Umrah travel is something that is opted for not that often. Usually, pilgrims from across the globe travel with Umrah packages and arrive in the region for the first time. Therefore, it is quite common for people to forget about the rituals as well as being unprepared for the journey remains a common thing.
When it comes to packing for the holy trip, one might get confused about what to take along and what to leave. Therefore, here is a brief description of the items that women should pack for Umrah.
It is recommended that female pilgrims pack two sets of clothing for their Ihram specifically. They must be stitched because women are not allowed to wear unstitched clothes for their Ihram. Additionally, the clothing you are using for your ihram must remain simple, modest, and loose fit.
Choose a lightweight and breathable fabric for which usually cotton blended or linen is the best option keeping in view the weather conditions of Makkah. However, make sure that it must be thick enough that it does not reveal any part of your body or undergarments under bright sunlight.
Also, pack multiple Abayas and clothes that you are planning to wear on a daily basis (outside of Ihram).
Since the head of female pilgrims must remain covered at all times, they are advised to pack an ample supply of headscarves or hijabs with sufficient under-scarf caps as well. As long as the fabric is concerned, it must be lightweight.
Note that it is recommended for women to wear hijabs that are simple and normal looking i.e., avoid making extravagant styles with your hijab during your Umrah journey.
A sufficient number of undergarments must be packed for your entire trip duration with extras to account for unexpected circumstances and/or weather changes. Additionally, you might not have washing facilities that are readily available there. So, plan and pack accordingly.
Women are allowed to cover their feet in the state of Ihram, in fact, it is necessary. So, bring at least two sets of comfortable shoes to wear for performing the rituals of Umrah.
The footwear you choose must be airy, lightweight, durable, and preferably slip-on because they are easy to wear and offer comfort as well.
Essentials toiletries must be carried along such as;
- Wet wipes.
- Sanitary pads.
- Other items of personal care.
Remember to buy travel-sized packaging for these things as they save space and comply with airline regulations.
Note that wearing any type of scents in ihram is prohibited. Thus, buy unscented toiletries.
If you are on any prescribed medications, make sure to carry a sufficient supply of them to the holy land and carry them with their original packaging along with valid prescriptions to avoid any security hassles.
You should keep a first-aid kit with you but it is the best option to keep a bottle of water with you. You should keep hydrated during the Umrah because climate of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very hot because of sand dunes. Before booking the Umrah Packages 2024 you should deeply study the climate change of KSA.
Also carry some basic over-the-counter medicines for common ailments like headaches, flu, stomach-aches, fever, toothache, cough, diarrhoea, cold, etc.
Though not mandatory, it is advised to carry prayer supplies such as;
- A Prayer Mat.
- Pocket-sized Holy Quran.
- Umrah guidebook.
- Qibla compass.
These supplies are not compulsory but it is the most recommended to be with you. Because these will help you out during the whole pilgrimage of Umrah.
Money and Travel Documents.
Always keep your essential travel documents along wherever you go for identification purposes. It includes your;
- Flight tickets.
- Information about the Hotel you are staying in.
- Vaccination certificates.
Also, carry sufficient funds in a secure and easily accessible place i.e., a debit/credit card while keeping some local currency i.e., Saudi Riyals as well.
The other items that you can carry include;
- Electronics i.e., mobile phone, tablet, iPad, laptop, etc.
- Water bottle.
- A small backpack or a waist bag.
- Power extension lead.
So, these are some of the must-haves for your Umrah trip. Remember to travel light for the holy pilgrimage in order to keep yourself better organized, and free from the hassles of baggage handling.