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For men, there’s not too much special to consider when figuring out what to wear in Morocco. In a nutshell, my advice to you would be:
- Jeans and t-shirt are fine.
- Long shorts (sorry SoCal hipsters) and t-shirts are OK in hotter regions, but are sometimes shorts are viewed as underwear. Bring them, but follow local cues.
- Don’t dress like a bum / Aladdin / etc. It could either get you unwanted attention (of the “hey, hey, hashish?” variety) or you’ll just be laughed at.
For women, you will have to make sure you wear culturally appropriate clothing while traveling in Morocco. However, even though Morocco is predominantly Muslim, it’s more relaxed than some of its neighbors to the east, and most major tourist spots have gotten used to foreigners and their style. Still, be culturally respectful and:
- Cover your shoulders and leave the strappy tops at home.
- Cover your knees at least. In rural areas, full length is even better.
- You don’t need to cover your head, but bring a scarf for visiting mosques.
- I know short shorts and crop tops are in, but leave them at home.
Loose fitting pants and tunics are fantastic for travel to Morocco, especially if you’re there in a hotter month (more on that later).
While I was there in April, I wore a t-shirt, light sweater, baggy pair of jeans, scarf, and flip-flops most days. If I wasn’t wearing the scarf, it was at least in my bag just in case.
My last word on this is that, technically, you could totally walk around in shorts and a tank top in Marrakech’s Djema el Fnaa or any other touristy region — but it will get you attention you don’t want, and it’s not all that respectful.
Morocco’s already pretty relaxed (compared to some other Muslim nations) when it comes to female tourists bearing skin, so don’t abuse it.
What to Pack by Season
December to February are the coldest months of the year in Morocco — and it does get chilly. You’ll see snow on the tops of mountains, and the Sahara can be very cold at night (if you’re planning to do an overnight camel trek out there — which you definitely should!)
The spring and fall are great times to go, when things have warmed up a bit, but haven’t quite hit the brutal summer highs. Since Morocco is an arid climate, temperatures tend to go down after sunset throughout the year, much like California’s climate.
If you’re traveling to Morocco in the winter…
Bring a jacket, closed toe shoes and socks, and a wool cap. If you’re heading to the coast, make sure that jacket is a windbreaker. If you plan on camping or staying in very rustic accommodations, consider bringing your own sleeping bag (ideally one that packs down small).