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    Sam Smith

    Packing for Umrah is one of the greatest scares for the people who are going for Umrah for the very first time. It is unquestionably a woman’s right to ensure that she is well-equipped before traveling. ‘A woman’s work is never done,’ especially when she has to balance a house and fulfill religious obligations. Women’s perspectives and priorities during the Umrah journey may slightly differ from those of a man. Here we bring you some dos and don’ts that you should keep in mind if you are going for Umrah anytime soon. Proper preparation is fundamental when you book Umrah flights from the UK or any other place in the world. Here is the complete guide to what you need to know from essentials in clothing and toiletries to travel documents and medications. 

    Women’s Umrah Clothes

    A few things women need to take into consideration while planning their Umrah clothing are that there is no specific requirement in terms of Ihram for ladies, thus stitched and regular clothes are permissible. It is essential to dress modestly and with respect.

    The key is to dress modestly; generally in comfortable layers as the temperatures can fluctuate greatly in Mecca, particularly in April. Black and white abayas are suggested, as they reflect modesty and are in sync with the environment. If you are not used to wearing Abayas, some varieties are not only trendy but also comfortable. Our favorites are the Midnight Flow Modest Black Abaya popular for its simple elegance and structured waistline; another the luxurious Prayer Set.

    The Perfect Hijab for Umrah

    Selection of the right hijab is crucial for Umrah. Your hijab should be loose and comfortable to facilitate you at the time of your prayers. Generally, blacks can never go wrong for their modesty and respect. We recommend the Everyday Chiffon Hijab; its light, airy fabric is opaque when folded, giving you full and excellent coverage while being breezy. Your hijab should be neatly placed around you and should not cover your face in any way during Umrah.

    Women’s Umrah Shoes

    Planning the right shoe for yourself is essential for your Umrah journey. Go for shoes that are comfortable and fit neither too closed nor too loose otherwise, you will lose focus throughout your journey. Women can wear closed shoes as there is no such requirement for them. For men though sandals and open-toe shoes are recommended. For maximum comfort and to protect yourself from sore feet, we suggest closed-toe shoes since they provide more support for long-term wear. Durability and comfort are key. Another smart thing to consider is how easy the shoes are to slide on and off because mosques have a system of taking your shoes off as you enter and putting them back on as you exit. If you have shoes that slide easily on and off, then you have the perfect footwear.

    Personal Hygiene Products

    Pack a small toiletry bag with essential things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a travel-sized towel. Try to get unscented products so that you keep the place sanctified and the strong fragrance of any product does not distract or cause discomfort. You may also want to pack some other things like hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and deodorant. They will be needed when you are out for long hours and will not be able to freshen up right away. You may also want to pack a small pack of tissues/tissue paper or toilet paper as well since it may not be in your sight everywhere you go.

    Medicines and First-Aid Box

    For those with specific prescribed medication, ensure that you have enough supply that will last for the entire length of your trip. It might be worth carrying a copy of your prescription just in case you need to buy more from local pharmacies. Besides your prescribed medications, pack a small first aid box containing essentials such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, general painkillers, and any over-the-counter medications you might need. Think about other things such as anti-diarrheal medicines, rehydration salts, and anti-motion pills because having these handy will prevent small health issues from becoming significant problems.

    Money and Travel Essentials

    Be sure to bring sufficient money in local currency to fulfill your expenditure needs, such as food, transportation expenses, and petty shopping on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you bring a lockable and discreet money pouch or money belt to keep your valuable items. Also, keep a small bag or pouch to keep your valuables close by like your phone, wallet, passport, etc. It is also a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport and other important documents, in case your original documents are lost or stolen. A small crossbody bag or waist pouch can be very useful to keep these items close to you and easily accessible. Regarding travel and baggage, when packing for Umrah, it pays to carry enough personal hygiene items, medicines, and travel aids to smoothen your trip.

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