Peace Corps Mongolia Packing List

These 3 bags have all the stuff I think I'll need to live in Mongolia for the next 27 months.

I started out with a list compiled by Volunteers serving in Mongolia and then I edited it by adding and deleting stuff. They stressed that there is no perfect list! I obviously cannot bring everything others listed, so I considered those items that make the most sense to me personally and professionally. I can always have things sent to you later. I also need to keep in mind that I have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember again, they reminded me, I can get almost everything I need in Mongolia.

Many Volunteers suggest packing very light, and my own experience has driven that home many, many times. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought in Mongolia. I will be able to replace clothes as they wear out so I don’t need to worry about packing a two-year supply. However, specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from the US. Also, I plan on bringing a several layers I can use as a winter coat. Winter comes early and I want to be prepared.

Winter Clothing

Since I've lived through Mongolian winters before, I know it's best to layer. Especially with outerlayers, they're bigger so I can layer more underneath.

Upper Layers

  • ☐ Winter parka (outer layer): Marmot Gortex Jacket
  • ☐ Soft-shell jacket (mid-layer): Northface Soft-shell Jacket
  • ☐ Shell jacket (inner layer): Salomon Equipe Soft-Shell Jacket
  • ☐ Long-sleeved shirt (mid-weight):
  • ☐ Long-sleeved shirt (silk-weight):

Lower Layers

  • ☐ Shell pants (outer layer): REI Co-op Talusphere Full-Zip Pants
  • ☐ Long underwear mid-weight bottoms: Smartwool Microweight Long Underwear
  • ☐ Long underwear heavy-weight bottoms: Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Long Underwear

Head/Neck

  • ☐ Fleece cap:
  • ☐ Scarf:
  • ☐ Fleece neck gaiter:

Hands/Arms

  • ☐ Fleece gloves:
  • ☐ Insulated gloves:
  • ☐ Glove liners:
  • ☐ Arm warmers:
  • ☐ Hiking shoes: Merrell Moab Ventilator (wide)
  • ☐ x3 Wool socks: REI Co-op Lightweight Merino Wool Hiking Crew Socks
  • ☐ x3 Sock liners:

Other Outdoor Clothing

This stuff is for the short spring-summer-fall seasons. ha ha ha

  • ☐ Cap:
  • ☐ Rain jacket: Marmot Super Mica Jacket
  • ☐ Windbreaker: Marmot DriClime Windshirt
  • ☐ Wind vest: REI Wind Vest

Running Clothing

I used to run when I lived in Ulaanbaatar and hope to continue this time. But that said, it does take extra gear to make sure your safe when running in arctic weather conditions.

  • ☐ x3 Wicking t-shirts:
  • ☐ Running shorts: Nike Flex Men's 9" Running Shorts
  • ☐ Waterproof shell pants:
  • ☐ Running tights:
  • ☐ Running shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
  • ☐ x3 Running socks:
  • ☐ Fleece face mask:
  • ☐ Lycra neck gaiter: (bought in Thailand)
  • ☐ water-bottle (insulated): CamelBak Quick Grip Chill Handheld Bottle
  • ☐ water-bottle (insulated): CamelBak Podium Ice Bike Bottle 21oz

Other Misc Clothing

This is mostly non-work, casual clothing.

  • ☐ Sweater: cashmere sweater bought in Mongolia
  • ☐ Jeans: Carhartt khaki jeans
  • ☐ Shorts: Salomon Float Shorts
  • ☐ Fleece pants:
  • ☐ Lightweight pants: Ex Officio Nomad Pants
  • ☐ Midweight pants: REI Co-op Scree Pants
  • ☐ x3 t-shirts:
  • ☐ x3 casual shirts:
  • ☐ x6 boxers:
  • ☐ Fleece socks:
  • ☐ Neoprene socks: Seavenger Sock 3mm
  • ☐ x2 Bandanas:
  • ☐ Sandals: Luna Leadville Trail sandals
  • ☐ Trainers: Saucony Guide 7

Work Clothing

  • ☐ Work jacket (for the office & school): (bought in Thailand)
  • ☐ x3 professional shirts:
  • ☐ x3 professional pants: Marmot Arch Rock Pants
  • ☐ Dress shoes: Skechers Cottonwood-Goddard Work Shoes
  • ☐ x3 Dress socks:
  • ☐ x2 Ties:

Special Clothing

  • ☐ Chinese traditional silk shirt
  • ☐ Mongolian traditional wide leather belt with huge metal buckle
  • ☐ Mongolian traditional deel sash
  • ☐ Thai men's sarong

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

I realize that Peace Corps gives us all the medical supplies we need but thought I'd have some often used items to hold over till I'm resupplied.

  • ☐ Large travel towel: REI Co-op MultiTowel X-Large Towel 54x25
  • ☐ Small travel towel: REI Co-op MultiTowel Large Towel 36x16
  • ☐ double-edge razor: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
  • ☐ small mirror:
  • ☐ skin moisturizer: Vaseline Intensive Care
  • ☐ lip balm:
  • ☐ toothbrush; ☐ toothpaste; ☐ dental floss
  • ☐ toenail clippers; ☐ pumice stone
  • ☐ x2 deodorant:
  • ☐ vitamins:
  • ☐ cold-flu medicine: Alka Seltzer Cold Plus
  • ☐ Antibiotic Ointment:
  • ☐ Clotrimazole Cream
  • ☐ electric hair clippers: Riwa RE-539C Hair Clipper
  • ☐ pocket knife:

Electronics

  • ☐ Laptop: Macbook Pro 13" with Retina Display (2015)
       ☐ protective case: Speck SeeThru Case
       ☐ insulated sleeve: Thule Gauntlet 3.0
       ☐ charger: Apple charger
  • ☐ Tablet: iPad Pro 9.7 + Pencil; ☐ case/sleeve; ☐ cable
  • ☐ eReader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader; ☐ cable
  • ☐ External DVD drive (backup): Seagate 2Tb Back Up Plus Slim (red)
  • ☐ External DVD drive (media): Seagate 1Tb Back Up Plus Slim (blue)
  • ☐ Bluetooth speakers: Raidfox Everywhere Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; ☐ cables
  • ☐ x2 Flash thumb drives 8Gb MicroCenter
  • ☐ Rechargeable battery Charger: Ultralast Green+
  • ☐ x12 AAA - Rechargeable batteries: Phillips 1000mHh
  • ☐ External battery backup (large):
  • ☐ Flashlight (AAAx3)
  • ☐ headlamp: Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
  • ☐ VGA adapter for laptop: Apple Lightning-to-VGA
  • ☐ Smartphone: iPhone 5S
       ☐ x2 lightning-to-USB cables: 40", 18"
  • ☐ x2 USB phone wall charger and ☐ USB Splitter charger
  • ☐ battery backup: Anker PowerCore+ Mini 3350mAh
       ☐ x3 micro-USB to USB cables
  • ☐ headphones: Sony MDR-710 (cord)
  • ☐ earphones:
  • ☐ bluetooth earbud: VicTec Mini Wireless Earpiece with Mic
  • ☐ GPS watch (and charging cable): Garmin Forerunner 230
       ☐ x2 spare watchband (have had issues in the past)
       ☐ spare watch screen protector
  • ☐ spare watch (and battery): bought in a street stall in Thailand $3
  • ☐ Over the shoulder computer bag: Pacsafe Purse which is small but both my iPad and Macbook Pro fit

Kitchen

  • ☐ kitchen knife:
  • ☐ knife sharpener: Smith's Pocket Pal
  • ☐ multi-tool knife;
  • ☐ can opener
  • ☐ Plastic storage bags
  • ☐ Plastic storage boxes
  • ☐ Leather work gloves
  • ☐ Italian spices; ☐ Chilli peppers

Miscellaneous

  • ☐ Yoga mat
  • ☐ picture book of Kansas City with some pictures of my family
  • ☐ x2 Uno card games
  • ☐ Duct tape (highly recommended) Gorilla Tape
  • ☐ Daypack: Osprey Daylite Daypack
  • ☐ Takraw ball (kind of like a mini soccer ball used in Thailand)
  • ☐ Resistance Bands Fitness Insanity Resistance Band Set
  • ☐ cotton sheet: queen size
  • ☐ pillow (doubles as a meditation cushion): Sea to Summit Aeros Ultra Light
  • ☐ Mongolian-English dictionary: Oxford Monsudar Dictionary
  • ☐ lashing straps: Sea to Summit Hook Release 3/4" Accessory Straps
  • ☐ Mongolian del sash and ☐ leather belt
  • ☐ x3 reading glasses: generic
  • ☐ DIY Repair Kit: ☐ electrical tape; ☐ safety pins (large & small);
    ☐ parachute cord; ☐ wire shrink tubing; ☐ duct tape; ☐ tape measure;
    ☐ Sewing Kit: thimble, needles, white & black thread

Luggage

All of the above needs to fit in 2 large duffles but not greater than 100 lbs. Most of the electronics will go in the carry-on as well as the instruments.

  • ☐ x2 Large duffle bags
  • ☐ Carry-on backpack
  • ☐ x3 Luggage combination locks

Care Package Items

Originally I was going to have my family send these items as a 'care package' but I was able to get them all in my luggage and still come in under the weight limite (just barely).

Self-Care Package

  • ☐ hand air-pump (for soccer ball bought in Mongolia)
  • ☐ microphone (for recording English mp3s for teachers/students/website)
  • ☐ Mongolian-English Medical Dictionary
  • ☐ Assorted pens, pen refills, pencils, pencil refills & erasers
  • ☐ Assorted small tools for repairs, especially bike repair
  • ☐ Resistance bands

Supplied by Peace Corps Mongolia during Pre-Service Training

  • sleeping bag: huge and rated for -40F
  • drinking water filter: large capacity British Birkfield
  • electric power strip: 5 universal outlets and 2 USB charging ports
  • mosquito sleeping net
  • Mongolian-English English-Mongolian Pocket Dictionary
  • medical kit: with a huge supply of medications and first aid supplies
    • medications: Ibuprofen, antacids, Diphen, Phenylephrine, Diotame, non-aspirin, Clotrimazole (anti-fungal), hydrocortisone cream 1% (rash relief), Calagel (anti-itch), Trioral oral rehydration salts, Chap-Ice lip balm, sore throat lozenges, cherry eucalyptus lozenges, eye drops, anti-diarrheal meds, triple-antibiotic ointment
    • first aid supplies: assorted bandaids, latex gloves, first aid scissors, Clorox Chlornexidine Gluconate 2% Solution (wound cleaning), larger sterile gauze pads and tape, digital thermometer, elastic wrap, whistle, condoms, SPF 30 sunscreen, tweezers, Potable Aqua (water purification), Ben's tick & insect repellent, CPR & Basic First Aid pocket guide, PC Mongolia Mini-Cookbook-Survival Guide

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