What to pack for the trip to the Sahara desert of Morocco? I receive this question so often that I decided to make a list of items to bring with you to this sandy trip.
I tried myself the shared 3 and 2 days tour to the Sahara desert and loved it! Loved it so much that now offering everyone to have the same experience by booking the corresponding trip. Here you can read my story about the 3 days shared tour to Sahara desert (I even made a short video) and here you can book it.
I made this list of items for more budget Sahara desert trips. However, almost everything fits even if you go on the private desert trip and book a luxury camp there.
What to wear?
What to wear for the Sahara desert trip depends on the season. In the hot season (May-October), it can get boiling. The temperature sometimes jumps to +50 C. At night, it gets a bit cooler. However, most of the desert tours arrived there in the evening and left early morning, so you will not stay in the sun all day. If you are going to the Sahara desert by car, plan the trip, so you don’t need to spend the whole day in the sun.
In the summer season, don’t even think about wearing jeans. It’s too hot! In general, jeans are the worst fabrics to wear during the summer in Morocco. For the desert trip, it is best to wear loose-fitting light pants. If you choose shorts, make sure you have long pants for the camel ride. The camel’s fur is scratchy and rough.
You will sweat a lot, so take a top that allows your skin to breathe. Sleeveless top during the trip is excellent. Although for the camel ride in the Sahara desert is better to wear long sleeves. Otherwise, the sun can burn your arms. A linen shirt or any linen apparel is an excellent option for the Sahara trip.
If you are going to the Sahara desert in the hot season, don’t worry about getting cold at night. You will not even need blankets. If you are adventurous, you can even sleep under the stars outside your tent.
What about the cold season?
In the cold season (November-April), at night can get cold. In the day, the temperature will be around +20/25 C, at night can drop even to bring your jacket, warmer hat.
The nights of December and January can be freezing. Woollen socks and longer pyjama can save your sleep. As well, light gloves are handy in the early morning when you have a sunset camel ride. If you have a warmer windproof jacket, bring it with you to the Sahara trip. It will save you from the sand storms and wind.
In the summer, we all love flip-flops and loose sandals. However, in the desert wear comfortable, well attached to your leg sandals or sport shoes. One of the reasons, on the camel saddles there are no stirrups so you will risk to loos your flip-flops. Then, it is not easy to walk in the dunes in general, and your feet will be steadily sinking in the sand.
By the way, sneakers or converse shoes is not the best option. Your feet will sweat a lot. Instead, take a pair of breathable shoes.
What about beautiful pictures in the dunes?
Many of you are dreaming about beautiful photos in the dunes Sahara desert. Especially ladies, dressed in bohemian clothes, posing in the dunes or on the camel. However often, especially in the group tours, you will arrive on a camel at the main desert camp right after the sunset. You might not have enough time to change and go back to the dunes.
My advice is, wear your photoshoot dress for the camel ride and some light pants under it. In the dunes, you can remove your pants and stay with the dress. Alternatively, wake up early and do the photoshoot before breakfast.
I am so in love with kimonos. They are light and looks gorgeously in the pictures. If you have a kimono at home, take it to the desert trip. The kimono will protect you from the sun and will give you a bohemian touch to your pictures.
Scarf, Shawl or hat is a must!
To protect yourself from the sandy desert winds, bring some bigger scarf, summer hat or shawl for a winter. In Morocco, you can also buy the traditional Berber nomad Touareg turban/scarf. In the desert, ask your camel guides to wrap it as they do it. Not only protects from the wind but looks great in the pictures! Also, you can use this scarf as a blanket or pillow. You can buy the nomad scarf on the way, as the bus often stops at local shops.
Other items to take:
- Flashlight – handy if you want to climb the dunes at night or to use the bathroom. In the budget camps, there is usually a shared toilet next to the camp area.
- A power bank – budget camps have limited access to electricity. Even though there is no reception in the desert camps, you will still need your phone for pictures or as a flashlight.
- Sunscreen – even in the cold season, the sun can be intense. Put sunscreen before the camel ride or make sure you cover your face with a scarf.
- Enough water to drink (at least 2 litres each).
- Wet-wipes – there is no tap water in the budget desert camps. Wet-wipes is the best option to refresh yourself before going to sleep. In the morning usually, the camels bring you back to the main lodge where is a standard sink and even shower. In more luxury camps, there is normally a bathroom and standard shower.
- Small backpack for the camel ride. You don’t need to bring all your belongings to the desert camp as you will stay there only overnight. Take only the most important things and put them in a small bag or backpack.
- The bump or runner’s belt is my must accessory anywhere I go. You can keep there your phone and money. Very useful for the camel ride when you want to take pictures.
- The first part of the road to the Sahara desert leads through a very twisty mountain road. Many tourists get sick. Avoid this by not eating heavy breakfast, and don’t drink orange juice. If you suffer from motion sickness, don’t forget to take some medicine. I’ve been to the desert tours many times, and there is always at least a few persons on the bus, who get sick and vomits non stop. Maybe then is better to wrap your breakfast and eat it later, after you pass the twisty part of the road?