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the things I did not need to pack

18 February, 2011

Preferring to be overly prepared rather than under prepared for my grant period in Morocco, I packed a lot of things.  I read whatever I could get my hands on, I contacted Peace Corps Volunteers who were living in the area, and I asked Fulbrighters who had been in Morocco last year.  I also received certain other pieces of information that influenced the contents of my suitcases and boxes.

I was told I could buy whatever I want/need at Marjane (Morocco’s Walmart).  In Errachidia, our nearest Marjane is 320 km away in Meknes, and I knew this before moving here.  Given that, I brought even more things that I thought I would need and be unable to find here.

You know those little purse-sized packets of tissue?  I brought 24 of them, thinking I would not be able to find them.   Now whenever I see a pile of them for sale on someone’s street-side table or children selling them outside the bus station, I have to chuckle to myself because I have only used about half of what I brought with me.

tissues bzzef!

I was not sure if I’d be able to find baby wipes here, so I brought five or six packages in my luggage.  I now buy them (80 wipes for 10 dirham!) at Yatout, which we affectionately refer to as “Dollar General” and go to whenever we need something that we would buy at the dollar store in the US.

baby (intelligent) wipes

I was also told that wash cloths do not exist in Morocco.  As a result, I packed six of them to have here.  While in the towel aisle at Marjane in Rabat before moving to Errachidia, I noticed lots of wash cloths, in colors to match the towels.  Again, I chuckle to myself.

Moroccan wash cloths with American goat & squirrel

I also brought way too many articles of clothing.  I seem to do laundry every other day or so here, which means that I often just wear the same things over and over again because they are on top of the stack of clean clothes in my closet.

My thick wool peacoat was sent in one of my boxes, and the only time I have touched it was when I packed it in a suitcase to accompany The Husband back home on a business trip.  It got cold here during the winter (which it is technically still winter, but it practically feels like summer today), but never cold enough that I needed a heavy wool coat in addition to the four shirts that are mandatory attire during colder months.

There are things I’m happy I did bring too.  You can read about them here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 24 February, 2011 16:19

    What were you glad you packed?

    • 24 February, 2011 16:35

      Good question!

      I’ve been thinking about the things I have brought that have been most useful, and those which have brought me the most joy. I’ll be posting about each soon.

      Thanks for asking!

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