Settling Into A Tropical Climate



There is lots to love about Malaysia, and one of the key drawcards for many expats is the sunny, tropical weather much of the country enjoys year-round. If you are moving from a colder, damper or darker climate, you may have some adjusting to do. Fortunately, there are a number of clever steps you can take to ensure that your body acclimatises to its new environment as soon as possible after landing.

To help you enjoy all that our beautiful country has to offer in comfort, we have put together this short article highlighting a few things to keep in mind during your first days and weeks in Malaysia. Read on and find something that could have you out and enjoying the sun sooner.

Do not try to recreate home

Thanks to modern technology, it is possible for someone to fly from the frigid cold of Scandinavia into the tropics and – with the right insulation and climate control system – make their new home the same temperature as their old home. While this may be pleasant in the short-term, it will only deepen your discomfort when you have to emerge to go to work or the shops.

We know how difficult it can be to fly from somewhere colder and drier into the humidity and heat of Malaysia, so use that air conditioner but use it intelligently. Instead of turning it all the way down to its lowest setting, find the lowest temperature you are uncomfortable at and turn it down by one degree. Leave that as your ‘cool’ temperature for a month or two, then add another degree once you have acclimatised to that. In a few short months, your baseline tolerance for heat will have risen dramatically, meaning you’ll feel more comfortable when out and about.

Water, water, everywhere

Malaysia’s humidity and heat means that excessive sweating is a natural reaction in expats emigrating from colder or drier climates. To avoid dehydration and depletion of crucial minerals, it’s important that you drink far more water than you would in your previous country. What’s more, you’ll also need to find ways of replenishing your electrolytes such as sports drinks, water additives and healthy higher-sodium foods such as tuna, salmon and breads. Replenishing water while neglecting to increase your intake of electrolytes can lead to mild to severe health problems, so ensure that you have a plan for managing your levels.


So when you’re ready to make the move to Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price.


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