Now that you’ve decided to see Morocco for yourself, congratulations are in order. Your trip to Morocco will be the trip of a lifetime. Get ready to be blown away! But if your trip is going to be everything you want it to be, you need to plan accordingly. Especially where it concerns what to wear in Morocco.
You need to sort out what you’re wearing and what you’ll be needing in Morocco long before you travel so you’re assured of the best time possible. Don’t know exactly how to go about it? That’s why we’re here. Here’s your guide to what to wear in Morocco as a woman.
What’s the point of having a packing list?
It’s legitimate to wonder why you need a packing list. After all, you should be able to throw any combination of your favorite clothes into your traveling bags and have done with it. But there are many reasons why that would be a bad idea. Here’s the top 5.
Moroccan culture is very different from western culture. Its people are generally conservative, compared to the relatively liberal base of western culture. So, where you’re from and Morocco may not really mix.
It’s best to consider this culture in your packing because what you wear will greatly impact your experience in Morocco and how Moroccans may treat you.
The vast majority of Moroccans identify as Muslims. So, as a majorly Muslim nation, much of social interaction is governed by the dictates of the religion.
There’s an emphasis on modesty in the religion and one of the first things you need to keep in mind is respecting that rule of modesty. Clothes and accessories are not meant to attract attention or unnecessarily reveal the body. So you will need to cover up.
Morocco is generally pretty hot and dry. Your clothing choice should, therefore, reflect the general weather and environment of Morocco.
Heavy clothing should be out of your list, except for a jacket or windbreaker for cold nights and the winter season. You should generally think soft and free. You’ll hardly go wrong. Your clothes need to be soft enough to feel light on you and free enough so the heat doesn’t bother you.
What you’ll be doing in Morocco is also a consideration that determines what you should pack. Planning for one or two days of hiking across the desert? It’s prudent to pack sufficient hiking gear to guarantee your comfort.
If you’re also planning to visit the Atlas Mountains or the Todgha Gorge, you’ll need to pack appropriately especially if you plan on doing serious climbing.
Your comfort and style
Even with all these utilitarian considerations, you can still pack for style and comfort. It’s possible to cover up in the heat of Morocco and still look good for your holiday photos.
If you start out planning early enough, you’re sure to find just the perfect outfits for your trip that’ll see you turn out in style every day and still take all utilitarian considerations into account.
A guide to what to wear in Morocco
Now that we’re clear on why you should have your packing list all sorted out, let’s dig into what to wear in Morocco.
Loose fitting clothes
Looser clothing is your best bet to cover up and still feel comfortable and stylish. Luckily, wide-leg pants, jumpsuits, and maxi dresses are all trending so you don’t have to worry about not looking classy.
When you’re dress shopping, look for garments that stop above your ankle so you don’t have to worry about your hemline. Morocco can be quite dusty and you may have to ford a puddle or two.
Keep to fabrics like linen and cotton since they are generally loose fitting and breathable so you can keep cool in the sweltering heat. You can try out some local wear like Kaftans or a jilaba.
You’ll notice a lot of people wearing scarves in most pictures you’ll see of Morocco. It should also be one of the first things on your packing list. Scarves are great protection from the sun for your head and shoulders during the day. They’ll also keep you warm at night.
Whatever you’re wearing, a lightweight scarf will serve as a great compliment and you can also use it to cover up before going into a mosque. Moroccan scarves are also pretty and you’ll find them pretty much everywhere you go.
So you don’t have to bring your own scarf if you don’t want to.
There’s always a spot of walking to be done in Morocco. There are days when you may be on your feet for several hours at a time so you’ll want comfortable and stylish walking shoes or sandals.
You don’t need a boxful of footwear either. A pair of sandals will serve you very well for casual stuff like dinners or pool lounging and a pair of sturdy walking shoes will be enough for your city traipsing.
If you’re planning to see the natural beauty of the desert and Atlas Mountains (and you definitely should), you’ll need to pack some appropriate hiking attire.
A pair of quick-dry pants, an athletic tank top and an outer layer on top will leave you cool and free enough to enjoy your hike. If you’re doing intense trekking, you could consider bringing a pair of packable hiking boots as well as a day pack.
On those days that a scarf just doesn’t cut it, floppy hats can be your succor. They’re easy to pack and retain their shape even after having been folded.
Additional Morocco packing list for women
Apart from your clothes, there are other important items that need to make it into your packing list.
It’s important to stay hydrated the whole time you’re in Morocco. Dehydration can sneak up on you fast, so it’s best to keep a filled water bottle to hand at all times. Plus it beats buying plastic bottles of water all the time.
It’s best to pack what works for you right from home, and in sufficient quantity. You don’t want to have to start searching for that soap that works best for you. Also, bring somebody and face wipes for the heat and some travel size tissues.
Sunscreen and sunglasses
No matter what season it is in Morocco, you’ll always need sun protection. A pair of sunglasses will keep the glare out of your eyes and also help you turn out classy.
Small cross-shoulder bag
Invest in a cross-shoulder bag, especially an anti-theft bag. It’ll be useful for those days when you feel like wandering around the medinas with your hands-free to sample all the interesting things you’re sure to come across.
Once you have your packing list sorted, you’ll be set for your trip to Morocco. Remember that it’s important to strike a balance between what you love to wear and what is appropriate for Moroccan society.
If you have any questions about what is appropriate for your Morocco trip, get in among the comments. We’d love to hear from you.