In this second part of my useful travel advice for Ethiopia, I’m delving into toilets, showers, laundry, vaccinations, language, and some useful gear I recommend bringing to Ethiopia. If you missed the first part, I talked about phone, internet, electricity, customs, cheap flights.
– You’ll find Western seated toilets in many hotels, but if you don’t encounter a squat toilet, you likely haven’t explored Ethiopia deep enough.
– Sometimes, you’ll see bottles of water next to the toilet. Water can be intermittent, so that’s to help you flush when the water’s off.
– Bring your own toilet paper, either to wipe or to dry off after rinsing.
– Don’t flush toilet paper.
– Heated showers at hotels, depending on electricity situation. If you find yourself without, then you’ve successfully gone off the tourist trail and into the countryside.
– Likely have to wash your own clothes. Much of Ethiopia is dry, so expect your clothes to get quite dusty.
– Official language is Amharic, but there are many dialects and local languages. Definitely useful to learn if you wander.
– Don’t get put off by tongue twister of saying “thank you”. The rest of the language is better.
– Pronounce Amharic neutrally if you want to be understood.
– Nothing is required, but get Typhoid, hepatitis A and B shots
– You can get shots in Ethiopia for cheap
– Much of food information saved for another episode
– Food is fantastic, vegetarian friendly
– Beer is cheap and abundant.
– Coffee is everywhere.
Here are some extra things I recommend for Ethiopia Travel.
– Small Gorilla Tape for on the road repairs
– Compact, non-hanging mosquito net for sleeping. This one takes more “building work”, but is compact. while this one and this one are pop-up style.