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

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

When to go to Russia, Russia

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

What to wear/what to pack for Russia, Russia by month

January

January here can be bitter cold. Temperatures average in the 20+ below zero F (30+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • High performance gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Coveralls
  • Insulated boots

February

February for Russia can be bitter cold. Temperatures average in the 10+ below zero F (20+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High performance gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Thick pajamas

March

March here is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the single digits F (10+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High performance gloves
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter

April

April in Russia is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf

May

May in Russia can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans

June

June in this region can be chilly. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you are traveling to Russia in July, you will notice that it is balmy. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you are traveling to Russia in August, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

October

Traveling to Russia in October, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Very heavy socks
  • Insulated boots
  • Scarf
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves

November

November here is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the single digits below 0 F (20+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Insulated boots
  • High performance gloves
  • Coveralls
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear

December

If you are traveling to Russia in December, you will notice that it is unbearably cold. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 20+ below zero F (20+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • High performance gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Neck gaiter
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Russia, Russia

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Russia
  • 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
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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