Practical Advice, Tips and Shopping (Packing) List For Hajj

Useful Tips From the Book: Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage) [Darussalam]

1Mark passports by putting coloured tape on the edge of the passport to make it easily recognisable in a pile of passports.

2Make copies of your passports and keep separate from your passport.

3Keep some extra passport-sized photos with you (at least 4). In case you loose your identity badge.

4Mark your bags inside and outside (using bright coloured paint)  with your initials . If you can include your permanent residence details as well as your Makkah and Madinah contact details.

5In the event of lost, baggage, keep some spare clothes and underwear in your overnight bag/ or cabin bag.

6. Remember and note down the following before you travel: the colour, the brand/make, any other special identifiabale features of your suitcase.

Packing and Shopping List







Advisable to have 2, to change if one gets dirty



Avoid black or white as they are very common. 


Travel pillow/eye mask and ear plugs

Useful if you wish to sleep when sharing room/tent with others


Money belts & lightweight back packs

Useful for packing for Arafat and Muzdalifah



Dark colours are recommended



Tablets for pain and fever


Lucozade sweets


Muscle cream & antiseptic cream (useful for aching legs and muscles)


Antibiotics (amoxicillin, penicillin, etc)/Beechams flu plus/Sudafed/paracetamol, ibuprofen



Cough syrup


Throat lozenges


Diarrhoea tablets/constipation medicine


Anti allergy tablets  eg piriton/Zirtek


Plasters & bandages



Cream for skin irritation



Vitamins, Vitamin C etc


Socks and cardigans/ warmshawls

Will be quite cold in Madinah

Thick socks will also be useful for the women for tawaaf and say’ between safa marwa as the marble floor can be quite hard for ladies feet.  (Also avoid any hard skin on soles of feet as these can also be very painful with long contact on hard marble floors.


Dust mask

Surgical type is useful


Sunglasses and caps








Scent free soap


Scent free Moisturising cream


Sanitary towels


Liquid soap (shower hair & body wash). Take small handsoaps as well for use in Arafat and Mina.




Scent free pocket tissues


Attar perfume for men


Miswak & toothbrushes & toothpaste


Sunscreen lotion


A cloth bag to put flip flops/chappals/shoes

This will help to identify your shoes from others in plastic bags.



Take an extra pair and a bag for to put them in


Additional photos

For registration/idenitity cards.


Ground mat

Useful for sleeping on floor (Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah


Small folding seat

This can be purchased in Jedda


Trolley rucksack

Very useful for Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah


500 Saudi Riyals cash as well as traveller’s cheques

Large queues at Hajj Terminal bank.  Large sums are not required till Makkah or Madeenah


Long abayas & cotton trousers



Scarfs & misr &  bright colour ribbon & safety pins

The ribbon can be worn on the back of the head or around your head  for easy identification


Disposable underwear

Useful for the 5 days of hajj for the women (when in Mina and Arafat).  Available from Mothercare.


Washing soap

A small amount may be useful until you can buy some


Clothes line and pegs

Or you could get one of those plastic socks and underwear hangars


Small pair of scissors

Useful for cutting ladies’ hair in the hotel


Sleeping bags and blankets

Will be needed in Muzdalifah at night


Small towel

Useful for wudu


Tagis or sneakers/or lightweight walking shoes

Could be used when walking to stone jamrat instead of flip flops as flip flops can easily be stepped on and lost.

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