Gao, Mali: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Gao, Mali

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

What to wear/what to pack for Gao, Mali by month

January

January is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February for Gao can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March here is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you go to Gao in April, you will notice that it is scorchingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 100s F (high 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sarong
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light skirts

May

If you go to Gao in May, you will notice that it can be excruciatingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 100s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sandals
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Light skirts
  • Sarong

June

If you visit Gao during June, you are likely to find that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 100s F (low 40s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 80s F (low 30s C).

Humidity is generally between 20 and 30% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Light skirts
  • Sarong
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Rain boots
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

July

If you visit Gao during July, you are likely to find that it is unbearably hot and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 30 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain boots
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Rain coat
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

August

If you vacation in Gao during August, you are likely to find that it can be excruciatingly hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September here is a scorcher and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Umbrella
  • Tank tops
  • Light dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Light shorts
  • Rain boots
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

October

If you vacation in Gao during October, you are likely to find that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Light skirts
  • Sandals
  • Extremely light dresses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sarong

November

If you visit Gao during November, you are likely to find that it is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you vacation in Gao during December, you are likely to find that it can be very hot 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 low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Gao, Mali

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

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

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