When we tell people we are doing the Camino and we will carry all our belongs on our back for 4-5 weeks, the next comment usually is how do you pack for that?!
So here it is, an outline of what will go into our backpack for our upcoming adventure
2 T-shirts (1 short, 1 long sleeved), plus the one I will wear
1 Trouser, 1 leggings plus my hiking shorts
1 Fleece or sweatshirt
1 Rain jacket
1 Swimsuit (we will be walking along coastal Portugal for part of the way)
1 Wrap (doubles as a towel, bedsheet, robe on the way to the shower, picnic blanket)
2 Buffs/adventure bands (doubles a sweat band, eye mask, sun protector, pillow cover)
1 Quick dry towel
Sandals* & hiking boots*
Sleeping bag liner
Sunglasses & reading glasses….yes it has gotten to that stage now!
Ear plugs…believe me that will be first into the bag!
Toiletries (all travel size, including wipes, bug spray, sunscreen)
Small first aid kit (including plasters, ibuprofen, antihistamine cream)
Foot care kit* (including plasters, competed, nappy cream – best thing ever for blister protection, I never leave home without it!)
Nappy pins & carabeeners for all sorts of uses
Diary, pen* & guide book* (the bible)
Tupperware, cutlery, can opener* and a sharp knife*
Technology (trying to keep it to the minimum – phone*, charger* & headphones)
Small day bag ( handy for going out in the evenings to carry all my bits)
Passport*, pilgrim passport & shell
Money belt*, credit cards* & cash* etc.
Water container*, we like the camelback style
Other things that will be added will be water, food and snacks
Total approximate weight: 7.5 kgs or 16.5lbs (excluding water)
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How exciting! I’m going to keep that list! You never know, I might get to do the Camino yet! Bon voyage
Thanks, if you have any notion of try to walk the Camino I could recommend it highly enough. It’s a unique experience.
Right on! Hey, whats with the shells on ur backpacks?
Thanks for the question Elaine. The shell is the symbol of the pilgrim. There are a number of differing opinions as to how it became synonymous with the Camino de Santiago. In Galicia where Santiago de Compostela is located you find scallop shells all over the region and it was said Pilgrims having made the trip received a shell as a momento of their journey. Others say the shell was carried by pilgrims which they used to gather water to drink or as a bowl for food. Modern day pilgrims display the shell a sign of pilgrimage and they follow the yellow arrows or shell symbols that mark the route.
Nappy cream…never would have thought of that. I’ll be sure to keep this list! Thanks Catherine and buen camino!
Thanks Rob. You heard it here first…with the dainty feet I have, blisters have been an issue for me but nappy cream works like a dream!
Brilliant list to have! How many pairs of socks gets you by? Many thanks. RoseMary
Hi RoseMary, I bring 4 pairs of pure wool socks. I use 2 pairs each day, unless it is a short day of walking. At the start of the day I lather my feet in Bepanthen cream (for baby nappy/diaper rash), it’s the best but Vaseline also works and about half way through the day I change to a dry pair of socks. So far it has been brilliant for keeping my feet in good shape!