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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

WHAT TO BUY AND PACK FOR HAJJ

 

ITEM

DETAILS

PACKED

Ihraam

Advisable to have 2, to change if one gets dirty

 

Umbrella

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

 

Towels

Dark colours are recommended

 

Medicines:

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

 

 

Toiletries:

Shampoo

 

Toothpaste

 

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.

 

Deodorant

 

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.

 

Slippers/chappals

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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