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

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

When to go to Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq

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

What to wear/what to pack for Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq by month

January

January for Iraqi Kurdistan can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you are traveling to Iraqi Kurdistan in February, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March is cool. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you are traveling to Iraqi Kurdistan in April, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you go to Iraqi Kurdistan in May, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain once in a while. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Iraqi Kurdistan in July, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August for Iraqi Kurdistan very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Iraqi Kurdistan very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

Traveling to Iraqi Kurdistan in October, you will notice that it dry with little rain. Expect it to rain once in a while. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Iraqi Kurdistan in November, you will notice that it is chilly. Expect it to rain regularly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December can be brisk. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Iraqi Kurdistan, 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 Iraqi Kurdistan
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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