Alhumdu’lillah Saqib and I have recieved our passports and visas in our hands. Our flight is leaving on Monday. So this leaves us with just a few more days (4, I believe) to really get all our packing done.
This is difficult! Lots of people have been giving us lots of advice–sometimes it is conflicting. For example, I had an aunty tell me not to worry about shopping here, because as soon as I get to Mecca anything I need for the days of Hajj I can find there on my own. Literally five minutes later, another aunty told me the exact opposite! She said to make sure I buy and pack everything I want and need from here so that I don’t have to waste time looking through a gazillion shops in Mecca.
Packing for the days of Hajj is probably the most difficult part of all the packing itself. I want to make sure I have everything that could possibly come in handy while I’m “roughing it” in Mina, but at the same not over burden myself with a ton of things I’ll have to carry around from Mina to Arafa to Muzdalifah.
I’m also confused about what is the best thing to wear during the days of Hajj. Initially I was told to wear skirts under my jilby’s so that going to a dirty bathroom would be less problematic. But then I was informed of the dreaded chaffing… no details needed here. Cotton pajama pants seem messy and kinda of shabby looking to me. So yesterday I found myself at Sports Authority trying to find some pants that are made for intense physical activity. I think I may have been swindled, but so be it.
Packing for my body is one thing, packing for my heart is another. I’m planning on taking Fortress of the Muslim and a pocket Qur’an. A very sweet colleague of mine gave me a very very tiny janamaaz to pray on. And another teacher gave me a tasbih, which I’ll probably use during Tawaf and Sa’i (it’s sunnah to make dhikr on the fingers, not on beads). Is there anything else I should be taking?
Do any of you Hajj/Umrah veterans have any really good tips?? Please share! I’ve got 4 days left to pack what you suggest