Children can be a great icebreaker and are a good avenue for cultural exchange with the local people. In Mongolia, children often like the thrill of camping, for a night or two at least. There are also lots of opportunities to sit on yaks, horses and camels, and plenty of opportunities to meet playmates when visiting gers. On the downside, long jeep rides over nonexistent roads are a sure route to motion sickness (stick to destinations with paved roads), and the endless steppe landscape may leave your children comatose with boredom. Check out Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children for more general tips on keeping the kids entertained.
- Items such as formula, baby food, nappies (diapers) and wipes are sold in nearly every supermarket in Ulaanbaatar, and many of these items are now available in other cities too. In the countryside, the best place to get milk is directly from a herder, but make sure it has been boiled.
- It’s unlikely that your tour company will have a child seat for the vehicle. This is something to clarify when booking your tour. Chinese–made safety seats are sold in some Ulaanbaatar shops. Another option is to bring your own car seat. Note that Air China and MIAT will weigh the car seat and count it as part of your luggage (some other airlines won’t count it against your luggage allotment).
- When travelling in the countryside, deluxe hotel rooms normally come with an extra connecting room, which can be ideal for children.
- Many restaurants in Ulaanbaatar have a high chair available. This will be rare in the countryside.
- Nappy-changing facilities are rare.
- Breastfeeding in public is common in the countryside but slightly rarer in the city.
- There are several kids' soft play places in Ulaanbaatar – the largest (and priciest) is at the Shangri-La.