Girls Guide to Packing for MONGOLIA (Summertime)

Mongolia doesn’t make it’s way onto the typical backpacker route like the South-East of Asia, this, for some, is a prime reason to travel there. However, it makes trawling through friends Facebook and Instagram posts in hope of some guidance of what to pack a little less guiding.

Upon my own preparation I read way too many packing lists and ended up with a mountain of clothes and miscellaneous goods I never wore or used. They only made the idea of moving on a total nightmare. Hauling 18.5kg on my back, and probably another 7 or 8 on my front, was more like military training than leisurely travel!

I stayed for 2 months, but would pack the same for 1 week tbh.

If you go out on an excursion (i.e. to the reindeer herders/eagle hunters/gobi desert), the chances that you’ll shower in the week that you’re gone are minimal. Babywipes and dry shampoo become staple. Changing your clothes everyday becomes a distant memory.

Mongolians themselves, out of the Capital, live in tracksuits. All the time. Worksuits = Tracksuits over there.

Pack to be comfortable and not to be trendy.

So here’s my lowdown of what to pack (based on what I wish I’d packed rather than what I actually packed):

Clothes: If you’re not comfortable in leggings and sports wear – don’t buy/take them! Almost every packing guide I read claimed lightweight sweat wicking easy drying sports wear is all you need. It wasn’t me. I didn’t wear it. Dead. Weight.

  • 4-5 Tshirts/vests in dark colours.
  • 1 long sleeve top
  • 1 pair of jeans or thick hiking pants (for cold weather & riding horses, camels..)
  • 2 pairs of loose comfortable cotton trousers or joggers
  • 1 set of pyjamas
  • 1 fleece/warm jumper
  • 1 lightweight down jacket (even in the hottest months it gets HOLY COLD at night)
  • Socks & Underwear! Sweat wicking and quick drying works best
  • Sunglasses/cap
  • Beanie Hat


  • Hiking/Riding Boots
  • Flip Flops or Sandals
Mongolia Packing List


  • Solid shampoo/conditioner/soap – you’ll rarely use this so let it take up as little room as poss (I recommend these cases as opposed to the metal lush tins which are impossible to reopen!)
  • Hair bands/grips
  • Lipbalm/Paw Paw
  • Sun cream and moisturiser
  • Tooth brush (with cover) and paste
  • Deodorant (Stick type lasts longest)
  • Babywipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Micellar Water + Cotton Wool
  • Small spray bottle of Febreeze
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Ziplock sandwich bags for liquids


  • Sleeping bag (even in the summer it gets icy cold at night in some places) I have this one, it only weighs 788g and is super cosy and warm
  • A pillow case (you can stuff with clothes and use as a pillow)
  • Packing cubes
  • Tuppaware (the fold up type is the best!)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Water bottle
  • Salt/pepper/chilli powder etc
  • Lighter
  • Sharp Knife (I keep mine in a toothbrush case) or Swiss Army Knife
  • Neck Pillow (Cabeau is top choice!)
camping kit


  • Camera + spare batteries
  • Tripod/Gorilllapod (handy for nighttime long exposures of the milkyway, if taking a DSLR camera)
  • Hard drive/enough memory cards to last the trip
  • Portable charger/power bank/car charger
  • Headphones (preferably not wireless – more things to charge with minimal electricity! Sleepphones are so comfy for long journeys/sleeping!)
  • Torch + batteries/charger
  • Travel adapter
  • Smart Phone
  • Kindle
  • SteriPen/LifeStraw

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