WHAT TO CARRY

When it comes to deciding what equipment to take for the Camino, there are probably as many different opinions as pilgrims. This list is not intended to be authoritative, but just a starting point that the traveller can adapt to his/her own circumstances.

This list has been made in consultation with former pilgrims and hiking experts. For further information, we advise you to ask in your local sports equipment store.

  • A 30-40 liters backpack, with rain cover.
  • Light sleeping bag 500-800 gr.
  • 2 trekking poles, or the traditional wooden walking staff ("bordón").
  • Waterproof half boots or trekking shoes, or trekking sandals if walking in the summer. They should be one size above your usual one, and you should start using them at least two months before starting the Camino.
  • Light sandals for resting and stays in albergues.
  • Waterproof and breathable jacket and trousers (gore-tex or similar), or a long poncho.
  • Polar fleece jacket.
  • 1 o 2 long fast dry trekking trousers.
  • 1 shorts and/or bathing shorts.
  • 2 o 3 breathable short-sleeved t-shirts.
  • 1 long-sleeved breathable t-shirt.
  • 3 pairs of hight-quality, breathable socks.
  • Thin gloves.
  • 3 changes of underwear
  • Hat for protection against the sun.
  • Sunglasses (category 3 or above).
  • Lantern and spare batteries.
  • Canteen or hydration bag, with a capacity between 0.5 and 1.5 liters.
  • Sunscreen (protection factor above 30) and chapstick.
  • Light towel and personal hygiene items.
  • Small bar of soap for washing clothes.
  • Clothespins (or safety pins)
  • Multi-tool knife.
  • Sewing needle and thread.
  • Small waterproof bag for documents and money.
  • Personal first-aid kit (including Compeed).
  • Electric plug adapter, if you are from out of Europe.
  • Earplugs, in case you are spending the night in an albergue with other pilgrims.
  • Credential and map of the Camino.
  • Personal documents and health insurance card.