What to pack for the Camino de Santiago hike/cycle?
Preparing for the Camino de Santiago trip requires thoughtful planning, especially when it comes to packing. Here’s a guide to help you understand what to bring on the Camino and pack effectively, whether you’re hiking or cycling.
Understanding Your Needs
Route, Season, and Altitude
Your clothing and gear will vary depending on the route, season, and altitude. Always better to have slightly more than less.
When booking with CaminoWays.com, your main luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel. You’ll only need to carry a light bag during the day.
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For a comprehensive list, download our Camino packing guide eBook.
Carry sun cream, sunglasses, appropriate walking boots, and rain gear on all trips.
Walking Shoes or Boots
Essential for mountainous terrain and winter. Ensure they are well-tried and comfortable, not brand new.
Opt for Merino wool for comfort and odour control. Have separate walking socks and evening socks.
Convertible trousers are recommended. Avoid jeans or tracksuits.
Footwear for Evenings
After hiking shoes or sandals for summer.
Shirts and T-Shirts
Preferably light, odour-resistant materials like Merino wool.
Long-sleeved shirts, fleece, and underwear.
Sun cap or hat for spring/summer and a warm hat for winter.
Raincoat and additional warmer coat for autumn/winter.
Accessories and Gear
A 15-20 litre bag for daily essentials.
Sunglasses and Toiletries
Water bottle and sun cream.
Available at starting points.
Important Documents and Electronics
Passport and Documents
Carry photocopies of your passport and essential documents.
Camera and Charger
Remember an adaptor for international travel.
Mobile Phone and Charger
Bring a reading book, as your luggage will be transferred.
Health and Safety
First Aid Kit
Include plasters for blisters.
Carry essential medications; pharmacies are available but consider language barriers.
Breaking Down the Task
Use a checklist and tackle packing in stages.
Check the Weather and Route
Always check the forecast and route type before departure.
For a detailed packing list and more tips on what to bring, download our free Camino Packing Ebook. This includes a checklist and all the essential packing requirements for your Camino de Santiago adventure.