When I made my packing list for the Camino de Santiago, I had plenty of experience in terms of long distance trips. I’m not saying this to brag but rather to explain why I make some of the following points.
Making your Camino packing list is also a matter of personal preference so please take this advice with a pinch of salt.
In my experience, most first-timers take the wrong gear on their first Camino. Quite often, this refers to their choice of bag or shoes but carrying a heavy load is also extremely common. You do not need two pairs of shoes, pants or sweaters. Also, a heavy bag of toiletries is not necessary.
I wanted to help many of these people by doing what we call a “shakedown”. However, most people find it hard to part with their items and “need” almost everything I tried to remove from their backpack.
Anyway, here’s a quick look at my packing list for the Camino de Santiago:
My Packing List for the Camino de Santiago
The Big Four
Backpack | Osprey Exos 48
Sleeping Bag | North Face Blue Kazoo
Shoes | Altra Lone Peak 4.0
Trekking Poles | Black Diamond Trekking Poles
Headwear | Columbia Baseball Cap and Random Sunhat
Sunglasses | Quechua Sunglasses from Decathlon
Jacket| 550 Duck Down by Forclaz
Rain jacket | Kalinji Lightweight Jacket & Pants
T-Shirts | Kalinji x 3
Long Pants and Shorts | Vuori Trail Shorts
Hiking Socks | Darn Tough Hiking Socks x 3
Underwear | ExOfficio Boxers x 3
The Smaller Stuff
Headlamp | Petzl Actik Core
Raincover | Osprey Pack Cover
Dry Bag | Sea to Summit (9L)
Small Shampoo Bottle | Take a travel-size bottle of shampoo only and replace this at supermarkets each week. That means, you do not need a bar of soap or anything else to take into the shower.
Deodorant | Take a small deodorant stick. Leave the perfume or aftershave at home.
Toothpaste and Brush | Take a regular sized toothbrush and toothpaste.
Phone | Samsung Galaxy Duo
Camera | Canon G7X
Media Storage | iPad Mini
Powerbank | Anker 10,000 AMP
Headphones | Generic headphones
Charger/converter/adapter | Generic Headphones
Cords | USB Phone Cable, iPad cable, camera charger
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Compede / Second Skin / Blister Cushions
It’s true, you can always remove some of these items from your packing list for the Camino de Santiago. However, this Camino packing list should keep you covered and ensure you are not left wanting on the trip.
Either way, thanks for checking our my Camino packing list and please feel free to check out my Camino Vlog for videos of the trip !