Manila, Philippines: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Manila, Philippines

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

What to wear/what to pack for Manila, Philippines by month

January

If you go to Manila in January, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you visit Manila during February, 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 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 sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you vacation in Manila during March, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 60 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Manila is sizzling and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light dresses
  • Tank tops

May

In May, Manila is blindingly hot. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the 90s F (mid 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Sandals
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Tank tops
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses

June

June here is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Manila during July, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

In August, Manila is really hot. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Manila, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Manila during September, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Manila can be very hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you are traveling to Manila in November, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

In December, Manila is extremely hot. 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 Manila, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Manila, Philippines

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B and C
  • A SIM card that works in Manila
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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