Pack list for the Camino de Santiago

Pack list for the Camino de Santiago

Not so much a question, but one of our forum members shares his pack list and asks for advice:

First draft packing List, approximately one year in advance of trip, April 2013. From Nebraska USA to Pamplona through Santiago de Compostela to the refugios on the sea. This is what I’m currently putting together to check the weight and the packability. I’m sure I’ll end up with less or that there’ll be changes. If you have any suggestions, I’d certainly welcome them.

Pack, Osprey Kestrel 38L
Bag, Snugpak TravelPak Lite
Tent (if taken) Appy Trails Mark III. (a) for emergencies and (b) because I love to sleep outdoors.
Mat/Ground Cloth/Bunk cover, Thermarest Z-Light
Rain Cover, Atmospheric Altus Poncho. Flying into and out of Pamplona. If not purchased in advance, research vendor for location and purchase Pamplona

Clothing, worn:
BDU style trousers. Multi-pocket, button-fly with ankle drawstrings. I wear them on a daily basis and am used to and comfortable in them. Have hiked and camped in them before. No adjustment necessary. Heavy-ish but durable and 65 polyester/35 cotton. After shake-down hikes, this is where the first change will be. May go lighter and more synthetic.
Lightweight, synthetic t-shirt
Sun hat
1 thin, silk or similar lightweight nylon scarf for protection of neck from dust and sun
Bridgedale wool outer socks
Bridgedale sock liners
Synthetic joxers to prevent chafing
military style belt
Teva Terra Fi 2. I have large, broad, flat feet with a trick ankle. This style sandal is the most comfortable footwear to me and are the least likely on long hikes to cause me discomfort. I know my feet, my limits and what treats me the best. I know how best to walk in them and am least likely to be injured in them or by them. I’ve done mountains in them. They encourage me to be slow and careful and my feet never overheat. Best combination for someone who has the kind of feet that I do.

Clothing, carried:
1 Spare BDU style trouser. Identical in style and color.
2 pairs joxers identical to those worn
1 spare t-shirt
1 spare pair outer socks
1 spare pair inner socks
1 pair Crocs, lace-up hiker style. Good for post-hike PLUS good for emergency hiking in event of a sandal disaster.
2 bandanas
1 thin fleece hat
1 lightweight fleece shell, zip-front so the layer is adjustable if worn under a poncho. Cuffs, Velcro or drawstrings at the wrists are preferable.
1 lightweight, synthetic long-sleeved shirt. 1 size too large for comfort. Simply for layering
1 pair single layer, lightweight basketball style shorts for (a) swimming (b) lounging or (c) hiking in event of hot weather.

Pilgrim Supplies:
Morning liturgical “Invitatory” typed on single sheet, laminated for morning prayer
Compline Office typed on single sheet, laminated for evening prayer
KJV Gideons New Testament/. In Ziploc With:
Flat San Damiano Crucifix from my confirmation for use as prayer shrine.
Small amount of holy water in reusable bottle. Refill as necessary
Large Ziploc for diploma(s)
Stone for Cruz de Ferro. Taken from the road at the family cemetery. Etched with grandparents, parents and siblings initials
Rosary, cord and wood. Durable and lightweight

Ligget’s Shampoo bar with clip case.
Tom’s of Maine deodorant. Long-lasting, not overly scented, organic and not irritating in heat
Dental floss
Tooth brush
Eco-dent tooth powder
Bog Roll in Ziploc
REI Multi-towel Lite in clip case
Small, light garden trowel for digging cat holes. A couple of seemingly unnecessary ounces but old habit, friendly result. Emergencies do arise and this will help to limit the effects of them.
Several small Ziplocs for packing out and disposing of bog paper

Small, lightweight bowl
Opinel #6 with micro stone
Small pillowcase. If pillow is needed, stuff with extra clothes
Micro LED light. 1 set spare button batteries
Collapsible, plastic handled, pull-type corkscrew
2 p-38 style can openers. Easily misplaced, not easily replaced. Spare necessary
1 small net grocery bag
2x ear plugs
Prescription sunglasses on keeper cord
2 water bottles, SS, total no more than 1.5 liter between them. Must be slender enough to fit in outer nets.
Camera, 2x spare batteries. Familiarize myself with Spanish recycling
550 paracord 3-4 meters with two carabiners and 8 non spring, pinch style clothes pins.
Small, lightweight, closed handle cup on carbiner to clip to front strap. For drinking without depleting water supply and brushing teeth.
1 simple stick style ball-point pen
1 small journal, lightweight
1 sheet pre-printed labels with contact information to exchange with other pilgrims (read that item here and loved it)
Most common Spanish phrases and words typed small, printed front and back and laminated. Already know a little Spanish. Will learn more.
Rudimentary map, single page size, info printed on back, laminated.
Most useful info from guides, typed small, printed front and back and laminated
Neck pouch for tickets, spare cash, debit cards, etc.

Medical/Sewing Kit:

Medical #1 Stowed in light-weight empty Multi-vitamin bottle:
A Naproxen Sodium, 12 tablets.
B Ibuprofen, 12 tablets
C Loperamide Hydrochloride, 12 tablets or three days dosage
D Multi-vitamin, one per planned day of trip
E Children’s aspirin, one per planned day of trip
F 1 roll anti-acids

Items A, B, C in small jewelry Ziplocs. Information regarding substance, ml per tablet and suggested dosage written in permanent marker on bag. On reverse of bag, active ingredient and use (ie. ‘anti-inflammatory‘)in permanent marker, in Spanish for ease of locating in pharmacy. Stow in Bottle #1 with item F. Clearly marked on outside of bottle. Items D and E in outer pocket of pack.

Medical/Sewing #2 Stowed similar to number #1:
1 Small antibiotic ointment
6 individual sterile wipes
6 Cotton puffs stored in jewelry sized Ziploc
2 large-eyed needles for sewing. In small flannel swatch
2 small-eyed needles for blister treatment. In small flannel swatch
4 large safety pins
2 blanket pins
2 spare buttons for trousers
1 plastic sewing machine bobbin spun with lightweight cotton thread for blisters
1 plastic sewing machine bobbin spun with heavyweight polyester thread for clothing repairs.
1 tweezer
1 small nail clipper

Medical #3 stowed in Ziploc freezer bag:
Small roll of wide, waterproof medical tape
Waterproof capsule style bandages, limited assortment ie: 2 or 3 per size available
1 2nd Skin or Compeed blister kit, or equivalent.
4 2×2 gauze pads
Small roll, moleskin
1 ankle brace
1 knee brace
1 crepe bandage

Medical #4, in outer pocket:
1 small foot powder
1 small sunscreen, high spf
1 small, lip balm, with sunscreen

Wow.. read the good advice that he got on his Camino de Santiago Pack List here.

11 Replies to “Pack list for the Camino de Santiago”

  1. Good thing you not starting in St. Jean. Having walked the camino twice I can assure you that half the stuff you have listed above will be thrown away after the the first few days.
    Take as little as possible and the camino will provide the rest.

  2. If you have an iPhone/iPad and plan on bringing it, you maybe aware of the apps for the Divine Office. I’m planning on bringing my iPad for morning/evening prayer and have also downloaded apps for compass, maps, journal writing, Spanish dictionary, Spanish translator where you can type in anything you want to say in English, and it translates it so you can either have locals read it or you can read from it…etc. also using it as a camera, for music, Internet, reading eBooks (I’ve downloaded the Bible, multiple other books to read, audio books to listen to during the long walks. Also downloaded pictures of home showing other pilgrims where I’m from in case of a language barrier. Downloaded files containing info from guides too. My point being is the iPad may be a pound or two, but saves so much weight with all its functions. I even use it at home in the dark as a flashlight when I get up to go the bathroom in the middle of the night to avoid waking my husband.

    1. I’ve been thinking the same thing, but have also been wondering about data rates, signal availability and contingencies if I lose my iPhone.

  3. Have you actually tried loading all this in your backpack? I am doing the same advance planning, have an Osprey Kestrel 48L pack, and don’t think I could get half of that packed. I imagine some of this would be spread out with others, but can’t assess your plan without seeing how all the pieces fit together.

    Was also wondering what you total weight came to be.

  4. In all the packing lists that I’ve read, this is the first that mentions religious items as necessities. Thank you. I thought I was the only one (my DH just got me a rosary for Valentine’s Day to take with me) .
    I think the BDU’s might be too heavy. Let me know what you think. You’re taking sandals and Crocs? No boots?

  5. As a nun, I also need to bring religious items. As far as books are concerned, I have the Book of Common Prayer for all daily offices, three versions of the Bible, and an entire theogical library on my Kindle3G Touch, which weighs less than half of my guidebook or an iPad. Its also very thin, and takes up near to zero room.Many people may not be aware that all of these books are free from the Kindle books section on Amazon.

  6. Two observations:
    1. If you pack like a solider, you won’t walk like a pilgrim. Don’t take everything you might need just in case, but try to trust your fellow peregrinos, the hospitaleros and *then* accumulate more on the way *if* and *when* you need it.
    2. Of course you can eat at bars and restaurants the entire way, but in the same way you like sleeping outdoors, if you leave room and weight in your pack you can take some ham and bread and cheese and wine and have impromptu picnics where you stop for lunch or camp for the night.

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