What every Muslim should pack for Hajj
While traveling for the divine land of Makkah and Medina, you must keep in mind that it is a great journey that is not only far afield but also reminds us of the afterlife and our duties and responsibility towards the people who we leave behind us. According to the teachings of Islam, every Muslim must clear all his liabilities and pay off all his dues before leaving for Hajj. It is also a religious obligation to write down a will before leaving for this blissful journey. So it is not just a physical preparation but also a mental preparation to. Various matters need to be taken care of before leaving, several during the journey and you your stay in Makkah and Medina to carry out the rituals of Hajj.
Following is a check list of items that you must pack with yourself to be carried for the pilgrimage, to fully cater to your essential needs:
- First of all, make sure you have all the essential travel documents before you leave for Hajj. These items include your passport, ticket, identity card etc.
- Your ihram. For men, it is a two piece sheet along with a belt to hold the sheet while the women may wear any dress that covers their body completely. Do not forget to carry two or three ihrams so you may change whenever you want.
- People who are prone to allergies must carry masks to wear out in crowds. This is a safety measure that will prevent you from catching any viral infections or diseases.
- Necessary daily use items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap and shampoo. Do not forget that the soaps and shampoos should be fragrance free.
- Prayer mat to keep with you to sit and pray at ease wherever you want.
- A few pair of slippers. Make sure you buy those which are comfortable for to wear.
- Sleeping bag, blankets and inflatable pillow which will be needed in Muzdalifah at night.
- Basic medicines for fever, flu, painkillers and anti-allergies.
- A small bag for slippers when going inside the Masjid.
- A small light-weight travel iron as there may not be the facility of pressing clothes.
- An umbrella.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from harsh sunlight.
- A pocket Quran and book of dua’as and supplications for the remembrance of Allah all along your journey.
- Torch or lantern (for Muzdalifah, if you go to the hills)
- Light weight walking shoes which could be used when walking to stone Jamrat instead of flip flops as flip flops can easily be stepped on and lost. Men must not wear any shoes that cover the ankles because this is one of the restrictions of Ihram for men. While the women may wear any shoes.
- Hand-wash, soap/small paper soaps which will be useful in Mina and Arafat.
You must know that the checklist can vary from one individual to another. This is a list of all the cardinal items and you may count up any other articles you want.