This is a list suitable for someone staying in a tent or other non-hotel accommodations.
Please note: all items with an asterisk should be taken with you to Arafat.
- 2-3 Ihram outfits (if you choose to wear them)
- body and hand towels
- comfortable scarf to wear indoors
- surgical masks to wear out in crowds - can be bought in the pharmacies in Saudi Arabia
- hair tie-backs
- coat hangers (also to use for drying washed clothes)
- tennis shoes
- broken-in rubber sandals
- waterless hand wash liquid
- fanny pack
- non-scented soap
- washcloth in plastic bag
- small bag or suitcase (for Arafat)
- umbrella (for sun!)
- prayer rug
- sunscreen (unscented)
- Dua (suplication) and other Islamic books
- camp stool
- water bottle carrier and plastic cup
- battery-operated personal fan
- toothbrush and paste
- eye drops
The surest way to have a bad Hajj experience is to get sick. Alhamdu lillah, I was one of the very few who didn't. My recommendations are to wear surgical masks at all times when out in crowds, and most importantly, NEVER touch any part of your face without washing your hands first, either with soap and water, or, more practically, with the new waterless hand wash gel.
Also, at the first symptom of any illness, take echinacea, vitamin C, aspirin or whatever else is indicated. And, of course, drink plenty of water at all times.
Another important piece of advice is when you are out in crushing crowds to never, ever attempt to retrieve any dropped item. Shoes, fans, books can all be replaced, but there is a severe risk of being trampled should you try to stop or bend down. As several fatal stampedes have occurred at the stoning of the Jamarat, have a 'scout' from your group check the crowd situation before you attempt to go there.