Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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

What to wear/what to pack for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by month

January

If you vacation in Addis Ababa during January, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses

February

If you are traveling to Addis Ababa in February, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

Traveling to Addis Ababa in April, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you vacation in Addis Ababa during May, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Addis Ababa is chilly and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you visit Addis Ababa during August, you are likely to find that it is chilly and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Addis Ababa is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you visit Addis Ababa during October, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks

November

Traveling to Addis Ababa in November, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks

December

December for Addis Ababa is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, F and G
  • A SIM card that works in Addis Ababa
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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