Unfortunately, it’s gender-sensitive.
Packing for Morocco is, unfortunately, gender-sensitive. I will be frank, as a woman, Morocco isn’t a place where you’d want to strut around in spaghetti straps, low-cut tops or short skirts/shorts. My staff and I have heard (and experienced) far too many stories of harassment in Morocco that we’ve learned to follow the rule: better be safe than sorry.
If you’re a man reading this, you can pack and wear whatever you’d like. Chances are, your ass won’t be grabbed and multiple men won’t stalk you for blocks while yelling: NICE TITS!
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For all the women out there, COVER UP!! Don’t show your cleavages, wear your bras, don’t wear transparent clothing, don’t wear anything that cuts off above the knee. Trust me, you do not need unwanted attention late in the evenings trying to find your way in confusing alleys of Old Town Marrakech.
Even though Morocco is a relaxed Muslim country, it’s still Muslim so be culturally respectful with your clothing. A common misconception is that Morocco is scorching hot all-year-round, but it’s not true! Since it’s located in the Mediterranean region, Morocco actually has four very distinct seasons.
We’ve split up the packing list below according to seasons, but here’s a list of must-pack items for every season:
- Lightweight scarfs (men & women): inside mosques and anytime you feel covering up might be safer.
- For walking all day: 1 pair of comfortable shoes.
- 1-2 swimsuits: for the hotel pool.
- Soap/shower gel
- Toothpaste + toothbrush
- Razor + shaving cream
- Comb or brush
- Underwear (Ladies: + bras)
- If necessary: voltage converter (electrical voltage in Morocco is the same as other EU countries: 110 volts or 220 volts at 50 or 60 hertz.)
- Computer/phone chargers
- External battery
- Hard drive: if you want to backup your images
In addition, here’s what else you’ll need for every season:
Spring & Autumn:
This is the best time to visit Morocco when the weather is warm and dry. From March to May, or September to October, Moroccan landscape is breathtaking, allowing for the best hikes!
- 3-4 T-shirts (men & women)
- 1 lightweight jacket or windbreaker for early mornings and late evenings (men & women)
- 1 light sweater (men & women)
- Long dresses and skirts (women)
- Jeans (men & women)
- Walkable flats or sandals (women)
- 1 pair of dress shoes & 1 pair of sneakers (men)
Summers in Morocco are no joke, it gets very very HOT! July has an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) on any given day. This incorporates a low of 21°C (70°F) at night, and a high of 37°C (98°F). So always prepare lots of water, and a hat.
- 3-4 T-shirts (men & women)
- 1-2 long dresses with shoulders covered (women)
- 1 light jacket for evenings (men & women)
- 1 beach towel (men & women)
- 1 sarong or cover-up (women)
- Sunscreen (men & women)
- Water bottle (men & women)
- Hat (men & women)
- Book (men & women)
Weather in the coastal regions can be windy, especially with Atlantic Ocean near Casablanca and Essaouira. If you’re spending a few nights in the Saraha Desert, the temperature will differ greatly during day and night. Average daily temperatures range from about 54°F (12°C) in winter (Dec-Mar), to 77°F (25°C) and higher in summer (Jun-Sep).
- 2-3 sweaters
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of pants
- 1 beanie
- 1 pair of leggings (women)
- 1 coat that’s also a windbreaker
- 1 pair closed-toe shoes
- 1 wool scarf
Photos: Wendy Hung