What to Wear in Mongolia

Cowboys in inner Mongolia, in June

Cowboys in inner Mongolia, in June

Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator

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General Style Tips

  • Our advice for men and women alike would be to concentrate on trekking/outdoor clothing.
  • The basic rule of thumb is not to wear revealing clothing at any time.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Good walking boots with ankle support are a must, as is a comfortable change of shoes. You may need to wear these second shoes if you get blisters, so choose carefully. A pair of trekking sandals which can fit socks underneath can be a good option too.
  • We like Thorlos hiking socks - they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when trekking in hotter climes.
  • Our advice is to make sure you 'wear in' your walking boots/shoes for a number of weeks before your trip - you'll be so much more comfortable if you do.
  • Sandals with the rugged bottom are good for hiking around town and to wear in the showers. We also love Hotter shoes, for total comfort with style.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Leave your valuables and jewelry at home, you really won't need them.
  • A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that can be used for modesty, protection from the sun or from a cool breeze.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • In Summer (June, July and August) temperatures can exceed 40 degrees C, so loose-fitting clothes in lightweight natural fabrics will help keep you cooler.
  • Wear a sunhat, plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and good quality sunglasses.
  • October, November, December, January, February, March and April can be bitterley cold. As well as layers, you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots.
  • For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • For more basic accommodation take a sleeping bag liner, mosquito net, microfiber travel towel and your own toilet paper.
  • You will need your own toiletries including anti-bacterial handwash. And you are advised to take your own little medical kit and a sewing repair kit.
  • A torch (with spare batteries) and binoculars are very useful too.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack that will carry your essentials on day trips.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! High quality cashmere is a good buy, or look for silver jewelry or traditional Mongolian art.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage. Also consider taking a solar powered charger as a back-up power supply for your battery.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (230V).

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.