What to Pack

What to Wear

You won’t need high and heavy mountain boots unless you go in coldest time of the year like February: it’s quite warm in the country even when it’s heavy raining in November. Even in medinas, streets are paved if not asphalted–just be sure your footwear is not toeless in medina, as it may be dirty or unsanitary.

For trekking in valleys, low trekking shoes will be likely enough.

For a desert trip to dunes, ensure your pockets can be easily shaken out as sand gets in there very quickly.

Traveling in the winter, you will need to have at least one set of warm clothing.

Stay Safe

Like any country, Morocco has its share of problems, and is not particularly safe for solo travelers, but that can be easily avoided should you follow common sense.

Avoid dark alleys.

Travel in a group whenever possible.

Keep money and passports in a safety wallet or in a hotel safety deposit box.

Keep backpacks and purses with you at all times.

Make sure there is nothing important in outside or back pockets.

Women especially will experience almost constant harassment if alone, but this is usually just cat-calls and (disturbingly) hisses. Don’t feel the need to be polite–no Moroccan woman would put up with behavior like that. Dark sunglasses make it easier to avoid eye contact. If someone won’t leave you alone, look for families, a busy shop, or a local woman and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are so inclined, you could wear a Alhijab (headscarf), but this is not necessary. Morocco can be a very liberal country and many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves. However, women should always dress conservatively (no low-cut tops, midriffs, or shorts) out of respect for the culture they are visiting. In cities, women can wear more revealing clothing but as a general rule they should follow the lead from local women. Locals will also assume that Moroccan women venturing into the new city nightclubs or bars alone are prostitutes in search of clients but foreign women entering such places will be not be so considered but will be thought of as approachable. Be careful about being drugged, especially as a solo traveler. The common and easy-to-make drug GHB only lasts 3 hours and is undetectable in the body after 7 hours, so if you are attacked take action immediately.

Hustlers can be a big problem for people traveling to Morocco, and Tangier in particular. It’s often difficult to walk down the street without being accosted by somebody offering to give you directions, sell you something, etc. Your best bet is to politely refuse their services and keep walking, as all they are after is money. That is the reason that the best way to travel in Morocco is if you were to be escorted by a friend, driver or a guide for most of the time………… It is always better to be safe than be sorry at any country where you can not speak the same language.