Smolensk, Russia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2021]

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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

January in Smolensk is biting cold and extremely snowy. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C) to 20s F (single digits below 0 C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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February

February in Smolensk is biting cold and very snowy. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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March

March in Smolensk is very cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time and snows about half of the time.

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April

April in this region is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows once in a while.

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May

In May, Smolensk is relatively cool and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Smolensk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain poncho (to wear over your jacket), like this
  • Rubber rain boots; these boots are well-suited for stormy weather:
  • An umbrella this one #random{{designed|made|built} for stormy weather.
  • Waterproof luggage cover so your belongings remain dry. We suggest: this one

June

If you vacation in Smolensk during June, you will probably notice that it is mild and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain poncho (to wear over your jacket), like this
  • Rubber rain boots; these boots are well-suited for stormy weather:
  • An umbrella this one #random{{designed|made|built} for storms.
  • Waterproof luggage cover so your belongings stay dry. We recommend: this one

July

If you visit Smolensk during July, you may see that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

August

If you visit Smolensk during August, you are likely to notice 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).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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September

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

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October

If you visit Smolensk during October, you are likely to find that it is 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 occasionally.

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November

November here is frosty, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows about half of the time.

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December

In December, Smolensk can be dangerously cold, extremely snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Smolensk, with several of the days of the month having rain.

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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 adapter that supports outlet types C and F. This one works in most countries, but you may want to check with your hotel.
  • A SIM card that works in Smolensk. A good global SIM card works in most countries, but check the country list before buying. In some locations you may need a satellite phone. We recommend this satellite phone
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Emergency water purifier

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