Erbil, Iraq: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Erbil, Iraq? If you're planning to go to Erbil, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Erbil, Iraq

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

What to wear/what to pack for Erbil, Iraq by month

January

If you are traveling to Erbil in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella

February

If you go to Erbil in February, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat

March

March is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

April

April is mild. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

May

May in this region is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear

June

Traveling to Erbil in June, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

July

July very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

August

Traveling to Erbil in August, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

September

If you are traveling to Erbil in September, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

October

October in this region dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear

November

November is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks

December

December here is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Erbil, Iraq

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Erbil
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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