Travelling in Morocco - Packing for your Morocco holiday

Morocco is a safe place to travel, even as a woman alone. Common sense is all you need really to get by without problems. Below is a collection of useful information to help you get off on the right foot. We are always happy to discuss these matters in more detail with you by telephone or email. We have many years of experience and have lived in the country for over a decade and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Packing for your Morocco holiday

Not getting cold

Whether travelling in the Spring, Autumn, Summer or Winter one should always bring at least one warm item of clothing for when the sun dips behind the mountains or as it sets.  Obviously during the summer months (June, July, August and much of September) you are unlikely to need much in the way of warmth when inland, but on the coast it can become slightly chilly at night (even if only in comparison to the baking daytime temperatures).  You may, however, need something to keep you  warm in some hotels which tend to over air condition in public areas during the summer.

During the winter months, most of Morocco experiences very cold nights in contrast to the lovely bright sunny days.  Once the sun sets below the horizon, behind a hill or behind a cloud, temperatures drop fast and it is wise to always have a warm layer (jumper or jacket) for these moments in order not to get caught out.  Night times in the winter are cold, but hotels either heat rooms with fireplaces, central heating or air conditioners which reverse into heat mode - and in some you may be presented with a hot water bottle at you head towards bed!

During the winter months it is good practice to take a thick pair of bed socks as tiled floors can be chilly in the middle of the night.

During early Spring and late Autumn it is also advisable to take similar warm clothes for the evenings.

Dress code

When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way. 

The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners.  It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.

Hotel dress codes

In the vast majority of hotels in Morocco today there is no dress code other than not wearing shorts in the evening.  The days of dressing for dinner have virtually vanished with a couple of exceptions such as La Gazelle D’Or in Taroudant and La Mamounia in Marrakech. 

Smart casual wear (trousers and a shirt without tie or jacket) are acceptable virtually everywhere and many places will not bat an eyelid should you arrive in jeans and a t-shirt in the evening.

Around the pool

Topless bathing, whilst not forbidden, is a very rare sight in Morocco, unless at a private pool (such as a suite with its own private pool).

Shoes for Morocco

It is wise to take shoes with ankle support when planning to go walking in the hills.  If you are going on a multi day trek in the Atlas or the Sahara then you should most definitely take a good pair of walking boots with good support.  For one day walks in the Atlas Mountains from your hotel it is not necessary to take boots; a sturdy pair of trainers will do very well.

When trekking (multi day treks) it is wise to carry a spare pair of trainers incase you need to enter a river.  These trainers can be used to cross the river leaving your walking boots nice and dry for the other side. 

Medicines & First Aid

It is wise to travel with any medications which you believe you may need (or require from time to time) to avoid the need to visit a local doctor during your trip. 
If you do require medication, however, this is not a problem and we can recommend several excellent GPs in Marrakech who will be happy to visit you at your hotel for a consultation and will provide you with a prescription which can be collected from a local pharmacy.

Recommended items to take for any trip to Morocco are: paracetamol, ibuprofen, imodium, sun cream, lip balm, after-sun cream, mosquito repellant, sunglasses.

A traveller's First Aid kit is always good to have on board in case of any injury.
If you are travelling far off the beaten track then you may want to carry a venom pump (incase of scorpion or snake bites in the hot summer months). Closed shoes are recommended in the summer months if walking any distance in order to protect against such bites.  Sandals leave one more exposed.

Testimonials

Bab Ourika, Atlas mountians, Morocco holidays

Very informative staff and professional pre-holiday experience.

Dear Max,

Sadly back to reality this morning.

Great feedback all round – pick up and briefing from Souad was fine, Maison Arabe was simply excellent (probably the best all round hotel we have stayed in – great rooms; ambience; facilities, food and staff).

One thing to note – we thought the meal/experience at Dar Moha was not good ...

Adrian P

The best dinner spot was at the riad hotel we were staying, Villa Maroc, where they serve huge platters of meat or fish tagine by candlelight.

Novelist Anna Stothard travelled to Essaouira with Lawrence of Morocco in August 2012, writing for the Observer Magazine.

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Travelling, living and working in Morocco since 1986.