Travelling with children

Traveling with small children, you may well find that people will frequently come up to admire them, to compliment you on them and to caress them, which may be uncomfortable for shyer offspring. In Moroccan families, children stay up late until they fall asleep and are spoiled rotten by older family members. The streets are pretty safe and even quite young children walk to school unaccompanied or play in the street unsupervised.

As a parent, however, you will encounter one or two difficulties. For example, you won’t find baby changing rooms in airports, hotels or restaurants, and will have to be discreet if breastfeeding – find a quiet corner and shield infant and breast from view with a light cloth over your shoulder. Beach resorts and package tour hotels may have facilities such as playgrounds, children’s pools and babysitting services, but mid-range city hotels as well as Riads (guest-houses) are far less likely to cater for children, though many allow children to share their parent’s room for free.

Baby seats are available on request on our tour vehicles, including 4WDs and vans. You may always ask for assistance from your guide in case you need proper arrangement when boarding and pulling out of the car.
Disposable nappies, (diapers) are available at larger supermarkets (such as Marjane and Carrefour) and sometimes city pharmacies at prices similar to what you may at home; but off the beaten track, you may need to stock up, or take washables. You may also want to take along some dried baby food; any café can supply hot water.

Among hazards that you’ll need to bear in mind are traffic and stray animals. Dogs can be fierce in Morocco, and can also carry rabies, and there are a lot of feral cats and dogs about. Children (especially younger ones) are also more susceptible than adults to heatstroke and dehydration, and should always wear a sunhat, and have high-factor sunscreen applied to exposed skin. If swimming at beach resort, they should do so in a T-shirt, certainly for the first few days. The other thing that children are very susceptible to is an upset tummy. Bear in mind that anti-diarrheal drugs should generally not be given to young children; consult your guide in case you suspect your child to have symptoms of the above mentioned diseases.

Note that children traveling to Morocco should have their own passport and may not travel on that of their parents.

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