Moroccan Packing Tips

As the new staj is preparing to join us in Morocco, I thought a post on things I was glad I brought, wish I’d brought and should have left at home would be timely.

Glad I Brought

*Microfiber towel – they dry quickly so are great for travel for trainings and visiting other volunteers

*Uno and Phase 10 – card games in general are good; they are easy to pack and perfect for long train rides, visits with volunteers and playing with your host family

*shower shoes/flips – necessary for bathing and the hammam

*external hard drive filled with movies – mine is a 4 TB and about half full; it’s also a great back up for all your work

*extra USB – Peace Corps Morocco gives you one with PC resources, but if you are like me you are likely to misplace it (a couple of times)

*Bestek converter – #gamechanger;  best purchase ever

*fresh undies in your stored bag during CBT – just trust me on this one

*travel size toilet paper – great for when traveling around the country

*Crest toothpaste – I’ve used Crest my entire life and it’s not readily available

*Kindle – with tons of books downloaded (although I’ve mainly been reading books from the PC Library)

*Qtips – good quality ones are hard to find here

*Carmex – in general chapstick is hard to find, but I’ve been a Carmex fan since high school so I brought a large supply

*Gatorade/Propel packets – necessary for living in southern Morocco (I brought a small quantity and have requested more)

*Sleeping bag – perfect for visiting fellow PCVs and staying warm on cool nights

*Excedrine Migraine pills – I’m prone to migraines and these are the only thing that help.  Peace Corps provides us with a medical kit to cover every thing from headaches to bug bites to allergies to dehydration, but I knew I’d need something more intense.

Could Have Left at Home

*multiple bars of Dove soap – for some reason I collected like 20 bars of Dove soap (for two years??) yet Dove is sold in Morocco

*hairspray – when you only wash your hair once (maybe twice) a week and wear it in a ponytail every day, hairspray is completely unnecessary

*extra makeup – I’ve only worn makeup once in the last nine months

*vitamins – the medical office will provide if requested

*shortwave radio – all I can say is ‘what was I thinking?’

*ipad – didn’t use it at all the first six months; have been doing some reading and using a yoga app the last couple but I could definitely live without it

Wish I’d Brought

*slightly small computer – I have a 13 inch MacBook Air and I wish I’d bought the 10 inch

*travel backpack – I thought I’d bought the right size but it’s only good for one night

*index cards – necessary for studying and aren’t available in country

*small notebook for new words – I found one about a month in to CBT but I wish I’d had it earlier)

*scissors – the ones in country are not good quality

*a cooling towel – cause it’s freaking HOT down south and one of these bad boys would be oh so handy

*sweatshirt/sweatpants – thanks to my good friend Teresa for sending me some!

*rain boots – the rainy season hits toward the end of CBT; although I don’t need them now in the south

*ziplock baggies – I’m not sure how these didn’t get packed (thanks to my good friend Amy for sending!)

*washcloth (or two) – cause bathing

*2 pair of shorts – instead of one (no females can’t wear them in public, but you need them in your own home when it’s HOT)

*whiteboard markers – the ones in country are not good quality; thanks to my good friend Shelley for sending these!



About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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2 Responses to Moroccan Packing Tips

  1. Kimmy says:

    Ali, I sure do miss you and am so proud to call you a friend for taking this dedicated journey. I have learned over and over in the last few years how important it is to chase your dreams while you can. You’ll need to have a potluck with all your friends so we can sit around you like kids listening to the library lady telling spectacular stories.
    I keep you in my thoughts and prayers, always. I know it’s not possible after an experience like this to return as the same person you were when you left but, I hope you’ll have a big hug for me when you return. Love you BIG!


    • alicrain says:

      I miss you too Kimmy!! Thank you for always supporting me. And of course I’ll have gigantic hug for you! I hope I’m an even better person after Peace Corps. Love you bunches!


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