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

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

When to go to Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Based on the climate and weather in Sri Lanka, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka by month

January

Traveling to Sri Lanka in January, you will notice that it is extremely warm. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

February

If you go to Sri Lanka in February, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sandals

March

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka in March, you will notice that it is hot. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

April

April here is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

May

May is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

June

June here is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

July

July in this region is hot. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

August

If you go to Sri Lanka in August, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

If you go to Sri Lanka in September, you will notice that it is hot. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

October

October in Sri Lanka is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts

November

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka in November, you will notice that it is hot. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts

December

December for Sri Lanka is hot. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Sri Lanka
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch

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