One comprehensive and honest packing list for the Camino de Santiago

Pack list for the Camino de Santiago

This post is not a question, but rather one pilgrim sharing her packing list and other pilgrims comments on here choice. Her post was:

Hi all – I read a lot of packing lists when I was preparing for the camino, but none of them seemed quite as long as mine ended up being once I’d itemised every single thing, weighed it and added it to my spreadsheet! I thought my list might be of interest or use to some other forum members – see attachment.

I have to add, as you can see I took a bunch of things that many would disapprove of, such as makeup, an ipod and kindle, and not one but TWO dresses! But I also managed to keep my weight down by shopping carefully for lightweight essentials and making a couple of lightweight items myself (I’m a sewer). I ended up using absolutely everything I took and was, to be honest, thrilled to be able to listen to music sometimes (I even discovered that you can listen to an ipod and birdsong *simultaneously*!!) and look vaguely stylish in the evenings. I didn’t have any trouble at all with my pack and most of the time was barely even conscious of having it on. My advice to newbies, therefore, is actually that if you really want to take the odd luxury and can squeeze it in while keeping to a reasonable pack weight, go for your life!

I also highly recommend the somewhat crazy act of making a weight spreadsheet like mine and using it as a planning tool. I chose a weight I was comfortable with, categorised everything as either essential or luxury, and then pared down a few things from my list until I hit my target weight.

Read all the good tips and comments on her Camino de Santiago Packing list here.

What was the one item that you brought with you that no newbie would think of?

Secret Camino de Santiago Item

The question (from 2006) was:

Okay, I’ve got all my gear together… or at least I think I do. Veterans of the Camino, I ask you this question… what is the secret coolest item to have with you… the one that no newbie would ever think to bring…

I’ve already got a section of thread and safety pins for stringing up a clothesline…

Anything else that’s a “secret” must have?

Read all about the Coolest most Secret items pilgrims brought with them on the Camino de Santiago.

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.

Please tell me what I can leave behind

Pack List for the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

We are planning on slowly walking Leon to Santiago (or Finisterre if we have time) from September 7 to 30. Proposed packing list is as follows, but I have some questions and do NOT want to carry any more than we need to. Please tell us if we could leave anything behind (bearing in mind that we will then have two weeks in England when we finish and I’m guessing it might be getting a bit cool there by mid-October)
2x shorts
1x long pants
2x t-shirts
1x long-sleeved shirt
Light fleece jacket
Rain jacket
3x undies
4x socks
2x bras for the females
Keens sandals
????thermal longjohns and thermal long sleeved top??????
Also, our youngest children have grandpa-made custom-sized thin microfleece sleeping bag liners – do you think they will need a sleeping bag aswell – if we can reduce their weight it would be ideal. Could they get by without a sleeping bag at all, or should they take one to share between two (they can top-n-tail on a bed)? I’m just not sure about how cold it will get at night (of course, they could wear all their clothes!!!)
Finally, I’ve read on this forum that the cooking facilities through Galicia are not as good as the rest of the Camino. Does that mean we are not going to be able to cook for ourselves? Or will we be able to if we carry a bowl and spoon for everyone and a sharp knife? Would we get by with that? (We’re hoping to do at least some of our own cooking)
Thanks for your words of wisdom.

EDITED TO ADD: One more question – do we need to carry pegs/clothespins?

Read the good advice on what to bring with you on the Camino de Santiago here.