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Travel Gear: What to Pack When Traveling to Morocco

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Travel Gear: What to Pack When Traveling to Morocco

Morocco Packing List Essentials: Travel Gear to Bring When Touring Morocco
In preparation for your Moroccan Travel Adventure, the following is a list of things to consider packing that will make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Pre-departure Morocco Travel Essentials
Personal Identification (drivers license, if planning to drive)
 Passport and visa if required
 Airline Tickets
Traveller’s Checks (it is safer to bring these in case your credit cards gets lost/ stolen or do not work in an ATM machine)
Credit Cards 
Currency (you can request Moroccan currency (the dirham) at your local bank or convert money at the airport)
Travel Insurance
Health Documentation
Emergency Information
Guide books & maps
Photocopies of Documentation: (passport and tickets). You can also scan these, upload them to the internet and email them to yourself. Internet access is widely available in all major cities and most small ones in Morocco).
Morocco Tour Guide: Travel Medicines
While no shots are required to enter Morocco, it is recommended that you come prepared with a personal medical kit, as you do not to spend time looking for a pharmacy and risk that they do not carry what you need. Morocco does have French pharmaceutical shops widely available throughout the country in all major cities and many villages therefore if basic things such as cold medicine, Imodium, allergy creams or over the counter medicine is needed you can visit one of them. Depending on your health condition, you may want to consult with your doctor before your trip. The climate in Morocco is diverse and different from what travelers are used to, so come prepared with the following:
 
Antibiotic for traveller’s diarrhoea
Antibiotic cream & disinfectant for scrapes and cuts
Band-Aids
Birth control products
Disposable antibacterial wipes or cleanser 
Pepto-Bismol or Imodium for traveller’s diarrhoea. 
Motion sickness medicine
Cold medicine: Decongestant, antihistamine, cough syrup
Aspirin, Tylenol or other Pain relievers
Hydrocortisone cream
Insect repellent with DEET 30%
Iodine purifying tablets
Re-hydration tablets
Salt tablets
Sunscreen (SPF 30 + )
Skin Lotion (especially for Eczema)
Sunglasses (or prescription glasses/ contact lenses, and solution) 
Morocco Tour Guide: Travel Toiletries 
Feminine hygiene products (tampons, etc.)
Condoms
Hair brush
Shampoo, Conditioner
Soap
Shaving Cream, razor
Toilet paper
Tooth brush, tooth paste

Morocco Tour Guide: Travel Clothing
Conservative clothing is worn throughout Morocco (clothes should not be tight or too revealing)
Bathing suit (for beach resorts, hotel)
Brimmed Hat, Visor, Hat, headscarf
A track suit
Light gloves
Windbreaker or warm sweater for cooler months
Travel Footwear: broken in sneakers or hiking shoes, sandals, socks.
Morocco Tour Guide: Electronics List
Camera & Film (Kodak and Fuji is easy to find in Morocco but expensive)Video Camera & Tapes
Extra Camera Batteries
Electrical plug adapter and or converter
Radiation shield for film
Travel Alarm
Flashlight / extra bulbs
Morocco Travel Essentials: Guidelines for Women 
Tops - Cultural Guidelines: To feel the most comfortable, you will want tops with at least some sleeves. Moroccan women will usually have their sleeves cover their elbows, but as a tourist, that is not necessary. Stay away from strapy tank tops. If you are wearing pants, you will want a longer shirt. We have seen that Moroccan women tend to wear shirts that cover to their upper thigh when they wear pants, especially if the pants are tighter. You’ll also want to stay away from low cut shirts.
What Women should Pack for Moroccan Weather: Bring clothes that work well with layering! Looser tops are great not only for modesty’s sake but also to protect against the heat. For ordinary days, we advise you to bring looser tops with at least some sleeves. Tunics or button ups are great options. Not only will these protect you in the heat, but they will help you feel more comfortable in your surroundings as you explore.
If you are coming in the summer, light cardigans are an ideal item of clothing. Pack a neutral colored cardigan with some sleeves that you can throw on over tank tops. Pack a heavier cardigan for the winter months for stylish warmth!
Bottoms -  Cultural Guidelines: Pants are definitely acceptable for women in Moroccan culture. You’ll notice the younger generation even wearing skinny jeans! We would advise staying away from shorts. We would aim for the shortest pants to be mid-calf or capri length. If you choose the skirt option, just be aware that most Moroccan women will not be wearing short skirts. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are a great way to keep cool, but you might want to put a scarf around your shoulders if they are bare for both modesty and the sun. Be sure to pack some comfortable pants that you can use for hiking or camel riding as those activities will be a hassle in a skirt!
What Women should Pack for Moroccan Weather:  Pack at least one long light skirt to stay cool, if you are coming in the summer. A skirt will be your coolest option. Loose pants are another great option. Baggy pants or capri pants will be nice for the summer months.

Morocco Travel Essentials: Guidelines for Men 
Tops- Cultural Guidelines: Moroccan men do dress a little sharper than Westerners tend to. T-shirts are fine, but you might feel as if you fit in a little better if you are wearing a polo or a button up shirt. Moroccan men rarely wear sleeveless shirts.
What Men should Pack for Moroccan Weather: Button-up shirts are a great light option for the heat and to avoid sunburn in the warmer months.
Bottoms - Cultural Guidelines: Moroccan men don’t usually wear shorts. However, as tourists, it will be fine for you to wear shorts. If you want to fit in a little better, then you could consider packing long pants.
What Men should Pack for Moroccan Weather: For most of the year, pants won’t be too hot. However, for the summer months or if you are going to the desert, you might want cargo shorts or something of that nature to stay cool.

Morocco Travel Essentials: What to Bring, Shoes to Pack for Men & Women 
You should definitely bring comfortable walking shoes to wear in Morocco. Most tours involve a lot of walking to see the beautiful sights. Sandals are convenient to keep your feet cool as long as they are sturdy. If you are going to the Sahara Desert, you will want to have a pair of closed toed shoes available because the sand can burn your feet in the summer. Be aware that many women who pack high heels find they only wore them at dinners or restaurants.
Swimwear: Many hotels and riads have lovely swimming pools for their guests. Since you’ll be mostly swimming inside the hotel, you will probably see a range of swimming suits. We choose to advise on the side of being conservative out of respect, so we advise a one piece or tankini for the women instead of a bikini. In the same way, we advise men to bring swimming shorts instead of a Speedo.
Formal Wear:  Moroccans do tend to dress up more than Americans. You’ll want to bring some more formal clothes, especially for nice dinners at your hotel or riad. Although you still want to respect the Moroccan culture of modesty for these dinners, at a hotel you will be able to be more relaxed since it is a tourist environment.
Cooler Weather in Morocco: What to Pack
Contrary to popular belief, it can get quite cold in Morocco. We advise bringing a jacket or sweatshirt that you can wear in the evenings or mornings when it is chilly. It especially gets cold in the mountains or in the desert during the night.
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