Preparing for a trip to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. While exploring new cultures and experiences can be thrilling, it's essential to know what to expect and how to prepare for your trip.

First, let's talk about the weather. The average high temperature in Marrakech during February is 21ºC, which means it's warm during the day but can get chilly at night. So, you'll need to bring some warm clothes, including a winter jacket, for the desert experience.

During the day, it's hot, so it's best to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, cotton, and bamboo that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. If you're planning a trip to the desert, be sure to take along a scarf or sarong to tie around your face to keep out the blowing sand. You should also wear a long-sleeved shirt and full-length trousers to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

When it comes to packing your clothes, it's important to keep in mind the cultural and religious customs of Morocco. While people in major towns like Marrakech are used to foreigners and are therefore more liberal, other areas of Morocco with less tourism may be more traditional and rigid. To avoid any cultural misunderstandings, it's recommended to cover your shoulders, stomach, hips, and bare legs.

In addition to your clothes, it's important to pack some essentials such as insect repellent, a 1/2 sweatshirt, sunscreen, a swimming suit, and a power bank. You'll also need a travel adapter plug, cash, and a fold-away day sack that will carry your daytime essentials. A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or as a modesty cover-up. Don't forget your earplugs and, most importantly, your best motivation and good humor.
Morocco is a Muslim country, so it's important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Short tops, short skirts, and shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes, should be avoided. Particularly remember to cover your shoulders, stomach, and bare legs when visiting religious sites. Additionally, don't drink tap water, and carry Moroccan money in cash for day-to-day transactions, especially outside big cities and tourist areas.
When it comes to interacting with locals, keep in mind some dos and don'ts. Only believe half of what you're told and don't take directions from strangers. Some of the best salespeople will try to persuade you that their products are the best in Morocco, so be prepared to say no. Don't get into a taxi without a taximeter, and girls should stay away from large groups of men. It's recommended not to go out alone, especially when it's dark.

In conclusion, Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country that offers unique experiences and memories. Preparing for your trip by understanding the climate, culture, and customs will make your journey more enjoyable and respectful of the local traditions. Remember to pack accordingly, be respectful of the local customs, and most importantly, have fun!

Hope to see you soon, travel safe,

Copywriter, Digital Nomad