Morocco is a magical land full of mystery and wonder. From bustling souks to the blazing Sahara to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, adventure awaits at every turn. And while counting down the days to a life-changing journey brings excitement, it’s likely the thought of packing brings dread. Say no to stress and uncertainty, and keep on reading—we’ll fill you in on all the essentials for a perfect Moroccan holiday!
It’s always important to be mindful and respectful of other cultures. Morocco is a conservative Muslim country, and what may be appropriate in your home country isn’t necessarily accepted here. Modesty is key, and when in doubt, more coverage is the way to go. Women should always keep their shoulders, chests, and knees covered. Bottoms should never end above the knee, and in some areas even longer is better. Although you don’t have to cover your head in general, it is required you wear a head wrap or scarf when visiting sacred, religious sites. Although the dress code isn’t as strict for men, they should also keep their shoulders and knees covered.
Morocco has a diverse climate. Where you’re traveling and time of year will determine what kind of clothing you’ll need—make sure you have your travel details mapped out so you can plan accordingly. The mountains are cold, the Sahara is arid, and cities, such as Marrakech, can get swelteringly hot. And no matter the time of year, temperatures drop at night. Winter and summer are the most extreme months, with temperatures ranging from 30 to upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while fall and spring are considered the best months to visit as the climate is much milder. The most important thing to remember is layers. Layers will ensure you’re comfortable at all times throughout your trip.
- Loose-fitting, breathable tops and bottoms are a necessity. Cotton and linen are good examples of breathable fabrics. You won’t want to wear anything too form fitting; not only will you be hot, but you’re likely to attract unwanted attention
- Maxi dresses, kaftans, and long skirts are a good way for women to stay covered and keep cool
- Cardigans, scarves/shawls, and kimonos are perfect for wearing over sleeveless tops and dresses
- Shorts that hit below the knee, light pants, such as cargo or linen, t-shirts, and button-ups for men
- Light sweater/sweatshirt for chilly nights
- Jacket—the warmth of the jacket depends on when you’re traveling. A light jacket is good for summer, spring, and fall, but you’ll want something warmer and waterproof for the winter (Morocco’s rainy season). A windbreaker is especially useful if you’ll be on the coast
- Socks for your hotel/hostel—most floors are stone, so a warm pair of socks will keep your toes cozy
- Bathing suit
- Scarves/head wrap
- Sensible shoes—think about where you’ll be and what activities you’ll be doing when deciding what shoes to bring. Sneakers are needed for the mountains and any long walks/hiking, sandals are good for walking through cities, and flip flops are useful at Sahara camps and for showering. You should definitely bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes—they’ll keep your feet comfortable, protected, and clean
Covering up isn’t only necessary for modesty reasons, but to protect your body from the powerful sun. Consider packing the following:
- Sunscreen—it’s expensive to buy once there, and it’s critical to wear every day
- Sunglasses—not only will they shade your eyes from powerful UV rays, but they’ll help prevent you from making unwanted eye contact with market vendors
- Day pack (perfect for day-long activities, specifically in the desert)
- Cross-body bag for everyday use
- Light wallet—try to only bring the money you’ll need for the day when venturing out
- Plenty of water—you’ll definitely want to pack a substantial water bottle!
- Toilet paper—whether you’re using a public bathroom or one in a hostel, toilet paper isn’t guaranteed. Carry a travel size roll, tissues, or bathroom wipes with you so you’ll be prepared and comfortable no matter where you go
- Hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes
- Travel adaptor
- Portable charger
- Medication for an upset stomach, such as Imodium—unfortunately, stomach trouble can rear its ugly head, and if it does, you’ll be glad you packed some Imodium to help with this problem. Also consider packing electrolyte tablets to keep your body hydrated and on the right track to a quick recovery if you become ill
- Travel dictionary—the most common languages spoken are Arabic and French, and you’re unlikely to come across many people speaking English. A travel dictionary is useful for getting by in day-to-day situations
- A piece of paper with your accommodation written on it in Arabic—this will ensure that you’ll never get lost
- Sleep mask—if you’ll be camping in the Sahara, a sleep mask can prevent sand from blowing into your eyes as you sleep
- Snacks—keeping some snacks on you is especially handy if you'll be traveling during fasting holidays