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

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Traveling to Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Dubuque, here 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 Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America

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

Important essentials for Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly product.


  • 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 often wear away. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection available.

General health necessities

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

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January

If you go to Dubuque in January, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold and snowy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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February

February in Dubuque is frosty and snowy. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows 5-10 days this month.

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March

March in Dubuque is cold, snowy and somewhat rainy. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) to 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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April

In April, Dubuque is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C). During your visit, you can expect a couple of inches of snowfall. This is also a rainy time for Dubuque, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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May

May is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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June

In June, Dubuque is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Dubuque, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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July

July for Dubuque is hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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August

If you are traveling to Dubuque in August, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (high 20s C).

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September

September in Dubuque is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

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October

October in Dubuque is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) to low 60s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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November

If you go to Dubuque in November, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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December

If you are traveling to Dubuque in December, you will notice that it is frosty, snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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Activities for Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America

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

If you go to Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

If you see the Dubuque Museum of Art, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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