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30 Top Morocco Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

30 Top Morocco Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring
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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 what to wear in Morocco and what to pack for different seasons as well. There’s also a list of things NOT to bring, and answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about traveling in Morocco.

30 Top Morocco Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring
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What to Pack for Morocco – 30 Essentials

  • 1. Neck Wallet

    Whenever you’re traveling to a foreign place, you’ll want to feel that your important belongings are safe and secure. This neck wallet is perfect for holding your passport, phone, credit cards, and cash all in its separate pockets, which will keep your valuables organized and easily accessible. Wear it under your clothes to protect yourself from pickpockets, especially when visiting particularly crowded or touristy locations like markets and bazaars.

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  • 2. Jet Lag Relief

    For travelers coming from far and wide, you’re likely to experience the effects of jet lag after a long flight to Morocco. To combat and prevent this, we recommend bringing natural jet lag relief tablets like these, which will alleviate your negative symptoms. Make the most of your first day in Morocco instead of falling prey to the effects of jet lag!

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Morocco has ranked in the 12 least safe countries for cybersecurity attacks, according to Comparitech research. Since the North African region is vulnerable to ransomware threats, malware, and targeted phishing campaigns – you will need a VPN to protect your online connection. Whether you’re joining public Wi-Fi networks in a hotel, airport, or cafe –you run the risk of your personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, getting hacked. I learned that you can’t even trust the safety of your Airbnb after my banking information was stolen while on vacation.

    Morocco also endures a fair share of online censorship. As another huge bonus, using a VPN like NordVPN will grant you access to websites that may be blocked or unavailable in your host country. It will disguise your IP address and make your location untraceable. Even if you’re tethering to a sketchy connection in a random brasserie, you can rest easy with a VPN and surf the web just as you would at home.

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  • 4. 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 adapter 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 awesome.

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  • 5. Tunic or Long, Modest Tops

    When it comes to dressing for Morocco, the conservative culture and predominance of Islam mean modesty is the name of the game for both men and women. Tunic tops are ideal for women because they provide sufficient coverage and are comfortable in the heat if made from a lightweight fabric like this one. Long, modest tops will go a long way in Morocco as far as helping you to blend in properly and respect the culture.

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Morocco

    Morocco has a high crime rate (as with many popular travel destinations), and travel insurance is too affordable to go without. Also know that your domestic provider will not cover you overseas in most cases, so you should protect your investment with Faye. They are revolutionizing the insurance game and cover common travel issues like baggage loss, theft, rental issues, flight delays, trip cancelations, and medical expenses.

    Paying out-of-pocket can get costly at international hospitals and tourists are not given exceptions for medical treatment – it is a cash-first philosophy here. But Faye pays you through their mobile app so you can have access to funds when you need them most. Their customer service team blew us away, and it didn’t feel as robotic as most providers – they really cared about our situation, helped us file a quick claim, and told us how to find a local clinic. You never know what will happen and no one plans to get sick… protect yourself in case things don’t go as planned.

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  • 7. Packing Cubes

    Using packing cubes makes staying organized on the road easier than ever. Instead of putting clothes directly into your bag, where they’ll inevitably get unfolded and mixed up, pack them into different colorful cubes. Gone are the days of digging through your entire bag to find one specific item. You’ll know right away where it is and can simply pull out the cube it’s packed in.

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  • 8. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    An invaluable item to bring on a trip overseas is a reliable, lipstick-sized portable charger. Especially if you’re using your smartphone for navigation, translation, and photos, you won’t want to find yourself stuck in a situation where you’ve run out of battery. Stick this small portable charger in your purse or pocket to have as a backup battery when you need it most. This will really come in handy if you’re lost and don’t speak the language!

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  • 9. Mosquito-Repellent Wristbands

    Mosquitos love the warm environment of Morocco and can be prevalent throughout the year. Malaria and Dengue Fever are still very real, so prevent mosquito-borne illnesses with ample protection. We wear these wristbands that use natural ingredients to deter bites. You can combine it with natural spray, just ensure everything is deet-free and non-toxic.

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  • 10. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    You’ll find so many uses for a travel towel on your trip to Morocco. Use it to dry off after going for a swim, sit on it at the beach, or keep the sweat out of your eyes when you’re out exploring or hiking. Travel towels dry quickly, repel odors and sand, and fit compactly in any bag. I don’t go on any trip without one.

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  • 11. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    The bathrooms can be hit or miss in Africa. Prepare to have little to no bathroom storage with this hanging toiletry bag. It will convert any door or hook into an immediate shelf, so you can access all your hygiene supplies, makeup, and shower products with ease. It has 7 pockets with a range of sizes that can hold your entire self-care artillery, making up for the lack of countertop space.

    This bag is created by a sustainable brand based in Hawaii and made with love. It’s thoughtfully designed with tons of clear compartments that allow you to see everything in an organized fashion. It keeps you on-the-go because you’re not digging through dozens of plastic sacks to find that one tiny retinol serum or chapstick. I loved mine so much, I went back and bought one for my sister. She was equally as obsessed and still thanks me months later!

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  • 12. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

    Luggage locks are a thoughtful preventative measure for any sticky fingers while traveling internationally. We bring a couple of sets with us for lockers, backpacks and bags that are out of sight in crowded areas, and of course, our luggage. These locks are TSA-approved so they won’t cause you any hold-ups at security.

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  • 13. Modest Swimsuit

    If your itinerary includes spending time on the coast, a swimsuit will be another 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 and beach cover-up.

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  • 14. Luggage Straps

    For peace of mind, attach these luggage straps to all checked bags and carry-ons. For checked bags – they will reinforce your zippers and ensure nothing pops open due to rough baggage handling. For carry-ons – they’ll help you cinch-in any souvenirs and shopping purchases so everything fits in the overhead bin.

    We love that the bright colors help us spot them from a mile away and no one accidentally picks up our bags. The built-in contact card is a nice touch for additional identification and retrieval if anything gets lost, and I tether bags together for the long hot walks, which makes it way easier to maneuver busy airports and train stations.

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  • 15. Cooling Towel

    Home to part of the Sahara Desert, it’s no surprise that Morocco is HOT. If you sometimes struggle to stand the heat, I have the perfect solution, cooling towels. These small but mighty towels pack an icy punch as soon as you wet them. They drop to 20 to 30 degrees colder than the air temperature and feel so refreshing. Be sure to bring one with you whether you’re relaxing on the beach, hitting the town, or exploring the Sahara on camelback.

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  • 16. Universal Waterproof Phone Case

    A phone case is always a brilliant way to simultaneously protect your phone and be able to get underwater pictures and videos. Whether you’re at the beach or lounging by the pool, it will be fun to film videos that you will cherish forever! This case protects your lifeline against moisture, sand, and scratches. Way cheaper than investing in a GoPro!

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  • 17. Flotation Strap

    Don’t make the mistake of leaving off the float strap, or your waterproof case can be useless! I dropped my phone in a lake once and it was quickly too far out of sight, unretrievable. Either it could end up in a sharp coral reef or somewhere it’s not supposed to be! Keep this wrist strap on your devices and keys to ensure they float. It’s a small investment to prevent a bad situation.

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  • 18. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    An unexpectedly useful item to bring to Morocco is a good travel umbrella. If you plan to travel during the rainy season, you’ll be glad you have a sturdy umbrella and raincoat to protect you from the elements. During the summer, beat Morocco’s oppressive heat by using your umbrella to shield you from the hot rays of the sun.

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  • 19. Activated Charcoal

    You’ll be glad you packed activated charcoal if you end up eating something your stomach doesn’t agree with in Morocco, which is likely, as your body won’t be used to the spices, foods, and germs in a foreign place. These capsules will absorb any toxins in your stomach and put a stop to the travelers’ diarrhea that could otherwise ruin your trip. Don’t leave home without them!

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  • 20. Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

    In many parts of the country, the tap water is not safe to drink in Morocco. You’ll need to stay hydrated in the heat and it’s wise to have autonomy over your water supply. While bottled water is available for purchase, you’ll save money and reduce your environmental footprint by bringing a reusable bottle with a reliable filter like this one. It’s a little pricey but a great investment to filter out bacteria, viruses, sediment, microplastics, and more.

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  • 21. Discounted Tickets on Moroccan Tours

    We use Get Your Guide to book discounted tickets on authentic excursions. Booking in advance is always smart and we like that GYG has a flexible cancelation policy.

    As you witness Casablanca, explore the Blue Town, and soak in Paradise Valley – you’ll understand why Morocco is considered such a haven. Our favorite day trips from Marrakech were the Ouzoud Waterfalls and watching the sunset from camelback through the Agafay Desert.

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  • 22. Electrolytes

    Your body is not familiar with the local bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning and dehydration. Not to mention, the hot days will wipe out your energy more quickly, so bring your own electrolyte and vitamin mix to supercharge your water. Electrolytes are in limited supply in Morocco (you’ll be lucky to find a Powerade), but what you find will be significantly more expensive and taste way chalkier than this brand.


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  • 23. Comfortable, Breathable Walking Shoes

    If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing in Morocco, there’s no doubt you’ll need a great pair of comfortable, breathable walking shoes. The weather can get quite toasty, so you’ll need shoes like these, that you can wear all day without your feet getting overheated. Whether you’re on a walking tour of Casablanca, strolling through the bazaars of Marrakech, or getting lost in the charming blue streets of Chefchaouen, your feet will thank you for bringing a good pair of walking shoes!

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  • 24. Theft-Proof Backpack

    It’s always wise to bring along a small and stylish daypack for excursions and outings while in Morocco. We recommend this anti-theft backpack which is perfect for carrying all your important belongings and keeping them secure and out of reach from pickpockets. With several hidden pockets and an anti-theft zipper, you can’t go wrong with this trendy and useful bag.

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  • 25. Deodorant Wipes

    As we’ve mentioned before, Morocco can certainly get humid, especially during the summer months. It’s thoughtful to have deodorant wipes on hand to refresh during long days of sightseeing, hiking, or trekking through the vast desert. These wipes will keep you feeling and smelling clean. Trust us, you’ll need some throughout your adventure in Morocco.

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  • 26. Modesty Shawl / Desert Gaiter

    With endless functions, a scarf or shawl is one of the most useful things to bring to Morocco. In addition to dressing up a casual outfit, you can also throw it on over a tank top or low-cut shirt for more coverage, use it to cover your head when entering Mosques and holy sites, or use it as a neck gaiter to keep sand out of your face in the desert. A scarf like this one is totally essential for any trip to North Africa.

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  • 27. Biodegradable Toilet Paper

    You never know what type of bathroom you’ll run into in Africa… It could be luxurious, it might be a hole in the ground! Smaller towns have some unwelcoming bathrooms, and others make you pay for toilet paper. Regardless of the facilities (or lack thereof in many places), having toilet paper with you will be a relief. This brand is biodegradable, and ladies should also bring a female urination device to pee standing up.

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  • 28. Motion Sickness Patches

    If you are prone to motion sickness, bring along these natural patches that will subdue any nausea. There are windy roads, mountain ranges, and other unpaved areas that can be quite bumpy in Morocco. Not to mention the boating excursions or days spent on the back of a camel! A little equilibrium balancer never hurt.

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  • 29. Insulated Jacket

    You may be surprised to know that Morocco can get quite chilly at night. In the winter, the Sahara Desert can drop to temperatures of 55 °F (13 °C), and the wind chill can make it slightly colder. This insulated jacket by Columbia is super high quality and has temperature-control lining. It is my wife’s favorite jacket and not too thick for layers.

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  • 30. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

    It’s great to travel with a “just in case” bag like this one for the inevitable shopping you’ll be done. It’s compact and takes up barely any space in your luggage – so much so that you’ll forget you even packed it until the end of your trip when you’re bringing home all your Moroccan souvenirs. Use it as a beach bag or for any other unexpected need that may arise, it conveniently counts as your personal item on the flight home.

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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, February

Morocco’s climate varies dramatically throughout the country, but winter is the rainy season in many areas, so pack your rain jacket 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, 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, 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, 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 hours whenever 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, tap water is not safe for 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 a 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 Taghazout. 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. Further down the coast are the best surf spots, like Taghazoute and Taghazout.

  • 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 refers 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 of 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 the 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!