Moscow, Russia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Moscow, Russia

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

What to wear/what to pack for Moscow, Russia by month

January

January here is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains or snows occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Scarf
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thermal undergarments

February

If you are traveling to Moscow in February, you will notice that it is unbearably cold. Expect it to rain or snow sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleeces
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves

March

March in Moscow can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella

April

Traveling to Moscow in April, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks

May

In May, Moscow can be chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here is mild. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you vacation in Moscow during August, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Moscow during September, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits 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:

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

October

If you go to Moscow in October, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces

November

November in Moscow can be extremely cold. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) to low 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens

December

December in Moscow can be bitter cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Moscow, Russia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Moscow, 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 Moscow
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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