In September we flew from Amsterdam to Saint Petersburg to start our world trip on the Trans Mongolian Railway. Autumn seemed for us the best time to do this train ride. And it was. Watching out of my window, the autumn colours and ever changing landscapes were a magical passing panorama. Spring is the second most popular period to take the Trans Mongolian Railway. The snow is melting, plants are blossoming and temperatures are rising again. When planning the Trans Mongolian (or Trans Siberian) Railway these are items definitely not to forget, to make the most out of your trip.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the expiry date of your visa
Arrange your visa
Phrase- or image book, very view locals speak English
Good walking shoes
Sleeping mask
Disinfection gel
Dry shampoo
Plate, Spork and knife
Glass (we could borrow them from the restaurant)
Cleaning wipes
Extra batteries for phone/camera etc.
Playing cards
Slip on/off shoes
I-pod/music speakers
A treat for your travel company, we brought Dutch stroopwafels and made a lot of friends

Vegetables & (dried) fruits since this is pretty rare to buy along the way
Canned fish/meat
Wine. Beers and vodka can be bought along the way on the train stops
Tea & instant coffee, there is a bowled water system in the train

A lot of groceries you can buy at the stations where the train stops and Babushka’s selling Russian fresh, homemade food. The restaurant in the train has a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu although this is much more expensive.

Curious how life on board of the Trans Mongolian Railway really is? Check out our movie to get an impression or read The Trans Mongolian Railway part 1 & The Trans Mongolian Railway part 2.