Hajj & Umrah Planner
  • Checklist

    The following is a comprehensive checklist of items to take with you on your journey. Don’t feel obligated to take everything on this list (other than the travel essentials), rather take those items that you feel are necessary.

    Please also bear in mind that many of these items can be purchased from local shops in Makkah and Madinah so if you want to travel light, that option is available.

    Travel Essentials

    Passport including Visa Documentation

    • The Hajj authorities will take your passport upon arrival in Saudi Arabia and will return it to you when departing.

    Valid Tickets

    Proof of Vaccination

    • All pilgrims from all countries must produce a valid certificate of vaccination against quadrivalent (A/C/Y/W135) meningococcal meningitis.
    • Depending on what country you’re from, you may also need to have valid certificates of vaccinations against yellow fever and polio.

    Read more about vaccinations here.

    Passport Sized Photos

    • Take at least 4 additional photographs with you to Saudi Arabia – these may be needed for documents and procedures when you’re there.

    Photocopy of Passport

    Saudi Riyals

    • Take a minimum of about 450 riyals (£100, $120), which will help you with your immediate expenses upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, until you become familiar with getting your money exchanged locally.

    Money

    • Take a sufficient amount of money to cover your expenditures.
    • Draw up a budget before departure.
    • You can exchange your money at the airport upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, at local banks or money exchangers (Sarraf) in Makkah and Madinah (recommended).

    Debit / Credit Card

    • Can be used to withdraw money from an ATM machine if your money runs out.

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • Group leader.
    • Your country’s consulate.

    Full Travel Itinerary

    Prayer

    Pocket Quran

    • Although Musahif (copies) of the Quran are readily available in the mosque, it’s more convenient to have your own. This will allow you to remain seated without the need to get up and find a copy or return it, possibly causing you to lose your spot in the mosque.
    • Don’t forget to remove it from your pocket before you go to the bathroom.

    Dua Book

    • There are many pocket-sized books which contain supplications from the Quran and Sunnah which can be recited throughout your journey.
    • Use those Dua books which have translations of each supplication so you know the meaning of what you’re reciting.

    Dua List

    • Make a collection of supplications you’d like to make during your journey, especially during the Day of Arafat, in a notepad in your native language.
    • List all the supplications you’d like to make including Duas for:
      • Rasulullah ﷺ
      • Our pious predecessors رضي الله عنهم
      • Yourself
      • Your family and relatives
      • The entire Muslim community, especially those suffering around the world
      • Those who have passed away

    Tasbeeh or Digital Dhikr Counter

    • Dhikr counters are very convenient.

    Seven-Bead Tasbeeh

    • To keep count of your circuits during Tawaf and Sa’i.

    Prayer Mat

    • Can be used outside the Haram or on roads due to traffic or crowds.
    • It can prove very useful during travel and can double up as a sun shield.
    • You can purchase lightweight and portable travel prayer mats that fit into your pocket or bag.

    Compass for the Qibla

    • This will be needed during travel

    Hajj / Umrah Guide Book

    • A pocket-sized Hajj / Umrah guide book can be referred to just in case you happen to forget something.

    Baggage

    Hard-Shell Suitcase

    • A good quality suitcase with a hard case and a built-in locking system is recommended.
    • Avoid soft, vinyl suitcases as these can easily be cut open by thieves or ill-intentioned individuals.
    • Don’t take your favourite suitcase or a very expensive one as it will most certainly be knocked around during your journey and accumulate some wear and tear.
    • Your suitcase should be medium in size (maximum 70 cm in length).
    • Travelling with very large suitcases can be very difficult.

    Suitcase Locks & Keys

    Luggage Tags

    Backpack

    • If you’re performing Hajj, pack a lightweight backpack or travelling bag for your stay and journey between Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.

    Read more about baggage here.

    Clothing & Accessories

    Ihram x 2

    • Avoid buying a very thin cotton Ihram – these may stick to you and become uncomfortable if you sweat.
    • The thicker cotton garment or towelling (terry-cloth) is preferable and can later double up as towels / blankets etc.
    • Take another set just in case the first set becomes impure.

    Safety Pins / Clips for Ihram

    • A safety / pin clip can be used to fasten the upper garment of the Ihram so it does not fall from the shoulders.

    Waist Pouch or Neck Pouch

    • Keep your valuables such as money, documents, debit / credit cards and keys in a good quality waist pouch or neck pouch.
    • Wear your pouch at all times and ensure you don’t leave your accommodation without it.
    • Be vigilant of pickpockets and thieves, particularly in crowded areas.
    • Hold on to your pouch in crowded areas to ensure it doesn’t get stolen.
    • Your pouch may be inspected by the authorities at the entrances of the Haramain in Makkah and Madinah.

    Comfortable, Loose-Fitting Clothes

    • Take comfortable, loose-fitting garments for when you’re not in Ihram.
    • Take clothes that require little to no ironing, are easily washed and are appropriate for the journey.
    • One set of clothes usually lasts one day.
    • For men, the Saudi Thobe / Jubbah and the Indo-Pak Shalwar Qameez are ideal.
    • For women, the Abaya is the best option.

    Bathroom Slippers

    • Take some decent, waterproof slippers that can be worn to the bathroom.

    Sandals x 2

    • Whilst in you’re in Ihram, your ankles and the top part of your foot (around the shoelace area) need to remain uncovered.
    • A flat, soft pair of walking sandals is recommended.
    • You will be doing a lot of walking during the days of Hajj so they must be comfortable and ideally, waterproof.
    • Buy a pair well in advance of your journey and wear those shoes regularly so they can be worn in and become more comfortable.

    Trainer / Sneakers

    • For when you’re not in the state of Ihram.
    • This type of footwear is ideal for performing rites like Rami as they provide grip and balance.

    Shoe Bag / String Bag

    • When entering the Haramain, you can put your footwear inside the bag and take them with you to avoid losing them.
    • Your shoes can be left on the racks although there is a chance you may lose them.

    Light Jumper / Jacket

    • If travelling during the winter (November to February), it can get fairly cool during the night and the early part of the morning so you may want to pack a light jumper / jacket.

    Underwear

    Socks

    • To wear with your shoes.
    • The marble tiles in the Haramain can get very cold on occasions so it’s a good idea to wear socks around this area.

    Sunglasses

    • Wearing sunglasses around the Haramain can protect you from the sun’s glare which often reflects off the white marble, potentially causing problems for those with sensitive eyes.

    Headwear

    • Prayer hat / scarf for men to protect your head from the sun (when not in Ihram).
    • Hijab for women.

    Folding Umbrella

    • This can be purchased in Makkah.
    • Buy a white umbrella rather than a black one as black absorbs heat.
    • Avoid buying one with a sharp point as this can cause injury to other pilgrims in crowded areas.
    • You may not be able to take it inside the Haram.

    Toiletries / Hygiene

    Towels

    • Large and Small.
    • Not all hotels provide towels.

    Toothbrush / Miswaak

    Toothpaste

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.
    • Travel-sized toothpaste will be enough.

    Shampoo / Conditioner

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Bar of Soap

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Liquid Soap

    • Can be used as both shampoo and body wash.
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Toilet Rolls / Pocket Tissues

    • Very useful in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah (during the days of Hajj).
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Wet Wipes

    • Very useful to freshen up, especially during the days of Hajj.
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Hairbrush / Comb

    • Can only be used outside the state of Ihram.

    Shaving Machine / Disposable Razors

    • If you want to shave / cut your hair yourself, rather than go to the barber.
    • Don’t pack razors in your hand luggage at the airport as they will be confiscated.

    Deodorant / Anti-Perspirant

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Perfume / Ittar

    • Not to be used in Ihram.

    Suction Hooks

    • To hang your Ihram in the cubicle when using the bathroom facilities in Mina and Arafat.

    Small Mirror

    Nail Cutter

    • Don’t pack this in your hand luggage at the airport as it will be confiscated.

    Small Scissors

    • Don’t pack this in your hand luggage at the airport as it will be confiscated.

    Sanitary Pads

    Toiletries Bag

    • For your toiletries.

    Medication

    Current / Regular Medication

    • E.g. Inhaler if you have asthma, insulin if you have diabetes etc.

    Cold & Flu Relief Medication

    • The probability of getting a cold during Hajj is very high.

    Pain Relief Tablets

    • Over-the-counter drugs for headaches, stomach aches, etc.

    Travel Sickness Tablets

    Moisturising Cream

    • For dry skin.
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Cream / Balm / Lotion

    • For skin irritation.
    • For cracked / dry skin on heels.
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Lip Balm

    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Throat Lozenges / Spray and Cough Syrups

    • For coughs and sore throats.

    Vitamin C Supplements

    • Take one daily.

    Diarrhoea Tablets

    • E.g. Imodium for an upset stomach.

    Vaseline

    • Inner thigh chafing that is a problem often faced by men whilst in Ihram.
    • Men are advised to apply Vaseline or another non-scented moisturiser to the area.

    Plasters / Blister Plasters / Bandages

    • For cuts, burns and blisters.

    Sun Block

    • To minimise the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
    • Must be fragrance-free in Ihram.

    Muscle Pain Ointments / Creams

    • For muscular / joint aches and pains.
    • E.g. Deep heat muscle rub.

    Oral Rehydration Salts

    • To treat dehydration especially due to diarrhoea.
    • Available in powder and tablet form.
    • Those with high blood pressure must seek medical advice before taking.

    Glucose

    • Available in powder and tablet form.
    • Tablets can give you an energy boost.
    • Powder can be mixed with water to make a nutritious drink – it’s very refreshing in the heat in crowded areas.

    Antibiotics

    • You can ask your doctor to provide you with a broad-spectrum antibiotic to help prevent infections during your journey.

    Most over-the-counter medicines are available in pharmacies in Makkah and Madinah.

    Read more about health and medication here.

    Electronics

    Universal Travel Adapter

    • There is no real standard type of plug – you will come across sockets for 2-pin round plugs and 2-pin flat plugs like the ones used in Europe and 3-pin plug sockets like in the United Kingdom.
    • Some rooms have both 2-pin and 3-pin plug sockets.

    Mobile Phone

    • To keep in touch with members of your group, friends and family and people back home.
    • Make sure your phone is unlocked before leaving home.
    • Local sim cards are available in phone shops in Makkah and Madinah.
    • Sim cards are cheap – about 10 Riyals.
    • Some travel agents include Saudi sim cards as part of their package.
    • Write down your own mobile phone number and that of other group members in case you get lost.

    Mobile Phone Charger

    Portable Charger / Power Bank

    • To charge your mobile phone and other electronics.
    • Look for a good quality, light weight one.
    • Multiple input power banks will allow you to charge more than one device at a time.

    E-reader / Smart Tablet

    • To read e-books / listen to Quran recitation etc.
    • If you feel this would be a distraction, don’t take it.

    Earphones / Headphones

    Wrist Watch

    Radio

    • To listen to the Khutba (sermon) at Arafat.

    Alarm Clock

    • If your mobile phone doesn’t have an alarm facility.

    MP3 Player

    • If your mobile phone doesn’t have an MP3 player facility.

    Torch / Flashlight

    • If your mobile phone doesn’t have a torch / flashlight facility.
    • Useful when collecting pebbles in Muzdalifah.

    Travel Iron

    • If needed, only to be used at your hotel.

    Travel Kettle

    • If needed, only to be used at your hotel.

    Digital Travel Scales

    • To measure the weight of your luggage.

    4-Gang Extension Lead

    • For your time in Mina.

    Portable Fan / Cooling Device

    Days of Hajj

    Inflatable Air Mattress

    • Useful in Mina and Muzdalifah.
    • Plastic ones are sufficient.

    Sleeping Bag

    • Useful for Muzdalifah as you will be sleeping out in the open.

    Straw Hajji Mat

    • A straw / plastic mat with a blow-up pillow that can be used in Muzdalifah.

    Inflatable Pillow

    • Can be used in the aeroplane or in Muzdalifah.

    Light Blanket / Bed Sheet

    • Useful for Muzdalifah as you will be sleeping out in the open.

    Pebble Bag

    • For when collecting stones to pelt the Jamarat.
    • Alternatively, you can use a bottle.

    Other Items

    Pen / Marker

    • Don’t take an expensive one as it may get lost.

    Paper / Small Notebook

    Travel Neck Pillow

    • Very useful for long journeys.

    Ear Plugs

    • Helpful in Mina as you will be able to hear others snoring.

    Eye Mask

    • Helpful in Muzdalifah as the lights will make it difficult to sleep.

    Dust Mask

    • Helps if you’re allergic to dust and protects you from car fumes and pollution.

    String & Pegs

    • To hang washing.

    Small Pocket-Knife / Utility Knife

    • May be useful for things like opening tins.
    • Don’t pack it in your hand luggage at the airport as it will be confiscated.

    Small Bottle

    • 500ml or so, which you can fill up with Zamzam water and drink.

    Small Water Spray Bottle

    • Can be very refreshing.
    • Can be used to do Wudhu.

    Foldable Travel Wudhu Jug

    • Can be used for Wudhu and Istinja.
    • Allows you to avoid queues at Wudhu areas.

    Foldable Travel Istinja Jug

    • Used to perform Istinja wherever you are.

    Snacks

    • Foods that won’t go off quickly (like chips, biscuits, rusks, etc.).

    Packets of Juices / Soft-Drinks / Tea / Coffee

    Sandwich Bags / Carrier Bags

    • To carry snacks in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.

    Duct Tape / Sellotape

    • Will have many uses.

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