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Hajj Essentials To Pack For The Spiritual Journey

The common recommendation is to start packing as early as possible. Hajj is a BIG deal as it’s a journey that requires one to be prepared not only when it comes to logistics but also with things like knowledge, understanding and spiritual preparation. 

We’ve done the research for you and have listed below everything you need to pack!

Whilst the thought of packing for Hajj can be rather worrying, that’s only the case until you’ve sat down and had a think about things, and we’re here to help! 

So, let’s get into it! 

Travel Documentation

  • Passport
  • Visa documentation
  • Proof of vaccination (check if necessary)
  • Passport-sized photos (just in case it’s needed)
  • Photocopy of your passport and visa
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel itinerary

Money

  • We recommend taking some cash with you. The currency is Saudi Riyals and 500 Riyals in cash is the amount we recommend. This is around £105. This will be super useful if you need cash immediately upon landing. Once you’re settled in, feel free to use any cash machine to withdraw money or simply take GBP with you and exchange it at any of the currency shops.
  • On this point, we recommend budgeting carefully and taking enough money to last you. This is of course subjective and will depend on your finances and spending habits. It will also depend on how much your package covers.

Worship

  • Small pocket Quran
  • Prayer Mat
  • Hajj Guidebook
  • Dua book
  • List of Duas either as a PDF copy or as a physical book
  • Tasbeeh
  • Tawau counter
  • Notebook to record progress

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Miswaak
  • Shampoo*
  • Shower Gel*
  • Soap*
  • Vaseline
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Towels (small and large)
  • Wet wipes (useful for after meals )
  • Comb
  • Razors
  • Ittar
  • Nail cutter
  • Scissors
  • Sanitary pads
  • Cotton Buds
  • Tissues

Clothing

  • Ihram x 2: we recommend buying a good quality Ihram as you will be wearing this over the course of a few days. What’s more, be sure to take a second set just in case you need to change the first set.
  • Waist pouch for storing money, documents and any other valuables
  • Loose clothing as the weather is very hot. Saudi Thobe for men and Abaya for women is the best.
  • Sandals and slippers – take a few pairs just in case you lose one.
  • Comfortable trainers for walking once Hajj has been complete
  • Shoe bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats and scarves
  • Plenty of clean underwear
  • Shoe covers

Medication

Please be sure to take all necessary medication with you. General medication can also be taken such as:

  • Cold and flu medication
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Dust Allergy medicine
  • Diarrehoa Tablets
  • Constipation Tablets
  • Lip Balm*
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Any supplements
  • Plasters
  • Sun Block*
  • Antibiotics
  • Mosquito and bug repellant

Electronic

  • Power bank
  • Extension Lead
  • Travel Adaptors
  • Saudi Sim
  • Mobile Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones
  • Travel iron
  • Digital Travel Scales

Travel Accessories

  • Travel pillow
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Face mask
  • Water bottle
  • Wudhu bag
  • Snacks/food
  • Protein Bars/Energy Bars
  • Carrier Bags
  • Umbrella
  • Sewing Kit

*A point to mention about all the creams, toiletry products and other products which you will use throughout Hajj: it is important that all these products are unscented as it is impermissible to use anything scented whilst in the state of Ihram. If you do take anything scented with you, this can be used only prior to entering the state of Ihram and once you have exited the state of Ihram. 

Words – Natasha Syed

British Muslim Magazine

The adventurous spirit behind the pages of British Muslim magazine. As the Editor-in-Chief, Natasha leads with a passion for exploration and a pen dipped in wanderlust. With a keen eye for halal travel experiences and an insatiable curiosity for new experiences, she brings readers along on captivating journeys to far-flung destinations. Through her vibrant storytelling, Natasha invites readers on enriching adventures, where every experience is a window into the muslim world.

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