Preparing for Umrah

Checklist for Umrah

Umrah is a journey of a lifetime, it is very important that you prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

﴿ٱلۡحَجُّ أَشۡهُرٌ۬ مَّعۡلُومَـٰتٌ۬‌ۚ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ ٱلۡحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِى ٱلۡحَجِّ‌ۗ وَمَا تَفۡعَلُواْ مِنۡ خَيۡرٍ۬ يَعۡلَمۡهُ ٱللَّهُ‌

وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيۡرَ ٱلزَّادِ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُونِ يَـٰٓأُوْلِى ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰب﴾

The Umrah (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. 10th month, the 11th month and the first 10 days of the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). So whosever intends to perform Umrah therein (by assuming Ihram), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during Umrah. And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allah knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness). So fear Me, O men of understanding!

Below are just suggestions of things to take with you for Umrah. They are NOT all necessary items –individually choose what you feel is best suitable.

  •  NOTE: Everybody has black suitcases, so try to take one that is not black OR have a fluorescent tape /tag /ribbon attached so it is easily recognisable

Islamic resources

Item Description Checked (X)
Pocket Qur’an, Du’a books  
Umrah/Umrah books  
MP3 player/iPhone  
Pen and pencil  
Notebook (to take notes during talks, reminders etc)  
Musalla (i.e. prayer mat)  




Clothing and Accessories

Item Description Checked (X)
 Ihraam  x 2  
Big safety pin for Ihram  
Comfortable sandals or Slippers (crocks are ideal for Umrah, they are light, do not absorb water and therefore dry out quickly)  
Waist pouch/money belt  
Waist belt  
Comfortable loose summer clothing (but modest)  
Underwear, socks  
Sleeping bag (for your stay in Muzdalifah)  
Rucksack/bag (for your stay in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah)  
Small lightweight everyday bag (belt style wallet) to carry items such as money/ documents close to you at all times.  

NOTE: A lot of walking is involved on Umrah, so appropriate footwear is required


Item Description Checked (X)
Tooth brush  
Tooth paste  
Tooth picks  
Comb/ hair brush  
Bath towels, face towels  
Electrical shaver/trimmer  
Shower gel  
Face wash  
Light lotion  
Sun cream  
Small scissors  
Small mirror  
Flip flops (for bathroom in hotel)  
Nail clipper  
Pocket tissues  
Wet wipes  


No perfume

Item Description Checked (X)
Shower gel  
Face wash  
Light lotion  
Sun cream  



First Aid and Medicine

Item Description Checked (X)
Vaseline – Cream/balm or E45 – for cracked skin on heels  
Clotrimazole Cream 1%(especially handy for men after Ihram, skin irritations on thighs are common)  
Sudocream- Antiseptic healing cream  
Bandages – in case you pull a muscle  
Any regular medication you take  
Dirolyte for diarrhoea  
Travel sickness tablets  
Aches and muscle pain tablets/cream  
Paracetamol/Ibuprofen (pain killers)  
Throat Lozenges  
Cough-drops/ medicine  
Flu medication e.g. Beechams/Lemsip  

NOTE: If your flu symptoms are persistent, you can buy antibiotics (Amoxycillin) from most Saudi pharmacies

If you need to see a doctor, the Saudi Authorities provide free medical services for all pilgrims


Item Description Checked (X)
Passport including Visa
Photocopy of passport (kept in a separate place to the original)
Vaccination Certificate
Travel documents
Plastic zippered sandwich bags – to keep items secure and dry
Spare glasses / contact lenses (if necessary)
Suitcase locks + keys
Mobile phone
Phone charger
Emergency contact numbers
Small stringed bag (for sandals/stones)
Universal adapter (2 pins)
Spare Luggage tags
Carrier bags
Snack bars
Travel alarm clock
Folding stick and chair for the elders
Foldable umbrella – to protect from sun

Food and snacks

Item Description Checked (X)
Energy tablets – Lucozade (for diabetics)  
Snacks – e.g. Snack bars, biscuits, nuts, dry fruit  
Sweeteners for tea (for diabetics)  
Mints/Chewing Gum  

NOTE: The weather is quite hot in Saudi Arabia. It is important to stay in the shade, wear sunglasses and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated

Health and Safety


Although the authorities of Saudi Arabia do an excellent job in ensuring your Umrah experience is as easy as possible, the pilgrimage itself is quite demanding and involves quite a lot of physical exertion.

If you require regular prescribed medication then you should take adequate supplies with you, along with a doctor’s certificate for these.

With the vast number of pilgrims, performing Umrah all at one time there is a risk of viruses and airborne diseases.

Health services are free as provided by the Saudi authorities.

Keep yourself hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits.


Women going on Umrah are allowed to use medication to delay their monthly menstrual cycle (also known as the monthly period) in order to enter the Haram.

It is therefore, recommended you seek your doctor’s advice regarding the prescription for the hormone modifying medication, in order to delay the menstrual cycle.  This will avoid you being left behind while the rest of the group continue with the pilgrimage.


There are different types of Meningitis, but pilgrims going on Umrah are most at risk of contracting Meningitis caused by Meningococcal.

All pilgrims need to be vaccinated against this type of Meningitis.