Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Rochester, this 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 Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

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

Important essentials for Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Rochester, 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


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly product.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can get worn. An unreadable card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

  • (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


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection you can have.


  • 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).

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America by month

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January

January in Rochester can be dangerously cold and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month. It also snows about a third of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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February

If you are traveling to Rochester in February, you will notice that it is frigid and snowy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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March

March in Rochester is brisk, snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time. It also snows once in a while. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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April

April in Rochester is cool and somewhat rainy. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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May

May in Rochester is balmy and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

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June

In June, Rochester is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Rochester, 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 Rochester during July, you will probably notice that it is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

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August

August in Rochester is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

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September

If you visit Rochester during September, you may see that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s 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 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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October

October in Rochester can be chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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November

If you are traveling to Rochester in November, you will notice that it is brisk and snowy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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December

In December, Rochester can be dangerously cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) and occasionally jump into the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). During your visit, you can expect extremely heavy snowfall. This is also a rainy time for Rochester, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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Activities for Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

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

If you go to the Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Historic Chateau Theatre, take:


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