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

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Traveling to Santa Barbara, California, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Santa Barbara, we have 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 Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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

Important essentials for Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently wear out. An unreadable vaccination card may result in 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.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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


  • N95 masks

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


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly option.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Santa Barbara, California, United States of America by month

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January

If you go to Santa Barbara in January, you will notice that it is chilly. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

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February

February in this region is chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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March

March is chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

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April

Traveling to Santa Barbara in April, you will notice that it is mild and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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May

If you are traveling to Santa Barbara in May, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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June

Traveling to Santa Barbara in June, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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July

Traveling to Santa Barbara in July, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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August

Traveling to Santa Barbara in August, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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September

September in this region is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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October

If you vacation in Santa Barbara during October, you will probably notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. 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 60 and 70% during the day.

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November

November for Santa Barbara is balmy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

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December

If you vacation in Santa Barbara during December, you might find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

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Activities for Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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

If you go to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 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 see the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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