You will need a lockable travelling bag (or suitcase) for your personal effects before and after the race.

Remember to bring clothes for the flight and for your time pre/post the race! And of course  for your time in the Berber Palace after you have Triumphed. There IS a pool. When you are in Ouarzazate after the race, please remember that Morocco is a Muslim country. If you would like to respect the culture this means – for women – no above the knee shorts/skirts or tops that show your shoulders (ie vests) or cleavage.  For men, no vests and no tight shorts either.

The usual allowance is 5kg hand baggage and 20kgs hold baggage. Your luggage should be 100% safe but just in case please wear your shoes on the plane and pack your most essential kit in your hand luggage.

The luggage containing your personal effects will be given to the organisers on the second day during the administrative, technical and medical checks. It will be waiting for you when you return to your hotel. After the first night of camping, you will be in a better position to evaluate your needs. Feel free to bring things that you can give away to the Berbers when the race proper starts. You will be aware of the daytime and night-time temperatures and will have had advice from the “old hands” so that you can make a last adjustment if necessary. Therefore, you will be able to reduce or increase the weight of your backpack before handing your luggage over.



Two excellent guides for kit are MDS Kit Review and  MDS Kit: What worked and what didn’t



The use of gaiters is generally considered to be essential in the sand. Their benefit offsets their weight.



You are responsible for your backpack and its contents.

Do not leave it lying around as the penalties for not having it and its contents mean lots of penalties. See rules ARTICLE. 7, 24, 27 and 28.



This is an obligatory item.

Competitors who do not carry one will be penalized. Even the most warm-blooded need a sleeping bag for insulation against the cold nights, for full recuperation and after using a lot of calories. Our definition of sleeping bag is very wide, ranging from ordinary camping bag to a high quality mountain bag.

Choose what suits you best.

Bear in mind weight and warmth.



You are advised to have a heating stove with fuel tablets.

Don’t forget to work out how many fuel tablets you will need, otherwise you will either be carrying extra weight, spares or eating cold food.

As you can imagine, for security reasons gas canisters are forbidden.

Fuel can be ordered online from the MdS Boutique for a limited time prior to the race – we’ll let you know when it goes on sale.  Orders will be collected at the first bivouac. has an absolute wealth of information about everything to do with MdS from how to train for it to how to pack your bag, to stories from past competitors. Check it out, and become a member for all the latest updates.

You will be invited to join a closed Facebook group for your specific race – don’t miss out!