Common packing themes apply, such as be sure to put all the liquids you are carrying on board the aeroplane in a clear plastic bag and keep them within the 100ml restrictions. Suitcases and bags need to be strong. Remember three million or so pilgrims will also be travelling through Jeddah airport. The system of moving luggage around seems to be very basic but somehow it works! Ensure you identify your suitcase(s) so you can easily retrieve them when you need to. Because you will be travelling in a group with your Operator, your baggage is unlikely to ever be on its own. Ask your Operator for tips on what smaller bags you will need for parts of your trip like Arafat and staying overnight in Mina
Note: Please use discretion with beggars. Although you may meet many needy people, there are many professional beggars who take advantage of pilgrims during Hajj season. You will need to decide how you will manage this aspect of your stay and maybe you decide to give a few coins to people each day or just donate once while there.
Just always be vigilant. Others in shops and food places can also be less than honest and pick-pocketing and stealing of belongings is, sadly, a common problem during Hajj season. General harassment including sexual harassment can also be an issue and women in particular are advised to be vigilant and always stay in groups remembering to trust people and be forgiving and patient because that is the Hajj way but not to be too trusting either!
SUGGESTIONS FOR PACKING