But don't forget your:

Money. Lots of money. Addis is an expensive city, especially if you have lived in Asia. - Aug 2020


Rain gear, Pepto, fans, blankets, and a huge dose of patience for anything you do on the local market - Mar 2020


Medications for allergies, asthma, digestive issues and vitamins. Sweaters, warm clothing. Sunscreen. Your ability to be flexible. - Feb 2020


Immodium, pepto, charcoal, and antibiotics. - Feb 2019


Candles for when the power goes out. - Oct 2018


Patience, manners and acceptance. - Aug 2018


Low expectations. Positive attitude. Remember that there are people with nothing that still manage to smile. Sense of gratitude. Be courageous. Adventurous mind. Your comfort food like special chocolate from Trader Joe's. :-).

We were glad that we brought winter gear for visiting Europe during winter. We were happy to bring our swim suits for visiting Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mombassa. I was happy to have rain boots for walking in mud and deep water during rainy season. I was happy to that I brought seeds to grow some vegetables in my pots. - Jul 2018


Good humor, big umbrella. - Sep 2017


Rain gear, Immodium, antacids, Gatorade or other rehydrating liquid, bleach and sunblock (at this altitude, if I'm outside for more than ten minutes, I really do get sunburn - be careful out here). - Aug 2016


Galoshes, rain jacket and umbrella (rainy season is endless here). - Aug 2016


Sunscreen. And a couple complete series of "Fill in the Blank" DVDs--you need to be able to entertain yourselves and kids without access to internet. - Feb 2016


High clearance vehicle and patience, not to mention sunscreen, umbrella, and sweaters. - May 2014


Good attitude, manners, and patience. A quality first aid kit and emergency supplies is a must (visit ready.gov for handy lists). Matches, bring good quality matches. The local matches do not stay lit. Starting a fire at altitude is a science and often topic of conversation with lots of misadventure. Good tip: use ripped up cardboard as a starter, so save your packing materials! Consider bringing light bulbs, local stock often burn out quickly with the poor electric supply - Jan 2014


Patience. Rain coat or umbrella. Sun screen, sun hat, sunglasses. - Nov 2013


sweaters. - Jun 2012


spirit of adventure. - Aug 2010


patience, openness, rain coat, sunscreen, and Pepto-Bismol! - Jun 2010


Hats, sunscreen, running shoes, long-sleeved shirts, bird guide, binoculars, hiking boots, sense of adventure. - Mar 2008


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