Quito, Ecuador: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Quito, Ecuador? If you're planning to go to Quito, I've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Quito, Ecuador

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

Important essentials for Quito, Ecuador

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection available.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly product.

General health necessities

Quito is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some. For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent choice.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Quito, Ecuador by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you visit Quito during January, you may see that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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February

February is chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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March

March in Quito is cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

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April

April in Quito can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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May

May in Quito is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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June

In June, Quito is mild. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Quito, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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July

If you visit Quito during July, you might find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally around 50 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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August

August in Quito is balmy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

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September

In September, Quito is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Quito, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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October

If you visit Quito during October, you might notice that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 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 about half of the time.

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November

If you go to Quito in November, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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December

December in Quito is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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Activities for Quito, Ecuador

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Quito.

If you are intending to see the must-see Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus, it's important to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Botanical Gardens, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

If you go to the Museo del Banco Central, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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