If this is your first time in this beautiful and magical country, it’s not a surprise that you’re a little nervous about your trip. In order to reduce stress and feel a little more confident, here’s a practical guide that will ensure you have a comfy Moroccan adventure.
Plan your itinerary
There are so many amazing spots to see in Morocco—there’s no way you will be able to fit all of them into one trip. Make sure to study the offer of attractions and choose a few spots not too far from your accommodation. It’s best to really enjoy a few places than rush though many places and end up exhausted and overwhelmed.
Do visit the desert
If you have the chance, make sure to spend the night in the Sahara Desert. The sunset and sunrise over the dunes is something that you need to see with your own eyes—you will not regret your decision.
Save money on public transport
Bus companies, especially main ones like CTM and Supratours, have clean, modern and safe buses, so every time you need to travel somewhere on a budget, you can rely on those. The prices are very affordable (almost exclusively under $15). If you need some privacy, you can hire a taxi, but expect some higher prices. If you travel in a group and choose to divide costs, taxis can also be a viable option.
Be smart with payments
Before you even start packing or planning your itinerary, it’s smart to consider your ticket payment method. It’s best to get a practical air miles credit card that will make it easier to rack up miles and save money of future flights. This card can also offer other perks like free checked bags or airport lounge access which will both come in handy after a long flight. When you arrive, it’s best to always have some cash with you—cards are not widely accepted outside big cities and resorts.
One of the worst things that can happen to any traveler is stomach issues. These can not only force you to stay in the hotel but also even require a trip to the ER. So, make sure to always have some medication like loperamide (Imodium) that will prevent traveler’s diarrhea. If you fall ill anyway, make sure to keep your body hydrated and full of necessary vitamins and minerals by packing some electrolyte tablets.
Don’t skimp on sun protection
This is an obvious tip when you’re visiting Africa, but it really needs to be mentioned again. Sun tends to be relentless, so you need to protect your skin, especially face and head from the blazing heat. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and a hat with a bigger rim. Women should pack a scarf and it will be their BFF during their trip to Morocco. It’s very respectful to local customs to wear one, but it will also offer heat protection during the day and cold protection in the evening. Also, you will need a good pair of polarized sunglasses.
Bring loose clothing
Morocco is hot and that’s a fact. It’s best to forget all about your jeans because they will make you feel like you’re walking in boiling armor as soon as you get out of your air-conditioned accommodation. It’s best to opt for long dresses and skirts if you’re a woman. This type of clothing is not only practical but also very respectful towards the Muslim faith. Loose-fitting pants are also a good solution. And don’t forget to pack something warmer as well. The High Atlas Mountains often get quite cold in the evening, so having a light sweater or hoodie to cover up will be perfect.
Don’t forget to bring water
You don’t have to bring water from home to Morocco, of course, but every time you leave your hotel, you need to have plenty of water with you. This is especially important when you’re hitting the Sahara Desert—that’s when you really need to worry about hydration. All in all, avoid drinking un-bottled water and have a reusable bottle with you at all times.
If you plan, budget and pack well, expect a very smooth Moroccan adventure. And, don’t be surprised if you completely fall in love with this African gem. Its culture, history, spirit and people will leave you breathless and yearning to return.