Updated on February 26, 2019 by Asher Fergusson
What should I bring on my Morocco trip?
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.
Other packing list items to consider bringing to Morocco
Vitamins: Women’s and Men’s
Steripod toothbrush cover
Facial cleansing wipes
Hiking pants: Women’s and Men’s
Rain jacket: Women’s and Men’s
Flip-flops: Women’s and Men’s
Sturdy sandals: Women’s and Men’s
Hiking shoes: Women’s and Men’s
Sunglasses: Women’s and Men’s
Reusable cloth bag
TSA-approved travel-sized bottles
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
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.
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!