Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia? If you're planning to go to Riyadh, the following is 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 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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

Important essentials for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

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


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb kit.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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

If you visit National Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Murabba Palace, take:

What to wear/what to pack for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by month

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January

If you go to Riyadh in January, you will notice that it is mild and very dry. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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February

February in this region is balmy and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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March

March in Riyadh is warm and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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April

April can be sweltering and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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May

If you vacation in Riyadh during May, you may find that it can be sizzling and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

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June

If you go to Riyadh in June, you will notice that it is unbearably hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 100s F (low 40s C).

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July

July is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

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August

If you go to Riyadh in August, you will notice that it can be sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 100s F (low 40s C).

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September

September is blindingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

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October

October for Riyadh is scorchingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

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November

If you vacation in Riyadh during November, you might find that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 20 and 30% during the day.

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December

December in Riyadh is mild and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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