Packing List

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in-country and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind there is a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in-country.

Baggage & weight limit: The Peace Corps limits the size and weight of baggage and will not pay to transport baggage that exceeds these limits. The allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches. Checked baggage should not exceed 100 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per bag.

Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers.

General Clothing 

  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear
  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear
  • Winter coat or parka
  • Fall and spring coat or parka
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Scarf
  • Stocking cap (available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3-4) pairs of wool socks (available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3-4) pairs of cotton socks (available in Mongolia)
  • Sun hats (available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three ―professional‖ shirts to work in, including one for summer (available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three pairs of nice pants for work, one light (available in Mongolia)
  • One to two pullover sweaters (available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of jeans (available in Mongolia, unless you are very tall)
  • Five to six of your favorite T-shirts
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirt (available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
  • One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (available in Mongolia)

Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6 feet tall.

For Women

  • Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
  • Bathing suit

For Men

  • Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
  • Swim trunks


  • Winter boots (available here)
  • Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals (outdoor flip-flops are not available in Mongolia)
  • Dress shoes

Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Towel (you can find low-quality towels in Mongolia)
  • Three-month supply of any medications, to last through pre-service training; copy of prescriptions
  • If you wear glasses, bring two pairs (contact are not recommended due to elevated rates of eye infections and contact solution is hard to find)

Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and all kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.


  • Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
  • Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Plastic storage bags


  • 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
  • Rechargeable batteriesCamera
  • Flashlight
  • American board and card games
  • Music
  • Solar shower
  • Duct tape (highly recommended)
  • Camping gear (if you like to camp)
  • Fishing gear (if you like to fish)
  • Backpack
  • MP3 or iPod player
  • Flash disk or thumb drive
  • If you plan to travel to other countries for vacation, you may want to bring extra money to suit your travel plans; credit cards or traveler's checks are preferable to cash. There are ATMs in larger cities, and most towns so you may want to bring an ATM card to access a bank account in the U.S. 
  • Small gifts for host family and friends (not required); knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; photos to give away

Care Package items

These are good things for your friends and family to send you if they are looking for useful ideas: 

  • Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air)
  • Your favorite magazines (double as English teaching resource once read)
  • Children’s books with songs/tapes
  • Portable French press mug (if you like good coffee or loose tea)