Post Summary: What to Wear in Morocco
Morocco is a great destination to visit during any month of the year. If you have plans to visit Morocco soon and have no idea what to pack for Morocco, you’re not alone. Before we went I had no idea of the appropriate clothing, the weather, and what I would be able to buy in the country.
We spent six weeks there and I was able to gather insight on the type of things needed for travelers to adhere to a typical Morocco dress code. Of course, there is no “dress code” in Morocco like at a Catholic school. However, conservative dress in an Arabic culture will provide you with less unwanted attention and respect.
What to Wear in Morocco
It’s best to bring a pair of breathable shoes to walk around Morocco. The hear in Northern Africa and Morocco is intense. This means if you don’t want your feet to always feel sweaty and stinky wear cool and comfortable shoes. The Allbirds Tree Runners are the best breathable travel shoes I’ve ever worn. Read the review!
I love wearing a relaxed pant when we travel. Their Women’s Mantra pants are made out of hemp and recycled polyester while offering 50+ UPF protection. They are perfect for Morocco as they’re comfortable and conservative.
These pants are lightweight and weigh nothing in a carry-on bag. I could literally live in these pants if it were acceptable to wear them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner out. Cameron has now found his favorite pair of pants in the men’s version which is the Vaha Pant.
The Moroccan streets aren’t the cleanest in the world. That’s why I do like to wear pants that won’t drag on the ground all the time. Harem or loose pants are fantastic, but if you want pants where the bottom won’t get filthy.
I wear them all over when I want the comfort of Harem pants but don’t want to get them dirty from the streets. We’re really big fans of prAna pants and the Jogger pant is perfect for women. For men a pair of lightweight Chinos are perfect, but be careful to not get too heavy a fabric.
I love my buff. I usually wear it for keeping my hair back, but it’s also served its purpose as a scarf and wet rag too. Buffs last for years and aren’t only helpful in Morocco.
I actually wear mine every day when I’m snowboarding in the mountains. It’s been one of my top travel accessory investments ever!
A Scarf or Shawl
While we are on the subject of being modest then you should throw a scarf or shawl into your suitcase for Morocco.
They are always good to have when you need to cover your head before walking into a Mosque. I also like wearing scarves around my head while just walking around. As a blonde, I tend to get a lot of unwanted attention and a scarf helps negate the attention.
We always recommend bringing a travel towel when you’re on the road, Morocco is no exception. If you plan on staying in hostels or more budget accommodation you’ll often need your own towel. Also, if you head to the beach or want to take a hike it never hurt to have a towel packed away in your daybag. Consider a towel an essential for Morocco packing list.
The biggest complaint about travel towels is that they often feel nothing like the plush cotton towels we are accustomed to at home and in hotels. However, with the PackTowl you can forget about all of that because they set out to create a towel that mimics its cotton counterparts with the technical features of a travel towel.
Just throwing this into your bag is going to make packing for Morocco a breeze. A Shemagh is the perfect travel accessory for both the men and the women travelers out there. This can be worn for just about anything. It will keep you warm, cover your face, protect valuables in your backpack, and even double as an eye mask the shemagh has tons of different uses.
It’s perfect for anyone heading into the Sahara wanting to keep the sand out of their face. I would personally recommend buying this before you land because once you travel to the desert there will plenty of touts willing to sell you a cheap one at an exorbitant price.
Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt
I like to pack a technical long sleeve shirt for Morroco. The other option is to go with organic materials like hemp, linen, or rapeseed as they’re effective as they anti-microbial properties and will stay fresh longer when you sweat. Linen is a great option as it has timeless look for your trip.
Long sleeves are also great for sun protection and we wore them on desert walks in the Sahara or Atlas Mountains.
That being said almost every shirt you pack for Morocco should be loose and light colored. It gets bloody HOT in Africa and trust me the last thing you will want to be wearing is a skin tight black top.
If you like to go with a classic t-shirt think about going with light colors like white or grey. Cameron prefers the grey as it’s super easy to stain the white ones with all of the red dust floating around Morocco.
Blouse or Tunic
A blouse or tunic are always a good thing to pack in your suitcase. I would suggest bringing one nice one and one casual one that you don’t mind getting a little sweaty. With tons of restaurants and hip cafes in cities like Marakesh you’ll definitely want a top for an evening out exploring.
You’ll find most people wearing sandals in Morocco and they are definitely for every Moroccan dress code. You don’t want to live in shoes and you certainly don’t want to live in heavy boots. A good pair of sandals is great for being comfortable on long travel days and under the hot sun of Northern Africa.
I travel with my Rainbow leather flip flops as well as my Teva Hurricanes which get me through anything.
We spend 90% of our time in a pair of sandals when traveling around Morocco. The only time we opt for our boots is certain city neighborhoods with dirty streets and hikes in the Rif and Atlas Mountains.
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun in Morocco since the sun reflects off the desert landscape. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses; however, we love ours and will never buy cheap ones again. Our first trip to Morocco was with $5 pairs from off the side of the road.
If you’re wonderig what to wear in Morocco, you need to have a sports bra. I absolutely love Handful’s leggings and their sports bras are no different. They fit incredibly well and have removable pads, can be worn multiple ways, and are smooth, non-chafing, and quick drying. Seriously, they are the best sports bras I’ve ever owned!
Warm Clothes to Pack For Morocco
If you are planning on taking a trip the beautiful Sahara desert then you will a jacket to keep warm at night.
This is essential and if you caught without one…well it’s going to be a very bad night. I know it’s the desert, but believe me when I say the temperature will plummet at night. We always recommend you always bring a great packable down jacket on just about any extended trip.
If you do have plans to go to some of the coastal cities of Morocco then a light windbreaker jacket will help, especially in the winter. I have been traveling around with my rain jacket and love it for walking on the windy beaches.
Check out this cute windbreaker from Cotopaxi, they make recycled material outdoor gear for a reasonable price.
Chefchaouen, the wonderful Moroccan blue city, is located in the mountains and it does get chilly up there. You’ll also find really cool conditions in the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, it even snows in Morocco! Check the climate before you head off on your trip and if you’re traveling extensively you’ll definitely encounter cold evenings.
Consider a fleece a necessity on your Morocco packing list or at least something warm. Patagonia’s Synchilla Snap T Pullover fleece is the best fleeces for the travel in our opinion. The fleece has a classic relaxed cut that has a timeless look for a walk or sitting around an evening bonfire. It’s a double-sided fleece that provides plenty of warmth while remaining soft and comfortable.
They also make a great gift for travelers as they’re a wardrobe staple.
Essential for those nights in the desert I keep mentioning. You will want to keep your feet nice and warm near that cold sand. We travel with a couple pairs of the Darn Tough Merino socks and our feet have never felt cold. As a bonus, they’re produced in Vermont!
What to Bring to Morocco – Eletronics
We live in a digital age and I hate to say this but…our phones are our lifelines in Africa. They are our maps, our news sources, our online social lives, and yes they are even used as our telephones to get around.
It is a fact that if you are in Marrakech or Fez then you will be getting lost in the medina. It’s not a matter of if but when. On top of that forget asking any local for directions without paying them some sort of tip. So, needless to say, don’t forget your phone to help you get around (forget about a map, then you are just asking for it).
We always download Google offline maps to our phones to help us get around. Never once had to pay for directions in Morocco.
We always get a local sim card when we get to a new country and top it up with data and airtime so that we can call the local numbers in case of emergencies.
A high-quality camera is an important packing item for Morocco if you want some great shots while on your vacation We travel with a bunch of cameras, but the one we universally recommend is the RX 100. They make a number of models at different price points, but it’s a simple to use point-and-shoot camera that anyone can operate. It also takes superb images with a 20mp resolution and full manual controls.
Please note that drones are not allowed in Morocco. We’ve heard a lot of stories of travelers having them confiscated at points of entry, so we wouldn’t recommend taking any chances or messing with the Moroccan authorities.
Camera Gear We Use
- Fuji X-T3 – Main Travel Camera // (on B&H)
- Fuji X Series Lenses
- Sony RX100 V // (on B&H)
- Fuji X-T20 – Backup Camera // (on B&H)
- GoPro Max // (on B&H)
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone // (on B&H)
- Lowe Pro Whistler 450
- Peak Design Camera Sling
- Peak Design Travel Backpack
- Peak Design Clip
- Rode Video Mic – For Vlogging
- For Cinematic Shots: Zhiyun Crane V2
- Peak Designs Travel Tripod
- For Storage: LaCie Rugged 4TB USB-C
- For Editing: Macbook 15″ Pro Retina
Remember that Morocco uses the Europlug. Make sure you find a good adapter like the one I have to keep you charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land.
I would recommend getting a good one online before arriving. It can be tough to find a decent travel adapter for a reasonable price, but then again you never know!
While I love having a good real book when I travel sometimes it’s just not practical because of the weight. I’ve recently switched to a Kindle Paperwhite which is small and compact, plus it has a backlight for reading at night without a harsh glare.
The Paperwhite version is great as they mimic a real book and you can read them in the harsh Moroccan sun.
Other Things to Consider for Morocco
For a more girly look try wearing a cute maxi dress in Morocco for walking around the medinas. I love maxi dresses as they can be worn in conservative countries like Morocco while still looking very stylish.
Just because you’re in a Muslim country doesn’t mean you can’t wear a bathing suit for when you are at your riad or at the beach. I would recommend bringing one for the summer months. Especially, if your hotel has a pool, you are going to coastal towns like Essaouira, or surfing in Taghazout.
One of my favorite brands for swimsuits is prAna. prAna makes high-quality swimsuits for active women. Many of their pieces are stylish, yet supportive. So if you’re planning to go surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, or play beach volleyball and want to make sure your ta-tas stay intact these swimsuits are for you.
For men, Cameron loves a good pair of board shorts from Billabong or Dakine. Both make great quality shorts that are lightweight and built for surfing so they stretch and move with the body.
When purchasing board shorts it’s best to stick with darker colors as they hold up longer and to get a shorter cut above the knee. As for material a great blend of polyester and elastane is a solid choice as it’s lightweight and comfortable.
A Good Sunhat
If you are considering what to pack for Morocco I recommend picking up a stylish sunhat!
Grayl Ultralight Water Bottle
We switched to the Grayl Ultralight Purifier as our top travel water bottles. It’s a simplistic design that is a purifier, not a filter. The Grayl water bottle system purifies water vs. filters which removes viruses and virtually removes all threat of waterborne illnesses.
Speaking of thin rubber sandals, unless you’re staying in only five-star resorts some shower shoes to escape nasty floors are vital. It also helps with the journey to shower if you’re camping as you’ll often be walking around a lot outside.
We even stayed at a few high-end safari lodges that we’re very rustic with outdoor bathrooms where we really appreciated having small rubber flip flops. Of course, you can go with the goofy classic with a pair of crocs.
Walking around and taking part in everyday activities in Africa can get pretty dirty. It was also a reoccurring theme to find hand soap nowhere. You can’t go wrong bringing some hand sanitizer and baby wipes in your bag.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling to the around Africa as you’re close to the Equator. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the African sun and it can be very hard to find in grocery stores in Africa (and when you do find it the pricing will be insane).
We highly recommend getting an eco-friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals. They’re mineral based and usually only cost a few dollars more to help protect our oceans. If you’re not going to swim in the ocean just go with a reliable name brand.
Dehydration in Africa is a real concern and should be taken seriously. These tablets should have your body back to normal should you happen to fall sick. You may not need a whole bottle so take a few in a plastic bag or pill holder to save luggage space.
Pillow and Sheets
Certainly not a necessity when packing for Africa but comes in handy when you get to a room and find the conditions are…less than desirable. A sleeping bag liner or even a sleeping bag also do a great job at this!