Those who witness the beauty of Mongolia firsthand always wish to return. However, to get the most out of your trip, you still need some inside knowledge. It can be provided by tour guides, or you can read up on the experiences of other travelers. Here are our ten best tips to make your Mongolia trip unforgettable:

1. Share Costs with a Group

A guided tour is a great way to explore Mongolia. If you want to travel on a budget, sharing costs with a group is the right way to go. The sights will look even better when shared with other people!

2. Bring Some Entertainment

You’ll have a lot of time to be present and enjoy in Mongolia, and reading is a great way to kill some time while traveling. The best thing about having a physical book with you is that you don’t have to worry about charging a device while on the road.

3. Get a Good Driver

If you want to explore Mongolia and go a bit off the beaten path, get a good driver. Don’t worry, the lack of any roads doesn’t mean you’re lost. Mongolian drivers know the country like the back of their hand, and they will get you where you want to go.

4. Stay with the Nomads

Staying at a ger with a nomadic family is an essential part of the Mongolian experience. Provide gifts, accept all offerings of food and drink, and you’ll have a great time.

5. Bring a Good Camera

Nothing conveys the epic sights of Mongolian landscapes quite like a good camera does. Make sure you’re well equipped for your trip, as there will be many opportunities to take photos.

6. Don’t Forget Basic Hygiene on the Road Products

In the absence of a proper Western shower, wet wipes and dry shampoos will be your best friends. Don’t slave too much over a mirror while on a field trip in Mongolia!

7. Shop Until You Drop

Make sure to enjoy the availability and affordability of materials such as cashmere and camel hair. When in Mongolia, shop until you drop!

8. Pack for Cold, Windy Conditions

Mongolian weather can be unpredictable. Depending on the season, you may wish to pack for cold and windy conditions, especially out in the wilderness.

9. Prepare More than You Think You Need

Make sure your documentation is in order — get travel insurance, visas, and all other permits. Don’t leave anything to chance. US citizens can enjoy a 90-day visa upon arrival, while most citizens of other countries get between 30 and 90 days.

10. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

Finally, know that taking on Mongolia means leaving your comfort zone behind. Don’t be nervous about getting to know the exotic landscape, people and sights — enjoy every moment!

Mongolia is the perfect country for adventurers and those who seek to cast down the shackles of stifling everyday life. With unforgettable blue open skies, untouched nature, and warm, friendly locals, you’ll want to revisit Mongolia as soon as you get back home.

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