You've booked your flight to Agadir, found the perfect surf camp in Tamaraght, arranged the airport transfer, but the night before you travel you're standing in front of your suitcase with only a vague notion of what to pack.
During the summer, the temperatures can range from a temperate 18 degrees in the morning to soaring above 35 by afternoon. During Moroccan winters, the temperature can vary between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius. But these readings don't make sense when you see pictures of the sunshine and the sandy beaches: the western coast of Morocco certainly looks warmer than the weather report provides, especially during the winter.
So what do you pack?
Certainly a daunting question if you've booked a surf camp for the first time, or even your first time in Morocco! We've put together a list of our top 10 recommendations on what to bring.
1. Swim Suit
Whether its board shorts or a bikini, this seems like a no-brainer: you're heading to the beach after all. But it's common not to wear anything under a wet suit! Not everyone is comfortable with that, however, so make sure that whatever you end up bringing with you can be easily worn under the wet suit or changed into after your surfing lesson is over.
2. Beach Towel
Always best to communicate with your surf camp if towels are provided. While we provide towels at Local Surf Maroc, we still recommend that you bring one of your own. There's nothing worse than trying to change or dry off with a damp towel while you're away from your accommodation!
3. Sun Screen or Sun Block
A wet suit covers most of your body, but your face, hands, and feet remain exposed for most of the day. Nothing can ruin your surf holiday experience faster than getting burned on these small areas of skin after your first day of surfing. If you end up forgetting this, there are local shops that sell sun screen and surf shops that sell sun block.
The basics like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, and deodorant can be purchased in the local shops. Specific items or brands like face cream and hair gels are best if they are brought by you.
If you do forget an essential, at Local Surf Maroc we tend to have a little extra here an there through donations from previous guests.
5. Bug Spray
With all the water around, it's a perfect breeding ground for insects. Bring the strongest stuff you can!
6. Flip Flops
Whether your bring a functional or trendy pair, or both, you can't pack too many (well, maybe...)! Despite surfing during the winter months, this footwear is essential when spending time on the beach.
With temperatures dipping as low as 10 degrees Celcius overnight, hoodies, jumpers, or sweaters will be essential during your stay. Best is to have a few shirts to layer up as well!
With lots of opportunities to chill, having a good book to take with you can help your experience at a surf camp feel fulfilling mind, body, and soul!
9. Battery Pack, or solar power charger
You can expect to spend a lot of your day at the beach surfing, however, there will be moments where you'll be using your phone more than you planned to while you're out. Taking pictures and capturing memories on your phone's camera can drain your battery faster than expected, so we recommend some sort of battery pack that can charge your phone at least once.
10. Back Pack
Might seem like a no-brainer of a suggestion to have something to carry your day to day belongings in when you're heading to the beach, but take this as a friendly reminder if you're packing a suitcase to check in.
Now that you've checked the list twice and packed everything else you might need, you're ready for your surf camp experience. If you're still unsure if you've packed everything, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Tell us what you ended up packing. Did we miss any recommendations you would include?