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

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

When to go to Ethiopia, Ethiopia

Based on the climate and weather in Ethiopia, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

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

January

Traveling to Ethiopia in January, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants

February

If you are traveling to Ethiopia 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:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses

March

Traveling to Ethiopia in March, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain occasionally. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion

April

April in this region can be very hot. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage

May

If you are traveling to Ethiopia in May, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals

June

If you are traveling to Ethiopia in June, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

July

If you are traveling to Ethiopia in July, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Expect it to rain regularly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

August

August for Ethiopia is hot. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Skirts

September

If you are traveling to Ethiopia in September, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella

October

If you are traveling to Ethiopia in October, you will notice that it dry with little rain. Expect it to rain once in a while. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

November

Traveling to Ethiopia in November, you will notice that it dry with little rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

December

Traveling to Ethiopia in December, you will notice that it very dry with almost no rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ethiopia, 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 Ethiopia
  • 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
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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