Usually I like to publish my packing posts before I take my trips, but for our trip to Morocco I wanted to wait until afterwards. This was my first ever trip to an Islamic country and traveling in March we also had a wide range of temperatures from day to night. So I wanted to be able to offer my packing for Morocco advice and share my experience after having being there!
This spring carry-on only wardrobe for Morocco is perfect for cool mornings and evenings and warm days. The forecast is 10-25°C and plenty of sunshine!
Morocco – City + Desert
I’ve put together this carry-on only wardrobe for a trip to both the Sahara and Marrakech. The trip to the Sahara was a ten hour drive each way, which required some comfy clothes for sitting in a car. We then had two nights and one day in the Sahara, where nights dropped down to 10°C and days got as warm as 28°C. Finally we spent two days in Marrakech where the temperatures ranged from 15-22°C.
If you feel the cold I would suggest packing a heavier puffer jacket, however I was ok with my jumper and a light puffer jacket over the top during the nights in the Sahara and a jumper with my denim jacket over the top during the nights in Marrakech.
While the mornings start out quite cool, once the day warms up and you are in the sun it can get pretty warm. So I would suggest long skirts or dresses and layering with tops, jackets and scarves so you can adjust your outfit as the day goes by. I was also fine wearing either sandals or sneakers during the day.
As well as considering the wide range of temperatures, it was also important to keep in mind that Morocco is an Islamic country. While it is definitely not the strictest of Islamic countries, it is still important to show respect to the culture with what you wear. Yes you can get away with wearing shorts and a singlet (and you do see a few people doing this), however you will attract attention and catcalling from (mostly young) local men.
Most days I had my shoulders and knees covered, and if I wore something that showed my shoulders I put a scarf or jacket on while we were outside. The one day I wore a dress that came just above my knees I made sure it had longer sleeves to balance it out. When you are inside your riad, hotel or a restaurant/cafe it’s ok to wear what you like.
Clothes + Accessories Packing List
- Cami NYC Black Silk Cami
- Madewell White Long Sleeve
- Madewell Patterned Button-Up
- Free People Coral Tunic
- Urban Outfitters Patterned Sweater
- ASOS Denim Jacket
- Vila Blush Cardigan
- Black Puffer Jacket (old, similar here)
- Free People Pink Swing Dress
- Free People Patterned Maxi Dress
- Free People Blush Midi Skirt
- Joe’s Dark Denim Jeans
- Marysia Pink Swimmers
- One Teaspoon Denim Shorts
- Free People Pink Bow
- Treasure & Bond Pink Skinny Scarf
- Lack of Color Boater Hat
- Treasure & Bond Patterned Scarf
- Teva Tan Trekking Sandals
- Pink Lace Up Espadrilles (old, similar here)
- Puma Basket Heart White Sneakers
Other Items Packing List
- 1 x warm pyjamas
- 1 x bed socks
- 1 x hoodie (for around the fire in the Sahara)
- 1 x track suit pants (for around the fire in the Sahara)
- 2 x socks
- Lip balm
- Journal + pen
- Noise cancelling headphones
- DLSR Camera and charger
- Phone charger
- Battery pack for charging on the go
- Universal adaptor
- Torch (for night in the Sahara)
For full details on how and what I pack for my carry-on toiletries take a peek at this post.
Below I’ve put together the outfits I plan to wear over our seven day trip. I’m a fan of doing this before we leave. That way there is zero stress getting dressed each day. You can easily do the same by laying out your outfits and getting a photo of them on your phone to look back at. To make things even simpler you can even put them into a ‘travel outfits’ album so the photos don’t get lost amongst all the travel snaps you’ll be getting!
Have your tried packing a spring carry-on only wardrobe for Morocco and if so what are your carry-on essentials for a spring in the desert? I’d love to hear below.
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