Gear List for Mongol Rally

What do we really need for a road trip like Mongol Rally? We will face temperatures ranged from low 40 to high 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We will drive through five different mountain ranges: Carpathians, Balkan, Caucasus, Tien Shan, Altai and three deserts: Karakum, Kyzyl Kum and Gobi. We will probably camp out 50% along the way. Our rules within the three of us is one backpack per person.

Besides the personal stuff we also have to carry along gear for our tiny car. Who wants to be stranded in the middle of the Gobi desert because your muffler is detached? Or got stuck in the unpaved Pamir Highway when your car is leaking fluid.

So below is a checklist of stuff we think are essential. We try to keep the gear as minimal as possible since we are driving a very very small car.


  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camp Cookware (Trangia 25 series)
  • Camp Cooking Fuel (Methylated spirit or denatured alcohol)
  • Leatherman Multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife
  • Camp Knife or Hatchet for camp chores (optional)
  • Compact Camp Chairs (optional)


  • T-Shirts or Shirts
  • Mid-Layers (fleece, down sweater, softshell, sweater…etc.)
  • Rain Gear or Waterproof Hardshell (optional)
  • Shorts and/or Pants
  • Sandals or Flip Flops
  • Shoes (optional)
  • Socks (optional)
  • Headlamps
  • Wet Wipes
  • Backpack to hold all these stuff


  • 1 Spare Tire
  • Tire Puncture Sealant
  • Gas Jerry Can
  • Funnel
  • Fencing Wire or Strong Wire
  • Duct Tape
  • Ratchet Strap
  • Bunjee Cords
  • Tow Rope
  • Roof Rack
  • Epoxy Gas Tank Sealer


  • Cameras and extra SD Memory Card
  • Cell Phones
  • Laptop
  • Electronic Peripherals


  • Cigarettes and Mini’s Liquor Bottles (e.g. Jack Daniels) to bride the cops/ border patrol

Posted on February 23, 2014 in Mongol Rally, Tips

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