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.
Following is the list of Small things apart from the above mentioned which you should Pack Before Visiting.
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 want to dip into the camp operator’s lodge swimming pool either in the afternoon before the sunset camel ride or in the morning after you return back from the camp.
We know it is very basic but most of the tourists ignore it we recommend to bring some neck wallets with you because it is the easiest way to secure your Valuables like phone, Camera etc. Neck Wallets are better than your normal wallets because they are hard and you can wear it around your neck so in trekking it will help greatly to secure you valuables. We highly recommend this to people who book Sahara Desert tour with us.
It is advised to bring water bottles because you would be dehydrated very quickly in the desert specially when you trekking under the hot desert sun. You may purchase it because you can find water bottles but for that you need to stop to take a drink which hinders in your trekking. Also, if you could manage to bring Water jugs then it will be more helpful in your journey.
We also recommend to bring some handy charger with you because in your desert trip you will use your phone and Camera a lot. Because Sahara Desert is the place where you will take thousands of Videos and phots. So, some power bank or portable charger is highly recommended.
If you wish to gaze stars at night in the Desert then you should pack a Picnic Blanket. It is preferred to bring some durable and waterproof picnic blanket with you.
Bring some good quality Sunscreen with you specially Tourists which comes from Cold places like UK, US, Europe, Canada etc because sunburn will ruin your entire trip.
Buy some good sandals or Shoes before starting your Desert journey. We prefer Sandals in desert because they would be more comfortable than Joggers or sneakers. Some rugged sandals are recommended which helps you in hiking and in trekking.
Wide Brimmed Hat helps to protect your eyes and neck from the sun rays. Ordinary Cap would also be fine but Sombrero hat would be the best choice.
Although if you book Desert tour with us then we will provide you comfortable tent for your stay but in case you book you tour with someone else then we recommend to bring your own tent and camping gear with you.
Matches or Lighter is a common hiking item and helps if you stuck or want to have camping at night.
Desert have insects and they can bite you. Although they are not so dangerous but prevention is better than cure and you should apply some kind of Mospel on you.
GPS and MAPS helps to find your way in the desert. In case you lost in the desert then GPS and Maps would be very helpful to guide you the correct direction.
Desert conditions are very challenging specially when you ride a camel for the first time you may swirl a little. So, in case you feel low you should have access to antiseptic medicine.
This one is very obvious when you travel anywhere specially in desert then you have to pack First Aid Kit with you. We highly recommend to pack First Aid Kit so you could you it in case of Emergency.
Bring some friends to your desert tour. We know it should not be in the Packing list but desert is very hostile and you may be bored in couple of hours. So, if you bring some Group of friends it would be more fun. Speaking about Group desert tours you should check our Shared Desert tours which is specially designed for Groups.
Desert is dry and it is very obvious that you will be going to sweat a lot. Bring wet napkins in your pocket to avoid sweating because when you sweat a lot you would be dehydrated very quickly. Also, do not forget to bring Towels the towels would help to clean After shower.
Multitools helps in Hiking and in desert you may want to use it in some point. It better if you have it in your bag. Also, the bring some head lamp Also because it will help you a lot at night specially when you want to go to the toilet.
We all know how important is Hand Sanitizers specially after this Corona Pandemic. In Sahara Desert you will meet thousands of other Tourists so bring your Hand Sanitizers with you and maintain Social Distancing.
Please remember that on our group desert trips from Marrakech, towels and shower condiments are not supplied in desert camps. You need to bring your own. However, they are available at your Dades Valley hotel.