary, prepare for the unexpected.

Hope this article helps with your camping trip. Enjoy your time and hike on!

By Law Liang Xian

Cover photo from jetlagwarriors.com