Hajj packing suggestions
Your Hajj journey is getting closer and closer and now is the perfect time to start gathering all your supplies (for Hajj). Make sure everything is ready to go at least one week before your departure. What helps is printing out the Hajj checklist (below) and crossing out each item (once confirmed).
I wanted to briefly talk about a couple of important aspects of the Hajj list (before writing it), which I feel will be of benefit. The first is clothing…Clothing is a topic often talked about, how much clothing should you take? Should pack light? Generally packing light is best, but for Hajj not so much. Its advised women take 5 outfits (one for each day) and for men take a backup Ihram or two. Outside of the Hajj period for men, it’s best to have at least 1 set of clothes for every 2 days.
If you are taking medication regularly, do consult with your doctor before travelling. Ensure you have enough medication to last you whilst away and if you have any specific illnesses, your doctor can provide you with a travel letter, which tells people (unaware of your illness) the actions to take in case of any emergencies.
Men should definitely keep moisturising in mind, especially in a state of Ihram. When in a state of ihram, you aren’t wearing any boxers or underwear, your legs will chaff and Vaseline or other creams can make a world of a difference.
During the days of Hajj, it is a great idea to keep a backpack or separate bag with you. Don’t fill it up to much, keep it easy to carry and use, it can come in really handy.
Lastly, should you lose an item of clothing (or anything else from your list) or something breaks or if you simply need a spare T-shirt, don’t panic and remember we are in a group together. Feel free to ask one of the pilgrims to help you out or simply pop in to Bin Dawood – one of the main supermarkets there.
Hajj checklist summary
- Granola bars (energy and/or protein, non-chocolate), 1/day of your trip
Clothing & Shoes
- Pair flip flops for bathrooms
- Comfortable walking sandals ( A must)
- Foot massage ball/Tennis ball
- Pure cotton clothing, thin but not sheer
- Cooling towel (you can find one that runners use)
- Drawstring shoe bag (will be provided)
- Neck pouch/necklace pouch for keeping money
- Small towel
- Sleeping “bag” liner (Please don’t purchase until after the seminar)
- Small blanket
- Eye cover/sleeping mask
- Ear plugs, 1 set/day of your trip (Light sleepers will need them)
- Sunglasses (A must)
- Inflatable airplane pillow/mini pillow
- Extra collapsible large duffle bag (if you plan on shopping), 1 or 2 depending on your shopping list
- Suitcase (max 2) 1 carry on or small check-in bag for Mina
- Backpack or small duffle bag for the days of Hajj
- Portable phone charger
- Extension cord with multiple outlets
- Unscented soap (Simple brand works perfectly)
- Unscented deodorant
- Unscented lotion or oil
- Unscented Vaseline
- Unscented hand sanitizer, 2 small bottles
- Unscented wipes, 1 pack split up into convenient zipper seal mini packs
- Disinfecting spray
- Toilet paper roll (mini roll will do, if you’re used to using toilet paper)
- Pens, 2
- Dua book or app
- Personal traveling prayer mat
- Quran that you’re comfortable with, preferably small
- Basic mini drugs kit (allergy, pain relief, anti-diarrheal/digestive problems)
- Antibiotics, get them from a pharmacy there (no prescription needed, just consult with a doctor in your Hajj group)
- Blister plasters
- Sore throat and cough supplies (numbing lozenges and cough drops)
- Soluble vitamin C: shake into your water bottle for an extra boost.
- Extra copies of passport and visas, 2
- Permanent marker/Masking, packing, or duct tape