Lamu, Kenya: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Lamu, Kenya

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

What to wear/what to pack for Lamu, Kenya by month

January

If you vacation in Lamu during January, you are likely to find that it is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts

February

Traveling to Lamu in February, you will notice that it is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

March

If you visit Lamu during March, you are likely to find that it is really hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts

April

April here is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Lamu is hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and about a third of the time jump into the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Lamu, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you are traveling to Lamu in June, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you are traveling to Lamu in July, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Lamu is pretty consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Lamu is hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Lamu is really hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December for Lamu can be very hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Lamu, Kenya

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types G
  • A SIM card that works in Lamu
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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