California, California, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to California, California, United States of America? If you're planning to go to California, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to California, California, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in California, the best time to go is May. See below for details.

Important essentials for California, California, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in California, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great option.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

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Activities for California, California, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for California.

We also recommend these top tours in and around California.

    What to wear/what to pack for California, California, United States of America by month

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    January

    January in California is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

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    February

    February in California is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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    March

    March is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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    April

    April in California is warm and dry with little rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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    May

    If you visit California during May, you may find that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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    June

    June in California can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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    July

    If you go to California in July, you will notice that it is scorchingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (high 30s C).

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    August

    If you are traveling to California in August, you will notice that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

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    September

    If you vacation in California during September, you may find that it is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

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    October

    If you are traveling to California in October, you will notice that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

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    November

    Traveling to California in November, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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    December

    If you are traveling to California in December, you will notice that it is chilly. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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