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Morocco. In the summer. As a female. So, how am I supposed to dress to respect the Moroccan culture AND stay cool? Because let’s be honest, this southern girl is in the camp of “less is more” in the summer. Seriously, I was initially quite worried about this. But, I found the answers and so it’s time to show you what to wear in Morocco for women especially in the summertime!
I should take this opportunity to say that I also packed in a carry-on size bag for my entire trip. I mean, I still checked it with the airlines so that sounds somewhat easy, right? Until I tell you my trip was nearly a month-long and covered travel all over Morocco as well as a week in Paris. Don’t worry, I had the same thoughts you are having right now. Let me guess….has she lost her mind? I felt like I had when I was packing, but I felt quite accomplished when I actually achieved this feat!
I spent a total of 18 days traveling all over Morocco at the end of June and beginning of July. Afterwards, I flew to Paris for another 7 days there for a total of 25 days. We visited Marrakech, Essaouira, the Sahara Desert, Fes, Asilah, Rabat, and Casablanca. I would categorize the trip as luxury adventure since we stayed in this unbelievable riad in Marrakech and glamped overnight in the Sahara Desert.
Morocco Packing List: Stars of the Show
Here’s a list of everything I packed to wear in Morocco.
1 | Caftans
Hands down, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND USEFUL thing I packed. Definitely pay attention to these!
Girls, these Riviera Sun Caftans are GOLD in Morocco! They are very light and airy making them perfect to deal with the heat while keeping you covered. Also light and airy means they are ideal for packing. I highly suggest 2-3 of these.
They are quite colorful as you can see and have beautiful necklines. Even so, we thought we’d blend into the Moroccan culture wearing these. Well…that didn’t exactly happen.
Not only were these perfect to wear, but they caught the attention of everyone both male and female. They all wanted to know where we got them and were quite disappointed to find out we had ordered them in the US!
2 | Boho Harem Pants
The second most important thing I packed!
Believe me, you don’t want to ride a camel in a dress no matter how long it is. These pants were absolutely perfect. Thanks to Amanda from Kevin and Amanda for the heads up on these.
3 | Dolman Shirts
And you might be asking yourself what kind of shirt do I wear with those?? I was asking myself the same question. After a long search I found these Dolman Tops and decided to try them out. I took 2 of these in black with me. They were perfect!
All of these items rolled up nicely and fit into the top two rows of only 1/4 of my carry-on!
4 | Sheer Kimono Cardigan
I took this sheer kimono cardigan in the event I needed to cover my shoulders or knees if I wasn’t wearing the caftans or the Dolman top. Yes, it was long enough to cover my knees! It’s also great for a head wrap and it balled up small enough to fit inside my purse.
5 | Teva Sandals
I bought these Teva sandals a few days before I left and wore them a couple of times before the trip to break them in. I was looking for something like a flip-flop but a little more sturdy. Also, I didn’t have to worry about them coming off while I was riding the camel.
Morocco Packing List-The Supporting Cast
In addition to above, this is a list of everything else that was in my (carryon-sized) checked bag:
- 1 SS short dress
- 2 sleeveless maxi dresses
- 5 pairs yoga pants
- 3 SS tee shirts
- 3 SS tech tees (breathable and moisture wicking)
- 2 tank tops
- 1 raincoat/windbreaker (this one goes on every, single trip with me)
- 14 pairs underwear (we did laundry)
- 5 sports bras
- 2 regular bras
- 1 pair pajamas
- 2 pairs socks (1 pair for bedtime, 1 pair for the plane)
- 1 pair flip flops
- 1 pair of Toms (that I didn’t end up wearing on this trip)
*SS is short-sleeved
- oil absorbing sheets
- chapstick (it gets windy in the desert)
Specifically For the Desert
The protective pouch is on the right. My day pack is on the left.
- Phone dry bag pouch to protect from sand (usable through the plastic)
- gallon sized ziplock bag to protect computer (didn’t end up using but still recommend)
- mini travel flashlight
- 1 LS tech tee (to have long sleeves as sometimes it can get really cool at night in the desert)
*LS is long-sleeved
- travel laundry bag (that came with these packing cubes)
- small packable day pack
Morocco Packing List-Backpack
Here’s everything that went into my backpack:
- Laptop with charging cord
- GoPro with accessories, batteries and charger
- Canon 80D (my DSLR) with batteries and charger
- Canon SX740 HS (my travel camera) with batteries and charger
- 2 adaptors for Europe/Africa
- travel power strip with extension cord (makes things SO much easier)
- portable hard drive
- extra luggage locks
- portable phone charger
- manilla envelope (see why here)
- sunglasses with case
- regular glasses with case
- extra contacts
- any medicines needed
That’s it and that’s enough!
Hopefully, this helps you with packing for Morocco. Once again, I can’t tell you how thankful we were to have the caftans and the harem pants. They were inexpensive, kept us cool but covered and were a huge hit with Moroccans!
Have you been to Morocco? Do you have a key item that is a must-pack for Morocco to add to my list? Let me know below!
‘Til next time…