On arrival in Marrakech it is quite warm in the sun, so it’s a good idea to pack a few warm weather clothes. However, for a good deal of the time up the mountain it will be cold, so pack warm clothes too.
As advertised the refuge is quite basic, so don’t expect too many mod cons. Whilst there is a fire in the main lounge area it can still get quite cold inside, especially with the lack of internal doors on the ground level, so pack some warm clothes to wear around the refuge itself. I took a down jacket with me that came in handy at various points on the trip.
Take a good book, and a pack of cards, that way you can have a peaceful moment to yourself or have a social game of cards with the rest of your group, guides and other residents of the refuge. Definitely don’t forget to take some ear plugs, you will probably need them.
When you arrive try to get a bunk bed away from the door and walls and if possible on the lower levels. I had an upper bunk for the first night and got a bit damp from all of the condensation in the room at night. Moisture also means that the floors in the refuge can get quite slippery, so take care, especially when going up and down the stairs.
There is also a shower, but be warned, there is not an endless supply of hot water and it can run out, leaving you to have a cold one, and that is really quite bracing! Still, it is possible and well worth it if you want to clean up.
There were a couple of plug sockets so you can charge batteries and phones (though you will have to share with everyone else).
The refuge can also get quite busy, so despite not seeing may people on the way up to the refuge, it was surprising to see just how many people were staying there. When it is busy it does mean that it’s not always possible to get a seat in the lounge, but there are other places to sit and have copious cups of sweet tea - not always mint!