What is the ideal size of the backpack for the Camino de Santiago?

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Backpack size on the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

I plan to go shopping this weekend but am unsure of what SIZE a backpack to purchase?

Read what our veteran pilgrims say about a good backpack size for the Camino de Santiago.

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  • mfletcher1

    I read recommendations to stay with a 40L pack, but found that those don’t typically have a sleeping bag compartment. I am currently planning to use a 48L Osprey Kestrel pack, and was generally looking in the 50-55L range. But then, I am just getting back into backpacking, so take my thoughts with a lot of salt! Will also be interested to see what others have to say.

    • ricrog

      I use an OMM Classic Marathon 32L pack weighing 600g into which I get a down sleeping bag and a tent as well as evreything else I need. An OMM Chest pouch attaches to the pack and carries passpoprt, camera, maps, water bottle etc. Total weight with 1500ml water is about 8Kg.

    • Sharon

      I walked the Camino Frances from StJPdeP to Santiago in May this year and my rucksack was an Osprey Talon 33 , I found it was perfect and I had some positive comments from fellow pilgrims about it. I carried 14lbs total weight which I think is about 7 kg.

  • Tim Bullet Capps

    The things I looked for at first were reviews. I knew I needed a sleeping bag compartment. I needed a bag with a water sleeve on the outside for up to a 1.5L bottle. I wanted one with external compartments to carry food, rain gear, etc. A removable belted day pack option was great. And a hip belt that actually fit me was imperative. I ended up with a Gregory Baltoro 65L bag and it was fantastic on my Camino.

    My recommendation would be to try somewhere like REI in the states. Or, if from outside the US, find the best retailer available and try on every pack you can. A good retailer will be able to find what best fits you. Money does matter in this decision so you have to be certain when making the choice.

  • John_R_Lee

    Mine is Gregory Savant 58 and weight of 9 kg. It worked out pretty well.

  • ricrog

    I use an OMM Classic Marathon 32L pack weighing 600g into which I get a down sleeping bag and a tent as well as evreything else I need. An OMM Chest pouch attaches to the pack and carries passpoprt, camera, maps, water bottle etc. Total weight with 1500ml water is about 8Kg.

  • Fernando

    I have done El Camino and let me say that “less is best”. El Camino is not in the wilderness. You go from town to town and you can get all that you need along the way. Don’t overpack. 7 or 8% of your body weight should be the absolute maximum.


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