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

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

When to go to India, India

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

What to wear/what to pack for India, India by month

January

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

February

If you visit India during February, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

March

If you visit India during March, you are likely to find that it is blindingly hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses

April

If you visit India during April, you are likely to find that it is blindingly 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 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sarong
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Light skirts
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

May

May in India is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Sarong
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

June

June in this region is blindingly hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (high 30s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light dresses
  • Sandals

July

July for India is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

August

Traveling to India in August, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

If you are traveling to India in September, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses

October

October in this region is unbearably hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Tank tops
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

November

November can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals

December

If you vacation in India during December, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for India, India

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in India
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch

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