PACK FOR MOROCCO: WHAT TO WEAR
For women travelers
Even if Morocco is predominantly Muslim, it’s more relaxed than some of its neighbors to the east, and most major tourist spots have gotten used to foreigners and their style. So in general you can wear what you want but you have to be aware that certain clothes will take much more attention that in your country. It is advisable to respect some rules. First of all as a sign of respect to the culture in remote/ rural places and second if you don’t want to be handling men trying to flirt with you the whole trip. It’s well known moroccain men have the liking for flirting foreign women so it is up to you how much you want to skip it. If you follow this general rules you will feel comfortable:
- Cover your shoulders and leave the strappy tops at home.
- Cover your knees at least. In rural areas, full length is even better.
- You don’t need to cover your head, but bring a scarf for visiting mosques.
- Even if they are fashion and good for very hot places leave them at home short shorts and crop tops.
For men travellers
There’s not too much special to consider when figuring out what to wear in Morocco. In general :
- Jeans and t-shirt are fine.
- Long shorts and t-shirts are fine in hotter regions, but are sometimes shorts are viewed as underwear. Bring them, but follow local cues.
- If you don’t want to attract the attention of hashish sellers, don’ t use hippy style clothes. Morocco’s already pretty relaxed (compared to some other Muslim nations) when it comes to female tourists bearing skin, so don’t abuse it.
What to Pack by Season
December to February are the coldest months in Morocco. You’ll see snow on the tops of mountains, and the Sahara can be very cold at night. During the day time sun shines and you will not feel cold, one jacket is often enough. The spring and fall are great times to go, when things have warmed up a bit, but haven’t quite hit the brutal summer highs. Since Morocco is an arid climate, temperatures tend to go down after sunset throughout the year, much like California’s climate.
Bring a jacket, closed toe shoes and socks, and a wool cap. If you’re heading to the coast, make sure that jacket is a windbreaker. If you plan on camping or staying in very rustic accommodations, think of bringing your own sleeping bag (ideally one that packs down small). If you are coming to the desert in winter don’t forget the sunscreen and maybe something to protect your head from sun. Winter sun in the desert may induce headaches.
You’ll still want to have a jacket or windbreaker on you for after dark, but also make sure to pack clothes that’ll keep you cool during the day. A pair of loose fitting pants or a long skirt and breathable t-shirts work well. If you are going to visit the Atlas mountains in these seasons you will also need a coat. If you are visiting the desert, pack your sunscreen. You may also need a tissue to cover your face in case of sandstorm.
Like you would during the spring or fall, you’ll still want clothes that keep you cool and a light jacket for after dark. A pair of comfortable flip flop with which you can walk as much as you can are highly advisable. Pack, don’t plan on buying, a bottle of sunscreen, even if moroccain prices are usually low, this is not applicable for sunscreen. Of course don’t forget something to protect your head from the sun. In case of coming to the Sahara desert you need to pack a strong mindset as temperatures can rise up to 50°C.
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