Morocco Packing List, Take 2
A true travel recommendation wouldn’t be all that helpful if I didn’t go back and analyze how good my packing tips actually were. Though I am ultimately quite happy with the items I brought and the way things worked out, I surprisingly found that I could have even left a few more things out, despite packing light to begin with. So here is my original packing list, with edits and commentary after seeing how things actually panned out:
What I wore on the plane:
Moto leggings by ALO
Comfy sweater sweatshirt
Thick knitted socks
This list ended up being pretty spot on. The only thing I changed was that I chose to wear one of my comfy sweatshirts—one that’s super soft and comfortable but not bulky. The leggings are great because they provide just enough warmth while still being light enough to sleep in on the plane. The thick wool socks I wore were great when I took my boots off to sleep. And you obviously don’t want to waste space in your bag for a jacket, so when I wasn’t wearing it in LA (because it was like 80 degrees when I left), I just slung it over my arm.
What I carried in my purse:
Colgate mini toothbrushes
This list didn’t change either. This is a pretty standard list of items I almost always travel with. I like to have all the things I plan to use on the plane in my purse and not in a backpack or carry-on so I don’t have to get up and mess with stuff in the overhead bins mid-flight. So if you can fit things like eye masks and mini toothbrushes in your purse and can wear your headphones around your neck before getting on the plane, it makes things a lot easier when after your plane takes off and you want to access these items.
What I packed away in my backpack:
5 pairs of jeans
5 pairs were perfect but if I really wanted the extra space, I could have gotten by just fine with 3-4.
6 long-sleeve shirts
I probably could have done without so many shirts. Though they don’t take up much space, I think I could have probably gotten by with just 3 t-shirts, 3 long-sleeved shirts and 3 sweaters (leaving 3 long-sleeved shirts out). Particularly since we did laundry halfway through the trip (for only about $13 at Riad Olema), I could have easily gotten by with less clothing.
I brought only 1 bra (which I wore there) but did bring enough underwear for the whole trip. That means one per day, so 16 pairs for me since I spent another week in Europe after. This ended up being a good idea because it’s not usually worth the money to pay a laundry service to wash your underwear. Mine are so small and compact that they really didn’t take up much space (I packed only seamless thongs from Victoria’s Secret, like these, and folded them neatly inside a Mikoh bikini bag, so they were packed flat and didn’t take up much space. If I had only spent a week there, I could have easily gotten by with only 7 pairs and been fine. You can also wash undies in the sink with soap and water if you are staying in one place long enough for them to dry. It’s nice to have options, but I was happy to at least always have a clean pair of underwear.
If I didn’t have to go from Morocco to Venice and London after, I definitely wouldn’t have needed a beanie. I really only brought it for when I was planning to be in much colder temperatures while in Venice and London, so if you’re only planning to travel to Morocco—even if in the wintertime—a beanie isn’t really necessary.
Since Morocco is known for having thousands of scarves for sale in the souks and the Medina, you should probably just purchase a scarf here rather than bring one with you.
5 pairs of socks
Makeup bag (edited down to the essentials)
I found that my edited makeup bag worked great. I was initially worried about not packing all my usual makeup, but I ended up not really wearing much makeup while I was there, so the edited version of my toiletry kit worked out just fine. I brought the following:
Mini Bare Minerals powder foundation
Mini Bare Minerals setting powder
Mini foundation primer
Mini Ole Henrikson truth serum
Travel-sized eye/face palette from Too Face
Mini multi-purpose makeup brush that I used for foundation, contouring and powder.
Single use packets of Pepto Bismol, Advil and Zantac
Travel size face wash
A comb, which I picked up at the Ritz Carlton
Extra hair ties
It was so cold most of the time that we had plenty of layers on and were covered up, even when we experienced warmer temperatures in the desert. So you can probably leave the sunscreen at home if traveling to Morocco in the winter.
YES YES YES!!! As expected, I lived on dry shampoo, especially in the desert when showers were nonexistent. I made sure to take advantage of a shower and washing my hair at the hotels along the way and then just spritzed my hair with dry shampoo when I was in the desert. It worked like a charm.
One piece bikini
I brought a bikini because I knew we wanted to do a spa day and didn’t know what the customs in Morocco warranted regarding whether to go all nude to the spa or to cover up. Since I know Morocco is a fairly conservative country, I brought a bikini just in case. Also, since the Royal Mansour we planned to stay at had our own private plunge pool, I also brought a bikini for that. We never were able to use our private pool because it was really too cold to spend time at the pool (and even though they warmed the water temperature up a bit, it still wasn’t warm enough). And when we did the traditional Hammam treatment at the spa, there were definitely no undergarments involved. I did, however, use it once when we took advantage of the hott tub at Riad Olema, though I probably wouldn’t have been too bummed about not using the spa if I hadn’t brought a bikini. It really just wasn’t necessary. So if you’re going to Morocco in the wintertime, you can leave your bikini at home. Any other time of year, I would bring one because just about every decent hotel and Riad has a pool.
Charger/converter (for Morocco, Italy & London)
Extra Sd cards (+SD card uploader)
I have a fairly large capacity SD card, so even after taking over a thousand photos, I never needed the extra SD Cards. However, they take up such little space that it’s probably worth it to still throw them in.
I brought a baseball cap for when we were in the desert so I could keep the sun out of my eyes. Ultimately, I didn’t really need the hat and probably wouldn’t have worn it if not for the fact that I had lugged it all the way there and felt compelled to wear it. The sun just wasn’t as hot as people talked about (again, because it’s winter) so it wasn’t necessary.
I took these out of my bag last minute because I wanted more space. It ended up being a good choice. Since I was fearful of just bringing ONE pair of shoes (what if they get wet? what if they start to hurt my feet?) I felt compelled to at least have one other pair of shoes, so I brought my Converse, which are much smaller than the Sorel boots. These ended up being sort of unnecessary as well and probably should have been left at home. My hiking boots were incredibly comfortable and would have been fine to wear every day. Plus, I purchased some calfskin slippers at the Souks one day and ended up wearing those out at night when I wanted to feel a bit dressier. I also purchased some Hermes-esque sandals, which were nice to throw on when just going to the spa or to and from the hot tub at night. If I could do it over again, I would have only brought the one pair of shoes, which I wore on my feet and never had to pack away. This saves a ton of space.
I didn’t bring any jewelry other than my travel ring (I had a replica of my real ring made with CZs instead of diamonds). I didn’t find that I missed wearing earrings or a necklace or something so I am glad I didn’t bring any. We didn’t really have many opportunities where we needed to dress up, so jewelry just wasn’t necessary. Plus, if you really want to wear jewelry while in Morocco, I would just buy some at the Souks.
If you are packing light and want to do laundry, definitely be sure to bring wash-friendly clothes and nothing that requires dry cleaning. There were a couple items I gave them to wash where I was 100% certain I was going to get them back and find they were now two sizes too small, but thankfully that didn’t happen. It probably would have been less anxiety-producing if I just brought wash friendlier fabrics. So don’t bring cashmere or silk.
Ultimately I was pretty happy with what I chose to bring and though I was worried about taking only a small backpack for two weeks of travel, it ended up working out great. I also loved not having to lug around a bunch of luggage. I may end up traveling with a backpack more often…