Kunming, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2023]

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Traveling to Kunming, China? If you're planning to go to Kunming, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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When to go to Kunming, China

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

What to wear/what to pack for Kunming, China

Already know when you're traveling?

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

What to wear/what to pack for Kunming, China by month

January

If you go to Kunming in January, you will notice that it is cool. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For added protection, an anti-theft backpack protects your things.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel neck pillow

    What we like is this one

  • Voltage adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Take care to get the right kind. Most adapters on sale are just plugs and require your devices to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get fried. This one should be sufficient for most areas.

  • Ultralightweight travel stroller

    This stroller weighs almost 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

February

February in Kunming is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For additional protection, an anti-theft backpack protects your stuff.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Voltage step down adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to choose the correct type. The majority of adapters for sale now are simply plug changers and expect your devices to convert the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get destroyed. This one should be appropriate for most areas.

  • Travel neck support pillow

    A good option is this one

  • Super portable foldable travel stroller

    This stroller weighs just 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

March

If you visit Kunming during March, you might see that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Anti-theft backpack

    For a bit more peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your belongings.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Easy folding travel stroller

    This stroller is only 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Travel neck support pillow

    Our favorite is this one

  • Travel adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to choose the correct type. Most adapters that you can buy are just plugs and expect your devices to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could burn up. This one is sufficent for most areas.

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

April

April in this region is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Anti-theft backpack

    For additional peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your belongings.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel neck pillow

    A versatile choice is this one

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Folding travel stroller

    This stroller weighs only 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Plug adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to find the necessary kind. Many adapters currently sold are just plugs and expect your devices to convert the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get destroyed. This one is sufficent for most places.

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

May

May here is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For additional peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your things.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel neck pillow

    A versatile choice is this one

  • Ultraportable travel stroller

    This stroller weighs just 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Travel voltage adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. It's important that you find the correct type. The vast majority of adapters available online are simply plugs and expect your devices to adjust the voltage themselves. If your electronics can't do that they could get destroyed. This one works in most areas.

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

June

June in Kunming is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For a bit more peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your things.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel neck pillow

    A great choice is this one

  • Ultraportable travel stroller

    This stroller weighs just 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Voltage step down adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. It's important that you choose the right type. The vast majority of adapters available are simply plugs and require your electronics to change the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get destroyed. This one should be appropriate for most countries.

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

July

July in Kunming is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For some more protection, an anti-theft backpack protects your stuff.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Travel adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to pick the right kind. The vast majority of adapters that you can buy are just plugs and require your electronics to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get destroyed. This one should be sufficient for most locations.

  • Ultraportable travel stroller

    This stroller is only 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Travel neck pillow

    An excellent option is this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

August

If you go to Kunming in August, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat stormy. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For added peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your stuff.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Travel pillow

    What we like is this one

  • Easy folding travel stroller

    This stroller weighs just 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Plug adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to choose the right kind. A lot of adapters for sale now are just plugs and require your electronics to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could burn up. This one should be appropriate for most countries.

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

September

September here is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Anti-theft backpack

    For added peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your stuff.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Be careful to choose the right kind. Most adapters currently available are simply plugs and expect your electronics to convert the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could burn up. This one should work in most places.

  • Ultraportable travel stroller

    This stroller weighs only 10 pounds and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Travel neck pillow

    An excellent option is this one

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

October

October for Kunming is mild. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Anti-theft backpack

    For additional peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your things.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Travel pillow

    A top rated pillow is this one

  • Plug adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Be sure to find the correct kind. The majority of adapters currently available are just plugs and expect your electronics to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could get destroyed. This one should work in most places.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Folding travel stroller

    This stroller weighs almost 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

November

If you visit Kunming during November, you may notice that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Anti-theft backpack

    For added protection, an anti-theft backpack protects your things.

  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Travel voltage adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Make sure to choose the right type. The vast majority of adapters that you can buy are simply plugs and require your devices to adjust the voltage themselves. If yours can't do that they could burn up. This one works in most locations.

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Travel neck pillow

    A good option is this one

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

  • Easy folding travel stroller

    This stroller weighs almost 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

December

December in Kunming can be chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Clothes + Footwear
Health
Safety + Security
  • Voice and data SIM card

    A SIM card that works in Kunming. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some more rural areas you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone.

  • Anti-theft backpack

    For some more peace of mind, an anti-theft backpack protects your belongings.

  • Money/passport pouch

    Pickpocketing is an issue here, so wear a money pouch.

Comfort + Essentials
  • Super portable foldable travel stroller

    This stroller weighs just 10 lbs and folds to the size of a big book.

  • Travel pillow

    An excellent option is this one

  • Power bank for devices

    A portable power bank, like this one

  • Travel voltage adapter

    A plug adapter that supports outlet types A, C and I. Be sure to get the right kind. A lot of adapters available online are just plugs and require your electronics to change the voltage themselves. If your electronics can't do that they could get fried. This one should be sufficient for most countries.

  • Airplane phone mount

    Make your flight more comfortable with an airplane phone mount

If you check out a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

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