When planning what to wear in Mongolia, 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.
Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket. We love the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it has over 23 pockets, removable sleeves and RFID protection.
Shoes to pack for Mongolia
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.
Mongolia travel essentials
As well as knowing what to wear in Mongolia, you also need to be prepard with essential travel accessories.
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.
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 lightweight day bag or backpack 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.
Also consider taking a solar powered charger as a back-up power supply for your battery.