Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan? If you're planning to go to Mazar-e Sharif, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

Based on the climate and weather in Mazar-e Sharif, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan by month

January

If you visit Mazar-e Sharif during January, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Mazar-e Sharif is brisk and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Mazar-e Sharif is chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April here is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat

May

Traveling to Mazar-e Sharif in May, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat

June

If you visit Mazar-e Sharif during June, you are likely to find that it is unbearably hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

July

If you visit Mazar-e Sharif during July, you are likely to find that it is sweltering and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light skirts
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sarong
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Sandals

August

August here is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Tank tops
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses

September

If you go to Mazar-e Sharif in September, you will notice that it can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts

October

If you vacation in Mazar-e Sharif during October, you are likely to find that it is warm and dry with little rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

November

November in Mazar-e Sharif is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you visit Mazar-e Sharif during December, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Mazar-e Sharif, 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 Mazar-e Sharif
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders

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