What to Pack for Morocco: the Ultimate Packing List

What to Pack for Morocco: the Ultimate Packing List

When planning a trip to Morocco, questions often arise around what to wear in Morocco, and how modest you need to be, especially for female travellers. I always take the view that it’s best to be comfortable when travelling. Here is a list of what to pack for Morocco…

What to Pack for Morocco

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When I pack clothes for Morocco, I also bear in mind what’s appropriate or what’s the best travel purse… Don’t worry, it’s easy and if you haven’t packed everything and are wondering what to do in Marrakech, Morocco is a wonderful shopping destination!

Pack some light and comfortable clothes for your trip to Morocco
Djellabas in Chefchaouen

While it can be hard to pick the best time to travel to Morocco, I have the ultimate Morocco packing list. Read on, and you’ll know exactly what to pack for Morocco!

Morocco Dress Code for Women

Officially, there is no Morocco dress code for tourists. However, Morocco is a Muslim and fairly conservative country so respecting some simple rules apply. In Morocco culture, women tend to cover up, with long gowns covering their arms and bodies. Many women wear scarves to cover their hair but often it is more a modesty thing rather then purely religious. 

There is absolutely no expectation that female tourists should cover their hair but short skirts and skimpy tops are not recommended. Put simply, wearing too little in Morocco will attract unwanted attention and catcalling. In my experience, the best travel clothes for women visiting Morocco are to be comfortable and reasonably modest. 

Moroccan woman on the Asilah ramparts
Photo Thierry Mignon

You will find that Moroccan clothing tends to be a little flowy and not revealing. You should cover your shoulders and show no cleavage. If you are wearing tight pants like jeans, it is a good idea to combine that with a tunic top that covers your hips. 

If you want to wear a dress or a skirt, that’s absolutely fine but you favour maxi dresses, midi dresses and knee length skirts.

Morocco Dress Code for Men

Choosing travel clothing for men visiting Morocco is easier than it is for women. Yet, there are certain things to bear in mind about the ideal Moroccan attire. Moroccan men can dress a little more formally than a tourist might expect. By formal, I don’t mean dressy. I just mean that neat pants and collared shirts are probably the best travel clothes for men. 

T-shirts and shorts can be regarded as too casual. Again, there is no formal Morocco dress code but locals will greatly appreciate if you dress respectfully.

You need to pack for adventure when you go to Morocco
Tizi n’Tichka pass in Morocco

If you are wearing shorts, I recommend long ones and keeping a long sleeved shirt in your travel day pack is a good idea.

The Best Time to Visit Morocco

Morocco climate is quite diverse and picking the ideal time to visit can be difficult, depending on where you want to go and any specific activity of choice. Morocco seasons are pretty well defined, spring and early autumn are great times to visit. However, winter is a good time for visiting the desert and Marrakech. And why not take a beach holiday in summer along the Atlantic Coast?

Spring: March, April, May

Spring is often the best time to go to Morocco. The temperature in Morocco in March, for example, is still mild but the sun is already warm. You can still expect some light rain so a light waterproof jacket is a good idea. 

If you are considering a desert tour in spring, Morocco in May can be quite warm but some appropriate Sahara clothing like quickdry pants are a good idea.

Visit the Moroccan desert
Air Benhaddou in Morocco

In spring, you can also start considering comfortable walking sandals for travel.

Summer: June, July, August

If you visit Morocco in June, it will already be quite hot so you definitely need a summer holiday packing list with some quick dry clothing. You will still need to dress modestly when visiting markets so pack some lightweight clothing for hot weather.

If you are lucky to stay in a hotel or a riad with a pool, or stay by the beach in Essaouira, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, board shorts and a towel. I particularly like Turkish cotton towels. Some summer yet sturdy footwear should also be on your packing list. For me, the best travel sandals are Birkenstocks.

Having a summer drink by the beach in Tangier
Drinks by the beach in Tangier

Morocco in July is quite busy with tourists, including domestic ones and may not be the best time to go to Marrakech, for example.

If you go to Morocco in August, you will find that many things close for several hours around midday and reopen later in the afternoon.

Autumn: September, October, November

Travelling to Morocco is September is a great idea, as some of the summer heat stills lingers without being overbearing. Also, a lot of the European tourists are gone. I’ve also been to Morocco in October and the weather starts to cool a bit so some long sleeve shirts and light jumpers are required.

If you visit Morocco in November, it is likely to rain, especially in the North, around Tangier, Chefchaouen and Tetouan. I recommend using a waterproof travel backpack or alternatively, a travel safe backpack.

Winter: December, January, February

It may seem like a less obvious time of the year for travel but Morocco in winter is actually really nice. In fact, it’s the best time to visit Marrakech. It’s not as hot and the Atlas Mountains are visible in the distance, which doesn’t happen all year long. Morocco in December is usually quieter, with less tourists.

The Menara in Marrakech at dusk
Photo Thierry Mignon

The temperature in Morocco in January can be cold, especially at night. However, it’s quite nice during the day when the sun shines. 

I recommend packing a reasonably warm jacket. Also, if you are travelling to the Sahara desert, gloves and a woolly hat are certainly not out of place. 

 Day Pack or Cross Body Bag?

Morocco is a wonderful place to explore on foot. With typical streets and bustling markets, you can spend hours walking around. For this purpose, you generally have the choice between a crossbody bag or a daypack.

I quite like crossbody bags for travel. Mine is an antitheft travel bag, with secured zippers. I like to be able to reach for my camera easily and have my phone nearby. For me, the best crossbody bags for travel to Morocco should be big enough to contain my DSLR camera, a guidebook, my sunglasses and my best travel water bottle. I like to have pockets but not too many and a travel purse, to have some small cash handy. 

Shopping for leather goods in Morocco
Leather bags in Marrakech

Carrying an ultralight daypack is also a good idea in case you do some shopping along the way (very hard to avoid, trust me…)

As an alternative, the best day pack for travel should be reasonably sturdy and waterproof.

Essentials For a Day

An anti theft backpack is a good idea when you travel around Morocco. I’ve never had problems with theft but I know it happens a fair bit in touristy places. A travel pouch or a secure travel wallet is also a good idea but I find those bulky, I prefer to store important documents like passports and credit cards in an inside pocket of my travel handbag.

The essentials I carry with me for a day of exploring are: a travel water bottle, sunglasses, a hat, some sunscreen, a guidebook, my DSLR camera, a charging pack, a light jumper or jacket and a light scarf.

Cats are everywhere in Morocco
Would you pack him in your bag?

A water bottle with filter for travel should go on your carry on packing list. Bottled water is readily available in Morocco, however there are growing concerns over the pollution caused by plastic so it’s best to take a travel water bottle with you and refill. Make sure you have a portable water purifier with you though.

Shoes

The topic of shoes is very important when you visit Morocco. I have seen a lot of tourists struggling in heels or flimsy sandals in the dusty streets of Marrakech. In Morocco, even in cities, the ground can be uneven and dirty. And if you have a tendency to twisting ankles like I have, the best shoes for travel in Morocco should be closed-toe and have a reasonably solid sole. 

I know that finding stylish walking shoes can be a bit of a struggle but I’m happy to forgo that particular aspect when I’m exploring the bustling souks of Morocco. My recommendation is to get the best waterproof walking shoes you can find. Sneakers are fine in dry weather, but you will easily step into puddles without warning.

Morocco is a conservative country and you need to pack the right things
Tinmel Mosque in Morocco

The best time of year to go to Morocco being spring, I recommend packing a good pair of walking sandals for travel. For me, the best walking sandals for women and men, should be contoured and somehow protect your toes.

I also recommend packing a pair of flip flops. Moroccan tiles are beautiful but they can make shower floors a little rough sometimes.

Luggage

Having the right luggage could make or break your trip to Morocco. The main reason being that Moroccan buildings tend to have steep and narrow stairs and a traditional suitcase can be very impractical. As much as I love my Tourister medium suitcase, it simply wasn’t appropriate for the riads of Morocco… 

It was heavy and fairly bulky, and I always had to rely on someone else to carry it up the stairs for me. Still, it’s very reliable on long haul flights!

My recommendation for Morocco would be to pack light and pick a travel backpack with wheels. This way, you have some flexibility. You can roll your luggage through airports and still be able to carry it on your back when you need to.

Morocco has plenty of colourful textiles you can add to your packing list
Textiles in Essaouira

You could go with a traditional backpack option but personally, I don’t want to carry my luggage on my back all the time. Nor do I think it’s absolutely necessary when you travel through Morocco. 

In order to pick the best wheeled backpack for travel, you need to pay attention to how sturdy the wheels are. As with the best carry on backpack, you need it to be sufficiently roomy to fit all your stuff. Don’t forget that the luggage will need to sustain a tough ride in the hold of an airplane.

lesterlost-travel-morocco-tetouan-best-street-photography-dusk-thierry-mignon
Photo Thierry Mignon

Just like the best anti theft travel bags, it also needs to have solid fabric and be waterproof.

In order to make your packing easier, I also recommend using packing cubes. The best packing cubes should be lightweight, washable and have quality zippers.

Finding the best toiletry bag for travel is a challenge for me as I tend to carry too much…

Essentials

Even if your trip to Morocco is only a weekend in Marrakech, you need to pack some essential travel items.

Ear-plugs, eye drops, hand sanitiser, anti-diarrhoea tablets, electrolyte tablets are musthave travel items for your travel toiletries list. Sunscreen and insect repellent can be expensive in Morocco so I recommend adding those to your summer packing list.

Ceramics you can buy in Morocco
Morocco ceramics

If you are staying a bit longer, packing a portable water filter is a good idea.

Cameras and Electronics

Morocco is a very photogenic destination so if you are using more than your smartphone, these are the essentials: camera, power adapter/portable charger (lightweight powerboard with USB ports), camera cleaning kit, camera bag, memory card.

If you are carrying a fair bit of equipment, try and find the best camera sling bag for travel. Again, a camera sling bag would be my personal choice or a waterproof camera bag as an alternative.

The Ultimate Travel Packing List for Morocco

Once you have decided what is the best time of year to visit Morocco, you now know how to dress in Morocco. Don’t forget to read my other Morocco travel tips and let me know what else you would pack.

Also, if you travel light, it’s easier to drive around Morocco and tackle those amazing roads

Do you pack any other items when you travel to Morocco? Please tell me in the comments below!

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24 Comments

  1. Lydia C. Lee

    September 22, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Great tips – do shoulders need to be covered too? I got myself into trouble in Sicily cos of that…

    1. Delphine

      September 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Lydia, it is better to cover your shoulders, yes. You won’t get in trouble per se but the cat calling and unwanted attention might be unpleasant. I get around Morocco in a short sleeve t-shirt and long pants and I’m fine.

  2. Sam Sees World

    September 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Great list of what to pack for Morrocco! I’m always very careful when traveling to places that have different clothing rules/expectations than what I’m used to, and this post is very helpful in finding exactly what I’d need to pack to wear 🙂

    1. Delphine

      September 23, 2019 at 8:11 am

      I see a lot of questions on what to pack for Morocco. It’s not that difficult, I always advocate being comfortable and modest, don’t dress for the beach!

  3. Candy

    September 23, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I always wondered what the dress code was in Morocco as I’m keen on visiting. I didn’t realize there was no official dress code for tourists. Good to know that the local women wear long sleeves. I might have just packed a ton of tanks and tees and not long sleeves had I not known.

    1. Delphine

      September 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Candy, the best way to figure out how to dress when visiting a new country is too look at how the locals dress. Obviously, I don’t dress like a Moroccan woman when I go there, but I keep to certain principles. The main one is that very little skin is showing, long pants and long sleeves are better. I think people get it wrong when they think that going on holiday means that they can wear very little, or very very casually, or overdress… Dressing for travel should be straightforward, comfortable and have you ready for pretty much every situation.

  4. Nicola Hilditch-Short

    September 24, 2019 at 6:25 am

    This is an interesting list. I’ve never specifically bought clothing for a certain country and we’ve visited a lot of muslim countries and we’ve both always been ok in shorts and t-shirts and cover up in mosques or temples where you can borrow or rent gear. However, we usually travel long term so it can be hard to buy for just certain countries, but I can see if you are just going on holiday how it can really help you plan or just to know the protocol.

    1. Delphine

      September 24, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Hi Nicola, I agree with you that some people overthink their holiday wardrobe but it’s nice to know what you need to plan in advance. I would hate the feeling of being dressed inappropriately when I travel. And I prefer to be prepared as I wouldn’t want to have to go shopping for clothes when I’m really interested in visiting the country.

  5. Andi

    September 25, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I think I would pack the minimal and then buy all those beautiful scarfs! My hubby and I really want to visit Morocco for all the colors and the food, thanks for the guide on how to dress and what to bring!

    1. Delphine

      September 25, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Hi Andi, I agree that some nice things can be bought locally. They make really nice and light scarves in many different colours, the challenge is to only pick one!

  6. Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields

    September 26, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Morocco is on my travel list. Having been to the Middle East a few times I know that ‘what to wear’ is a bit of an issue so I’m saving this for future reference. Thanks.

    1. Delphine

      September 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

      thanks Lyn, choosing clothes for Morocco shouldn’t be difficult but there are a few things to know. I’m pleased my post is useful, I hope you get to Morocco soon.

  7. Ketki

    September 26, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    This packing list for Morocco is really helpful as there is a confusion what is allowed in which country. There are some really important points in this post to remember.

    1. Delphine

      September 27, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Hi Kekti, Morocco is not a difficult country to dress for but I see a lot of questions of travellers around what to wear and the fact that it’s a muslim country. I’m glad that my tips are helpful.

  8. Tania Muthusamy

    September 26, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    A very thorough guide on packing for Morocco and the different seasons. I would like to visit in Winter, when it’s not as hot and less touristy. I always try to be mindful of wearing appropriate clothing and respecting different cultures when travelling overseas. Thank you for these tips.

    1. Delphine

      September 27, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Hi Tania, Morocco in winter is equally beautiful as it is in the other seasons. However, it can get very cold in the desert, especially at night. I’ve been to Morocco around Christmas time and it’s lovely when the sun is out.

  9. Yukti Agrawal

    September 27, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Very useful details on what to pack for Morocco. I totally believe in respecting local culture and therefore I would surely respect local clothing. Those textiles from Essaouira are very appealing to me and I would surely buy some local stuff also from Morocco.

    1. Delphine

      September 27, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Hi Yukti, I agree that respecting the local culture is important. And it’s not that hard either when you pay attention. Thankfully, Morocco doesn’t have majorly unusual customs to be respected, I’ve encountered more challenging cultures in other areas in the world.

  10. Sally

    September 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    This is such a great post, so many things to consider when packing for Morocco, especially cultural sensitives. I have never visited this area of the world but would love to one day and will definitely looking for a post like this for assistance. I’ll pin it for later reference.

    1. Delphine

      September 28, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Sally, I think every country has cultural sensitivities. They certainly vary from one place to another. I’m pleased this post is useful and I hope you make it to Morocco some day…

  11. Joanne

    September 28, 2019 at 12:31 am

    This is such great advice. We haven’t visited Morocco yet but did consider it a few years ago. I’ve always wondered what would be appropriate travel clothing while there. Long and flowy is also very cool so that’s nice. It’s funny, I always think of Morocco as warm most of the year. I never would have considered needing clothing for cooler temperatures in December.

    1. Delphine

      September 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Joanne, long and flowy dresses are very popular on Instagram, that’s for sure! I don’t really dress up when I’m in Morocco but it’s nice to have a bit of style when you travel…

  12. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions

    September 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Great post, Delphine! I visited Marrakech in the spring and loved the weather and the experience that time of year. The mountains on the horizon still had snow (not quite sure if they have that all year or not), and it was incredibly pretty. You are definitely right that Moroccans tend to wear pretty loose, flowy clothing. I agree with basically all of your tips, and I found the local clothing fascinating since that is really the first time I had been to a country where the attire was wholly different from what I was used to in the States. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Delphine

      September 30, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Hi Kevin, it’s great that you got to enjoy Marrakech, it’s such a wonderful place. Snow on the Atlas is supposed to stay all year long but in these days of climate change, it’s not always guaranteed. In winter the air is pretty clear so you get to see the mountains in the distance, but in other periods it’s a bit cloudy.

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