For travel in Middle Eastern countries, taking a lightweight headscarf is highly recommend for women.
No matter what your personal feelings about this custom are, it saves you a lot of staring and unwanted attention from grinning teens to hassle from grown men.
The headscarf option may be of more use in the more rural areas as city women tend to dress far more “western”.
If people don’t look like they’re eating snacks or drinking coffee while walking in the street, you shouldn’t either.If you want to buy something in a souk, you will be haggling about the price.If you offer a cigarette to the person selling the thing (if it’s a man 9 times out of 10 he’ll be a smoker), you start to become more like a friend than a customer, “Oh, we’re just sitting here, two friends, talking about something I like.” Always handy is a good story to tell while haggling for the product you want – “it’s for my cousin who is getting married” for example. ” Related and sometimes useful is a bag of small cheap plastic hair barrettes to hand out to little girls – comes in handy when you want to take pictures. Warning, though, if there is a crowd of kids, they will descend on you – better to use this nicety if there are only one or two children present.Stay away from crowds and never get involved in the local demonstrations.Steer clear of heavily guarded American embassies, except if you’re going in to register, and always steer clear of military-looking areas. If a women is wearing a headscarf or is Bedouin (recognisable by facial tattoos), better to not take her picture at all. Many Bedouins in Morocco believe taking a photo image of them steals their soul – it’s serious stuff in their culture.