19 Top Morocco Packing List Items + What to Wear & NOT to Bring (2019)

Updated on February 26, 2019 by Asher Fergusson

What should I bring on my Morocco trip?

A mere mention of its name evokes images of camel caravans in the desert, people in flowing robes, and markets packed with exotic spices –Morocco is a place Westerners dream of. But as when traveling to any country that feels so foreign, first-time travelers will be questioning, “What do I need to pack for Morocco?”

This Morocco packing list includes everything you’ll need during your trip, and you can scroll down for some tips on the best clothes to wear in Morocco and what to pack for different seasons as well. There’s also a list of things NOT to bring, as well as answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about traveling in Morocco.

1) Morocco Power Adapter – As in Europe, power outlets in Morocco take two round pins (and may or may not be grounded), so you’ll definitely need to bring a power adapter. This universal one (pictured) will cover you for Morocco, and almost every other place you might be visiting before or after. It also has built-in device protection via a safety fuse which is nice!

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2) Water bottle – In Morocco’s climate, you need to take steps to stay hydrated, so it’s a good idea to always keep a bottle of water with you. While bottled water is available for purchase in most parts of the country, you’ll save money and reduce your environmental footprint by bringing a reusable bottle you can refill.

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3) Passport holder – Of course, you literally won’t be able to travel to Morocco (or go home!) without your passport, so you’ll want a way to keep it safe. Store it in a passport holder like this one, which can also hold other documents and valuables like credit cards and cash, and is unlikely to get stolen.

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4) Lonely Planet Morocco – There are plenty of Morocco travel guides out there, but I always find myself going back to Lonely Planet. This guidebook provides a good overview of the country’stop highlights, as well as suggested travel itineraries, useful cultural information,and recommendations at all price points.

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5) Tunic top – When it comes to clothes for Morocco, the conservative culture and predominance of Islam means modest is the name of the game. Tunic tops are ideal for women because they provide sufficient coverage and will be comfortable if they’re made from a lightweight fabric.

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6) Morocco Travel Insurance – Getting travel insurance probably isn’t the most exciting item on your checklist for traveling to Morocco, but it’s a crucial one. Many people skip purchasing travel insurance, but it’s well worth the cost. Even if you don’t end up needing it – and hopefully you won’t – just knowing you have it provides some peace of mind. And if something unexpected happens that leaves you needing insurance, it will be a lifesaver.

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7) Capri pants – Capri pants are more modest than shorts but cooler than full pants, making them ideal clothing for Morocco. A loose-fitting pair made from lightweight fabric will help you stay comfortable in the heat.

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8) Scarf – With many different functions, a scarf is one of the most useful things to bring to Morocco. In addition to dressing up a casual outfit, you can also throw it over a tank top or low-cut shirt for more coverage or use it to keep sand out of your face in the desert.

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9) Swimsuit: Women’s and Men’s – If your itinerary includes time on the coast, a swimsuit will be another one of your Morocco packing essentials. The country’s standards of conservative dress are relaxed at the beach, but both men and women should err on the side of modesty when choosing a swimsuit.

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10) Light jacket: Women’s and Men’s – Morocco is known for its oppressive heat, but parts of the country can be downright cold, especially during the winter or in the evening. You’ll end up regretting it if your Morocco packing list doesn’t include a lightweight jacket.

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11) Walking shoes: Women’s and Men’s – You might need a couple pairs of shoes for Morocco, and one of them should definitely be a pair that’s comfortable for walking. Whether you take a formal walking tour in one of the country’s cities, spend hours wandering its famous markets, or get lost in the winding streets of a medina, your feet will thank you at the end of the day.

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12) First-Aid kit – Morocco has beautiful beaches and great hiking trails, but they are places where it’s easy to get cuts, scrapes, or blisters. Make sure you’re prepared to deal with minor issues by putting a small First-Aid kit like this one on your list of things to take to Morocco.

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13) Sunscreen – A visit to this part of the worldusually means spending lots of time outdoors and in the sun, so sunscreen is key when packing for Morocco. Choose a sweat- and water-resistant formula like this one to make sure you stay protected while lounging at the beach or walking around all day.

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14) Electrolytes – Hopefully you can avoid illness in Morocco by being careful about what you eat and drink, but it’s unfortunately not uncommon for visitors to get sick at some point. If it happens to you, one of the most important things you’ll need to do is avoid getting too dehydrated, and electrolyte tablets like these will help. Even if you’re not sick, staying hydrated in a hot climate is a challenge, so you can use them anytime.

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15) Activated charcoal – Activated charcoal is something else you’ll be glad to have if you end up getting sick in Morocco. These capsules will absorb any toxins in your stomach and put a stop to the travelers’ diarrhea that could otherwise ruin your trip.

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16) Travel backpack – I normally recommend traveling with a backpack instead of a suitcase, especially in a place where the streets tend to be narrow, crowded, and uneven. Many frequent travelers use Osprey backpacks, which are known for their quality, and this one has features like technical suspension and a padded laptop sleeve.

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17) Daypack – In addition to your main backpack, it’s a good idea to put a smaller daypack on your list of things to bring to Morocco. This one will take up almost no space when you’re not using it, and it’s great for things like day trips, hikes, or beach days.

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18) Packing cubes – Using packing cubes makes staying organized on the road easier than ever. Instead of putting clothes directly in your bag, where they’ll inevitably get unfolded and mixed up, you’ll pack them into the different cubes. Then, instead of having to dig through your entire bag to find one thing, you can just pull out the cube it’s in.

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19) Camera – With its beaches, deserts, and architecture, you’re definitely going to want to bring home lots of pictures of Morocco – and you’ll want them to look good. For something of higher quality than a smartphone camera, the Canon PowerShot is relatively compact and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special skills to use.

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Other packing list items to consider bringing to Morocco

What should I wear in Morocco?

It’s always a little tricky to figure out what to wear in a place with hot weather and a conservative culture. Clothing for Morocco must be modest, especially for women. With few exceptions, your shoulders, knees, cleavage, and midriff should stay covered, so leave things like miniskirts, shorts, and crop tops at home. T-shirts, tunic tops, and capri pants are all acceptable clothes for Morocco, as are longer skirts and dresses, and women will also want to bring a headscarf for visiting mosques. Expectations for men are more forgiving, but sleeveless shirts should be avoided; collared shirts and long pants are the ideal Morocco wardrobe for males.

For both men and women, you’ll want to bring nicer clothes than you might imagine. Especially in the cities, Moroccans tend to be fashionable and to dress up a bit. To stay as comfortable as possible in the hot weather, choose clothes made from lightweight, breathable fabrics. However, you’ll also want a light jacket for the evenings, as well as warmer clothes if you’re visiting in the winter or planning to go up into the mountains. Morocco also has some great hiking, so bring your activewear and clothes that are easily layered if you want to hit the trail.

The best footwear for Morocco will be comfortable walking shoes, whether they’re sneakers, loafers, or flats, and you’ll also probably want a pair of flip-flops or other sandals.

How to pack for the seasons in Morocco

Winter: December, January and February

Morocco’s climate varies dramatically throughout the country, but winter is rainy season in many areas, so pack your rainjacket and umbrella. You’ll also want at least a medium-weight jacket and close-toed shoes for visiting the coast and full winter wear – a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots – for the mountains.

Spring: March, April, and May

The rain continues into early spring in some regions, so be sure to pack your rain gear, as well as a light jacket.

Summer: June, July, and August

Morocco in the summer is incredibly hot. You may want a light jacket, especially if you go into the mountains, but otherwise loose-fitting, lightweight clothes made from breathable fabrics will be the most comfortable.

Autumn: September, October, and November

Early autumn is still extremely hot in much of Morocco, while the rain starts by the end of the season. Pack lightweight clothes and a light jacket, and bring an umbrella if you visit in November.

What NOT to take to Morocco

1) 🚫 DON’T PACK short-shorts or miniskirts – Women’s clothing for Morocco should be modest, and covering your thighs and knees is most important. Leave your shorts and short skirts at home.
2) 🚫 DON’T TAKE lots of cash – Except in the most rural areas, there are ATMs throughout Morocco, and they are easy to find in all the larger cities and major tourist destinations. Since you’ll be able to withdraw money once you’re there, don’t bring a bunch of cash with you.
3) 🚫 DON’T BRING unnecessary valuables – Morocco is safe to visit, but it’s always possible for things to get lost or stolen while you’re traveling, and flashing valuables can make you a target. Bring the things you’ll actually need on your trip – like a camera – and leave the rest at home.
4) 🚫 DON’T PACK books – You’ll probably have a chance to catch up on some reading during your trip, but a bunch of books will seriously weigh down your bag. Bring a Kindle instead, which takes up as much space as a single book and can hold more titles than you’ll ever read.
5) 🚫 DON’T BRING a mosquito net – Some Morocco packing lists suggest bringing a net to protect against mosquitoes and other critters. But most any hotel in Morocco will provide a net if you need one, and probably won’t have a way for you to hang up your own.
6) 🚫 DON’T TAKE a sleeping bag – Sometimes people suggesting bringing a sleeping bag to Morocco, but few travelers find a need for one. Consider bringing a travel sheet instead, which will take up much less space and should be sufficient.

FAQs about Morocco travel

1) Is it safe to visit Morocco?

While there are risks associated with traveling anywhere (and with staying at home, for that matter) and it’s smart to take some basic precautions in Morocco, it is a safe country to visit. Millions of Western tourists visit the country each year, and very few have any significant problems.To stay safe in Morocco, though, it’s important to use common sense. Avoid places that are isolated, walk in groups at night, and be aware of possible scams. As in many places, road safety is one of the biggest issues, so travel during daylight hourswhenever possible.

2) How can I stay healthy in Morocco?

The most important way to stay healthy in Morocco is to watch what you eat and drink. As in most developing countries, the tap water is not safefor Western visitors to drink; stick to filtered or bottled water, and avoid any beverages or ice cubes made from tap water. Similarly, skip raw fruits and vegetables that don’t have a peel, and make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked and that it hasn’t been sitting out. Of course, try to wash your hands or at least use hand sanitizer before eating. Lastly, make sure you’re up-to-date on recommended vaccinations, including hepatitis A and typhoid, before traveling to Morocco.

3) What is the best way to get around?

Morocco has a fairly well developed system of long distance transportation, though some routes will be slow or uncomfortable. Trains connect most of Morocco’s main cities and are the preferred mode of travel for many visitors as they’re safer and more comfortable than buses. Overnight trains run on some routes and have sleeper cars with beds. Buses in Morocco are usually cheaper than trains, and they serve destinations the train does not. While there are many bus companies to choose from, CTM and SupraTours are considered the safest and most reliable. A less comfortable but more interesting way to travel is by shared taxi (called grand taxi), which hold six people and leave whenever they’re full. Finally, if time is more important than budget, Royal Air Maroc has domestic flights connecting several destinations within Morocco.

4) How much does it cost to visit Morocco?

While there are many, many ways to splurge in Morocco, it’s a relatively affordable travel destination, particularly when compared to Europe. In touristy areas, you can find hostel dorms for $10 or less and private rooms for $15-20, and breakfast is often included. Restaurant meals generally start at around $3, and street food is cheaper. Since alcohol isn’t widely available in Morocco, you won’t need to factor much drinking into your budget. Costs for getting around will vary depending on your route and mode of transportation, but the train from Casablanca to Marrakesh, for example, is about $15 for second-class and $23 for first-class. All in all, you can get by on an average of about $40 per day if you’re traveling on a budget and not doing a lot of tours or activities.

5) How can I access cash or pay for things?

Except in extremely rural areas, you’ll find ATMs throughout Morocco and shouldn’t have any trouble accessing cash. Plan to pay for most things in cash, as only larger businesses accept credit cards, and often tack on a hefty fee.

6) What are the top things to do in Morocco?

Morocco is an incredibly diverse country with an abundance of things for visitors to do. Marrakesh is easily the country’s most popular destination, and the Djemaa el-Fnaa market is the heart of the Old City; take in the atmosphere, and enjoy a lively dinner at one of the stalls. As in Marrakesh, the Old City of Fez, another of the country’s most famous cities, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the main area of interest to travelers. Though most visitors overlook Casablanca, it’s home to the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the world, which is definitely reason to stop there. Morocco’s famous blue city of Chefchaouen is another can’t-miss destination – you’ll recognize its streets from Instagram. You should also head to the coast and enjoy the relaxed charm of Essaouira or give surfing a try in Taghazoute. Make sure you explore rural Morocco, too, and go trekking in the Atlas Mountains or camping in the Sahara Desert. No matter which parts of Morocco you end up visiting, staying in a riad and visiting a hammam should be at the top of your list of things to do.

7) What are the best beaches in Morocco?

Morocco may be known for the desert, but it also has 1,200 miles of Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline boasting some stunning beaches. Nearly on the Algerian border, Saidia is one of the best and is popular with Moroccans, as is Martil, also on the Mediterranean. On the Atlantic coast, Legzira Plage is famed for its red rock formations, and Sidi Kaouki is a nice alternative to the more popular Essaouira nearby. Farther down the coast are the best surf spots, like Taghazoute and Taghazoute.

8) What are the top foods to try in Morocco?

For visitors, the delicious food with its fragrant spices is one of the highlights of visiting Morocco. The ubiquitous Moroccan meal is tagine, which is actually the name of the dish it’s served in – a round clay bowl with a tall cone-shaped lid. Tagine varies widely but generally refer to slow-cooked stews of meat and vegetables. Moroccan food is also known for couscous, with is usually served with a meat or vegetable stew that’s spiced with flavors like turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.Flat, round loaves of bread called khobz are served with most meals and may be used in place of silverware. Zaalouk (eggplant dip), harira (lentil soup), and meat brochettes are other common dishes. Of course, you’ll want to save room for the traditional desserts, including cakes, cookies, and flakey pastries, often with almond or sesame flavors. Lastly, you can’t miss the ubiquitous Moroccan mint tea – green tea with a generous helping mint leaves and sugar.

9) What’s it like to travel in Morocco as a woman?

Traveling in Morocco can be a challenge, especially for women. Many female visitors receive a lot of unwanted attention,and groping and harassment are common. But while it can be frustrating to travel in Morocco as a woman, it’s not unsafe. To limit negative interactions, dress modestly and walk in a group when possible, especially at night. Many unmarried women also wear a fake wedding ring to fend off potential suitors.

10) How does Ramadan affect travel in Morocco?

Visiting Morocco during Ramadan is very different from traveling at other times of year. The month-long period of fasting – during which time Muslims fast from all food and water between sunrise and sunset – follows the lunar calendar and shifts each year. If you visit during Ramadan, you’ll likely find towns to be quieter and things to happen at a slower pace. While foreigners are never expected to fast during Ramadan, it’s respectful to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking in public during the day. Outside of tourist areas, many restaurants are closed (some during the day, some for the whole month), and alcohol is even harder to come by than usual. Businesses may also keep different hours to accommodate the meal schedule. Still, it’s very possible to travel to Morocco during Ramadan, and you’ll benefit from fewer crowds, and get to experience a part of the culture that most people don’t – you may even get invited to join in the breaking of the fast!

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