Camino Santiago de Compostela: The ultimate packing list!

When leaving for the Camino Santiago de Compostela, you know you will walk more than 800 km. Depending on how many miles a day, you will be travelling for about five weeks. So, what do you take with you?

I walked myself from Vezelay to Santiago de Compostela in 2018 in 3 months and a pilgrim ‘ravels light’. After all, you carry everything yourself on your back (or you choose to have your luggage transported).

I used everything I had with me, some things I returned halfway and I didn’t miss anything. This is the ultimate Camino Santiago de Compostela packing list!

If you have been on the road for a long time, packing for the Camino Santiago de Compostela is certainly a lot easier. I had no experience, but I did know that I wanted to take as little as possible. It turned out to be a good choice, because with this minimal Camino Santiago de Compostela packing list I left in May 2018 for 2000 km on the pilgrimage route.

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The basis for your Camino Santiago de Compostela packing list

The ‘rule’ for baggage you have to carry with you during your Camino Santiago de Compostela is that it can be up to 10% of your body weight. Don’t let this rule be too much. Your bag can feel light, but if you have walked 30 kilometers through the mountains you will soon think differently about it. And don’t be mistaken for the weight of food and drink that comes with it during your trip.

My own backpack during the Camino Santiago de Compostela was about 9 kilos. No water.
Regardless of your budget and the length you chose for your Camino Santiago de Compostela, there are two things you don’t want to save on: Your backpack and walking shoes. These are the basis for a successful Camino Saniago de Compostela. If you don’t have a properly seated shoes or a rucksack, you’ll get problems sooner or later.

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Your backpack during the Camino Santiago de Compostela

For my backpack for the Camino Santiago de Compostela I went to a specialist store. Every body is different. After the necessary passes and comparisons I finally chose the OSPREY AURA AG 50L. This is a backpack designed especially for women, in such a way that it fits perfectly with the female body. I
t means that the backpack is narrower at the shoulders and a bit shorter than the male variant. In addition, the so-called harness of the bag is shaped to the female body and the position of the hip belt is also different from that of a backpack for men.

Things to watch out for when buying a good backpack for the Camino Santiago de Compostela: lightweight, breathable on the back, a rain cover and soft back and waist straps.

Walking shoes for the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Good walking shoes are not cheap, but they save you from the need for a professional pair of mountain boots for the Camino Santiago de Compostela. Some pilgrims swear on half-height walking shoes, but I walked all the kilometers on low hiking shoes of the Hanwag brand. These are tough but lightweight and are extremely comfortable for me.

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What do you feel like during the Camino Santiago de Compostela?

You’ve probably heard about it: layers. It keeps your temperature and humidity in balance, which adds a lot of comfort to your walk on the Camino Santiago de Compostela. I myself chose shirts from the Icebreaker brand. That is a brand that has structured its collection according to this layer method.

I chose 2 quick dry t-shirts with short sleeves, 1 tight sport vest, fleece sweater, 1 quick dry leggings and 1 zip-off pants by Fjallraven.

Are you going to walk the Camino Francès in the middle of summer? Then on your Camino Santiago de Compostela packlist is best to have a vest less. A fleece sweater is highly recommended, it is always comfortable and on cold evenings, nights and in the early hours you will be grateful for it. What is essential for summer: a hat to protect your head from the sun!

Which socks?

You can still have such good shoes during your Camino Santiago de Compostela, but if you don’t wear the right socks you can still get a lot of problems. I took 3 pairs of Falke socks with me. Low, for women. That was enough.

 

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Your personal care during the Camino Santiago de Compostela

At home you probably have all kinds of different creams. For your face, for the day or night, shampoo, bodycream, etc. Well, if you want to take all this with you, it is a lot of weight together. A strong recommendation are small refill bottles, bought at Bever. With a large bottle of shampoo traveling is not to be done and mini packaging are very little to be found on the way. Furthermore, 2-in-1 shampoo is a solution. Although I sometimes bought some cremswill to spoil myself during the Camino Santiago de Compostela.

I used a refill bottle as a shower soap and as a detergent for my clothes. For my face and body I bought a small package from Nivea. Essential is sunburn too, save especially if you don’t run up in the summer.

Oops, a blister. What now?

Of course, the bladder spasters are also indispensable. I did not need them, but I often distributed them enough to others. A small first aid kit I put together myself, including paracetamol, ORS, a set of tweezers, a sign tweezers, various (blister) plasters and disinfectant. Don’t forget to take the Camino Santiago de Compostela: Earplugs. If you sleep in a dorm, you will certainly encounter noisy pilgrims in those weeks.

 

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What do you sleep in during the Camino Santiago de Compostela?

You can choose between a cloth bag or sleeping bag. I had both at me. And they both used on the go. It is also a bit dependant on when the Camino Santiago de Compostela walks. In the summer you have enough of a cloth bag.

Walking sticks or not?

Good walking sticks light up your ride because it’s your weight (and that of your luggage!) distributed. For everyone a lot more comfortable, especially when climbing and descending. I used them every day during my Camino Santiago de Compostela and would recommend them to anyone. Don’t choose Nordic Walking sticks because they have a cap on the tip, which is not ideal for nature trails. Oh yes, please note that you are not officially allowed to take walking sticks in hand baggage during your flight.

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