Those embarking upon Hajj or Umrah are embarking upon a Journey of life time – a Journey like none other! They must prepare mentally, physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually. Allah says:

“And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.).
So fear Me, O men of understanding!” (Quran 2:197)

So what ever you do don’t leave this behind!

As any travel, it is best to plan your journey. Even better to carry all essential items with you. I’ve listed below a shopping list that I had prepared. It is neither an exhaustive list nor is it a core list. There were items that I didn’t carry and also items that I carried but never used! You can identify the essential items that relate to you. If in doubt, don’t carry them as you can purchase them (if/when needed) during your stay in Saudi Arabia!

Below a list has been compiled for preparation before leaving for Hajj or Umrah:

1. Islamic Things to Learn

2. Islamic Things to Do

3. General Things to Do

4. Thigs to Take/Buy


1. Islamic things to learn

  • What is Hajj, its history
  • Why are we going to perform Hajj/Umrah
  • What are the rewards of Hajj/Umrah
  • How to perform Hajj/Umrah – its pillars, obligatory and sunnah actions (books, audio, videos, seminars) – the Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Take yor hajj rites from me”
  • Learn the relevant dua’s
  • What violates the state of Ihram
  • Review our prayers (Salah) and purification (Wudu)
  • Ettiquettes of Duaa
  • Wiping over our socks instead of washing our feet for wudu (know its rulings)
  • Tayammum – when one does not have access to water (know its rulings)
  • Janaza Salah (there are a lot of funeral prayers in both the Holy Masaajid)
  • Learn how to perform Witr prayer
  • Learn how to pray in congregation
  • Learn the rulings to the travellers prayer


2. Islamic things to do

  • Update/Make an Islamic Will
  • Build on and improve on our ibadah (worship)
  • 5 daily prayers on time: Build our relationship with Allah, seeking alot of forgiveness and making alot of dua (especially asking Allah to grant us a Mabrur Hajj / Umrah (one which is accepted)
  • Purify our hearts from any bad habits or any action displeasing to Allah
  • Purify our tongues – by speaking good, reduce idle talk and increase in dhikr
  • Try to do the optional fasts (e.g. Monday & Thursday / middle 3 days of month)
  • Try and pray Tahajjud (the night prayer)
  • Build on your Taqwaa (consciousness of Allah(SWT)
  • that He is watching us /Fearing Allah /Staying away from all that He has forbidden, etc.
  • Reciting the Quran and reflecting upon its meaning and implementing them /Learn about Jannah and Jahannum, etc.
  • Increase our Emaan (faith)
  • Constantly renew your intentions to why you are going for Hajj – it is a duty we owe to Allah, we are going to please Allah alone
  • Build on being patient
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Say Alhamdulillah for the good and bad
  • Think of those in worse situations
  • Make dhikr and istighfar when in difficult situation
  • Increase on your love for Allah and His Nabi (S) by studying the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the stories of the Sahaba and how they sacrificed their everything for Islam (their wealth, health, status, time and even lives)


3. General Things to do

  • Pay off any outstanding debts (if possible)
  • Make peace with those we have had a misunderstanding, dispute or fallen out with, or are not on speaking terms etc.
  • Ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged (remember a Muslim does should not let 3 days go by without giving salaam to your fellow Muslim)
  • Finish all important jobs and tasks that need doing before leaving for Hajj
  • Book with a Travel Agent
  • Photographs for VISA
  • Process and obtain VISA
  • Vacinations, Meningitis Jab, Flue Jab etc – Obtain certificates


4. Things to Take/Buy

Clothes & Footwear

  • Ihram garment set
  • Ihram belt (Choose the one in which its pocket can accommodate your mobile)
  • Extra Ihram garment set. (Your choice, although I purchasing the extra set from Makkah / Madinah itself if needed)
  • Regular night wear clothes
  • Regular masjid wear clothes
  • Regular outing clothes (can be reduced if you wear same as masjid wear)
  • Inner wear (vest / boxers / lingerie / etc…)
  • Footwear for masjid / umrah / hajj rituals. (Best to wear that you already use and comfortable with. Avoid new purchase)
  • Footwear for airport / outing / stoning tashreek days. (Can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing the same footwear that you generally wear to masjid. I carried my lone flip flop from start to finish with full ease and comfort)
  • Extra footwear. (This depends on the quality and how strong the footwear is. If you doubt its resistance, best to carry another one that is already in use)

Hajj Safe Anti-Theft Waist and Ihram Belt

Hajj Safe Secure Side & Neck Bag

Religious Material

  • Pocket Quran or Individual parts for day use and ease of carrying
  • Fortress of the Muslim
  • Dua / Supplication Book (I highly recommend the Darussalam book titled Some Selected Supplications from the Qur’an)
  • Hajj & Umrah Notes print out / book
  • Qibla Compass (optional)
  • Straw Hajji Mat (a compact light weight mat that is widely available in Saudi Arabia – can be used as your prayer mat, a mat to sit on, your sleeping mat in Muzdalifa and so on)
  • Prayer Mat (Best for it to be light weight for ease of carrying. Alternatively, you could use Straw Hajji Mat for this purpose too)
  • Prayer Beads (optional – I prefer using my fingers)

Fortress of the Muslim    Selected Supplication from Quran and Sunnah Hajj Kit


  • Diarrhoea (eg. Immodium)
  • Fever/Flu (eg. Paracetamol, Fludrex)
  • Pain Relief (eg. Voltaren tablet / gel)
  • Band Aid for cuts and bruises (common due to wheelchairs around)
  • Dehydration (eg. ORS powder)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Dates – these would help you give the much needed energy during busier days
  • Dry Fruits & Nuts – these would help you give the much needed energy during busier days
  • Energy Bars – these would help you give the much needed energy during busier days

Electronics / Gadgets / Electrical

  • Mobile Phone
  • Mobile Phone Charger
  • Mobile Phone Extra Charger
  • Tablet and its charger
  • Laptop and its charger
  • MP3 player and its charger – can be used to listen to Hajj lectures, Quran, lectures and so on
  • Camera and its charger – refrain from photography during your Hajj rituals and devote time in supplicating
  • Trimmer / Shaving Set and its charger – optional
  • Universal Travel Adapter with USB port
  • 10 in 1 USB charger (you can use this USB charger in the travel adapter above)
  • Solar powered USB charger (I haven’t used this but heard it does the job!)
  • Pocket fan and its batteries
  • Power Extension Cord
  • Torch – optional
  • GPS to help you in case you get lost

Hygiene / Cosmetics

  • Towel (I recommend quick dry micro fiber towels as they occupy less space, serves the purpose and more importantly practical during travel journeys)
  • Hand Towel / Napkins (Can be ignored if you are comfortable using the above towel for the same purpose)
  • Disposable toilet seat covers
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Pocket Tissues (fragrance free)
  • Pocket Tissues (normal) – can  be ignored if you are comfortable using the fragrance free tissues during non-Ihram days
  • Body Wash Gel / Soap (normal)
  • Body Wash Gel / Soap (fragrance free) during Ihram – can be ignored if you don’t intend taking a shower with soap
  • Shampoo (normal)
  • Shampoo (fragrance free) during Ihram – can be ignored if you don’t intend shampooing during Ihram
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (fragrance free)
  • Toothpaste (normal) – can be ignored if you are comfortable using the same as above for regular days
  • Toner
  • Body Moisturizer
  • Face pack
  • Facewash (normal)
  • Facewash (fragrance free) – can be ignored if you don’t intend using facewash during Ihram
  • Miswak
  • Deodrant (fragrance free) – can be ignored if you don’t intend using facewash during Ihram
  • Deodrant (normal)
  • Perfume / Ittar
  • Nail cutter
  • Scissor
  • Ear buds
  • Cotton buds
  • Sanitiser / hand wipes (normal)
  • Sanitiser / hand wipes (fragrance free) – can be ignored if you are comfortable using only water to santise yourself
  • Petroleum Jelly (fragrance free – to apply between your thighs during long walks if you have a history of skin rashes)
  • Sunscreen lotion SPF 15/30/50 – (you may want to assess fragrance free option too.)
  • Hair Brush / Comb


  • Saudi Arabia Sim cards
  • Vaccination card
  • Hair pins & Scarf pins
  • Sleeping bag – (may not be necessary if you are comfortable with the Straw Hajji Mat and perhaps a bedsheet)
  • Baby pillow (might come handy during land journeys and Mina days)
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Regular glasses and lens kit (solution, lens, etc…)
  • Detachable hooks / hangars to dry clothes
  • Bottle for refilling drinking water – optional
  • Sandwich sealable bags for stoning days
  • Big Bag for entire journey
  • Small Bag for Mina days
  • Even smaller bag for Arafat & Muzdalifa rituals
  • A small pouch to carry short notes and a book or two during your mosque visits, including Umrah and optional Tawaaf.
  • An identifiable bag to keep your footwear when you enter the mosques

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Noaman Sayed