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Washington, DC Weather and Trip Packing Advice

The greater Washington, DC area experiences cold winters and warm summers. Summertime temperatures push into the nineties and winter lows drop into the twenties, so the region experiences vast temperature differences. You will want to take the weather conditions into consideration when packing for your trip.

SPRING IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • In March, the average temperatures range from the low thirties to the mid fifties. April sees temperatures in the low forties to mid sixties, and May temperatures range from the low fifties to mid seventies. At this time of year, you'll want to bring a warm jacket for the cooler climate.

SUMMER IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • Summer sees lows in the mid sixties and highs in the upper eighties, sometimes reaching into ninety-degree temperatures. When visiting during this time of year, pack very light clothing such as sleeveless shirts, shorts and bathing suits for the daytime highs and bring a sweater or windbreaker for the evening hours. Bring plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.

FALL IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • September and October temperatures average in the seventies and eighties and drop to the forties and fifties come November. Depending on which month you're traveling in, you'll want to remember short-sleeved shirts (September), long pants (October), and a warmer jacket (November).

WINTER IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • The winter months are cold and with average high temperatures in the forties and average lows dropping into the twenties. At this time of year, you'll want to bring a coat, hat, and gloves to keep warm during the cooler weather.

WASHINGTON DC PACKING ADVICE

  • While the seasonal temperatures of the area vary greatly, good preparation and common sense are a good rule of thumb to follow to ensure that you are properly packed for your trip. The tips below will help you with your packing, regardless of the season you're traveling in.

Planning Your Packing. Anything you forget to pack, you'll have to buy. It is wise to make a list of everything you need to take with you and refer to it as you pack. This will ensure that nothing will be overlooked.
Preparing Clothes. Lay everything out before you pack. Fold, layer, and pack all like items together. Use undergarments and socks to fill space. Put toiletries and loose items in waterproof containers, in a kit or separate bag.
Packing For Family Members. With the exception of toddlers and infants, each family member should be able to carry at least one piece of luggage. A small backpack is ideal when traveling with young children.
Packing For Comfort. Products that will help you withstand the humidity, as well as, sunscreen, are a must. Natural fibers like cotton or silk and light colors are good choices for hot days. To avoid aching feet, pack a pair of familiar walking shoes.

Always check the forecast before leaving to ensure that you are properly prepared for any weather changes.

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