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spain + morocco

2019 Packing List

Main Luggage: Backpack or Suitcase​


You just need one or the other. Most of your flights come with a free checked bag, so you can bring either.


While you can bring either, I personally recommend a backpack for this trip, especially because we move cities often. Because a lot of streets are pedestrian only, our bus often won't be able to pull right up to the accommodation. The streets are usually cobble-stone and crowded, so not super suitcase friendly. However, like I said above, you definitely can bring a suitcase if you prefer, and you will be fine. 

I also personally love backpacks because they are easy to lug around. I love the brands Gregory and Osprey, but they are more expensive. They last several years, so, if you plan on taking a trips in the future, I recommend making the investment! Jess and I always travel with the same size bags, no matter how long we’re traveling. We each have a 45-liter backpack and a 20-liter laptop bag/day backpack.


Tip: ask friends if you can borrow a backpack before buying one yourself if you don't think you'll ever use one again!


Here are my recommendations:


  • Great combination bag (has a detachable day bag - saves you from buying 2 separate ones) for 1 week - 6 week trip length. I have a few friends who use this and love it! The day bag attaches and detaches with a zippers and the backpack also opens like a suitcase, so it's very accessible. 

  • If you’re looking for an intro backpack, I recommend this Mountaintop on Amazon. I used it for around a year, and it never failed. It even held up well during a 4 day 30 mile trek!

  • If you’re looking for an intro backpack, I recommend this Mountaintop on Amazon. I used it for around a year, and it never failed. It even held up well during a 4 day 30 mile trek!

  • If you plan on taking a trip over 6-weeks then I recommend you buying a bigger bag. I currently have an 60L Osprey that is very similar to this one.

Day Packs


Day Packs are a must! Usually on trips like these, you leave all of your stuff in your main backpack or suitcase at the hostel but use a smaller bag to carry around your phone, money, raincoat, camera, water, and everything else for the day.



You can use anything for this including your school backpack, purse, string gym bag, or, if you want something to not hurt your shoulders while exploring all day, here's what I use:


  • This bag is a little pricey, but is incredible. I can't stress how nice it is to have a good day bag over everything else. You are doing everything with it and I believe it is 100% worth the cost. It can fit so much and feels really nice on your shoulders. It also has a netted back that helps you keep the sweat away! 

Other Bags


Here are a few other bags that I think bringing are very necessary and shouldn't cost any money.

  • Dirty clothes bag (can be any bag from a trash bag to a HEB bag​) - needed to separate the clean from dirty clothes while traveling between places.

  • Ziplock bags help immensely when organizing everything and can come in handy if you ever want to pack a lunch.



This is a very hard thing to recommend, but I will do my best! I want to point that it is very easy to over pack. It's a 16 day trip, and there are laundry services in each city if not at the accommodation. It's smarter to pack less and do laundry once or twice if you ever need to.

Here is our advice on how to dress in Morocco:

The trends and culture in Morocco lead to a typically much more conservative dress code than in the States. Most local women would always have shoulders and legs covered. For local men, the style is typically to wear pants and not shorts. However, there are many, many tourists in the cities we will be visiting, and in my opinion, people were generally accepting to an extent if a tourist was not following the local dress code. Morocco, especially Marrakech, is going to be HOT while we are there. I don't want you all to think that you can't have your arms or legs uncovered at all. But overall, you should put extra consideration into what you pack for Morocco. Because even though it's hot and you will generally be okay with what you wear, you might want to avoid feeling uncomfortable with not following the cultural norm. Tourists occasionally report unwanted comments in the street for dressing out of the cultural norm. Unfortunately, this message is mostly directed at the girls on the trip. In summary: aim for a compromise in order to make yourself comfortable and make your trip a great experience. 

Jess has several pairs of loose pants made from a light material that are great for in the heat. Those and light scarves or shawls work as a nice compromise for her.

Also keep in mind that if you want to enter religious sites, whether in Spain or in Morocco, there is often a strict dress code for shoulders and legs covered. 

  •  1-2 pairs of pants

    •  Good for if you want something nicer at night. Some bars/clubs have dress codes. 

    • It will be hot, but you will likely need at least one pair of pants in case you need to cover your legs to enter a specific religious site or in general.

    • Jess has a few pairs of really light pairs of pants (~$10-20) that are loose and great for in the heat. She wears these mostly in Morocco and highly recommends for this trip. Kind of like these and these.

  •  3-4 pairs of shorts 

    • ​Mix of nicer shorts, like jean shorts, and athletic shorts

  • 8-10 shirts

    • Any mix of colors and styles work. 

    • Some shirts for dressing nicer if you want, some casual for travel days, and some for sleeping. 

  • Underwear :-)

    • ​At your discretion. I would say 8-10, but this depends on if you want to do laundry​​​ or not.

  • Jess suggests a mix of sports bras and regular bras

  • 6-10 pairs of socks (+/- a couple of pairs)

    • Depending on what shoes you plan to wear the most.

    • ​I wear my Chacos almost everyday, so I don't wear socks often. 

  • One hat 

    • Any kind!

    • Protect yourself from the heat and sun!

  • Light jacket or hoodie
    • I love fleeces! 

    • It will be hot, so it's unlikely you will need this at all during the day. However, you will likely want to have at least one for comfort on your flights and bus rides. It's also helpful for if you need to cover you shoulders at some point. 

  • Optional: 1-2 light dresses or sets ​​

    • ​​These are really nice in the heat.

    • Good for the photo days!

  • Optional: swimsuit

    • We don't have any water activities planned. There is a small pool at the accommodation in Marrakech​.



  • One pair of walking/running shoes (necessary!)

    • Any running shoes, walking shoes, or hiking boots will be perfectly fine for this trip! Remember to stay comfy first! There’s a lot of walking involved in travel, so be prepared!

    • I'm a huge Chaco advocate! I think they are the best all-around shoe you can own. I hike, swim, and use them for normal daily use. Pro-tip: check the REI website and garage sales for the best deals on Chacos. 

  • One pair of nighttime or nicer shoes (optional)

    • Not a necessity, but some people like to bring them for going out at night, dressing up for pictures, etc.

    • Jess packs a light pair of sandals that are more stylish than her Chacos as her third pair of shoes.

  • One pair of sandals or flip flops (optional)

    • This is for if you want the option or if you want shower shoes.

    • Jess highly recommends bringing a pair of flip flops because she always wants shower shoes. 




Here is a short list of toiletries that are a must! I recommend bringing the travel size of everything to save yourself some room!



  • Sunblock and Bug Spray


  • Chapstick


  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner


  • Deodorant 


  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss

    • ​They make covers that help keep them clean while traveling. We get ours from Walmart in the travel section.


  • Razor


  • Lotion

    • ​Travel size only!




Optional toiletries based on what you need:



  • Contacts/Contact Solution


  • Small bottle of Advil or Ibuprofen 


  • Q-tips and tissues


  • Brush or comb 

    • ​Jess brings a mini brush. 


  • Makeup 

    • ​Jess recommends travel or compact sizes whatever makeup you want. She uses one travel compact that has brows, shadow, and face all in one. 

    • There are small packs of makeup wipes in the travel size section. 


  • Headbands and hair ties 

    • ​Jess puts these in a little bag. 


  • Hair tools 

    • ​Jess doesn't recommend bringing these, as they take up a lot of space. 

    • If you do want a blow dryer, there are very small compact ones that fold up. These are a better option, but the best option is using/borrowing one at the hostel. 


  • It's also recommended to always pack feminine products rather than relying on buying them there. 


  • Quick dry towel

    • ​​This is a necessity, as some of the hostels WILL NOT be providing towels. They are very compact and will dry much faster than the ones you use at home. 



  • Sunglasses

    • ​Don't forget your favorite pair of sunglasses :)

  • Ear plugs

    • ​These can come in handy when you are sleeping in hostels, and people are snoring or come in late.


  • Pen

    • Handy for filling out custom forms at the airport, etc.

  • Reusable water bottle

    • You can drink the tap water in Spain but NOT Morocco. 

  • Eye mask for sleeping

    • ​This is great for sleeping on bus rides or when you want pitch black in your hostel room

  • Padlock

    • ​There will be lockers for valuable at each hostel, so, if you want to lock those up, then this is needed.

  • Padlock

    • ​There will be lockers for valuable at each hostel, so, if you want to lock those up, then this is needed.


  • European Plug Adapter

    • You can get one of these for very cheap on Amazon. You don’t need it to also be a voltage converter.

    • Click here for a good option recommended by Amazon!

  • ​Phone + Charger



  • Headphones


  • Camera + Charger

    • ​If you're looking at buying one, let me know and I'll connect you with Jess. She knows a little bit about them.

  • Optional: Go-Pro

    • ​Not gonna lie, this is a great place for any action cam.

    • I personally use an older version of the Sony Action Cam.

  • Power Bank (Portable Charger)

    • ​This is great, so you don't have to worry about being somewhere with a dead camera or phone.


  • Passport! 

    • I also like passport covers because you can keep other important information in them. sport covers because you can keep other important information in them.​

  • Cash

    • ​Most places in Spain will take credit or debit cards. However, in Morocco, it will be much more difficult to find places that take card. 

    • What I recomend is ordering  approximately $100-$200 of Euros from your US bank before you leave and bringing those Euros with you. This will get you a better rate on Euros than ATMs in Spain.

    • You are unable to arrive with Moroccan Dirhams. You can either withdraw dirhams from ATMs when we arrive in Morocco (OR you can bring USD to convert into Dirhams in Morocco). If you realize you need more in Spain or Morocco, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw, and we will be happy to point you to them. 

  • Drivers Licence 

    • ​If you go out, you might need an ID, and I don't recommend bringing your passport out drinking.


  • Travel Insurance

    • ​As stated in the contact, you should either buy travel insurance or make sure that you health insurance covers you abroad.

  • Money Belt

    • ​These  are great to assure that no one is going to take your valuables.

    • Jess uses them, and you can wear them under your shirt. She says it helps her keep track of her IDs, phone, and money. 

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