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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: Must-Have Travel Gear for Your Moroccan Adventure
Preparing for your journey through Morocco requires careful consideration of essential items to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here's a comprehensive list of what to pack to make the most of your Moroccan adventure:
Pre-departure Morocco Travel Essentials What to Bring on a Morocco Private Tour 

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).
Health and Preparation Tips for Your Journey to Morocco
While no vaccinations are mandatory for entry into Morocco, it is advisable to pack a personal medical kit to ensure you have essential medications readily available. This proactive approach minimizes the need to search for pharmacies and reduces the risk of them not stocking the specific items you require.

Morocco boasts a network of French-style pharmacies across major cities and many rural areas, offering a range of over-the-counter medications such as cold remedies, Imodium, allergy creams, and more. However, for peace of mind, it's prudent to carry these essentials with you.

Before your trip, consider consulting your healthcare provider, particularly if you have specific health conditions that may require special attention while traveling. Morocco's climate varies significantly from what travelers may be accustomed to, so it's wise to prepare accordingly with the following items:
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) 
Travel Toiletries  
Feminine hygiene products (tampons, etc.)
Condoms
Hair brush
Shampoo, Conditioner
Soap
Shaving Cream, razor
Toilet paper
Tooth brush, tooth paste

Essential Clothing Tips for Morocco
Essential Clothing Tips for Travelers
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.
Electronics List for Morocco Travelers
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: Women's Clothing Tips   
Cultural Guidelines for Tops:
For comfort and cultural respect, consider tops with sleeves that cover at least part of your upper arms. While local women often cover their elbows, tourists have more flexibility. Avoid spaghetti straps or tank tops. If wearing pants, opt for longer shirts that cover the upper thigh, especially if the pants are fitted. Low-cut tops should also be avoided.

What Women Should Pack for Moroccan Weather:
Moroccan weather varies, so pack versatile clothing suitable for layering. Loose-fitting tops not only provide modesty but also offer relief from the heat. Tunics or button-up shirts are excellent choices. In summer, light cardigans in neutral colors with sleeves are ideal for covering tank tops. For winter, pack heavier cardigans for both style and warmth.
Cultural Guidelines for Bottoms: Pants are widely acceptable in Moroccan culture, including skinny jeans among the younger generation. However, shorts are generally avoided. Opt for pants that reach at least mid-calf or capri length. If choosing a skirt, be mindful that shorter skirts are uncommon among local women. Maxi dresses or skirts are great for staying cool, but consider adding a scarf over bare shoulders for both modesty and sun protection. Comfortable pants are essential for activities like hiking or camel riding, where skirts may be impractical.

What Women Should Pack for Moroccan Weather:
In summer, pack at least one lightweight, long skirt for coolness. Loose pants, including baggy or capri styles, are also practical and comfortable options.

Morocco Travel Essentials: Men's Clothing Tips
Cultural Guidelines for Tops:
Moroccan men often dress more formally than Western norms. While T-shirts are acceptable, opting for polo shirts or button-up shirts can help you blend in and feel more comfortable. Sleeveless shirts are rarely worn by Moroccan men.
What Men Should Pack for Moroccan Weather:
Lightweight button-up shirts are an excellent choice to stay cool and protect against sunburn during warmer months.
Cultural Guidelines for Bottoms:
While Moroccan men typically don't wear shorts, it is acceptable for tourists to do so. For those who prefer to blend in more, packing long pants is recommended.
What Men Should Pack for Moroccan Weather:
Pants are generally comfortable year-round, but for summer or desert visits, consider packing cargo shorts or similarly lightweight options to stay cool.
This advice ensures that you're prepared with appropriate clothing choices that respect local customs while staying comfortable in Morocco's diverse climates.

Morocco Travel Essentials: Packing Guide for Shoes and Attire 
Cooler Weather in Morocco: Footwear:
Comfortable walking shoes are essential for exploring Morocco's beautiful sights, as many tours involve extensive walking. Opt for sturdy sandals to keep cool, but ensure they offer sufficient support. Closed-toe shoes are advisable for desert visits, particularly in the Sahara, where sand can get extremely hot during summer months. High heels are generally unnecessary and often remain unworn except for evening outings.
Swimwear:
Most hotels and riads in Morocco feature delightful swimming pools for guests to enjoy. To respect local customs, we recommend conservative swimwear such as one-piece swimsuits or tankinis for women, rather than bikinis. Men should pack swimming shorts rather than Speedos for comfort and cultural sensitivity.

Formal Attire:
Moroccans typically dress more formally, especially for evening occasions. Bring appropriate attire for upscale dinners at hotels or riads. While respecting local modesty norms is important, hotels provide a more relaxed environment for attire compared to public spaces.
Cooler Weather Preparation:
Contrary to popular perception, Morocco can experience chilly evenings and mornings, particularly in mountainous regions and the desert. Pack a jacket or sweatshirt to stay warm during cooler times, ensuring comfort throughout your journey.

By packing thoughtfully with these essentials in mind, you'll be well-prepared for the varying climates and cultural expectations of Morocco, enhancing your travel experience while respecting local customs.

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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