9 Things You Need To Pack For Your Upcoming Umrah Trip


Farah Fazanna •  Oct 09, 2023

Umrah is a sacred pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. Whether you are a first-time pilgrim or a seasoned traveller, careful packing is essential to ensure a smooth and comfortable journey. Your choice of items may vary depending on the season and your gender, so we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you pack for your Umrah trip, whether it's during the scorching heat of summer (April - October) or the chilly days of winter (December to March).

Essential items to pack for your Umrah trip

1. Travel Documents

Before anything else, ensure you have all necessary documents, including your passport, Umrah visa, and flight tickets. Make photocopies and store them separately.

P/S: If this is your first time performing Umrah, check out these tips to prepare for your trip.

2. Money and Currency

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Carry sufficient local currency for expenses, a credit/debit card, and a money belt for added security. Check out this article if you're considering applying for a multi-currency card to bring on your trip!

P/S: Planning to plan a DIY Umrah? Check out this article to prep!

3. Mobile Phone and Charger

This goes without saying. Do make sure to leep your phone charged and have a local SIM card or international roaming plan if needed. If you're looking for an eSIM, check out this article if you're Singaporean or this article for Malaysians.

4. Comfortable Footwear

Walking is an integral part of Umrah, so pack comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good support. Sneakers or walking shoes are ideal. Check out these 10 Best Travel Shoes for Your Next Adventure.

5. Clothing

For both men and women, modest clothing is essential. Loose-fitting, breathable garments are ideal. Ensure you have enough outfits for the duration of your stay.

For women:

  • Abaya (make sure to pack enough for your trip)!
  • Leggings or trousers to wear under your abayas.
  • In winter, pack cardigans or lightweight jackets for layering. Be sure to pack gloves too!
  • In summer, pack light, breathable clothing, Opt for fabrics like cotton and linen. Loose-fitting garments will keep you cool during the scorching heat.
  • Extra Hijab pins for securing headscarves.

For men:

  • An Ihram (two white unstitched clothes) for the pilgrimage.
  • Loose-fitting trousers or pants.
  • In winter, pack thermal undergarments, sweaters, and a heavy coat.
  • In summer, pack light, breathable clothing, Opt for fabrics like cotton and linen. Loose-fitting garments will keep you cool during the scorching heat.

6. Toiletries

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Pack travel-sized toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and a razor. Make sure to bring unscented soap and shampoo to comply with Ihram restrictions. Don't forget a travel-sized prayer mat!

7. Medications

Carry any prescribed medications, a basic first-aid kit, and over-the-counter remedies for common ailments.

8. Backpack or Day Bag

A small backpack is handy for carrying essentials during your daily activities.

9. Other essential items

  • A universal travel adapter will allow you to charge your devices.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen are crucial to protect yourself from the intense sun.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle. There are plenty of water refill stations around Mekah.
  • Heat packs if you're travelling during winter.
  • Travel-size laundry detergent for washing clothes during your stay.
  • A small sewing kit for any minor clothing repairs.
  • A daily dua book to read after every prayer.

Packing for your Umrah trip requires careful consideration of the season and gender-specific clothing requirements. Whether you're embarking on this sacred journey during the sweltering summer or the chilly winter, having the right items in your suitcase can make a significant difference in your comfort and experience. Prioritise modesty, comfort, and convenience when selecting your clothing and accessories, and remember to pack with the intent of fulfilling your religious duties and maintaining a respectful demeanour throughout your pilgrimage!