What to wear in Morocco for women

There are a series of questions that I tend to get regularly.  I’ve realized it makes great sense to write a post about them and provide inquiring minds with an answer. A frequent question is “I’m visiting Morocco soon, what can I wear or what should I pack?” It can be difficult to know what is and isn’t appropriate to wear and how to best utilize the limited luggage space you may have.  Most airlines only allow one suitcase when going to Morocco, which is fine for a short trip but if you’re the type of person who wants a totally new outfit daily or are planning to spend more time in the country it can be restricting. I’ve been in Morocco at many different times of the year so these tips are good year-round.

A few things to keep in mind;

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  • Morocco is a Muslim country and modesty is respected. While you will see women (and men for that matter) wearing a range of clothing it’s best to err on the side of modesty.  Leave your short shorts and strappy tank tops at home.
  • Morocco is an arid climate, much like California.  The day times are warm and the evenings can get quite cool, especially in the winter.  Homes and buildings are built in such a way that they keep cool in summer and (kind of) stay warm in winter.  So while it may be 100F outside, if you’re inside a home or building it can be quite cool.
  • Air conditioning exists but is rarely used.
  • If you’re spending more than a week or two in Morocco it may make sense to simply have your clothes washed.  There are laundry facilities available, simply ask your concierge or riad owner and they will be able to help you get your clothes cleaned.

What Should You Pack?

  • Tunics are a great option as they can be dressed up or down, are light weight and have good coverage.

  • Jeans are a good choice as they’re easy to keep clean, multi-functional and sturdy.

  • pair of pants that are any other color.  Comfortable, light weight and easy to wash are all keys.
  • A few longer tank tops that can be worn underneath other clothing such as;
  • cardigan – either light weight or heavier depending on the time of year
  • a cotton jacket or rain coat (winter months) and depending on where you’ll be.
  • Maxi dress(es)  I love these for traveling. They are great for any location and the addition of a jacket or sweater makes it  a new outfit!
  • a few scarves, to dress up outfits, and cover shoulders/head when and if needed.
  • 1 pair of sturdy walking shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals (may not be needed in winter months)
  • 1 pair of casual shoes such as TOM’s
  • Feminine products – you can find these in Morocco but with very limited variety
  • a travel size blow dryer and curling iron
  • travel size toilet paper or bathroom wipes
  • facial moisturizer and cleaner – this is really important especially in the summer
  • sunscreen – you can find it here but you may want to have your favorite brand especially if you have allergies or sensitivities.
  • a small cross shoulder purse/bag

 Reconsider Packing

  • strapless or thin strapped tank tops
  • shirts that show your stomach
  • short shorts, or really any shorts that come above your knee
  • high heels – if you’ve got space and know you’ll be partying pack them but you won’t want to walk around in these
  • short dresses – the exception would be if you’re putting leggings underneath
  • a lot of makeup and hair products, they take up a lot of space and may just melt off in the heat
  • excessive jewelry, a few pieces should be enough
  • anything you wouldn’t want to get ruined or stolen

The first image in this post is an example of some pieces I would put together for my suitcase. I try to stick within a color scheme and mix and match items that go with several outfits.

What other questions do you have about packing for women in Morocco? Any packing tips you can offer?