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My Mongolia Packing List: What to bring for 2 Weeks in Mongolia in Summer

Full disclosure: I had no idea what to bring on this Mongolia trip. We had only 11 days, plus two days of transit time and two days in Hong Kong on a layover. I had heard that Central Mongolia (where we had to stick to because of time constraints) was cold at night, but we were also planning to go to the hot Gobi Desert and camp in Gorhi-Terelj National Park.

As far as I could see, I needed to pack light but also bring hot weather gear, cold weather gear, clothes for roughing it in the Gobi Desert but also walking around cosmopolitan yet humid Hong Kong, camping gear, etc etc etc.

I made some mistakes, but this list is the mistake-free, comprehensive, ultimate, full list of what to pack for two weeks in Mongolia. The list of extra stuff I brought for Hong Kong is at the bottom, in case you are also doing a city stopover. Ulaanbaatar is home to one of the most stylish populations I’ve seen in any city, though, so you might want to skip the travel fashion and bring some regular fashion if you want to fit in with the locals there.

Everything you need to spend (at least) two weeks in Mongolia and still pack light:

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Camping Tip: Bring Your Camera to the Bathroom

I love camping, but in the morning, sleeping bags and tents can be the bane of my existence.

Here’s why: camping = beer + wine + sleeping bag/tent zippers + hiking boots = annoying 6am trips out of the sleeping bag and tent, wrestling with zippers, shoving cold bare feet into hiking boots I hope don’t have spiders living in them, and stumbling off to the (usually questionably hygienic) toilets.

This is extremely irritating and also an excellent opportunity.

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Life, un-settled

I wasn’t sure about documenting it all, to be honest. I’ve had a travel blog before, when I moved to Australia in 2011. While it was enjoyed by my family and friends, my once-regular posting schedule started to peter out within a few months, as my experiences Down Under became less about travel and more about real, adult life.

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