Date: 12 Feb 2019

Carrying out your Umrah pilgrimage is demanding for pilgrims of all ages. But when it comes to accommodating older members of your group, here are some questions that need to be answered.

Are you physically ready?

It is critical to ensure that you are fit to undertake the many challenges that Umrah represents.  In order to properly prepare, a range of exercises can be used to help build your stamina and fitness [link].  if you’re not as young as you used to be, it’s always to be careful about staggering your new exercise regimen. Try to ensure that any activities are run past a trainer and try to start your program gently. Overexerting yourself, can aggravate old injuries or pick up new problems that could be carried through to your pilgrimage.

Vaccinations / Health

It’s vitally important that all travellers take every precaution to stay healthy - especially if you are currently taking medication or at risk of poor health. Remember that any course of treatment should be accompanied by a supporting doctor’s note when travelling. Also, try to be sure to ask your doctor about any illnesses that are prevalent in countries where there is likely to be a large influx of pilgrims. Always make sure that you carry sanitiser with you and, if you run out, remember that it can be easily purchased in bottles that small enough to pass through airport security.

Transport and Travel

Travelling in Mecca's incredible heat can be gruelling for all pilgrims. Luckily, many travel companies offer air-conditioned transport that can be used to help pilgrims get where you need to be while beating the heat. It is also worth remembering that your initial arrival in Jeddah will also likely result in you being held in arrivals for a long period of time. If that is something that will affect your group, it may be worth considering a VIP travel package [LINK] to help make sure discomfort is kept to an absolute minimum.

Special access and needs

Every Umrah group is unique, and your own group’s accessibility needs should always be taken into consideration when it comes to conducting your pilgrimage. Most sites will have wheelchairs available for visitors to use, but if a member of your group requires use of one for the duration of your stay, always make sure you raise this with your Umrah organiser who will be able to help make sure these needs are addressed.