There is no excuse for not praying especially when travelling. Allah SWT has made it so easy for us to pray while travelling by shortening our prayers.
Of course, no globetrotter is on full alert unless they have the essential tools for this. Over the years I have prayed in some weird places, from corners in shopping malls to changing rooms in Greece with people checking if I am OK. 🙂
Here are the tools I use that make my travels easy and prayers enjoyable rather than a burden.
If you know where you are going and you have internet you can check the prayer time while you are there. One of my best tips is to take a screenshot of the prayer times on your phone. This way I know that even if I am out sightseeing I can always plan my prayers. I prefer to take a screen-shot of the daily prayers from Islamfinder.com along with the direction of Qibla. This takes one worry away from me and I can enjoy being a happy Muslim traveller. 🙂
No Muslim traveller is fully ready unless they have the all essential prayer mat. I have found this to be an excellent accessory in my bag no matter whether I am travelling or just shopping in the mall. They have small foldable prayer mats that are easy to carry with you all the time. They are light, cheap and easy to wash.
I can’t remember how many times I have rung the hotel’s reception asking them for directions of south/east/west/north and they always give me different answers. Over the years I have used the Islamic apps that have a Qibla compass, I have found them not to be that reliable. So in order to make sure I have done my best to pray in the right direction I use a normal compass from the App Store. It is free and totally simple. Once I know the direction (which I have already taken a screenshot from Islamicfinder.com I can simply rotate and find the degrees I need). The whole thing makes the process so much easier.
Always remember to pray on time and make dua inshaAllah as the dua of the traveller is accepted. Also, don’t forget to make dua for the MuslimTravelGirl. 🙂