One thing I was very cognizant of while getting ready for this trip was the packing list. Morocco is a Muslim country, and while it’s Western-friendly, there’s something to be said for being respectful of another culture, and that means dressing appropriately. I never bared my shoulders and I only wore long skirts and pants. I was never harassed. I have no doubt traveling with my husband contributed to this fact, but I think dressing modestly helped a ton too.
The heat may seem prohibitive to this type of dressing, but there’s very little humidity, so with good hydration and taking breaks in the shade, I never felt oppressively hot. Plus, at night it does get cool, so having at least one top with long sleeves is wise.
Of course, some tourists and local Moroccan women dress in clothes I would normally wear in summer weather: short shorts, tank tops, and shorter dresses. I have no idea if they were treated any differently, but they did stick out. But absolutely no one dressed this way in the more rural towns.
In addition to wanting to dress conservatively, I wanted to pack as little as I could. It was an 11 day trip, but I knew I’d bring back a lot from the souks (and I did). I’m really happy with what I packed in the end–everything got worn multiple times, nothing felt like dead weight. So below are a few tips, plus everything I put in my bag!
This is such basic, normal advice, but critical to pulling off longterm dressing with few items. Everything I wore was black, white, or grey. I did bring one colorful maxi dress with a matching pink cardigan for dress-up nights (used twice), but otherwise, all of my daytime clothes shared a color palette. Dressing just became a matter of “when did I last wear this piece?” rather than “what goes with this?” Everything went together.
Embrace Natural Fibers
Again, this isn’t earth shattering, but it’s the difference between pitted-out tops and ones that can be rinsed and dried without an odor. All of my tops were cotton, so while I definitely got sweaty some days, my tops didn’t hang onto odor.
Think Drapey and Flowy (and Gauzy)
Yes, those are words now. I never thought I could get with drapey pants, but they were my favorite thing to wear on the trip. Mine were linen–very comfortable and the black was low maintenance. And non-fitted tops felt cool while being a bit more modest.
Below are my essentials for the trip. Just add in a favorite maxi dress and cardigan if you plan to have any fancy dinners–I highly recommend La Mamounia!