What to Pack for Morocco

Packing for a Morocco trip can be daunting because Morocco is a large country and the weather can vary depending on where and when you go. Typically, the northern parts of the country stay a bit cooler than the southern parts due to their topography and altitude. All in all, the weather in Morocco is pretty much warm to hot with a couple of exceptions. 

How’s the weather in Morocco?

The weather in Morocco is generally warm to hot. On our trips to Morocco, which are in May and October, you can expect temperatures from 78 ~ 85°F (22 ~ 30°C) during the day throughout most of the country. Note that it can get significantly cooler at night, especially in the Sahara Desert with temperatures there dropping as low as 55 ~ 60°F (12 ~ 15°C) on average.

Morocco weather in May

The weather in Morocco in May is ideal for travel. Warm with cooler evenings!

What are the outlets in Morocco?

outlets in Morocco

The electrical outlets in Morocco are the European plug-type (see picture) with 220 – 240 volts (V) and 50 Hz frequency.

PRO TIP: Pack extras of all the necessary adapters and converters for your devices as these items are commonly left behind in hotel rooms.

What to pack for Morocco

Below is a list of items that we recommend our Globe Drifters Morocco trip travelers bring with them to make your trip more comfortable:

  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lip balm (it’s dry in the desert!)
  • Sealable plastic bags for your electronic devices in the desert (in case of a sandstorm; rare, but possible!)
  • Light clothing that covers the knees and shoulders (Morocco is a Muslim country so please respect local customs)
  • Bathing suit
  • Comfortable walking shoes (with good ankle support and traction!)
  • Jacket/Coat (for cooler nights)
  • Warm pajamas & socks (for the night in the Sahara Desert)
  • Flashlight/Headlamp (for the Sahara Desert)
  • Umbrella (for shade & rare rainfall)
  • Daypack/Backpack (we recommend across the shoulder)
  • Diarrhea/Constipation medicine, motion sickness medicine, prescription medication (if needed)
  • First aid kit (travel size)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Washcloth (some hotels don’t have one)
  • Adapters/Converters for electronics (2 or more of each just in case!)
  • Hair dryer (if needed; two hotels do not have one*)

*All hotels except for the one in Midelt and the Sahara Desert camp will have a hair dryer and a small toiletry kit. Please bring your own if you think you’ll need them for the 2 nights in these places.

PRO TIP: Pack light! You’ll be on the move a great deal on our Morocco tour. Most hotels we stay at offer laundry services for a fee, but we won’t stay at most of them for more than 1 night so packing light is important. No one will judge you for wearing the same clothes throughout your trip!

wrong shoes to bring to Morocco

These shoes are not ideal for walking around in Morocco. Ankle support and good traction are a must!

What to wear in Morocco

What to wear in MoroccoWe recommend dressing conservatively in Morocco in order to respect the local culture and avoid unwanted attention. You’ll see many Moroccan women and men wearing Western clothing as well as traditional outfits while out doing their daily business. 

For men, jeans and t-shirts are generally fine. Long shorts and t-shirts are also fine in hotter regions, but shorts are sometimes viewed by the locals as similar to underwear depending on the area. Men in Morocco will most often wear long pants and a shirt, but you might encounter some wearing long, light gowns and a little cap on their heads. Of course, no one expects you to wear clothes identical to the locals’.

For women, you’ll want to cover your shoulders and at least your knees most of the time. In general, you should expect to show a bit less skin than what you may be used to at home. Please try not to show cleavage and leave the strappy tops and shorts at home. Long dresses and skirts are perfect for the Moroccan heat. So are loose-fitting, long-sleeved tunics, shirts, and pants. It’s all about the material you choose. Baggier and airy clothes will protect you from the aggressive Moroccan sun and from unwanted glances by the locals. 

In more rural areas, full length is even better and so is covering your head with a light scarf. You won’t always need to cover your head, but it’s best to bring a scarf for visits to religious sites. You can also purchase one while in Morocco at one of the many shops. 

Some Moroccan women wear long gowns with hoods and scarves while others show their hair. You might even come across a local female dressed in a European style. No matter what, it’s important to be conscious of the amount of skin you’re showing and avoid showing too much.

what to wear in Morocco

The three L’s are key for what to wear in Morocco: Long, Light, and Loose!

As long as you keep these things in mind while traveling in Morocco, you’ll have a wonderful adventure with memories that will last a lifetime! Happy travels!

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