Mumbai, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Mumbai, India

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

What to wear/what to pack for Mumbai, India by month

January

If you are traveling to Mumbai in January, you will notice that it can be sweltering and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Mumbai during April, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you go to Mumbai in May, you will notice that it is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

In June, Mumbai is really hot. Temperatures routinely are in the low 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 Mumbai, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Mumbai can be very hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

In August, Mumbai is extremely hot. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (low 20s C) and about half 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 Mumbai, with most of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Mumbai is really hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you visit Mumbai during November, you are likely to find that it is unbearably hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you visit Mumbai during December, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Mumbai, India

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Mumbai
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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