Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Washington, D.C. area, 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 Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Washington, D.C. area, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

Important essentials for Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Washington, D.C. area, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Washington, D.C. area.

What to wear/what to pack for Washington, D.C. area, District of Columbia, United States of America by month

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January

In January, Washington, D.C. area is brisk, snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). During your visit, you can expect several inches of snow. This is also a rainy time for Washington, D.C. area, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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February

If you go to Washington, D.C. area in February, you will notice that it can be very chilly and snowy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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March

In March, Washington, D.C. area can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C). During your visit, you can expect a couple of inches of snowfall. This is also a rainy time for Washington, D.C. area, with several of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

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April

April here is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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May

May for Washington, D.C. area is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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June

June is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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July

July is consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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August

If you visit Washington, D.C. area during August, you will probably find that it is consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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September

Traveling to Washington, D.C. area in September, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (mid 20s C).

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October

If you are traveling to Washington, D.C. area in October, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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November

If you go to Washington, D.C. area in November, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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December

If you go to Washington, D.C. area in December, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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