Traverse the barren lands of the Sahara desert, hike the winding trails of the Atlas Mountains, and surf the sandy shores along the Atlantic coast of one of the most diverse countries in Northern Africa, Morocco. I spent a month wandering the markets of Marrakech, working at a hostel in Imsouane, living in an apartment along the beach in Taghazout, and gazing at the dazzling mosques of Casablanca and Rabat. Packing for Morocco may seem a bit daunting because of how diverse the landscape is, but for a country with a lot of sunshine and generally consistent temperatures, packing for this country is relatively straightforward.
These items below are generic items you’re definitely going to want to bring with you to Morocco. From backpacks, electronics, a sand-free beach towel, and travel insurance, this packing list for Morocco is here to help you plan your adventure.
Osprey Farpoint 40 Liter Backpack
I love my 40 Liter backpack. I don’t check a bag when I travel on airplanes, and it forces me to be compact and pack only what I need. Osprey is an amazing company and I’ve been using their products for more than three years, and is a necessity on your packing list for Morocco.
This is great to have for tiny items like a camera, laptop, journals, and pens. It’s also nice to have if you’re out exploring the city and don’t want to hold several of your items.
Olympus Pen E-PL8
I LOVE this mirrorless camera. It’s small and compact, it fits right into my daypack and takes some awesome pictures. The camera is lightweight and it’s easy to adjust all of the manual settings. It’s also an incredible beginner’s camera if you’re looking to get into photography.
I absolutely LOVE this sand-free beach towel. It’s lightweight, dries quickly, can absorb at least 1 liter of water, and sand doesn’t stick to it when it’s wet. They have all sorts of vibrant, beautiful designs to choose from. My personal favorite is The Alchemist! It’s the perfect size and is so colorful, artsy, and irresistible! This is definitely a must have item when you go to Morocco, it’s perfect for those sandy beach days and evenings you spend surfing!
I’m guilty of lugging around 4 books at a time when I travel. That’s why it’s much easier and more convenient to travel around with a Kindle.
Having a portable charger is mainly for your convenience, especially if you’re stuck somewhere without any outlets.
This adaptor can fit in any outlet in the world. Save yourself some hassle and purchase one before departing for Morocco!
Head torches are ideal if you’re camping, if power goes out, and if you’re staying in the desert.
Small Combination Lock
Lock your valuable items in hostel lockers. Most of the time, you’ll need to have your own personal lock. Add this item to the top of your packing list!
Reusable Water Bottle
Great for the environment and it’s very important that you’re always staying hydrated, especially when temperatures rise!
Protect your skin with zinc sunscreen! The sun is strong all over Morocco, especially if you’re spending a lot of time surfing.
This is another preventative measure to take to help prevent upset stomach while traveling.
Ladies, this is legit one of the best things I travel with. Forget about trying to find tampons in the middle of no where, the diva cup is reusable, good for the environment, comfortable, and safer to wear than tampons (no need to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome).
For the ladies especially, this will help divert any unwanted attention, help you cover your shoulders, and keep your skin protected from the sun.
There’s going to be so much happening, you’re going to want to remember everything! Keeping a journal is one of the best souvenirs you can give yourself, especially when you’re older.
And last but not least, travel insurance! I recommend World Nomads, they’ve helped me countless times and their customer service is fast and reliable.
Morocco is a surfer’s paradise. The Atlantic Coast has some of the best waves in Africa, and is also home to Africa’s Longest Bay. Whether you’re a pro surfer or just starting out (
or can barely stand up for more than a second like myself), Morocco is an awesome place to come surf for all levels. So if you plan on spending a lot of your time along the coast surfing, then the most important items you’ll need to pack are a bathing suit, wetsuit (you can also rent one there), Tesalate towel (an awesome sand-free beach towel), heavy duty sunscreen, and flip flops.
The mountains in Morocco have warm summers and cold winters. Depending on the time of year you’re going, you’ll have to pack either summer hiking clothes or jackets and thick pants to keep warm in the cold weather. If you’re planning on hiking, then hiking boots, leggings/spandex, hiking pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, jacket, hat, and thick socks should be at the top of your list.
Marrakesh is lucky enough to experience year-round sunshine. Wandering around the markets of Marrakesh is an experience in itself, so if you want to spend a lot of your time in the cities shopping, then I recommend ladies bring a long skirt and shirt that covers your shoulders or a wrap scarf. I personally like to cover up when I’m in cities and have found that it helps mitigate any unwanted attention.
If you’re in the desert, then plan for hot days and cool evenings. Pack sweaters, pants, shorts, long sleeved, loose fitting shirts, sunglasses, and sneakers.
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