Camino de Santiago packing list

La mochila es mi casa.

Quote from the base of a bed in an albergue in a village on the Camino

The backpack is my house. If you’re about to walk on Camino de Santiago, then you probably know that your backpack would be your house, i.e. you would have put everything you need for your journey in it. At the same time, you probably don’t want to carry much all the time, so planning and packing are of great importance for the Camino. Here is our Camino de Santiago packing list.

As we did our first Camino with lighter luggage (that really amazed most of our fellow-pilgrims), it is now time to share some packing tips with you and help you with your packing process. This Camino de Santiago packing list could easily be applied to other walking/hiking trails, pilgrim routes, etc. It fits perfectly Camino Francés for the months of April/May.

Camino de Santiago backpacks packing list
Our lightweight Camino backpacks

So here we go, starting the list of different groups of stuff you need for the Camino. Remember, if you manage to make your backpack no heavier than 10% of your own weight, than you’re a hero! And your back will be grateful to you, too!

General advice for your Camino baggage

  • Don’t bring stuff you value too much, or expensive items – it’s very easy to lose something, to ruin it, tear it, etc. I had to throw out two pairs of socks – good I didn’t take my favorite lucky socks with me.
  • The additional small purse for quick access to daily essentials – like credentials, passports, money, cell phone, lip balm, wipes, etc. comes in very handy.
  • We did laundry every three days so we don’t have to carry many clothes. (Almost every albergue has a washing machine and a dryer that you can use for few euros.)

Clothing

  • Sweatshirt and a light jacket – this year we’d add another blouse/sweatshirt for colder nights/mornings/albergues
  • 3-4 lightweight shirts that cover upper arms and shoulders (the backpack straps could be painful to uncovered areas)
  • 1-2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2 pairs of leggings/yoga pants for Bistra and Petya, lightweight pants for Nace
  • 1-2 shorts for the “nights out” or to put over the pants to keep you warmer (optional)
  • 4-pairs of socks
  • 4 days’ worth of undies (laundry every three days 😃)
  • 2-4 sport bras
  • Pajamas – preferably with long sleeves in case you are sleeping at a cold place
  • Sandals or flip flops (used for showers and afternoon walks after settling in an albergue BUT also in case you need to wear them for a while to take a break from the walking shoes)
  • Hiking boots/walking shoes/sneakers – they will be on your feet most of the time. Bistra and Nace used running sneakers, Petya was with hiking sneakers. This is the most important thing, so choose them wisely!
  • Sunhat/hairband – the sun could be scorching
  • Buff – it could serve as a scarf, a hairband, a hat, a fashionable accessory
  • Gloves – for the cold mornings or for better contact with the walking sticks

Of course, if you’re coming to Europe for a longer time, you might need another bag or suitcase to carry all the essentials. Here’s a nice packing list for backpacking Europe.

packing list for Camino de Santiago

Toiletries

  • Soap, shampoo, body lotion, razors, lip balm, deodorant roll-on, toothpaste and toothbrush, face cleaning wet wipes, concealer, and mascara. If you’re flying with hand luggage only (but not only), consider being eco-friendly and switch to solid toiletries.
  • Sunscreen – a MUST
  • Mosquito repellent – we didn’t use it but theoretically, it’s possible to need it as it’s kind of rainy in those parts of Spain
  • Tissues, wet wipes, maybe some toilet paper – for natural calls and sanitary purposes

Gear

  • 35-40 L backpack
  • Light sleeping bag – ours are with temperature range 15-20 degrees Celsius as we still sleep indoors with sheets and blankets provided
  • Bodybag that ties around your waist (one bag was enough for the three of us)
  • Headlight – as we didn’t use it much last year (not early birds, obviously), we’ll go for a simple flashlight next time
  • Sunglasses – optional but very useful
  • Bottle for water – with or without filter – the water along the Camino is very drinkable and sometimes even tasty
  • A towel that dries up quickly – we used microfiber towels
  • Raincoat – we plan to replace them with waterproof light jackets this year
  • Camera, GoPro, power bank, chargers, cables – don’t take too much of them
  • Notebook for keeping notes and writing down amazing newborn ideas 💡
  • You can get inspiration from this list of cool hiking gifts.

Medical supplies

  • Band-aids – you’ll need them for blisters and calluses
  • Homeopathic Arnica – to prevent inflammations
  • Arnica gel for painful places
  • Ibuprofen to keep going and not feel pain – can be bought everywhere along the Camino
  • Magnesium – better start taking it two weeks before you start the Camino, very good for the muscles
  • Ethyl alcohol, small scissors, cotton for the calluses
Jumping with a backpack in Galicia, Spain, Camino de Santiago
The jumpie test: If you can do a jumpie with your backpack, that means you did a great job with packing!

We used this list to pack for our Camino vol.2. It passed the test! Plus we used it twice for our Camino Portugues!

And that’s it! Our Camino de Santiago packing list! Feel free to leave us comments if you feel we need to add or remove something from it! Buen Camino! 🚶

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10 Responses

  1. WhenTwoWander
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    I have seen so many travellers doing the Camino De Santiago. I imagine it to be a very picturesque walk, but I don’t think I’d do it myself!

    • Well, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but you should give it a try to be sure! Everyone can do it, even a tiny part of it 🙂

  2. Great information and thorough check list for beginners!

  3. couplertw
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    keeping it light is the most important! Also, some people tend to forget that they are going through developed countries where you can easily buy anything, so you don’t need to bring your house with you

  4. Priya@backpacknbrushes
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    Your packing list is really relatable and practical. I always end up over packing and trying to pack light from a long time. Happy travels. 🙂

    • You’re on the right track. We all have times when we pack too much. Happy travels and light packing! 🙂

  5. Riely
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    Great list of items to pack while keeping your backpack light and easy to carry. I always like to find items that are compact and small to pack.

    • That’s a good hint! Many things have their alternatives in smaller/compact packs so it’s definitely a good idea to use the alternatives when we have to carry or luggage!