THE CAMINO - What to take


Remember, you have to carry everything so try to take as little as possible. Also, if you forget something, or need something, there are plenty of shops along the way. Start off with less and if you need more then buy it along the way. Little villages might not have everything but you walk through large towns every couple of days so anything can be bought.

This is my list of what to take:

  1. backpack - I also had a small nylon backpack that folds up into itself. It was useful to carry on the plane and I could use it when I got to a refugio and wanted to go out and not leave any valuables back in the refugio with my backpack.
  2. walking stick - I used a thin branch of a tree I found while crossing the Pyrenees. I loved my quirky branch and bought it back to Australia, but I would recommend you use proper walking sticks. Two preferably….
  3. Boots - good, worn in boots that you know don’t give you blisters
  4. Sandals – good pair to give your tired feet a rest at the end of each day, or can be used if you are walking along an easy track (hang your boots off the back of your backpack)
  5. Leggings – to sleep in and also could walk in them if shorts were wet (lot the leggings)
  6. Underwear - 2 pair knickers and two bras (light material so they dry easily) and two pair of underpants for guys
  7. T- shirts - 2 cotton
  8. Shorts – 1 pair (preferably easy dry with lots of pockets - cargo pants good. Some people took those pants that zip off below the knees, to be used as long pants and shorts).
  9. Long pants  - 1 pair for plane and at night if cold (cargo pants with pockets great)
  10. Overpants - nylon wet weather overpants
  11. Long sleeve top - 1 cotton top – thermal good.
  12. All weather jacket - nylon
  13. Scarf – this was one of the most useful things I had. I could use it if I was cold or use it under my backpack on pressure points where I was being bruised (shoulders and hip bones)
  14. Walking sox - 2 x good, woolen walking socks
  15. Sunglasses
  16. Hat
  17. Sleeping bag – that folds into tiny bag
  18. Pillow – I took one of those blow up pillows you use on planes because I didn’t want to use communal pillows
  19. Inner sheet for sleeping bag (good for when you got hot in bed at night)
  20. Eye shades (to sleep at night)
  21. Earplugs (to sleep at night)
  22. Towel (small camping towel)
  23. journal and pen (optional)
  24. credit cards (take two and keep them separate in case you lose one)
  25. mobile phone / camera
  26. charger for phoneband aids
  27. Water bottle - buy yourself some water in a plastic bottle from the shop when you start and keep reusing that bottle
  28. bum bag (big enough to fit passport, cash, plastic card, tissue or handkerchief and perhaps blockout) If you use one of these you don’t need to keep stopping and fishing in your backpack for things
  29. plastic pegs – 5 for hanging clothes out to dry each day in the refugio
  30. Rope l- ight piece of rope, in case it is raining, or the line if full in the refugio and you need to hang your washing around your bunk to dry during the night
  31. baby nappy pins (if your clothes haven't dried you pin them onto the back of your backpack while you walk to dry and you can also use them for other emergency repairs) I can hear you thinking that you'll never do that, but you would be surprised what you do. Don't worry about how you look because everyone looks the same.
  32. plastic bag (like from the supermarket - has all sorts of uses)
  33. Small plastic box (I used it as for my medical kit which I kept in a separate compartment on the top of the backpack so it was handy to access if I needed it while walking and yes, it needs to be handy, because if you are walking you don't want to have to unpack your whole backpack to find a headache tablet or the blockout).
  34. Small covered knife and small spoon - knife has a thousand uses and I needed spoon for yoghurt each day
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