Najaf, Iraq: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Najaf, Iraq

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

What to wear/what to pack for Najaf, Iraq by month

January

January in Najaf is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses

February

February here is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans

March

If you vacation in Najaf during March, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 20 and 30% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

April

If you vacation in Najaf during April, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the 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 20 and 30% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

Traveling to Najaf in May, you will notice that it is unbearably hot and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is unbearably hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Najaf in July, you will notice that it is sweltering and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the high 100s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Najaf is unbearably hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in this region is blindingly hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you are traveling to Najaf in October, you will notice that it is consistently hot and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Najaf in November, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals

December

Traveling to Najaf in December, you will notice that it can be chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Najaf, Iraq

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

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

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