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Packing List: Morocco Marvels

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Morocco has been on my travel bucket list for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger this year by planning a 10-day trip to the medieval city of Fes, the small town of Ouirgane in the Atlas Mountains, and the bustling hubbub of Marrakech. Between the souks, the tagines, and the architecture, I have a feeling Morocco and I will get along famously. Here’s what I’m bringing when I hop on a plane tomorrow:

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad

I never go a day without SPF, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like a ghost. These pads from Dr. Gross will give me the hint of a tan, minus the sun damage. 

2. Supergoop!® Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

Speaking of SPF, there’s nothing I like better than combining my sun protection with color correction, antioxidants, and light diffusion. This Supergoop! CC Cream packs all those benefits into one product. 

3. Herban Essentials Towelettes

Throughout the trip, I’ll be doing a lot of sightseeing in a warm, dusty environment. I’m planning to stash a couple of these towelettes in my bag every day for a quick face, hand, and neck refresh while I’m out and about. The orange essential oil is a natural germ-buster, and the citrus scent is a great midday pick-me-up.  

4. fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

After countless solo trips (Argentina, Turkey, India, Belize, Portugal…), I’ve become a pro at light packing, which means that I always look for double-duty products. For an easy combo of sun protection and sheer color, I love this balm from fresh. 

5. Triple C Designs Power Mate Plus

My iPhone battery always dies at the least opportune moments—in Morocco, I’m picturing myself wandering around the medina hopelessly lost (thanks to my terrible sense of direction) and unable to access a map or call my hotel in desperation. Triple C to the rescue!

6. J.Crew Stripe Jersey Maxiskirt

As a 61-inch-tall (aka 5’1”) woman, I tend to shy away from long dresses and skirts, but Morocco is no place for tank tops and short shorts. This maxiskirt will take me from sightseeing to dinner without baring any leg. Plus, it’s also wickedly comfortable, making it a strong contender for the long overnight plane ride from New York.

7. Books, books, and more books!

What’s a vacation without killer reads? As a longtime mystery and crime novel buff (an inheritance from my mother), I can’t wait to dig in to Kate Atkinson’s latest book, Life After Life. A friend of a friend wrote what looks to be a fantastic novel set in Morocco called The Forgiven, and to cap it off, I’m planning to revisit Barbara Pym’s 1950 debut, Some Tame Gazelle, which contains one of the best lines ever: “If only one could clear out one’s mind and heart as ruthlessly as one did one’s wardrobe.” Amen, Barbara. 

—Bene

(Photo: riadsalamfes.com)

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