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Gear Packing List: Mongolia
Don't think for one second that old Mother Mongolia won't try to throw everything she can your way to ruin your summer trip to Mongolia. Here's everything you need to be as prepared as possible when she does.
Mother Mongolia does not play around. Take it from me. From blizzards in May to downpours and flash floods in June to heat waves in July and frosty tents in August, this is not the place to be unprepared - you just never know what's going to be thrown your way.
But, that's also what's to love about Mongolia. The moment you think you've wrapped your head around it - the culture, the landscape, the weather, the people - something gets thrown into the mix and everything you thought you knew? Well, you're practically back at square one.

It's what keeps it interesting here. It's also what kills people. Literally.

So, while Erik Cooper and I might make it look easy, the trick is that we know how to be prepared. From portable water purifiers to merino wool under layers that are essential even in the summer, these are the pieces of gear that should be at the top of everyone's Mongolia packing list.
Camping Essentials
Grayl Geopress ($89.95): With a press of the bottle, this portable water purifier cleans water instantly to clear it of waterborne pathogen (virus, bacteria, protozoan cysts), pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals and even microplastics. In a comparison against LifeStraw's similar portable purifying products, LifeStraw's filtering system doesn't protect you against viruses such as Hepatitis A or Norovirus, which is a huge deal that no one is mentioning, if you ask me (and you're here, so I assume you are). Buy on Grayl.com.

Mammut Women's Protect Down Sleeping Bag -18C ($499.95): Erik said it best when he called this sleeping bag the boujeest of them all after we tested an early sample of the bag for a week last October on our Eagle Hunters adventure. It's fluffy. It's warm. It has zippered arm slots, extra insulation around the hood, magnetic closures and even comes with a pretty swanky sleeping mask and ear plugs. So yeah, this is a bag worth every penny if, like me, getting a good night's rest is a top priority on the road (which, it should be). Buy on Mammut.com.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel ($139): This weather-resistant, 55 liter bag can be carried like a backpack or a duffel, it can withstand the elements and it's made from recycled materials. Basically, you'll be hard pressed to find a reason to not like this bag. Buy on Patagonia.com.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Classic Tent ($379.95): Personally, Big Agnes is always my go-to tent brand. I've pretty much put my tent through the toughest situations (tying it to pack horses... setting it up in downpours in Mongolia) and it still looks and goes together as if I just bought it yesterday. While it isn't exactly small weighing in at just over three pounds, it's a classic, well-loved tent for hikers and backpackers for a few reasons - it's durable, comfortably fits two, can withstand three seasons and has plenty of storage pockets inside (which are also my favorite feature). Buy it on REI.com.

Straightlace Gerber Knife ($35): A foldable, easy to carry and even easier to open 3" blade that you can use on just about anything. And trust me, you will. Buy on GerberGear.com.

Yeti Rambler with Lid ($19.99): It's a cup. It's a bowl. It's a GoPro case between adventures. This 10 ounce rambler is one of those pieces of gear that you never regret bringing with you. Because whether it's a mug for your morning coffee or a bowl for your lunch, it's always a life saver. Or maybe I should say, adventure saver. Buy on Yeti.com.

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Bank ($299.95): Were you sitting down when you read that price tag? Because, yeah, this power bank is anything but cheap. But you know what? It's expensive because it's that good. Weighing in at two pounds, it isn't light either, but it's THE thing to charge all of your gear, from camera equipment to laptops thanks to the Qi 5W max, USB A 5V 2.4A, USB C 5V/9V/12V/15V/20V 3A 60W max and AC inverter 110V .9A 100W max outputs. Buy on REI.com.

BioLite Headlamp 200 ($44.95): I have something to confess. I hate wearing headlamps. I just can't get on board with them. Mostly because they're usually ugly and clunky. Well, that was mostly until BioLite came out with their Headlamp 330, which, after one use I fell in love with. The 200 is the newer, slimmer version of the 330 without the bulky battery pack on the back of the strap, so it's even more comfortable and - dare I say - pretty damn good looking. Buy on BioLite.com.
Apparel Essentials
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket ($199): Never, EVER underestimate the versatility of a puffer jacket on an adventure. It's warm. It packs down. It makes for a great pillow. It's essential. Period. Buy on Patagonia.com.

Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Tank ($65): I'm a big fan of merino base layers, especially in the summer. Merino keeps cool, dries quickly and doesn't smell - all very important things when you're in the middle of the steppe in July with a limited supply of clothes to change into. This particular top does run large, so buy a size smaller than normal. Buy on REI.com.

Topo Designs x Chaco Sandal ($114): I'm not usually one for Chaco sandals (like, at all), but when you're bathing in a freezing cold glacier river, never underestimate the power of proper footwear to make the process as quick and painless on your feet as possible. And, even as a person who almost exclusively wears back, even I can't deny that these Chaco's are cute. Maybe you'll even get that Chaco footwear line outdoors people are always so proud of. Buy on TopoDesigns.com.

REI Rain Pants ($59.95): You can never be too prepared in old Mother Mongolia. And packing rain pants will almost guarantee that you won't run into weather where you'll need to use them. But why even take the chance of that happening? Buy on REI.com.

Altra Lone Peak Hiking Boot ($160): I was only recently introduced to Altra as a brand, but boy have I drank the Altra juice. My feet swell a lot when I'm out on an adventure and I've had issues finding comfortable boots lately that can handle it all, especially when it's cold. And it can get cold at night in Mongolia. And while there are plenty of things that I really, truly like about these boots, it's the wide toe on these hikers that keeps your little toes from being all smushed together that's my favorite feature. Buy on REI.com.

Showers Pass Waterproof Wool-Blend Socks ($45): Because there's absolutely NOTHING worse than being wet. And cold. And these socks are no brainer to combat just that. Buy on ShowersPass.com.

Stetson Gus Crushable Outdoor Hat ($95): Everyone needs an adventure hat. Period. And the Stetson crushables are my adventure hat line of choice. Buy on Stetson.com.

Sunski Treeline Polarized Sunnies ($89): Even though you won't be on a glacier, Sunski's polarized glasses with removeable sidekicks (as they call them) are perfect for adventuring in Mongolia, where dust and dirt will undoubtedly always be in the air. These plastic frames are made from recycled materials, weigh less than one ounce, come equipped with rubber nose guards to help keep them in place when you're constantly in motion and at $89 they won't break the bank. Which is perfect, because a trip here is rough on gear. Buy on REI.com.
Riding Reindeer with the Tsaatan Tribe, Northern Mongolia
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