Before my recent trip to Morocco, I spent hours searching online for what I should take with me – specifically, what clothes to wear as a female traveller. Men can get away with wearing pretty much anything, but should avoid wearing vests and shorts if you are heading into religious places. For women it’s a little more tricky.
Most packing lists I found online included items you should take with you on a summer trip, but I was travelling in January, because a) cheaper flights, b) accommodation, and c) less pesky tourists in your photos. Researching the temperature on the Weather App before I left, I assumed 20 degree temperatures would be the norm, so took one pair of jeans and a jumper as well as lots of t-shirts. OH GOSH WHAT A MISTAKE. I was bloody freezing, and lived in the same jeans-jumper-converse combo the whole ten days I was there.
Here’s my packing list for females travelling to Morocco in Winter – so you can pack efficiently and not be too cold!
- Underwear and bras including at least one sports bra if you plan on hiking
- 2 x pairs of jeans
- 1 x pair of leggings (for long journeys or hiking in the Atlas Mountains)
- 5 x t-shirts and 1x long-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 x warm coat
- 2-3 x jumpers or hoodies
- 10x socks (and an extra couple of pairs for bed)
- 1 x swimsuit or bikini – for hammams and swimming pools at your Riad
- 1 x pair of trainers – I took my trusty converse
- 1 x pair of good walking sandals (I love my Tevas) or flip flops
- At least one scarf/ pashmina (although you can buy more here!) – I took my huge, thick wool scarf I bought in the Himalayas which kept me warm on long journeys and served as an extra blanket.
- A hat and gloves would have been welcome on my trip – I was particularly cold in the evenings
- Jewellery – but bear in mind you’ll probably want to buy more at the markets!
Luggage and bags
- 1 x rucksack or suitcase – I took a small case but advise taking a bigger bag (I wished I had taken my Osprey pack) because you will most likely want to buy alllllll the rugs like I did!
- 1 x day bag (I just took my across body handbag)
- 1 x travel money belt or small across body bag for valuables
- Make up essentials
- Suncream (even when it’s cloudy the sun is strong in Morocco)
- Shampoo and Conditioner – I use Lush solid shampoo and conditioner bars which are not considered liquids, so are hand-luggage friendly
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Headphones for long bus or train journeys
- Camera – I use a Canon EOS 80D with 18-135 lens
- Tablet/ laptop/ phone for making accommodation reservations as you go
- Chargers for all your devices and a travel adapter (Morocco uses type C which is the two-prong plug used throughout Europe)
- Portable Battery Charger / Power Bank for when your phone dies
- Kindle (or a good old-fashioned book)
- Lockfor your suitcase – I never lock my rucksack but suitcases are much easier to quickly open and grab something from, so take a combination padlock with you
- Money – The Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency which means you can only acquire it when you reach Morocco. I withdrew money from an ATM at Agadir airport from my credit card which doesn’t charge a fee; you could also take cash in your home currency and exchange it at the currency exchange when you arrive
- Towel – Some accommodation options will include towels but I took one just in case. I use a microfibre travel towel by Raqpak when I travel; even the XL one folds up really small.
- Sleeping bag liner – Just in case you end up in slightly dodgy accommodation
- Torch or head torch
- Water bottle with built-in filter system – so you don’t have to contribute to the masses of plastic waste
- An umbrella
- Your passport!
FAQs for women travelling to Morocco
As a woman, I was particularly concerned about wearing the right thing after reading online that wearing tight-fitting or ‘Western’ clothing might attract too much negative attention. Here are some quick answers to questions that might be on your mind.
Isn’t it hot in Morocco all the time?
Ohhh how I wish it was! If the sun is shining, the temperature is significantly warmer, however the evenings in Morocco are generally quite cool and places like Chefchaouen, Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains can get very chilly, especially in winter!
Can I wear spaghetti-strap tops and shorts or skirts?
Generally, you should keep your shoulders and knees covered out of respect for the predominantly Muslim culture. There are technically no rules stopping you from wearing whatever you like, but you might receive a few stares or remarks if you do.
Do I have to cover my hair?
No; we noticed that headscarves were more commonly worn by the elder generations and young women and children had their hair on show. I always kept a scarf in my bag just in case I needed one when entering religious buildings.
Do I have to wear ‘Aladdin’ pants and other loose, floaty clothing?
I only took one pair of loose trousers with me and didn’t wear them; it was just too cold in Winter! I ended up practically living in my skinny jeans and did not find I received much unwanted attention at all. Particularly in bigger cities like Fez, Marrakech and Casablanca, many young women wore jeans and t-shirts as opposed to more traditional clothing.
Where to stay in Morocco
Morocco has a huge variety of beautiful accommodation to suit any traveller and any budget, however if there is one thing you must do on your trip, it’s to stay in a Riad.
From the incredible Riad Yasmine to more budget options like —, you can use websites like booking.com and Hotels Combined to find the best places for your stay. Another option recommended to us was AirBnB, as there are some stunning homes to rent – sign up through this link and get £25 off your first trip!
Browse the options below for inspiration on where to stay.
Hope you found my Morocco Winter Packing List helpful – have you been to Morocco in winter? What did you pack?
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
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