What should I pack?
Preparation of your Mongolia tour and packing list depend on your tour type, its length and time of the year. We recommend you to keep the luggage as light as possible.
Discovery tour packing list
- Torch/headlamp will be useful when going to bathrooms in the evenings and at nights at ger camps.
- Windproof/waterproof, lightweight jacket at the end of June, July and in the first half of August and windproof/waterproof warmer jacket in May, in the first half of June, in the last half of August, September, and October. It is better to have a warm jacket even in the summer months if you are traveling in western and northern mountainous parts of Mongolia.
- Lightweight travel trousers that can be unzipped into shorts would be ideal for most summer days and better to have layers of clothes in cooler months including trousers.
- T-shirts and long sleeved t-shirts will be comfortable and help you to protect your arms from the sun and stay warm.
- Fleece jacket/sweatshirt could be handy in cooler months and winter.
- Woolen hat, gloves, scarf and layers of undergarments help you stay warm in spring and autumn.
- Waterproof walking boots are needed throughout the year, and a sturdy pair of walking sandals could be
- suitable when walking around ger camps. Some of the ger camps do not have slippers in their gers.
- Pajamas/tights or something similar to stay warm at night.
- Shorts and whatever suitable at high up to +38°C during daytime in summer months and +8 to + 18°C in the evening/night temperature. The temperature drops dramatically when it rains.
- Bringing your eyeglasses is preferable instead of lenses on dusty roads, during spring and autumn occasional storms.
- Sun cream, lip balm, sunglasses, and a sunhat are vital.
- Some pills of common symptoms you may have while traveling such as travel sickness pills, allergies pills (there is a vast expanse of grasslands), Pepto-Bismol for the inevitable upset stomach, Antibiotic cream for cuts, scratches, and insect bites, etc. The pills should be carried in the original, clearly labeled container, in your handbag and should be checked with the Mongolian Embassy if necessary.
- A watch or alarm clock can be useful if your mobile phone does not have enough charge or you do not want to use your phone.
- The backpack is ideal. Rolling suitcases are suitable, but some ger camp paths are not even and stony to pull them
- Razor-blades, shampoo, soap, lotions, deodorant and toothpaste are all available extensively in Ulaanbaatar.
- However, they are not available at ger camps and during camping. Therefore, bring your supply.
- Bringing your towel, dry/wet tissues, and hand sanitizer will not go wrong. Particularly, when you have picnic meals in the countryside and during some important stops in the countryside (call of nature).
- Travel and medical insurance, passport and what else you need.
- Camera with a spare battery or with a mobile charger. Bringing a power bank is not recommended as it sometimes causes a delay in your luggage at some international flights.
- Resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags – to protect your documents, money, camera, binoculars, and other items from wetness, sand, and dust.
- No certain vaccination is required. However, you may check here vaccination and health information to travel Mongolia.
- Small gifts for nomad children if you do not mind. Visiting nomads and learning about this unique culture is an inseparable and experiential part of our tours. Expressing thanks for your sudden and uninformed visits to nomads on your way and their hospitality is nice feeling either of you. Giving little gifts to the nomads are not must, but you may like to give little more happiness to the people live in the middle of nowhere. Below are just to give you an idea: Any of small toys, hair ribbons, children’s books, educational materials, paper, pencils, crayons or sweets for children, sewing kits, face or hand cream, a little perfume, cigarettes, cigar related items or snuff tobacco for adults. Candies are an ideal gift both children and adults to keep the things simple.