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What to Pack for Kids: Morocco

I’ve posted previously on what to pack for women and or men visiting Morocco, so that leaves just one group to discuss – children! I’ve found many people don’t think “family destination” when they think of Morocco but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Morocco is a country that not only is welcoming of children, but they also embrace them! Visiting Morocco with kids requires a bit of additional preparation but don’t let that scare you away.

Packing List Suggestions

  • Clothing that can be layered. Daytime temperatures can get quite hot, even in the spring but drop 30-40 degrees (farenheit) once the sun sets. A t-shirt or tank top might be perfectly comfortable at mid-day but a cardigan or light jacket may be needed by evening.
  • For Boys: A baseball hat or sun hat. t-shirts, 1-2 light weight long sleeve shirts or button up shirts, a medium weight hoodie or sweatshirt, a heavier jacket – weight depending on season, lightweight pants, elastic waist pants for comfort, pajamas, socks, and underwear.
  • For Girls: A hat to protect face and neck from the sun, leggings and/or light weight pants, sun dresses or maxi dresses, cardigan, medium weight hoodie or sweatshirt, a heavier jacket – weight depending on season, pajamas, socks, and underwear.
  • Bathing suit and plastic flip flops – because you never know when a pool might present itself!
  • Good walking shoes that have been broken in. Nothing is worse than a child who has a new pair of shoes that are hurting. Nothing.
  • Children’s shampoo. I always pack kid’s “tear free” shampoo that I also double as body wash.
  • A reusable water bottle. We purchase large bottles of water (1 liter+) so having a smaller bottle on hand makes it easy to give children an easy-to-handle container.
  • Snacks. If you have picky kids this is especially important. Small, light items like granola bars and nut butter packs take up little space and can be a lifesaver.
  • Electronics converters if you’re traveling with anything that does not have European (220) voltage plugs.
  • Toys that are non-tech. What happens when the batteries die and you’re hours from the closest re-charge? Cards, paper, pens, and stickers are just a few suggestions.
  • If your child has allergies to food or medication, an alert bracelet is worth considering. If possible, one that is pictoral (like these) and has the allergy name in French if possible.
  • Over the counter medication kit. Pharmacies in Morocco may not carry the brands and dosages that your child is used to. Packing an emergency kit will help you avoid any issues. You never know when your child will get sick, and if the pharmacy will even be open. Things like ibuprofen are not available in stores in Morocco, you get medications from the pharmacy. Many other things such as antibiotics are available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription.
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Traveling with a Toddler 

The age of your child will make a difference in the things you should plan to bring. If you’re traveling with a little one, that is either non-mobile or is under 4, consider bringing;

  • A stroller;  you’ll need to decide between an umbrella stroller or a stroller made for uneven terrain. An umbrella stroller will be easier to get around crowded streets while a stronger stroller may hold up to the bumps and uneven surfaces better. I’ve used both and have found both helpful.
  • A car seat. If you plan to rent a private vehicle or have a driver bringing a car seat is not a bad idea. They are not so easy to find in Morocco and the quality not that good. The majority of people here do not use car seats for children or babies. Don’t be surprised to see women riding on motorcycles with a baby tied on her back or a child sitting between her and the driver.
  • Teething rings/toys/formula/breast pump – I’ve made this a catch all category. Formula is available here but it may not be the brand your child is used to. Breastfeeding is widely supported and encouraged, you’ll face no issues when doing so.

If you’re traveling with an older child here are some additional items to pack;

  • Journaling supplies – a new notebook, drawing pencils etc. will keep your child busy and encourage them to record their adventure.
  • Their own camera. Make the trip their own by letting them take pictures
  • A coin purse with some local currency for souvenirs. Help them learn about budgeting and tracking their own money (adjust amount based on age/maturity).
  • A day pack in a size that they can realistically carry for the day.

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Meagan

Friday 9th of April 2021

Thank you for your blog! I'm traveling to Morocco with kids soon, and your blog has been such a blessing answering so many of my questions!

Specifically with packing ... what about age 10-12 girls during the summer? Is it ok for them to wear shorts? Dresses with shoulders showing? Or would you recommend them also wearing pants and covered shoulders? Any other tips for packing for girls this age? Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Saturday 10th of April 2021

They're fine wearing what's comfortable but I would plan to pack some clothing that is more covered up not for modesty but for the sun. The sun can be very intense here especially in the summer. For the older daughter depending on how much "older" she looks you may want to be a bit more modest in clothes choices.

Amy A

Thursday 12th of October 2017

I know you mentioned that an umbrella stroller or a more rugged stroller both work, which do you recommend? I have jogging stroller and umbrella stroller and I'm not sure if the jogging stroller will just get in the way! We are staying in the medina in Marrakech and then going to the Atlas mountains for two nights in November. Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 12th of October 2017

Honestly, I think an umbrella stroller is way easier in the city. In the Atlas Mountains I don't see how you would even use a stroller but would opt for a body carrier instead.

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Elena

Saturday 1st of August 2015

We went to Morocco last June, with our 3.5 years old son. I found Moroccans to be great with him, he made loads of friendships either with other kids and adults alike. They hugged him and kiss him a lot, showed a lot of love towards him. We went on a 4 days tour towards the desert from MArrakech, although we made over 1200km in 4 days, he never had a tantrum and suprisingly he enjoyed a lottttt his time in Merzouga and the desert. When we were back in Marrakech we took a nice hotel with a big swimminpool in Gueliz (the new city) and yes, having tried a riad inside the medina, I feel like he had way more a great time in the hotel in Gueliz, big garden, quiet zone, and plenty of kids.. Overall we enjoyed out trip in Morocco and always felt safe and loved and also we felt (being from a mediterranean country) to be very similar to Moroccans, so, no shock at all, instead we felt more at home there, than in the North european country where we now live.....

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Great advice and happy to hear you had a positive experience!

Lori

Sunday 8th of March 2015

We visited Morocco last summer with 10 kids age 7-13 (not all ours!). All of the families agreed that we didn't want the kids to use the wifi or they'd spend the whole time on social media, so their use of electronics was pretty limited. I always bring beach balls which can start up an impromptu game with whoever's around - and wiki sticks are good for sharing with new friends. We also brought a soccer ball and a paddleball game, plus some card games and other small games. And a necessity that we always pack...Fiber Gummies. Everyone gets the dreaded zhareeya and our pediatrician recommended extra fiber - apparently it works to regulate digestion regardless of whether the problem is too much pooping or not enough.