Packing List

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in-country and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind there is a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in-country.

Baggage & weight limit: The Peace Corps limits the size and weight of baggage and will not pay to transport baggage that exceeds these limits. The allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches. Checked baggage should not exceed 100 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per bag.

Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers.

General Clothing

  • Lightweight, waterproof jacket (e.g., a windbreaker/rain jacket)
  • Heavy jacket or waterproof shell to wear over layers
  • A few sweatshirts, fleece tops, or sweaters for cool evenings; cardigans for layering for females
  • Bathing suit
  • Bandanas, scarves, or handkerchiefs (indispensable for dusty road trips, to keep your head warm in winter, cover shoulders, keep sun/sand out of your face; available in Morocco)
  • Several long skirts/dresses that extend beyond the knee, preferably to ankles (for women); pairs of khaki trousers (for men)
  • Long-sleeved shirts/blouses (for women, that cover the derriere)
  • Athletic shorts (for sports or leisure time in your home only; not to wear in your village/town)
  • Pants/jeans
  • One dressy outfit (for swearing in or weddings)
  • Leggings to wear under long skirts or pants 
  • T-shirts (without controversial slogans on politics, drugs, or sex)
  • A favorite hat, especially wide-brimmed for the hot sun (available easily and cheaply in Morocco)
  • Wool or fleece hat, scarf, and gloves
  • Two pairs thermal underwear (even warmer sites are cold in winter)
  • In summer, it gets hot (over 100 degrees in many sites) so bring lightweight night clothing. In winter it can get to freezing (even in the desert), and you will want to layer all your clothes. Bring warmer clothes, such as leggings, thermal underwear, and undershirts. Your home—without AC and with minimal heat—is likely to have a temperature similar to outside.

For Women

  • Good bras and underwear (hard to find in Morocco without paying a high price)
  • Shirts that you wear in your site will have sleeves at least past your elbows and should cover your derriere. Pants and skirts should be at least mid-calf but preferably ankle-length. In bigger towns you can show slightly more skin, but in site it’s best to dress conservatively.
  • A purse that slings across your body, closes securely, and is not easily cut
  • Pashmina type wrap or scarf (available in Morocco) to cover when wearing V-neck top


  • Sturdy sandals (e.g. Chaco or Teva)
  • All-purpose shoes (that you can walk, run, and/or bike in)
  • Flip-flops/shower shoes
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • For women, one pair of dress shoes, preferably flat

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

All of the following items are available in Morocco, but they are sometimes expensive and may not be of the quality you are used to:
  • Three-month supply of any medications, to last through pre-service training; copy of prescriptions
  • If you wear glasses, bring two pairs (contact are not recommended due to elevated rates of eye infections and contact solution is hard to find)
  • Razors
  • Makeup; if you have tan or dark skin, bring a supply of your foundation/powder, as darker colors and bronzers are hard to find in Morocco
  • Tweezers (a good, sharp pair is hard to find in Morocco)
  • Lotion if you like a specific brand; can be purchased in country otherwise
  • Favorite sunscreen (one type of SFP 30 sunscreen in medical kit; local brands are expensive)
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons (consider DivaCup or something similar)
  • Contact lens solution
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hair-cutting scissors


  • If you plan to travel to other countries for vacation, you may want to bring extra money to suit your travel plans; credit cards or traveler's checks are preferable to cash. There are ATMs in larger cities, and most towns so you may want to bring an ATM card to access a bank account in the U.S. 
  • Small gifts for host family and friends (not required); knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; photos to give away
  • Water bottle (e.g., Nalgene or Camelbak)
  • Hand wipes or hand sanitizer (to last for first week or so; available in-country)
  • Pillowcase (host family provides sheets and, after that, Volunteers can buy in-country).
  • Some PCVs suggest bringing double bed sheets.
  • Swiss Army knife/Leatherman, or the equivalent
  • Bicycle gloves (if you use them at home)
  • Duct tape (you would not believe all of its uses)
  • Two good-quality, lightweight towels
  • Maps
  • Money belt
  • Frisbee, Hacky Sack, and travel-sized games (Yahtzee, cards, Uno, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Basic supplies for teaching/activities
  • Lightweight exercise equipment (e.g., jump rope, yoga items)
  • Journals
  • Plenty of pictures of your home, family, and friends
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack or durable duffel bag
  • Day pack or small collapsible sack
  • A few books, though there is a large selection at post


You can easily buy most kitchen supplies—dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils—in Morocco. There are, however, a few items we highly recommend bringing:

  • Plastic food storage bags
  • Favorite spices
  • Good vegetable peeler
  • French coffee press or drip coffee cone
  • Favorite cookbook


  • Flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
  • Laptop computer/iPad
  • External hard drive
  • Music and videos stored in laptop or portable music device
  • Good-quality adapter for electronic gadgets
  • Electric or solar-powered battery charger and rechargeable batteries
  • Camera supplies