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

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

When to go to Kandahar, Afghanistan

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

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

January

If you are traveling to Kandahar in January, you will notice that it can be chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in this region can be chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Kandahar is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you go to Kandahar in April, you will notice that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you go to Kandahar in May, you will notice that it can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you vacation in Kandahar during June, you are likely to find that it is scorchingly 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 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Kandahar in July, 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:

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

August

Traveling to Kandahar in August, 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:

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

September

If you visit Kandahar during September, you are likely to find that it is blindingly hot 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 high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

Traveling to Kandahar in October, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Kandahar in November, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you are traveling to Kandahar in December, you will notice that it can be chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kandahar, 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 Kandahar
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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