The Camino, a network of ancient pilgrim paths leading to the sacred grounds of Santiago de Compostela, is not just a walk; it’s a journey that transcends the physical realm, touching souls and transforming lives. As you contemplate embarking on this venerable pilgrimage, a myriad of questions may dance in your mind. What does it take to walk these historic trails? How do you prepare for such a spiritually and physically challenging journey? What should you pack, and how will you navigate the varied landscapes and cultures along the way? In this comprehensive guide, we delve deep into the heart of the Camino experience.

Top 10 most asked questions of walking the Camino

The Camino is more than just a checklist of preparations. It’s a voyage that invites introspection and offers unparalleled opportunities for personal growth and spiritual awakening. We’ll explore the mental and emotional aspects of this journey, offering tips on how to mentally gear up for the days of solitude, reflection, and connection with nature and fellow pilgrims.

As you read through, let each question and answer guide you closer to understanding the essence of the Camino. Whether you seek spiritual solace, physical challenge, or a deeper connection with history and culture, this guide is your first step towards a journey that promises to be as rewarding as it is enlightening.

So lace up your walking shoes, open your heart, and let us help you prepare for one of the most significant adventures of your life. Welcome to the path of the Camino – where every step is a story, and every pilgrim is a part of its ongoing legacy.

1. How do I prepare to walk a camino?

Before walking a pilgrimage, we recommend that you prepare yourself both physically and mentally. First, lets talk about physically preparing for a camino. This of course depends on the length and difficulty of the camino you decide to walk. You have short and long caminos and some caminos are tougher than others. Its good to figure out in advance how many km’s you plan to walk per day and whether this corresponds to what you are already used to walking or if it requires some additional practice.

It can never harm to prepare yourself physically for the strain on your body and feet that you will get to experience while walking your camino. Try walking several km’s several days in a row to feel what affect it has on your body. In our blog Walking pilgrimages in 2022? This is how you prepare!  (in dutch) we offer to help you with a useful step-by-step plan and tips that can help you with the physical preparation for your camino.

Besides physical preparation, walking a camino can be mentally challenging too. It probably doesn’t happen often that you spend days in a row just walking from point A to point B and spending a lot of time with yourself and your thoughts surrounded by nature. Although this experience is very unique for every camino walker, as experts we can give you some tools to mentally prepare yourself for walking a camino.

In the blog How to prepare for Camino de Santiago with WAW Travel! A focus on mind training! we have already listed a number of tips. Also, the blog How the Camino de Santiago experience can change your life positively in 2021! can give you a clear idea of what to expect if you decide to walk a camino.

2. What do I take with me on my camino?

You finally decided to walk a camino, hero! But then the important question follows; what to pack?!

We keep repeating our important packing motto: “Less is more.

You dont need much while walking a pilgrimage. But what do you need? Fortunately, you dont have to think about this too long because weve put together the ultimate packing list.

If you book your camino with we will help you with some personal packing tips, summed up in the travel document you will receive from us.


3. How much money does it cost to walk a camino?

The cost of walking a camino can vary by the choices you make. You can go for extremely low budget and bring your own tent or sleep in cheap albergues or you can go for comfort and luxury and maybe treat yourself with a night at the hotel Paradores in Santiago de Compostela. Based on five important expenses to take into account, you can roughly calculate what walking a camino costs.

4. How do I choose the right camino route?

There are an infinite number of wonderful hikes you can do, but which camino route fits best to your expectations? This is perhaps the most important question you should ask yourself before you start with the rest of the preparations for your camino. Our 16 tips for choosing a hiking route that suits you best (in dutch) will definitely help you to make a decision.

Is Santiago de Compostela your chosen final destination? But you’re not sure yet which camino route you want to walk? Then read: How to choose the right Camino de Santiago route (in dutch).

5. How does it work in Santiago de Compostela?

The finish line is close, you walk into Santiago de Compostela feeling tired but fulfilled. Perhaps some tears will come or maybe you will jump a hole in the air of joy. All in all, you did it! You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela! But now what?

At the pilgrim office in Santiago de Compostela, you can pick up your personal Compostela. A certificate saying that you have walked a minimum of 100 km by foot to reach Santiago. Dont let the long line outside the pilgrims office scare you because it goes quite quick. You can take a number at the entrance and keep track on when its your turn via your phone. The pilgrim office is located on Rua Carretas, number 33 in Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrim office is open every day between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Here you can also ask other questions about other caminos, Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims mass etc.

Cathedral Santiago De Compostela

6. Can I have my luggage transported?

Surely you can! If you dont want to walk around with a heavy backpack, you can choose to have your luggage transported from point A to point B. If you book your pilgrimage with, we will arrange this for you. Find in the blog: 5 Important Questions About Luggage Transport (in dutch), all the information about transporting your luggage.

If you choose to have your luggage transported, it is recommended to bring a daypack with all the essential items you need during the day. Weve also listed these for you in the blog: 5 Important Questions About Luggage Transport (in dutch).

7. Can I walk a camino in corona times?

It remains a turbulent time with all the restrictions constantly changing. It can also affect a pilgrimage. Perhaps this is just the perfect time to escape the pandemic and get out into nature. We have 5 tips (in dutch) for walking a pilgrimage during corona times. But we can’t express more to encourage you to just do it!

8. Is the route clearly marked?

The route on all pilgrim routes is marked with clear yellow arrows that point you in the right direction. In case you don’t have good orientation skills or if you are afraid to get lost, certainly dont let that stop you from walking a pilgrimage.

Camino Route Sign

An interesting website about the Camino is Follow the Yellow Shell. You can find a lot of information about the routes, a packing list and true stories about people who walked a Camino de Santiago.

9. Hiking poles, yes or no?

Walking with hiking poles is a very personal choice. Are you in doubt whether you want to bring hiking poles or leave them at home. Then read our 10 important tips about hiking poles.

10. Do I need travel- and cancellation insurance?

Before you travel, it is always important to check what insurances you need. At, it is not possible yet to purchase a travel- and cancellation insurance. However, we are happy to help you find the right insurances.

Bonus Question: Filling Out Your Pilgrim’s Credential

An essential part of your journey on the Camino is the pilgrim’s credential, a document that not only identifies you as a pilgrim but also serves as a living diary of your journey. Many pilgrims have queries about how to properly fill out this credential, so we’ve simplified the process for you. Here’s a quick guide to completing each section:

  • Nombre (Name): Your first name.
  • Apellido (Surname): Your last name.
  • Pasaporte (Passport number): Your passport number.
  • Dirección (Address): Your full address, including street, postal code, and city.
  • El día (Date): The start date of your Camino (DD/MM/YYYY).
  • De (From): Your starting point of the pilgrimage.
  • Select: “Pie” (meaning ‘by foot’), or the means by which you decide to do the Camino.

Remember, your credential is not just a requirement; it’s a souvenir of your journey, a map of your steps through landscapes, cultures, and personal experiences. Each stamp you collect on your credential, whether at hostels, restaurants, bars, or churches, is not just proof of your journey but also a symbol of the stories and connections you’ve woven along the Way.

At the end of your pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela, your completed credential will be a tangible testament to your resilience, faith, and adventurous spirit. It’s a reminder that every step you took was part of a greater journey, not just to Santiago, but towards a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Buen Camino!

With this guide and your credential in hand, you’re ready to embark on an adventure that goes beyond the physical, into a journey of personal and spiritual discovery. We wish you a camino filled with enriching and transformative experiences!