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As one of the world’s largest gatherings each year, Hajj or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca is incredibly physically, spiritually and mentally exhausting. However, it is also one of the most rewarding, if not the most rewarding experience you will have gone through in your lifetime.
Preparing for any trip is difficult and anxiety-inducing, so we can imagine just how strenuous packing for unknown conditions in that heat of Saudi Arabia. But fret no more, we have come up with the perfect packing list all ready for you. A packing list makes any kind of travel a little easier, so if that’s what it takes to make your Hajj experience more spiritual and less mind-consuming, then let’s get to it.
Note that there are specific restrictions when you are in the state of ihram, or whefeatn you have made the intention to perform the Hajj. For example, you cannot lather on anything that is scented and there is no clipping, cutting, or shaving of hair allowed.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the perfect essentials to bring with you on your journey to Mecca.
- Unscented hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes
- 2-3 lightweight abayas
- Light jersey scarves (we love these)
- Umbrella (for when sun just won’t quit)
- Extra hair ties (you can never have enough)
- Comfortable shoes (you’ll be walking A LOT)
- Fanny pack for all of your items you cannot leave behind like money, passports, etc. (And yes, there is such a thing as a cute fanny pack)
- First Aid Kit (and don’t forget the Advil)
- Face towel
- Unscented face moisturizer/sunscreen
- Prayer rug
- Quran and any other duaa, or supplication, books you want to bring along
- Eye drops (if you wear contacts, you’ll thank me later)
- Personal fan
- Protein bars
- List of all the personalized duaa you want to make for friends and family (you’ll want to have this handy either in your phone or on a sheet of paper you can carry around)
You can even personalize this list, adding some of your own essentials for Hajj. And there you have it, folks. Enjoy this life-changing experience and make sure keep us in your duaas!
Combining California flavors with a passion for social justice, Reem Assil has always wanted to positively impact her community.
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