WHAT TO PACK TO TRAVEL TO MONGOLIA
Your appropriate packing will provide you with more comfort in Mongolian wild nature. When you are traveling, you should pack as lightly as possible. Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack and bags/suitcases with wheels. Try to use something that is both lockable and water proof and also with high quality. You will need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day walks. Maybe, it can be a bag with packs of all your essential items in carry-on luggage for using any time: in airplane, jeeps, nomad ger, museums and even in open air.
It is a good idea to bring another smaller bag so that unwanted clothes can be kept in it at the hotel or camp when you go on trek. We recommend keeping the weight under 15 kg as the domestic air carriers have baggage allowance of 10 kg maximum and + 5kg cabin baggage (totally 15 kg). Excess luggage charge is 1.5 -2 $ per every 1 kg. Before leaving for a country trip, you can leave extra weight luggage in luggage storage room of the hotel.
If you are going to travel in summer days, it better to put on following clothes: Warm clothes like warm sweater with waterproof and wind protection, warm socks, sturdy hiking boots (for hiking), summer gloves (for riding horses), t-shirt, shirts, trausers, sandals, light rain coat, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat will keep the sun off your face, money belt for your valuables /travelers' cheques, passport and cash/. Sarong or light towels or long shirts are good for avoid indecent exposure when going to toilet in open fields.
If you are going to travel in wintertime, highly recommended to wear: Warm clothes like warm sweater with waterproof and wind protection, winter snow coat, warm socks, hiking boots with waterproof (for walking in snow), warm gloves, scarf, winter hat, sunglasses and so on..
If you are going to stay in tent camping, it is better to take your sleeping bag, and warm clothes for sleeping in tent. For outdoor camping and camel/horse riding trips your baggage should be as the round squashy type rather than hard heavy suitcases that are difficult to fit into jeeps and on the backs of camels or horses.
Every traveler needs to bring a basic medical kit & first aid kit, effective insect repellent, specially, travelers from countries with low altitude, advised to bring vitamins for crisis because of altitude changes. The average altitude in Mongolia is 1700 m above sea level. Moreover, everyone must be supplied by health insurance service in their homeland before arrival.
All camps in countryside don't provide with disposable toiletries and hygiene supplies such as teeth paste, small soap and so on.. So, please, bring your personal items. It is advisable to bring extra films, blank audio cassettes, own private toiletries including dental floss and light towels, spare batteries for your electronic equipments, flashlight, Swiss army knife, sun block, moist tissues, cream, lip balm, notebook and pens, compass, passport photos, travel style packs with locking zippers, convenient daypack, copy of your identification, mosquito avoiding incense.
In countryside, it is very hard to find out your favorite dried fruit, choco bars, peppermint or so on.. For long way to drive on, it is suggested to pack this kind of things in your hand bag.
You can have WI-FI in hotels in Ulaanbaatar and in countryside at main touristy places such as Khara Khorum and Gobi desert. So when you prefer to keep contact with your family and friends, please, don't hesitate to bring your smart phone or ipad or laptop.
We recommend you to pack some presents from home for nomadic families in exchange for their hospitality. It can be children books, note books, pencils, stickers, matches, sweets, hair ribbons, tobacco, small bottles of perfume or small souvenirs from your country.
If you are taking special interested tour, please, take your own instruments, for instance: ear plugs, fly fishing gears, camping gears, good boots, hunting weapons and so on…
In countryside, you have long time driving in wild nature and in severe & changeable weather, so you may see no jeeps, no people, you may feel hot, sometimes cold. Please, prepare yourself for untouched wild nature and rural environment to avoid from cultural shock.
Below is the checklist for your packing:
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets,
Money: cash/credit card in money pouch
Personal medicine if you have any
Wet wipes or hand sanitizing lotion
Day pack to carry your personal needs
Alarm clock and torch /flashlight
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, moisturizer, lip balam
Refillable water bottle, pocket knife
Warm clothes: thermal underwear, a fleece jacket, hat, raincoat
Hiking shoes with a good grip
Suitable footwear for horse riding
Sarong or light towel or long shirt for females
Your favorite delicacies if you have any