Since my packing list for Peru was a huge success earlier this year, I decided to share my packing list for Morocco as well. This list is especially designed for cities in the Northern Morocco, such as Fes, Meknes, Rabat & Chefchaouen among others. The climate in Morocco varies between areas especially when it comes to winter months. In the Southern part of the country, in Agadir, for instance, the winters are much warmer than in cities like Fes, therefore the packing list for Marrakesh and Tangier might be a little different. However, you can still use this as a guide for your Moroccan adventures even you choose to visit other cities.
The best time for visiting Northern Morocco are from late August until the end of October and from late March till late May. In these periods there are not a lot of rainy days and the daily temperatures are between 15-30c.
Atlas mountains are dominating the Northern Morocco excluding the coast so the climate is mostly dry and rather pleasant. Even the temperatures get high, you don't break a sweat that easily. However, being close to the equator the sun is often very strong so number one thing you should pack with you is a hat.
When it comes to clothing, it is important to remember that the local etiquette of clothing can be rather different to Western travellers. Morocco is an Islamic country, meaning that conservative clothing is expected throughout the country. As a responsible and respectful travellers, as we all are, it is polite to at least cover the so-called critical parts of your body, preferably from your shoulders to your knees.
Moroccans are rather liberate comparing to other Muslim nations, therefore t-shirts, skinny jeans and knee-long dresses are normal views especially in bigger cities. The countryside is naturally more conservative and there I'd recommend wearing something a bit more covering and with a loose-fit.
A good rule to follow is to observe the locals and choose your outfit according to that. You might want to carry a scarf or a veil with you so that if you feel like you'd like to cover a little more, then you can just throw the veil on your shoulders.
If you are heading to the mountains (which you definitely should) make sure to bring some good walking shoes. Those might be a good idea in the cities as the best way to explore medinas is on foot.
Make sure you also have copies of your passport with you as sometimes the Moroccan police might ask you to show them. However, I don't recommend carrying the passport itself with you while you are out and about. Just the copies are enough.
The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and French. However, Moroccans have their own dialect of Arabic called Darija (also widely spoken in Algeria and Tunisia), which differs quite a lot from other Arabic dialects. You might want to grab yourself ''Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic dictionary'' as it has very good phrases and expressions for daily situations! (not sponsored). French is also known especially in the Fez area and Spanish in the Northern coast.
Morocco is the magical land of Argan trees and the oil that comes from it. You can find that and numerous other natural beauty products from many shops. They are produced locally, naturally and they are very inexpensive compared to the products in Europe, for instance. If you are suspecting the power of Argan oil, just pay attention to the hair of Moroccans, it should convince you.
International makeup and beauty brands are at the same price range as in Europe and it doesn't make sense to look for this kind of items in Morocco. However, make sure to drop by one of many perfume shops where they let you choose the scent and the amount of alcohol in it, so that you can freely choose how intense is the perfume. There are divine scents for both men and women, and I guarantee that the quality is amazing comparing to the prices!