Packing list for Ethiopia

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Packing List for Ethiopia
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ethiopia based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ethiopia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Ethiopia.

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[edit] General Clothing

Bring clothing that makes you feel good, but still works with Ethiopian dress standards. You will find that clothing you bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than usual, so don’t bring anything you will be sad to see ruined. Most Ethiopians wear the same outfit for several days – you will probably adopt the same practice. Also, Ethiopians are pretty thin people so finding clothes in-country can be difficult. Height is different too.

Some suggestions:

[edit] Shoes

Durable shoes are essential. Shoes will wear out more quickly in Ethiopia because of all the walking you will do. Sizes run small so most American sizes are not available.

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Most basic hygiene items are available, but selection is limited. Peace Corps provides a medical kit with first aid supplies, insect repellent, sun screen and over-the-counter medications. Also consider:

[edit] Recreation/Entertainment

You will find yourself with an unprecedented amount of free time once you are at site, particularly at night. Bring your favorite hobbies or materials to learn new ones, such as:

[edit] Kitchen/Household Items

Most kitchenware/household items can be found in the capital or big cities. However, the first couple of months are not spent in these cities. Some useful items include:

[edit] Miscellaneous

Just as added help and to reiterate: Here is a list of things NOT to bring:

Note: Again, bring things you cannot live without. Items that make you feel good, should be packed.

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