Many of travellers willing to book or already booked their shared desert tour from Marrakech ask us for advice on what to bring with them on a Morocco desert tour. We will try to answer this question in detail within the course of this blog.
Every morning, at 07h00 AM, our team of drivers and assistants run around riads and hotels in Marrakech to collect our guests to join their shared desert tour from Marrakech be it a group 2 days trip to Zagora from Marrakech, a budget shared Matrrakech 3 days tour to Merzouga, or a shared Marrakech to Fes desert tour. Please allow us a 10 to 15 minutes waiting time, as we are not sure when we can reach your riad or hotel. For those residing in riads in the heart of the Medina, we might designate a meeting point for you if our minibuses can not drive all the way to the entrance of your riad. Don’t worry; we coordinate with your riads clerks in order to walk you to a designated meeting point close to your riad. Otherwise our staff will come and walk you from your riad to your minibus.
Feel free to bring your luggage with you on the desert tour, it can stay safe in the minibus, and you don’t need to bring it with you to the desert camp if you choose to, but if you’re returning to the same hotel after your shared desert tour, we recommend that you leave it in the hotel storage room for your comfort.
A rack sack would be enough for you to store your belongings during your shared Morocco desert tour, and will allow you much space in your Bedouin tent in Erg Chebbi or Zagora.
Many travelers also ask us what to wear on their desert trip, especially the ladies as they usually try not to offend the locals. The answer is so simple: during summer time, light clothes with a jumper (just in case), would do. In wintertime, warm clothes, as the desert is very cold at that period of the year. You absolutely don’t need to bring a sleeping bag with you. There is proper bedding and warm blankets in your Morocco desert camp to keep you warm. A pair of jeans or trousers is highly recommended to wear during your camel trekking adventure in Erg Chebbior in Zagora to avoid your legs contacting the camel skin as it might cause some sort of itchy skin.
Your Sahara desert camp has common toilets and maybe some basic shower facilities as well as a power generator, which is turned off when everybody is asleep. We recommend that you bring with you some torches as well as some wet towels for your comfort during your Morocco desert trip.
Occasionally, your desert trip might coincide with a sand storm in Merzouga or Zagora, and for that reason, sunglasses are highly recommended to protect your eyes from the sand. A scarf (you can buy on your way to the desert) will help you protect your hair, ears and nose from the sand during your camel ride in Erg Chebbi and Zagora when the wind is blowing.
When it is warm in Merzouga, you can bring your swim suits with you as you might might want to dip into the camp operator’s lodge swimming pool either in the afternoon before the sunset caml ride or in the morning after you return back from the camp.
Please remember that on our group desert trips from Marrakech, towels and shower condiments are not supplied in desert camps. You need to bing your own. However, they are available at your Dades Valley hotel.
Sunscreen, wet napkins, phone and camera battery chargers should not be forgotten neither.