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Luggage and bags: A backpack or duffel bag is probably the preferred type of bag as it can be crammed into a small space and hoisted across the desert quite easily. A daypack is a good idea for any hiking that you might do, a good place to store the water that you'll always want with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The season you travel will affect your clothes and shoes. We took fleece and wool layers as it was early spring when we travelled. You'll want a warm hat and gloves and also a pair of hiking shoes is a good idea. You can buy coats quite cheaply in Ulaanbaatar so you might want to just buy one there. A ball cap or hat with a brim is a good idea for keeping the sun off your face and don't forget sunglasses!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring along baby wipes or wet wipes as you might not find a place to wash up. This was how we kept clean while staying with the nomadic families. They're also refreshing if you've been caught in a sandstorm. I brought along camping shampoo which didn't require water, you just squeeze it on your hair and it lathers up as you work it in. Then you just wipe it off with a cloth, worked brilliantly.
My doctor gave me an all-purpose antibiotic which would help if I became sick and couldn't immediately get to a hospital. Some sort of meds for diarrhea or upset stomachs is a good idea as well. I brought along my travel sickness pills as we spent lots of time in a bumping, jolting van, otherwise I would have been deathly ill. Mine are 24hr pills which are great as you don't have to remember to take them several times a day.
Almost forgot to mention toilet paper, better bring a roll (at least) of that with you as well.
Photo Equipment: A polarizing filter might be good idea as the sky is extremely blue and you want to capture the best image. You might want to bring along a plastic bag to protect your camera while you're out in a sandstorm.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I brought along a down sleeping bag and was toasty warm in the freezing night temperatures. My friend had an old sleeping bag, not down filled and he suffered greatly, even though he wore several layers to bed.
I'd also pack a small flashlight or the kind of light that you can strap to your head. When you have to answer the call of nature in the middle of the night in the dark countryside you'll want a light to be able to see your way, you also wouldn't want to accidently stick your foot down a dark pit toilet.
Bring a thermos along so you can have hot chocolate, coffee or tea during your long drives.
Miscellaneous: Buy lots of bottled water before you set off into the countryside. You will be able to stock up along the way. I'd suggest bringing snacks as well to supplement the rather bland meals you might find, I bought a lot of almonds and cookies which I shared with the driver and our guide. My friend purchased meals with noodles that just needed hot water added as he was not having a good time with the meals we were offered.
I also brought along my MP3 player so that music accompanied me during the very, very long drives across the desert.
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