Cotonou, Benin: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Cotonou, Benin? If you're planning to go to Cotonou, we have 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 Cotonou, Benin

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

Important essentials for Cotonou, Benin

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly option.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection possible.


  • Travel insurance

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  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can get worn. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Cotonou, Benin by month

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January

If you visit Cotonou during January, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot, somewhat hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

February

February in Cotonou is constantly hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

March

If you vacation in Cotonou during March, you are likely to find that it can be very hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

April

April can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

May

If you visit Cotonou during May, you will probably find that it is extremely hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

June

In June, Cotonou is extremely warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Cotonou, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

July

July here is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

August

August for Cotonou is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

September

September in this region is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

October

If you vacation in Cotonou during October, you are likely to find that it is hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

November

November in Cotonou can be sweltering and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

December

Traveling to Cotonou in December, you will notice that it can be very hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the stunning Cotonou Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

Activities for Cotonou, Benin

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

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