Going to another country is away from our comfort zone especially when we will be staying in a desert! That’s why it is essential to take a few things from home to be prepared and not to waste too much time.
Here’s a list of items you can possibly consider to take with you, but remember it depends on your needs. Don’t worry about taking everything from the list, it’s only a guide. Some items can be bought in Saudi. Make sure you check ingredients to ensure it’s Halal.
- Passport (and photocopies; atleast a copy of everyone’s for each person)
- Travel documents (and photocopies)
- Tickets/booking confirmations – flights, accommodation etc.
- Bank cards
- Some Saudi Riyals (400 SAR [£85] roughly in case you need for food, tea, transport etc.)
TOILETRIES AND MEDICINES
- Required Medicine; Vaseline, Imodium, Paracetamol, Lemsip, Vitamin C supplement, Lucozade Energy tablets, Tiger balm, TCP
- Sanitary products
- Lip balm
- Odourless tissue
- Non-perfumed soap (to use in Ihram) such as Simple products
- Trimmer and nail clippers if you want to do extra Umrah(s)
- Alcohol free Deodrant
- Non-perfumed wipes
- A small First Aid kit
- Spare Ihram
- Crocs flip-flops – which are durable and comfy
- Bum bag which doubles up as a belt to carry notes, mushaf, phone etc.
- Decent string bag for shoes
- Thick socks (outside of Ihram for men)- can use during Tawaf
- Jumper, light jacket (especially during Madinah)
- Shoulder bag
- Topi (prayer hat)
- Thobe trousers
FOOD AND SNACKS
- Healthy light snacks during wait at airports, during transporting etc.
- Dried fruit & nuts, energy bars
- Water (below 100ml during airports)
- Zikr beads, counter
- Qur’an (or downloaded on your phone)
- Salam and Salawat book
- Seerah Book
- Guide on Umrah
- Ziyarah guide
- Marker pen for marking ZamZam containers
- Saudi prayer timetable
- Unlocked phone, Saudi Sim Card (available at official shops such as Zain, STC, Mobily etc)
- Hajj/Ziyarah notes
- Du’a list & pen
- Travel/light prayer mat
- Universal adapter
- Safety pins
- Digital weighing scale
- Carrier bag (to identify luggae quicker; orange, red, yellow ideal)
- A cheap unlocked phone
Patience, patience and more patience!
It’s important to plan ahead when packing, as you don’t want to pack last minute and regret not doing it properly when you go over there. So:
- Be prepared! Don’t leave things to the last minute
- Make a list
- Check luggage allowance
- Keep space to bring back gifts (if you intend to!)
- Roll your clothes; creates space and doesn’t crease
- Travel as light as you can
- Get plenty of rest before travelling
- Go to their airport early
Disclaimer: Hajj Naseeha cannot take responsibility for any items suggested above, nor has any affiliations with companies mentioned. The above is just a guidline and readers are asked to plan according to their needs.