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

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

When to go to Kiev, Ukraine

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

What to wear/what to pack for Kiev, Ukraine by month

January

If you go to Kiev in January, you will notice that it is frigid and very snowy. Expect it to rain sometimes and snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Umbrella

February

February in this region is freezing and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains once in a while and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleeces
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Pajamas, such as sweats

March

March for Kiev is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time and snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat

April

If you are traveling to Kiev in April, you will notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Kiev is balmy and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about two thirds of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here is balmy, very rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear

July

July in Kiev is a perfect temperature and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants

August

In August, Kiev is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kiev, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage

September

September in Kiev is chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

Traveling to Kiev in October, you will notice that it is cold and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November for Kiev is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

December

In December, Kiev is freezing, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Kiev, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kiev, Ukraine

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kiev, 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 Kiev
  • 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
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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