What to Pack for Morocco

Morocco, especially in July and August can be stifling hot, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. Aside from the regular money, gadgets and Morocco Lonely Planet, here are some extra luggage items that I highly recommend on ‘What to Pack for Morocco.’
Remember that Morocco is a Muslim country, so women should not pack too many clothes that will reveal flesh. In other words, leave your strappy vest tops and short skirts at home, ladies! This article is mainly aimed at ladies, but for the guys out there, just skip the bit about Maxi dress, high heels and tinted moisturiser! 😉 Guys, you don’t need to worry as much as the girls about clothing.
Of course, packing your passport and a secure money belt goes without saying!

Avoid Packing for Morocco

  • Short skirts
  • Shorts (ladies)
  • Low cut tops
  • High Heels
  • A Bible (especially one translated into Arabic – this could get you arrested!)
  • Heavy Make Up

What to Pack for Morocco?

Here are my recommended 15 Items to pack for Morocco

1. Sunglasses

If you have prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses are a good idea as they will adjust in the light.

2. Sandals

Wear some comfortable leather sandals. I avoid flip flops, because I don’t think that they support the ankle well enough – there can be a lot of walking in Morocco. I prefer my Gladiator sandals. Don’t take any that you would hate to ruin – you will be potentially walking in desert and it doesn’t do footwear much good!

3. SIGG Water Bottle

These are so durable. The screw tops are great because they are very secure and the hole through the middle makes the SIGG bottles easy to carry and you can also tie them to your luggage. If you are going to Morocco in the hot season (July or August) you might want to take two – go for 1.5 litres if you can, as you will drink a lot out there!

4. Scarves (to cover your head and shoulders)

A shesh is simply a piece of clothe that you can use to cover your head or shoulders. Plain white is the best  certainly no images of people or animals as these are not common in a Muslim country. I recently picked up two scarves for £3.00 each from a charity shop in York. You can also go shopping for these on the night market when you get there!

5. Jungle Spray

You will need an insect spray for sure, many people were getting bitten a lot the last time I was in Morocco. If you want something really strong, go for Jungle formula, but be aware that it does contain DEET. DEET free insect repellents are more eco-friendly and contain less harsh chemicals.

6. Light Trousers

Very light Cotton or linen trouser will be perfect for comfortable travel in Morocco. It is far too hot for jeans. Also, avoid army trousers as they may cause offence or confusion. I recently picked up these lovely green cotton trousers from New Look.
Cotton Trousers
Image Credit: New Look

7. Maxidress and Long Skirts

Maxi dresses and long skirt are cool and comfortable, perfect for the high temperatures to be expected in the Sahara.

8. Maglight

A good torch is essential for any camping or electricity cuts that may occur. The Maglite has the strongest beam (for the money) and is very durable.

9. Mosquito Net

Those mozzies like to attack at night, so don’t give them chance to get to you – sleep under a Mosquito net! Many hotels and hostels have them if necessary in that area. However, if you are camping, you will probably want to take your own.

10. Tinted Moisturiser

Morocco is way too hot for heavy make up – it will just slide off in the heat! I do recommend a nice tinted moisturiser. I like to use my Arbonne honey beige tinted moisturiser, which is vegan approved.

11. Walking Shoes or Boots

Comfortable walking boots are essential for Morocco, particularly if you are trekking in the Atlas Mountains. Get good walking socks to go with them. A tip is to break in your walking boots for at least a few weeks before you go, otherwise you could get blisters.

12. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for Morocco – the temperatures can easily exceed 40 in July and August. Also, get a lip salve or lip moisturiser, because the desert conditions often result in chapped lips.

 

13. Comfortable Jeans

A pair of comfortable jeans are also very practical for Morocco. Mine are ones with a side zip from Dorothy Perkins.

14. Feminine Hygeine Requirements

You can get sanitary towels in Morocco, but they are not easy to find and, girls, you won’t get what you are used to! Take plenty of tampons and sanitary towels to Morocco. Disgusting, I know, but last time we were there, girls were selling them to the guys for Diarrhoea!!!! Ugh!

15. Eye Mist

If you get itchy eyes, a good eye mist will be refreshing in the evening. You can pick these up from Boots for a couple of quid.

Are there any other items you would recommend to pack for Morocco? Are you on your travels in Morocco at the moment, and do you have anything else to suggest?
You may also like to read about Travelling to Morocco from London with Ryanair and Things to do in Marrakech.

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Hi, I'm Amy Trumpeter and I have over 25 years of travel experience. I love seeking out temples, Churches and other religious and historical buildings. I write mainly about Asia, Europe and North Africa. My BA (Religions and Theology) and MA (South Asian Studies) were gained from the University of Manchester. Come and join me on my templeseeking journey around the world!
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