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

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

When to go to Smolensk, Russia

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

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

January

If you go to Smolensk in January, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow most days.

Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Insulated boots
  • Fleeces

February

February in Smolensk is beyond freezing and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

It tends to rain regularly. It also snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Rain coat
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Scarf
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Insulated boots
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thermal undergarments

March

March in Smolensk can be extremely cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time. It also snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sweaters

April

If you go to Smolensk in April, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear

May

May in Smolensk is cool and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat

June

June is mild and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

July

July in Smolensk is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) to 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light footwear

August

Traveling to Smolensk in August, you will notice that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Light footwear

September

Traveling to Smolensk in September, you will notice that it is crisp and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear

October

If you vacation in Smolensk during October, you are likely to find that it can be brisk and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time and snow once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear

November

November in Smolensk is frigid, somewhat 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 about half of the time. It also snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Rain coat

December

December in Smolensk is unbearably cold, extremely snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

It tends to rain regularly. It also snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Smolensk, 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 Smolensk
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing

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