San Francisco, California, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to San Francisco, California, United States of America? If you're planning to go to San Francisco, this article contains 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 San Francisco, California, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in San Francisco, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

Important essentials for San Francisco, California, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in San Francisco, 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


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often wear out. An unreadable card can have severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can 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


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly product.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available 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 San Francisco, California, United States of America by month

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January

January in San Francisco can be chilly and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

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February

In February, San Francisco is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for San Francisco, with several of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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March

March in San Francisco is crisp and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly. 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 here is crisp. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

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May

If you vacation in San Francisco during May, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool and dry with little rain. 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 (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

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June

If you go to San Francisco in June, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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July

Traveling to San Francisco in July, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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August

If you visit San Francisco during August, you may find that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day.

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September

Traveling to San Francisco in September, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

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October

If you are traveling to San Francisco in October, you will notice that it is mild and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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November

If you visit San Francisco during November, you are likely to find that it is 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 (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

December here is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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