Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo? If you're planning to go to Kinshasa, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

What to wear/what to pack for Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo by month

January

In January, Kinshasa is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kinshasa, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

February

If you go to Kinshasa in February, you will notice that it is extremely warm and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

March

March here is consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

April

In April, Kinshasa is constantly hot, somewhat rainy, somewhat stormy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kinshasa, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat

May

May is hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Shorts

June

If you go to Kinshasa in June, you will notice that it is warm, somewhat hazy and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Kinshasa in July, you will notice that it is warm, very hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you go to Kinshasa in August, you will notice that it is hot, very hazy and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September for Kinshasa is pretty consistently hot and very hazy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

October

In October, Kinshasa is hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Skirts

November

If you visit Kinshasa during November, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

December

December in this region is extremely warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and E
  • A SIM card that works in Kinshasa
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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