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Guys , I've been planning to make this video for the long list of times .
But other video ideas kept getting in the way , and I just thought , enough is enough .
I'm getting it done .
So last year I went for um and , um , ever since I've started my channel , I've been meaning to make this video to share with sisters , you know , tips on what to take with them to , um , and give a few advice here and there .
Because when I was going , I searched on YouTube for content like this .
And to be honest , I struggle to find content like this , and I think now there's a few more than they were last year .
I haven't been for ha .
So I'm tiling this video specifically for , um because there are some rituals that you perform for , Hage that you don't do for um so that is why .
But of course , you can apply this for your Hage as well .
So if you're doing a sort of typical 10 day stay , I would suggest you bring about five five a buyers or your bobs with .
And if any of my buyers got dirty or I felt a bit sweaty and the armpit area were a bit you know , then I would just wash it with some shampoo and I'll be good to go .
So in take about five a buyers with you , including the one that you're wearing , and bear in mind that you need a plain one without any designs in order to perform your , um in it .
So , yeah , now onto hijabs , you can bring as many hijabs as you want .
I mean , who's the girl to tell you how many hijabs to bring ?
But one thing I will say , though , is that Saudi is typically a desert , so it's very hot .
So please don't forget all your cotton hijabs .
Bring your cotton hijabs with you because you're gonna thank me later .
OK , now , aside from the cotton hijabs , though , I had this other hijab that I wore when I got there , and it made life so much more easy and simple for me .
And that is one of these , um , hijabs .
Now , some of the young girls might just be like I ain't wearing that .
That looks like a granny's hijab .
Listen , girls , it's practical , and it works .
OK , so that's just one of these ones that you sort of pull your head through .
And I'm telling you , this is not a cotton one , but in one of those cases where you're like in a rush , you literally get to the hotel .
You get changed .
It's like the next Salah .
You can hear it coming .
You wanna just go quickly ?
One of these is gonna save your life , OK ?
Because you you ain't got to deal with all of this looking for your head pins and blah de blah .
You know , you just take it literally .
Gather up , put your head through cover up .
And , um , you're good to go .
It's that easy , guys .
So if you can get your hands on one of these , I'll say G , you know , get yourself one .
Otherwise , um , you can buy loads of these once you get there , so they just make life a little bit easier .
So if you can get one of these , but definitely make sure you bring your cotton hijabs with you also on the issue of clothing , I just want to talk about bringing PJS with you .
Now , most likely you're going to be sharing hotel with other sisters .
But you don't want to have everything hanging out , do you girls ?
So just bring something cottony , something free and flowy something that's just not showing the world .
Everything OK , girls , depending on the time that you go for your , um , you might find that at night , especially in Medina , it can get a little bit cold if you have a very cosy cardigan sort of wintery cardigan that you can bring with you that you can put on if you're there during the evenings time .
Maybe you go for Isha prayers and you're coming back .
You're a bit cold .
You can just throw some of this on , so bring bring maybe one or two .
You're not really gonna need any more than that .
Now , finally , on the issue of clothing is bring a very comfortable pair of shoes .
Girls do not come there with slippers OK ?
Because one of the sisters that I went with , she brought slippers .
And by let's say , day eight , her toes were swollen from all the walking that you have to do .
You really need a comfortable walking shoes .
Something preferably light .
Very light and airy walking shoes .
Next is to bring a backpack with you .
Now , this backpack is slightly big .
If anyone's wondering .
I got this from Primark .
No surprise there .
Um , but the one that I actually took with me , it was a little bit smaller than this , and it still contained everything in it .
So I'm now gonna show you everything that I put in this backpack and why I say bring a backpack .
Um um , now , in here , I have a water bottle , You know , me and my water bottles .
Guys , this water bottle saved me .
It's This is one of , like , a really big tip that I would give for sisters .
Buy a water bottle .
It doesn't have to be a filtered water bottle like this .
Just any kind of water bottle will do just something quite hard and steady .
Because what you can do is once you get to and you're walking around and you see , um , sort of a keg full of water where you can top up your Zs and water , literally top up your Zs and water and throw it back in your backpack and you can have a drink no matter where you are , because sometimes it can get quite congested .
And just looking at all the people that you need to get past gives you stress .
So bring a water bottle with you .
You will thank me later for this .
The next thing I have in my backpack is my purse .
Of course , with all my money and my , um , hotel room key in there as well and a few other bits and bobs , I just literally throw it in there , and I'm good to go .
Um , also , the next thing that really helped me whilst I was there is having my own prayer mat with me .
Now don't get me wrong , girls .
That place is spotless .
You could sleep on the floor .
It's that clean .
But sometimes , just in case , the cleaners haven't quite got to a certain spot yet .
And it's time for Stella .
You you just have to stand and pray where you are .
because you can can't always get into the actual mustard itself , because sometimes it gets really packed .
So wherever you are , if you join late or anything , if you have a prayer mat in your backpack , you can just lay it down and pray .
So bring a very light and small prayer mat with you .
It's very useful .
It just means you can pray anywhere you are at .
And then , of course , this is not the kind of snack I would have in its backpack , but I just threw it in there just to give you an example .
What I would suggest you do is put like a few snacks in your backpack .
I was taking one of those , like , you know , those breakfast bars and granola bars type of thing and bringing them with me .
But to be honest , Zamzam water is pretty much like food , isn't it ?
So that was filling me up most of the time .
But if I sort of got hungry and I got a bit peckish and I'm just like around , then I can have a quick snack in my bag that I can just eat .
Before I actually went back to the hotel to have a proper meal .
So yeah , keep that in mind .
And then , of course , it goes without saying Bring either your actual phone with you or bring a small phone with you .
Now , this kind of phone , yes , is a brick phone .
Um , but this is the kind of phone I take with me when I'm travelling , and I use it to call my family back home because sometimes when you're going there , um , depending on which , um , or hedge company you're going with , they might give you a SIM card so you can actually slip it into one of these phones and just easily call your family and you can top up once you get there .
I'll give you some tips about how to top up once you get to Saudi and because there was a whole another , like , funny story that went with that .
But yeah , bring your phone with you if you bring your actual phone that your you know , your regular phone that you take .
If you're bringing one of those , then you can always contact your family via WhatsApp .
You know , it's not really necessary to have another phone like this , But if you like to and you like to top up separately and all of that , then this is an option or something else that you could bring with you .
By the way , girls , if you haven't figured out already , I'm one of those people .
I like to have things in , like smaller compartments .
It just makes life easier for me .
So that way I know that if I'm looking for something , I know exactly where to go to look for it .
So So next is this really pretty pink bag right here where I keep all like , my cosmetic stuff .
And when I say cosmetics , I don't mean makeup because you definitely don't need makeup over there .
But obviously my creams and my soaps and things like that , By the way , girls , it's advised that you do not use anything with scents on it whilst you're performing your so , um , I just poured a little bit of coconut oil into a little travel size container with me .
And I use that as my moisturiser on the day that I actually performed Umra and also because when I was there , I was literally just about to finish my menstruation , so I had to have my bath .
And I was at all cost trying to avoid anything with scents in it .
Um , because there's a size not to .
So I brought with me , um , this simple bar of soap .
Um , and this one it has no colouring and no perfumes in it .
So you just need a soap like this to wash yourself with .
And that's just in between the time where you get into the state of Ikram until you've completed your umra , you're not allowed to use anything scented on there .
So because I took my bath in Mecca in preparation for my , um , I still I just wanted to make sure that the soap that I was using did not have any perfumes in it .
So So if you're going to be in a similar state , make sure you bring a non scented soap with you in so you can have your bath in that right ?
So next I brought with me this kind of little sewing kit pack thing , which is so cute , I think one of my year 11 students gave this to me when they were leaving .
Um , basically , the reason why I bought them was of course , It has a few pins in there .
So I didn't have to worry about carrying more pins with me .
And it also has , um , a measuring tape going to need a measuring tape .
Because as part of the , um , process , you're going to have to cut your hair .
Yes , girls , you heard me cut your hair .
But I think you don't have to cut any more than an inch .
So bring with you a a measuring tape so that you can give to another sister , and they can help you measure an inch of your hair and then cut it off .
Um and I now , of course , to cut your hair , you're going to bring with you a pair of haircutting scissors .
This is not a haircutting .
Bring your haircutting scissors with you .
Um , so that again , another scissor can help you cut your hair .
But I don't have a pair of sunglasses with me anymore , Girls .
But you might want to bring a pair of sunglasses with you because when I first got there my first day , I was walking around like this .
I literally couldn't see The sun was so bright on my face .
Bear in mind I come from London , and most of the time we have grey skies in London .
So when I got there , it was just like too much light for my eyes to take .
So I did struggle for , like , the first day or two .
But after that , my eyes adjusted .
So if you want to bring a pair of sunglasses with you , why not go ahead ?
It should help a bit .
So next you might want to bring with you a small bag or a container containing all of your medications in there .
Also bear in mind the kind of person that you are , and the kind of you know illnesses and sicknesses that you tend to have .
Sometimes in the summer , I might get hay , fevers and things like that .
If you get headaches quite often , bring some paracetamols with you .
Of course , it's not like you can't buy these things over there .
Of course you can , but you know , if you can bring it with you and just save yourself the time so you can put all your time into actually worshipping law .
The reason why you're there , then it's even better , isn't it ?
So , and on the issue of medications .
I've heard that it is OK for you to take medications to delay your menstrual cycle if you're going to be , um , on your menstrual cycle during the time that you're due to go for HUD .
Now , as for , um , I'm not sure if it's the same , um , sort of ruling , but for me , I was due to finish my menstrual cycle on the night of me arriving in Mecca .
So I just let myself go through my natural causes and finish .
And then when I got there the next morning , I took my bath and started , um and then performed my the last but not least is a just a little toiletry bag .
This is going to have your sponge , your soap , your toothbrushes and all that kind of stuff with you for you to take .
Because , of course , you're going to be showing bathrooms .
So you've got other sisters , and you wanna have all of your stuff all compact into one , bag if you like .
So , yeah , in if you can get another bag , get one .
Now I know that going for Hagen comes with a lot of expenses and stuff like that .
So if you can't afford any of these little mini bags that I'm showing here .
Just get yourself one backpack and then go to Tesco's .
If you live in England and get yourself a clear plastic bag like this , um , this is actually like a freezer food container , container bag .
Um , but they work just as great .
And you can literally just put a whole load of your stuff in there and just put them in your bag and you're good to go .
So it's just another option for you there .
OK , girls .
So this is it .
If I have to remember off the top of my head things for you to do definitely bring .
I would definitely say a backpack .
Bring a prayer mat , bring a water bottle , bring haircutting scissors and , um , a measuring tape with you , those you cannot go without and make sure you bring all of your medication and all of your sort of menstruation womanly stuff that you need to bring with you .
Those are a mask .
Everything else you know , you can decide for yourself what is important and how much of it it is important to take , and I will leave the details and list of everything that I've mentioned in this video in the description box down below .
So I hope that you guys have definitely found this video useful .
I know I would have found a video like this useful if I was going , So yeah , guys , I'm just I'm just so jealous .
If you're going , make the offer for those of us at home .
Pray that our last one call us as well , uh , to make the offer for the , um at large .
We are going through such a challenging time at the moment , and we need all of the DOS that we can get .
So please don't forget the rest of us at home .
And I pray that you have have a lovely and safe journey .
Do not forget this is going to be a three part video .
So depending on when you see this video , if I've already filmed the next two videos , I will leave them linked in the description box down below .
So have a look in there .
So just ask like , hey , sisters , for watching this video .
And if you know of anyone , or you think that anyone might benefit from the the content of this video .
Then make sure you share this video out , um , so that other sisters will see and benefits as well and shut a lot .
And yeah , just I feel like hey , girls , for watching .
I'm going to have myself a cup of tea cos my throat is getting dry cos I've been talking for far too long now , So I will see you in my next video in to , like , a little break .