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An Insight About the Holy Journey Checklist and Packing Essentials

02 February 2024

The pilgrimage of Hajj is accompanied by extensive planning and instructions. It must be carried out in accordance with a suite of norms. All Muslims are advised to learn and implement these standards in order to reap the most benefits and rewards from Allah (SWT). Prior to commencing on this sacrificial journey. Believers must enlighten themselves regarding the fundamental requirements of Hajj. Hajj is something that everybody should perform once in their lives and with their own halal money. It is such a great obligation and most of the time Muslims get extraordinarily excited. In that excitement, they tend to forget a lot of essential things that they might require during their journey. Therefore, it is beneficial to pack your luggage before time so that you won’t miss anything.

Hajj is a magnificent pilgrimage of devotion between a devotee and their Lord. There is no religious or emotional event more visible than Hajj in Makkah's sacred city. Every rational and economically capable Muslim is required to accomplish this act of devotion. It is Islam's final cornerstone and spiritual responsibility that is essential to Islamic doctrine. Millions of Muslims put aside their disparities of ethnicity, caste, socioeconomic class, and race to participate all together in this sacred pilgrimage with a modest two-piece white clothing referred to as Ihram. While Muslims begin planning for this pilgrimage one month before Zil-Hajj, it is critical to prepare a checklist of the items needed for this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage.

A Smart Packing List for Pilgrims

Whenever you travel somewhere it is crucial to prepare a packing list. A complete packing list helps travelers to pack their stuff easily without forgetting anything. There are a lot of things you’ll need specifically when you will move for the Holy Hajj excursion. So, here's a hajj checklist for pilgrims to assist them in gathering the necessary items for this sacred pilgrimage:

Important Documents

Take all of your essential documents. Do not forget any required documents because that might cause a big problem for you. Passports, ID cards, tickets, hotel receipts, bank draft of hajj payment, essential mobile numbers, passport size photos, relationship certificate (especially for women traveling with mahram), and medical prescriptions you might need. It is solely your responsibility to take good care of all of these things. Otherwise, if you miss any document it would be considered your fault. As a precautionary measure, get two to three copies of each and every document and put them in different places in your bags. This will help you in case you misplace any of them.

Books & Printable

Try to keep Hajj related books and guides with you. This will help you a lot during your whole journey of Hajj and you will be able to recite different Hajj Dua’s and many more things without any sort of inconvenience. For instance, you must have a free Hajj guide pamphlet, a list of short Dua, a list of beneficial Arabic words, and phrases, a Hajj guide, pocket-sized Quran, and a book of Dua.

Pack Ihram & Abayas

Men must take at least two Ihrams with them. This will help them in case if one gets dirty. It will also save your time washing Ihrams and will let you change them easily. Furthermore, women must bring one or two additional abayas or external coverings. It will be useful because you won't have enough space for washing and you can spend more time worshipping Allah Almighty. Abayas are also commonly worn and women feel easy and comfortable in them. Carry at least 3 to 4 headscarves and abayas for the easy performance of Hajj.

Prayer Mat

Keep a prayer mat with you otherwise you’ll regret it. It’s a must have for your packing list essentials. There are a lot of surfaces during Hajj that is rough and rigid so, a prayer mat is important and you can save yourself from praying on hard areas. You can have a pocket prayer mat because it is easy to carry and handle.

Ihram Belt or A Neck Belt

Try putting a customized Ihram belt or Hajj neck bag on your Hajj packing list to protect money, other vital goods, or even credentials safe. The Ihram belt would not interfere in the way, and those useful neck bags not only have numerous compartments but can also be used with an abaya. There are also many styles obtainable to meet your requirements.

Prescribed Medicines

Take your medicines with you because you might need them at any point in your journey. But don’t forget to keep prescriptions with you because you might need them. The place of Hajj is extremely crowded and you might get panic hence, you will require your medicines. That’s why keep all of your medicines in your handbag.

A First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit is extremely beneficial and you might need it at any point. Your packing list should have a tiny first aid kit to protect you from any pitfalls during your journey.

Toiletries

Carry all your personal hygiene things with you including sanitizers, unscented alcohol-free soap kit, unscented tissues and wipes, unscented lip balm, halal moisturizers, toothbrush, toothpaste, unscented soap and shampoo, scissors, nail clippers and earpad, sanitary napkins, sunscreen, dry tissues, and many more.

Pack Weather-Related Stuff

Keep in view the overall weather of Saudi Arabia and then pack your stuff accordingly. Take the right kind of clothing with you. For instance, in summers bring Ihrams of stuff that is comfortable and convenient to wear. Moreover, do not take extraordinary clothes with you as they will only burden your luggage and you won’t have the time of wearing all those clothes.

Food Supplies

?Bring healthy snacks, plenty of water, rehydrating drinks, refillable water bottles to fill with ZamZam water. This will make your journey an easy and relaxing one. You can also take a lot of other healthy snacks but do not eat heavy things and do not overeat as well. This will distract you from worshipping and is bad for your health.

Electronic Essentials

?In electric things, you can take electric razors, power banks, mobile chargers, a smartphone with the latest Islamic or travel apps, and an additional old cellphone in case you lost yours. Try to be mindful of your electronic items as they require charging or batteries to run smoothly otherwise it would be a hassle.

Shoes and Accessories

Keep a random and comfortable set of shoes with you. This will be extremely comfortable to use while walking, using public washrooms, etc. while performing Namaz or Nafl you can bring shoe covers with you and add your shoes to them in order to secure them.

In Essence,

Despite all of the aforementioned items keep all those things that you think are necessary while traveling or during the performance of Hajj. But it is advised not to take unnecessary stuff with you because it might overburden your luggage and there are a lot of chances that you might forget essentials. Therefore, it is beneficial to make a packing list of luggage essentials to avoid the last-minute hassle.

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