What to Pack For Your Trip To Marrakech
You're planning a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. Only you don't know what to pack? Don't worry, I got you covered! Here are my tips of what to keep in mind:
Respect other cultures when traveling
First thing is first. You have to remember that Morocco is a Muslim country. I believe that you have to respect the countries you visit and their people and their cultural heritage. That means being respectful of their religious beliefs too. They are hosting you, and to be frank-what is the point of traveling if not to experience and learn about other cultures?
Islamic dress is not mandatory in Morocco, however you definitely want to dress on the conservative side. I recommend dressing modestly as much for your comfort and safety as well as to respect their culture. I personally believe in a woman's right to dress as she pleases but in reality, some men in Morocco will draw unsavoury conclusions.
Dress modestly to avoid uncomfortable experiences
I have spoken with some people who visited Marrakech and wore short shorts and dresses and had negative experiences. One person I spoke to wore a dress that had a high neckline and long sleeves but the hem fell above her knees and a man spat on her.
To avoid uncomfortable stares and other bad experiences, pack plenty of midi skirts and dresses. Have higher necklines and tops that cover your shoulders. This is what I did when I visited Marrakech in 2018, and I didn't have any problems.
Bring an extra layer or two
Another tip is to pack a cardigan or light jacket. I went in May, and I still definitely needed an extra layer to keep warm in the evenings. A large part of Marrakech is essentially a large maze with high coral-coloured walls.
This city layout means that you will be in the shade quite a bit. Plus, having an extra layer definitely came in handy when I visited the Atlas mountains where it's cooler and during the evenings when the temperature drops.
Recommended packing list for a week-long trip to Marrakech
-2 midi/maxi skirts
-2 3/4 or long sleeved tops
-1 light weight jacket
-1 pair of comfortable sandals
-1 pair of trainers
-2 midi/maxi dresses
-1 pair of jeans
-1 swimsuit if your riad has a pool
-Travel sized toothpaste and sunscreen
-1 sun hat if you want but not necessary
-1 pair of sunglasses
With this packing list, you can mix and match what you wear and be prepared for both warm and cooler weather. I packed both sandals and trainers but ended up wearing my trainers most of the time because they were more comfortable and Morocco is quite dusty. Jeans were great for hiking in the Atlas Mountains and for those evening strolls.
Hope you enjoy your trip to Marrakech!
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