Hajj planning and preparation is an established tradition of the Prophet. It is encouraged by Allah in the Quran as He says, “And take provisions along, but the best of provisions is God-consciousness. And be afraid of me, oh people of intelligence!” (2:197). The command to take provisions indicates the importance of planning and preparing for Hajj.
Hajj planning and preparation is two-fold: physical preparation and spiritual preparation. Physical preparation consists of packing sufficient food, medicine, personal accessories (e.g. extra pair of glasses) so no time is wasted in Hajj worrying about these things. The Hajj shopping list is a handy tool to help prepare the provisions for Hajj, and the Hajj workout plan provides advice on how to physically get ready for the stresses of Hajj.
The spiritual preparation does not happen overnight; it takes time. Consistent acts of worship such as increased optional prayers, praying more regularly in congregation (especially Fajr and Isha prayers), reading Quran with understanding, learning about Hajj and the significance of its rituals are a few ways to prepare spiritually for Hajj.