There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination and realising that you left something behind. You may have created your own packing checklist, if not, here are a few ideas to help you take the worry out of packing and let you concentrate on enjoying your trip as much as possible.
- Money belt that fits under your clothes to keep passport and money safe.
- Money USD dollars (New notes, low denominations. Euros for Moscow and St. Petersburg. Traveller`s cheques are of very little use)
- First aid kit. Keep all drugs in original wrappers to avoid confusion at the border. Include sealed needles.
- Any prescription drugs you might need
- Student ID (ISIC) if you are entitled to one!
- Batteries if they are not standard AA or AAA
- Insect repellent and antihistamine cream (May -September)
- Sun cream and a hat (April- September)
- Heat proof mug and coffee, creamer, tea, sugar
- Swiss army knife (packed in main luggage for the flight)
- Photocopy of passport, airline ticket and insurance documents
- Flip flops, wet wipes, “magic towel”, toilet roll, a parking bath plug, paper towels
- Torch, squeezy window cleaner (Train windows get very dirty not making for a great view!)
- Small gift for your host if stay with a family IE: Soap, chocolates, good coffee and always a bottle of something is most welcome!
- Chilli sauce to perk up bland food and a bag of supermarket goodies to jolly you along: crackers, fruit, marmite (vegemite), nuts etc
REASONABLE – SEASONABLE – What to Wear!
Smart trainers/or walking boots if you are on a trek. Summer can in conversely be hot, so light clothes and maybe a waterproof jacket and an umbrella. Also a day pack is most useful.
Make sure you have ridged soles. Temperature –40 is not a surprise in Siberia and Mongolia, so a down parka with a hood, thermal hat and gloves and a scarf.