In preparation for traveling to Morocco on a Private Tour, the following is a list of things to consider packing that will make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible. In Moroccan Imperial Cities, you will be able to buy most of the items you can find at home (such as toiletries and cosmetic items, batteries and small electronics and generic medicines), however the situation in rural Morocco is very different and if you have favorite products, it is worth bringing them. Do not forget the restrictions on liquids and other items in your hand luggage – check with your airline for specific information. Consider what kind of luggage you need. If you plan to travel in rural areas or trek in the mountains during your visit to Morocco, a backpack will be more useful than a trolley suitcase.
If you plan to undertake different activities, bring a day pack or a beach bag large enough for all your kit. In the cities, you will find it useful to have a small handbag or money belt to keep your money and valuables securely close to you. When traveling to Morocco all kinds of hand luggage and suitcases can be used. If you are traveling to Morocco on a Private Tour your driver will be able to assist with all things related to coordination of luggage transportation and your travel agent will advise specifics of what to bring.
Many travelers ask what currency to bring, how to purchase Moroccan dirhams, what the dress code is along with specifics about electronics and other travel items. Our Morocco Traveler list of What to Bring offers some tips.
Morocco Traveler List – What to Bring When Visiting Morocco
What kind of Currency should I bring to Morocco?
The Moroccan Currency is called the Dirham. Although some travelers find Moroccan currency confusing, with a little effort it is easy to understand. The dirham is divided into one hundred centimes (c). Please be aware that centimes may also be referred to as francs or pesetas in certain parts of the country. Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes).
Purchasing Dirhams in Morocco
You will not experience any problems when changing money during your travels in Morocco since the banks all operate with equal exchange rates and without commission. Exchange rates are set around midday on Fridays. In Morocco- places to purchase dirhams include the airports, most major seaport stations and ATM machines. Another option is to exchange money at a travel agency in Morocco. If you do this make sure to shop around as some agents offer better rates than others. Outside Morocco- you can pre-order dirhams at your bank, before embarking at your country’s airport, or if you are traveling from Algeciras or Gibraltar Spain there are places to purchase Moroccan dirhams there.
In preparation for your Moroccan adventure, the following is a list of things to consider packing that will make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible.
What kind of travel gear do I bring to Morocco?
Passport and visa if required
Currency (you can request Moroccan currency (the dirham) at your local bank or convert money at the airport or local banks in Morocco)
Guidebooks & maps
Photocopies of Documentation: (passport and tickets)
Antibiotic for traveller’s diarrhoea
Antibiotic cream & disinfectant for scrapes and cuts
Birth control products
Disposable antibacterial wipes or cleanser
Pepto-Bismol or Imodium for traveller’s diarrhoea.
Motion sickness medicine
Cold medicine: Decongestant, antihistamine, cough syrup
Aspirin, Tylenol or other Pain relievers
Insect repellent with DEET 30%
Iodine purifying tablets
Sunscreen (SPF 30 + )
Skin Lotion (especially for Eczema)
Sunglasses (or prescription glasses/ contact lenses, and solution)
Feminine hygiene products (tampons, etc.)
Shaving Cream, razor
Tooth brush, tooth paste
What kinds of Electronics should I bring when traveling to Morocco?
Camera & Film (Kodak and Fuji is easy to find in Morocco but expensive)Video Camera & Tapes
Extra Camera Batteries
Electrical plug adapter and or converter
Radiation shield for film
Flashlight / extra bulbs
I-Pad, Computer or I-Phone
Travel To Morocco, What to Wear. What is the recommended dress code when traveling to Morocco?
Conservative clothing is worn throughout Morocco (clothes should not be tight or too revealing)
Bathing suit (for beach resorts, hotel)
Brimmed Hat, Visor, Hat, headscarf
A track suit
Windbreaker or warm sweater for cooler months
Travel Footwear: broken in sneakers or hiking shoes, sandals, socks.
For more information about Travel in Morocco and What to Bring
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