Below are some general packing tips and information. Please read the luggage requirements and travel insurance information carefully.
1 medium sized suitcase & 1 small overnight carry on bag (for the expert travelers see if you can come with no checked bags!). An additional camera gear backpack/bag is also OK.
Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage in our vehicles. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 27″ cannot be stored in vehicles and should not be used. You will NOT be able to bring suitcases larger than the dimensions above and will sacrifice leaving or having to ship oversized luggage back home at the very beginning of the trip in Tangier. Please pack light to avoid this issue and thank you for understanding! ** Camera gear bags that are as large as anything which can pass as carry on during flight are OK to bring in addition to other carry on sizes.
- T-shirts/short sleeve shirts
- light weight long sleeve shirts (for cool mornings/evenings)
- light weight long pair of pants or trousers
- LAYERS OF CLOTHING—It will go from VERY COLDà VERY WARM every morning, day, and night (especially in the desert regions)!
- Shirts that cover shoulders and shorts which go below knee caps.
- Shawls/Scarf for women to use when entering religious sites.
- ear plugs (especially if sharing a room)
- daypack/small backpack
- rain protection gear (poncho is fine just in case)
- fleece jacket and/or warm jacket
- wide brimmed hat/baseball cap
- warm hat (for cool evenings). Winter hat highly recommended. Bring something to cover the ears!
- sandals/flip flops
- comfortable running or hiking sneakers
- bathing suit
- sunglasses, prescription glasses and a spare pair
Please remember: Both men and women should be careful to wear clothing that is cognizant of cultural sensitivities – long sleeves and low hems will be looked on favorably (but this is not required unless entering a religious site). Light, quick drying pants, shorts and tops are best.
Toiletries & other essentials
- insect repellant/bug spray (SHOULD CONTAIN 20-30% DEET (any more than this is NOT more effective and can damage clothes and your health!).
- toiletries: shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
- toilet paper
- Prescription medications
- personal first aid kit (Imodium, Pepto Bismol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.)
- Camera (body & lenses), Tripod, extra memory cards/sticks, extra batteries or recharging gear
- Cash (small denominations are best like $1 (for tipping), then large bills (50 & 100 USD bills for exchanging money into Moroccan Dirham)
- SheWee (For women) http://www.backpacker.com/skills/the-complete-guide-to-female-urination-devices/
USEFUL PACKING TIP LINKS:
Voltage & Plug adapters
The voltage in Morocco is 220-240. Please go to the link below for more information. You will need to bring a plug adapter to charge camera batteries, phones, and any other electronics you may need. (http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=170)
All of our hotels and luxury tented camp have electricity. The correct plug type for Morocco is two pronged European.
IMPORTANT: We are not doctors and do not have the authority to give medical advice, including vaccine recommendations. Please consult your doctor and the website below and do as you see fit.
No vaccination proof is “mandatory” in order to get through customs however for your own personal safety you will want to get Hep A, Hep B, & Typhoid vaccines. You will not need malaria pills or yellow fever vaccine. Please consult your physician for more information and recommendations.
Please see the government recommendations here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/morocco
Vaccine certificates (*not needed but if you have them bring them)
NO VISA REQUIRED FOR MOROCCO (*FOR US PASSPORTS)
1 USD = 9.82 MAD (Moroccan Dirham)
Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $5.00 – $10.00 per person per day for guides. Tips are optional but expected in the travel industry if you feel the service deserves it. In total, we recommend bringing 100-200 USD to have for tipping throughout the trip. Our tour director will assist with questions regarding this while on the trip.
*You do not need to tip in local currency (USD are OK).
Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general, the country has a tropical climate and the coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds. Inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night.
November temperatures in Morocco drop considerably although they remain fairly mild, and it is also the “wettest” month of the year for Morocco, but it won’t be nearly as rainy as northern Europe or the USA, and often you may not see rain at all. Although the weather may not be “perfect”, it is mild enough to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed holiday as opposed to the hot, hectic summer months. For western tourists, the temperatures at this time are more often preferred than the brutal heat during spring, summer, and early fall.
The month of November is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 71°F to 64°F over the course of the month, exceeding 77°F or dropping below 60°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 50°F to 61°F, falling below 47°F or exceeding 63°F only one day in ten.
The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 72°F to 63°F over the course of the month, exceeding 82°F or dropping below 55°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 52°F to 63°F, falling below 48°F or exceeding 64°F only one day in ten.
The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 68°F to 63°F over the course of the month, exceeding 73°F or dropping below 41°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 40°F to 51°F, falling below 36°F or exceeding 54°F only one day in ten.
Weather in this famous desert is extremely unpredictable in general, but for November usually has daily highs decreasing from 80°F to 60°F over the course of the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 41°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 36°F to 56°F, falling below 38°F or exceeding 60°F only one day in ten.
During this time period there are clear or partly cloudy skies more than half of the time but rain can and often does occur occasionally throughout the month.
From the Travel Channel: “Head to Morocco this November, when the scorching heat of the desert subsides and the hoards of tourists wane. This is the perfect time for a desert camel trek, or ‘méharées’ through the Erg Chebbi Desert, according to the Travel Channel, and take in the clear night sky while you camp. Visitors will also find the cities, including Marrakech, more affordable and calmer without the crowds.”
During November, daily highs decrease from 80°F to 55°F over the course of the month, exceeding 83°F or dropping below 38°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 43°F to 56°F, falling below 38°F or exceeding 57°F only one day in ten.
There are very few chances of rain during November in Boumalne-Dades.
Marrakech has a hot semi-arid steppe climate. The area is covered by forests (46%), croplands (31%), grasslands (11%), and shrub-lands (11%). The month of November is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 77°F to 69°F over the course of the month, exceeding 87°F or dropping below 61°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 48°F to 56°F, falling below 42°F or exceeding 62°F only one day in ten.