Morocco Packing List Contents:
My article on How To Dress in Morocco has been one of the most read articles on this site since I first published it two years ago. The article addresses the culture in Morocco, and gives an in-depth guide as to what is and what isn’t acceptable.
But if you’re looking for a better guide on what to pack for Morocco, then keep reading to find out what I consider essential items in my Morocco packing list.
Morocco Packing List: What To Pack For Morocco
Morocco Packing List: Clothes
Morocco Packing List: Tops
Tank tops: You really want to cover your chest and shoulders as much as possible in Morocco. However, I find tank tops really useful for layering under flimsy kaftans and blouses. And they can be used as pyjama tops!
T shirts: If you’re looking for something simple to throw on with a pair of jeans or a maxi skirt then you can’t go wrong with a classic tee. Just make sure the neckline isn’t cut too low.
Cardigans: It can get chilly at night in Morocco, so cardigans are perfect for throwing over tank tops and tees to stay warm, and to keep your shoulders covered.
Sheer blouses: I often wear these paired with a tank top. They cover your shoulders and chest well, while still offering something a bit more feminine and dainty.
Kaftans: Super easy to throw on over a skirt or jeans and very cool in the heat. They’re also quite easy to find in the souks (markets) so save some room in your luggage if you want to buy some in Morocco!
Morocco Packing List: Bottoms
Jeans: I find jeans super comfortable to travel in (especially super soft, skinny jeans from New Look). They’re also durable if you’re doing some light hiking, warm in the Moroccan desert, and can be easily dressed up or down around town.
Cotton trousers: Loose cotton trousers are a great way to cover up in Morocco, without getting too hot and bothered.
Maxi skirts and dresses: Maxi skirts and dresses are a stable of any local woman’s wardrobe in Morocco. So not only will you be able to keep cool and stylish, you’ll also fit in with the locals. Just make sure not to have any thigh-high slits in your skirts.
Bohemian/harem pants: Whether plain or covered in crazy, colourful patterns, boho and harem pants are one of my favourite things to wear in Morocco! Casual, comfy and stylish, they’re simple to wear paired with a t-shirt or kaftan.
Leggings: Leggings are a great way to keep covered and easy to pair with a wide range of tops, cardigans and tunics. Just be careful that whatever you wear on top covers your bottom!
Morocco Packing List: Shoes
FitFlops: All FitFlop products are specifically designed not only to look stylish, but to also provide the most possible support. This makes them a great brand for exploring Morocco on foot! These sandals would go really well with a maxi dress. But if you’re looking for a lightweight pair of trainers, then these Uma Thurman endorsed sneakers are the perfect fit!
Moroccan Sandals: Every time I go to Morocco I pick up the same pair of brown sandals from the souk. My first pair cost 125 dirham in Marrakech but I have seen them for as little as 50 dirham (just £10) in Agadir!
Morocco Packing List: Accessories
Scarves: Scarves are really useful for covering your head, shoulders and chest if you feel the need to. They’re especially useful in the heat, when you don’t want to burn your scalp. And also if you find that you want to be a bit more covered. That being said, they’re not mandatory and I rarely cover my hair in public when I’m in Morocco.
Small across-body bag: An across-body bag with zip fastening is one of the best ways to keep your valuables away from the easy reach of pick pockets. The main medinas and markets in Morocco can be very busy and I prefer to keep my bag across my body to keep it safer.
Small lightweight wallet: You really don’t want to be lugging around a heavy purse with you wherever you go. If you can, lock up your valuables (passport, credit cards) in your hostel locker and just carry a small wallet with you to keep notes.
Morocco Packing List: Toiletries
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Sun cream: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially in Morocco where temperatures can be highs of 45 degrees Celsius in the summer months.
Wet wipes: Many restaurant toilets, especially in the smaller towns and cities, won’t provide toilet paper. The traditional way to go to the loo is in a squat toilet, and these come with small jugs to wash with water. So carrying wet wipes or tissues can be a huge help!
Hand sanitiser: Again, it can help you stay hygienic when using public toilets and also generally comes in handy wherever you plan on travelling to.
Morocco Packing List: Documents & Guidebooks
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Notebook: I always find it extra useful to have the address of your hostel or hotel written down incase you can’t pronounce the location clearly to a taxi driver or when asking for directions.
Copies of your passport & travel documents: I tend to keep my valuable travel documents in my hostel locker (if the hostel is safe). So instead I carry photocopies of my passport. It’s also useful to keep a digital copy on your phone.
International driving license: You may need one of these if you’re looking to hire a car in Morocco. You can find more information on that here.
Darija phrase book: Darija, or Moroccan Arabic, is the most common language used in daily life by Moroccans. You may find that you can get by with Spanish in the North, or French in the South, but it helps to have a Moroccan Arabic phrase book handy!
Morocco Packing List: Electronics
Portable electronic charger: I found that having a portable charger or power bank in Morocco was an absolute essential. It’s very rare to find free plugs to use in restaurants or bars, and it’s rare to find a hostel dorm room with a plug for every bed. This Anker power bank is my all-time favourite and I highly recommend it! If you’re looking for something with that will last longer, then this one is bigger but bear in mind that the larger the power bank, the longer it takes to charge up.
Camera: These days, mirrorless cameras are the best quality you can find for the best price… and the best size! I absolutely swear by my Sony a5000. You can click here to read my review, and you can pick one up with a kit lens for just £329.00 on Amazon!
Morocco Packing List: Hostel Essentials
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To get an idea of the items I consider to be essential for hostel travel, then click here to read my full article plus free download: The Essential Hostel Packing List.
My top suggestions for Morocco include:
A lightweight travel towel: Many hostels charge extra for towel hire. So it’s just easier to carry your own, and it will come in useful if you plan on using the beach or surfing!
Plug adaptor: The usual plug socket you’ll find in Morocco is a two-prong socket. But it’s best to be prepared with a universal adaptor.
Padlocks: These are essential if you want to use the lockers that most hostels provide.
Morocco: Final Travel Tips
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