What to Pack For the Camino

 

Less is more

The Camino de Santiago is one long, incredible journey that is likely to turn into one of your fondest memories.  You need to be well-prepared if you want to make your journey easier and experience it fully. 

Whether you are going to be on the Camino for two or six weeks, you will pretty much need the same clothing for the cold, rain and hot temperatures, as well as toiletries, first aid and medications.  However, having said that the general rule of thumb is “less is more” when packing for your Camino.  In the end you will be surprised at how little you actually “need” and how grateful you are not to have more “stuff” with you.

Our list of what to pack for the Camino might seem long but it is pretty much everything you will need.  You will most likely add to or remove a few items from the list but do so carefully.  Consider the weight first. and foremost and remember to factor in a few pounds of water when weighing everything in.

RULE OF THUMB

10% of your body weight.

  • Your body is better able to withstand the stress and strain of the long journey if you ONLY carry 10% of your body weight.
  • 10% includes water and the weight of your backpack
  • On the days you pack extra food you will exceed the weight suggestions, but the bag will lighten as you eat your food.
  • Only your filled backpack is considered in the 10% rule, NOT the clothing or items you are wearing and carrying in your pockets and on your body.

Clothing list 

AVOID COTTON, it takes too long to dry, if it gets wet you will be cold and it is heavy.

USE technical fabrics that wick perspiration, are quick-dry and lightweight.

 

TIPS AND HINTS

  • Take one lightweight luxury item.  Choose wisely.
  • Blister kit is imperative and PREVENTION IS KEY. See Health and Safety for proven preventive blister tips.
  • Every night after you wash and ring out your clothes, lay them out flat on your microfibre towel.  Roll the towel and the clothing up like a sausage, then ring it out.  This removes a large portion of excess water and your clothes should be dry by the next morning.
  • Rinse and ring out your microfibre towel after each use. Hang to dry.
  • Use your safety pins to hang wet items from your backpack to dry out, and to pin your luggage transport envelope to your backpack (you never know if you might need a day or two off from carrying your pack).
  • If you are starting in Saint Jean Pied de Port there is a fantastic Pilgrim shop there that features a large variety of gear.  Visit La Boutique du Pelerin on line. 
  • If starting in Pamplona Caminoteca also has a large variety of pilgrim focused products and is around the corner from Jesus y Maria Albergue.

 

equipment and accessory list 

Toiletries: SMALL TRAVEL SIZES as they weigh less and can be easily replenished along the way.

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