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

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

When to go to Kabul, Afghanistan

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

What to wear/what to pack for Kabul, Afghanistan by month

January

January in Kabul can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 10 F (10+ below zero C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks

February

If you are traveling to Kabul in February, you will notice that it can be brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket

March

March in Kabul is cold. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear

April

April here is crisp. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses

May

If you vacation in Kabul during May, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses

June

If you are traveling to Kabul in June, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Kabul during July, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Kabul is extremely hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Kabul during September, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear

October

If you are traveling to Kabul in October, you will notice that it is mild and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece

November

If you vacation in Kabul during November, you are likely to find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans

December

December in Kabul can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kabul, Afghanistan

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

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

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