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

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

When to go to Karbala, Iraq

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

What to wear/what to pack for Karbala, Iraq by month

January

If you are traveling to Karbala in January, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you vacation in Karbala during February, you are likely to find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you go to Karbala in March, you will notice that it is warm and very dry. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April is extremely warm and very dry. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

May

If you vacation in Karbala during May, you are likely to find that it is scorchingly hot and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Karbala in July, you will notice that it is sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 110s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you go to Karbala in August, you will notice that it is blindingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 100s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in this region is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you visit Karbala during October, you are likely to find that it is consistently 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 high 60s F (low 20s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

November

If you are traveling to Karbala in November, you will notice that it is balmy and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December for Karbala is crisp. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Karbala, Iraq

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

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