Packing for the Camino is an exercise in “pack light and carry on”. It is recommended that you do not go over 10-15% of your body weight. Apparently, the albergues all along the Camino are FULL of crap people leave behind.  It took months of research, reading what people took, what people regretted they took – but I think I have my own packing list now. Without food and water, my pack is about 20 pounds. There are some things on the list that I could leave at home but…I don’t want to.

Outer Wear

  • wind breaker
  • Icebreaker fleece
  • wide brimmed hat
  • bandanas x2
  • buff
  • thin gloves
  • Ferrino Trekker poncho
  • thin cotton scarf

Daytime Clothes

  • technical t-shirts x3
  • technical long sleeved shirt
  • bra x2
  • underwear x3
  • zip-off pants x2
  • liner socks x3
  • wool socks x2

Shoes

  • Ecco yak leather hikers
  • Teva sandals
  • shower flip flops

Toiletries

  • toilet paper
  • nail clipper
  • chap stick x2
  • LUSH body cream bar
  • razor
  • tooth-brush
  • toothbrush holder
  • toothpaste
  • contact solution
  • contacts x3 2-week pairs
  • purell
  • comb/brush
  • antiperspirant

First Aid Kit

  • green gravol
  • pink gravol
  • immodium
  • cipro
  • zantac
  • polysporin
  • bandaids
  • compeed
  • advil
  • aleve
  • benedryl cream
  • benedryl pills
  • reactin
  • cold/flu pills
  • electrolyte
  • anti-fungal cream
  • fungal soap
  • anti-chafing gel
  • stretchy bandage

Laundry

  • basin (Sea-to-Summit kitchen sink)
  • line (Sea-to Summit)
  • safety pins (various sizes)
  • campsuds

Shower

  • hook
  • towel x2
  • campsuds

Sleeping Gear

  • long johns (bottoms)
  • eye mask
  • ear plugs x3
  • down sleeping bag (in a compression sack)

Food

  • swiss army knife
  • collapsible bowl
  • collapsible cup
  • 1L waterbottle
  • spork

Electronics

  • regular camera
  • batteries, memory cards, charger
  • waterproof camera
  • e-reader and charger cord
  • phone
  • ipod nano
  • adapter

Writing

  • journal (Moleskin – theme The Hobbit)
  • pen

Bags

  • Osprey backpack (about 32-36L. not sure since the size isn’t on the bag)
  • collapsible day pack
  • foldable shopping bag
  • waterproof bags (stores clothes, toiletries, and electronics)
  • backpack lock

Miscellaneous

  • camino badge
  • Black Diamond walking poles
  • glasses case and glasses
  • sunglasses
  • wallet
  • whistle
  • small plastic bottle for Finisterre sand
  • towel tabs
  • headlamp
  • thread and needle
  • tissues
  • camino passport
  • real passport
  • travel insurance information

Curious to see how I fared on the Camino Frances? Here is a daily journal that represents each day along The Way and here are my post-Camino recommendations in relation to packing.