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Morocco travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Morroco Tips: Water!
Submitted by M20079
Do not forget to load up on water during your flight. On average, the body loses over a pint of water a day through skin evaporation. In hot weather, or during heavy exercise or exertion, your body can lose up to ten times as much. Additionally, water loss increases dramatically in the dry, low humidity environment created in pressurized aircraft cabins. It's a good idea to bring your own water bottle since the flight attendants are not always available to refill those little 4 ounces glasses.

With a ... view more combination of melatonin supplements and increased fluid intake, you should avoid dehydration and headaches, and you should be able to enjoy a good night's sleep.
Morocco Business Hours
Submitted by M20079
Businesses are generally closed for lunch between 1:30pm and 4pm, and some businesses are closed on Fridays. Saturday and Sunday are official holidays, and so businesses will be closed on these days.
Bathrooms in Morocco
Submitted by M20079
All of the bathrooms in the hotels and restaurants we use are western in style, but you may want to bring along some toilet paper if you are camping or staying someplace other than a hotel.
Voltage in Morocco
Submitted by M20079
Voltage in Morocco: 220V - you will need a European two prong plug for electronic devices and a converter if your devices are something other than 220V.
Moroccan Taxis
Submitted by M20079
If you need a taxi while in Morroco, look for the “Petit-Taxis,” which are quite inexpensive, compared to the taxis in the United States.
Safety Tips while in Morroco
Submitted by M20079
As you walk around the Medinas, many enterprising gentlemen will offer their services to guide you around. We recommend that you stick with your guides, who will be wearing badges. Additionally, carry only a minimum amount of cash in a secure place on your person. You may leave important documents, passport, traveler’s checks, etc. in the hotel safe if you wish. When walking around the souks, we recommend that you refrain from wearing any flashy jewelry.
Food & Drink in Morroco
Submitted by M20079
It may take your organism a couple of days to get used to Moroccan cuisine, so you might want to take an OTC anti-acid with your meals until you acclimate. Moroccan cuisine consists of a wide variety of food that will satisfy any taste. It is especially rich in fruits and other products, so vegetarians will not have a difficult time finding a nutritious meal. Drinks are not included in the board. Bottled water can be purchased anywhere, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your trip.
The Moroccan currency
Submitted by M20079
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (dh) and must be exchanged inside the country. It is not necessary to bring a lot of cash on your trip. ATM machines are easily available and credit cards are widely accepted. The current exchange rate is around $1= 7.31dh. You can exchange your money at hotels between certain hours. Since it is illegal to take Moroccan currency out of the country, you should only exchange as much as you think you will need.
Traveling Morroco:What to bring (suggestions only)
Submitted by M20079
If you plan a vacation in Morroco you should bring with you the following items (suggestions only):

- Light
- Cool clothes that are comfortable for traveling (khaki, cotton and linen are usually best).
- Walking shoes.
- Casual evening clothes, a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings.
- Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and perhaps a compact umbrella.

Try to keep in mind that part of the beauty of Morocco is its thoughtfully paced lifestyle. Women are free to dress as they please, and may wear shorts and ... view more sleeveless shirts if they choose to do so. Women are required to wear headscarves when in mosques and synagogues, but this is the only exception.
Morocco - Health Advice
Submitted by M20536
Current advice indicates that there are no mandatory required vaccines for Morocco.

Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus, and Hepatitis A. Vaccinations to be considered (depending on where you intend to visit in Morocco, where you plan to stay, and what you intend to do) include Typhoid, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Tuberculosis (TB). A vaccination certificate is not required.

We strongly advise all travelers to consult their local Travel Health Clinic or General Practitioner for further up to ... view more date information and advice on health requirements for Morocco.
Morocco - Local Customs
Submitted by M20536
Morocco is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.

Women, especially when traveling alone, will attract attention. To minimize hassle, women should always dress inconspicuously and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative (e.g. short skirts and ... view more low-necked strapless tops), except on the beach.
Morocco - Tipping customs
Submitted by M20536
In Morocco tipping is part of everyday life. A gesture in recognition of efficient and polite service is always appreciated by local staff, hotel porters, drivers and waiters.

10% of the bill is best practice for good service. 15 dirhams per person per day for a tour guide or leader will be welcomed.
Morocco - Best time to visit
Submitted by M20536
Morocco's climate is certainly diverse - from Mediterranean, to High Mountain and Plateau, to Steppe, and to Hot Desert. Overall the climate could be classified as moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Typically the climate gets hotter and drier the further south you go and travelers to the southern desert areas should prepare for cold nights, particularly in December and January. On the coast, the winter months, from November to March, tend to be rainy ... view more while mountain temperatures are cool. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be fairly cold and the summers very hot.

Marrakesh has a wonderful average winter temperature of 21ºC (70ºF) and summer temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C). If you don't mind the heat of high summer then Marrakesh makes a great all-year round destination. Rain falls rarely and overcast skies are infrequent, which means numerous blue sky days are experienced through the year. Summer evenings are exotically warm, winter evenings can be chilly - a light coat or fleece should suffice.

In the Atlas Mountains temperatures can drop below zero and mountain peaks are snow capped throughout most of the year. Oukaimeden in the High Atlas is a summer walking base and winter ski resort. The winter in the north of the country is wet and rainy, while in the south, at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and bitterly cold. Sunshine hours build up throughout the year from around 5 hours a day in January to 11 hours a day in July, falling back to 5 hours a day in December (Rabat averages).

Travel during winter for views of snow-capped High Atlas peaks, log fires, blue-sky days and chilly nights or during Spring-time for warmer days and blossom. For heat-seekers in search of sun and balmy evenings, June to September will appeal.

Morocco - Money Tips for Morocco
Submitted by M20536
The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). There are 200, 100, 50 and 20 dirham notes and 10, 5, 2, 1 dirham and 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c coins. Major international currencies such as Euro, US Dollars and UK Sterling are widely interchangeable at banks.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and bureau de change desks in major towns and cities. The process can be slow and tedious. Banks normally close mid-afternoon.

ATM machines are located in all major towns and this is the easiest way to obtain local ... view more currency. Although generally reliable, like anywhere in the world, they can be very temperamental - especially on weekends and public holidays. Where possible, use machines that are located inside a bank, supermarket or building.

Credit cards are accepted in most large stores, larger restaurants and hotels in urban areas. Remember to keep all receipts and before signing check that the amount is correct. Credit cards and debit cards should always be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.

Travellers’ cheques are one of the safest ways to carry money in Morocco. Be aware though that not all banks will cash these and it can be time consuming finding one that will. Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some large stores, restaurants and hotels in urban areas – however it is always best to check with the individual establishment beforehand.

Other Information - Only 1,000 Moroccan dirham are allowed to be taken out of the country, and cannot be exchanged outside Morocco, although some stores in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla may accept it. Any unused dirhams can be reconverted to hard currency at the airport exchange counter upon departure (provided the exchange desks are open and you have kept the receipts for the dirhams you purchased). It is therefore recommended to exchange only as much money as is required.

Camel Trekking Sahara Desert
Submitted by M19041
Bring enough water, clothes suitable for trekking under a hot sun. There may be lots of sand but this is not the beach and you will be in the sun all day long. To protect your body, bring along light pants and shirts and a big hat to keep your head under cover. You can buy a typical Moroccan scarf that wraps around your head like a turban when you are in the country.

Thermal underwear to sleep in. The days are hot but the nights can be near or below freezing. A good pair of long johns is essential. Sunscreen. ... view more High SPF sunscreen isn’t always easy to find in Morocco. Get some that is at least 30 SPF – higher if your skin burns easily.

A comfortable pair of walking shoes. Sandals are not the best choice. Sometimes you can wear them, but in other places the terrain is rougher than you might imagine, with many small rocks on the ground.

A camera. The desert can be hard on photographic equipment, so a compact camera is best since it is enclosed and better protected against dust and sand. If you bring something fancier with changeable lenses make sure to get a good carrying bag and extra plastic bags to protect everything against grit. Consider a second battery for long treks.

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