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Ultimate Guide: What to pack for the Camino de Santiago for 2 weeks?

Find out what to pack for the Camino de Santiago by using my comprehensive list for my own personal pilgrimage of 2 weeks on the French Way.

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Packing lists for travel are so incredibly personal that I usually wouldn’t advise you what to take on a trip. What one person considers essential, I may think is ridiculous and vice versa. However, when you are trying to figure out what to pack for the Camino de Santiago when you only have 2 weeks to walk, I think you have to follow a guide.

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What to pack for the Camino de Santiago

Since I announced I was setting off on The French Way, I have been asked several times exactly what to pack for the Camimo de Santiago.

I only had a couple of weeks for my pilgrimage and it didn’t go so well (full story to come) so I can’t count myself as an expert. Nor did I do nearly enough research. I only had 5 days to get everything ready from when I booked my flight, until I flew out.

But even so, there was nothing in my backpack that I felt like I could leave behind and this is everything that I recommend you pack for the Camino de Santiago.

What to pack for the Camino de Santiago for 2 weeks?

Weight and comfort are the only things you want to think about when figuring out what to pack for the Camino de Santiago. Most people choose to limit their Camino backpack to 10% of their body weight which is a good starting guide.

My full backpack with all the gear below weighed a touch over 10 kgs. But luckily my trusty Trespass Harket 35L Backpack is comfortable. So while it was a little heavier than I would like it wasn’t as bad as some of the 25 kg backpacks I saw.

It also fits in carry on for the plane and I definitely wouldn’t go larger than this.

Clothing:

What to pack for the Camino de Santiago?

What to pack for the Camino de Santiago? My Trespass Harket 35L backpack

North Face Hedgehog Gore-Tex Walking Shoes
Jandals
Undies x 3
Beanie
Merino Thermal tops x 2
Buff
Merino Thermal Trousers
Waterproof Trousers
North Face Waterproof Jacket
Plastic waterproof Poncho
Ethcs T-Shirt x 2
Running shorts
Merino wool socks x 4 pairs
Sweater
Sun hat
Woollen Gloves
Sunglasses

Electronics:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Inch
Samsung NX11 Camera
GoPro Hero2
HTC Desire S smartphone
iPod
Travel USB memory sticks x 4
European plug travel adapter

Medical Supplies:

Asthma Inhaler
Sun block
Compeed Blister Block (various sizes)
Nurofen
Needle and Thread
Padded sports strapping tape

Other essential items:

Sleeping Bag
The ultimate silicone sleeping ear plugs
Renewable grocery bag
Ziplock bags for waterproofing electronics
Toilet paper
Twistie clothesline
Duct tape
Quickdry towel
1L Reusable Sigg drink bottle
Paper notebook and pens
Whistle
Spork
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Dental floss

What to pack on the Camino de Santiago

Ok, even this list is slightly personal to me. And you can definitely argue about a few of my items in my backpack. But for my own sanity, and so that I could keep this blog updated, I sacrificed weight to keep things like my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and GoPro Hero2 in my Camino kit.

If I wanted to really do it as a full blown pilgrim convert then I could easily have left all the electronics at home. I also would have cut down on my clothing by losing 1 t-shirt, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of undies, and a thermal.

But for the benefit of my other pilgrim buddies, I didnt want to have to walk alone smelly the entire time!

Also take the time to check out my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago.

What do you think of my ultimate Camino de Santiago packing list? Anything you would leave out? Something additional you would have packed?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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20 Comments

  1. Adam @ SitDownDisco

    March 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Yeah, would definitely have left out some of those gadgets. A bit of duplication there. Of course would have tried to rationalise clothing too. Anything to get that weight down to avoid injury!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      The gadgets were pretty vital to me and didn’t mind lugging it around. Probably could have sacrificed a couple of items of clothing though to get it under 10 kgs for sure!

  2. Jose

    March 26, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I´ve done it with a 22 ltrs weigthing 7 kilos backpack and believe me it´s a completely different expereince. You walk and walk with no pain.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      If I was blogging then I definitely would have had it under 7 kgs. The problem was my camera equipment and tablet. But they were necessary for what I was planning. Hopefully will return in the future and do it with basically nothing.

    • OCDemon

      March 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      I’ve gone that small and it was the greatest thing ever. No one believed me.

      • Cole Burmester

        March 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Packing light is the best way to travel! Especially if you are walking the Camino de Santiago!

  3. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    March 26, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Looks like a pretty complete list to me. I looked for missing items but after the third time double checking your list it was always there. Looking forward to the stories.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Haha thanks Jonathan. Was a bit skeptical about taking it all, but better being over prepared than under prepared.

  4. Michael

    March 26, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    That’s quite a collection of stuff. Good to see what others bring in their travels though.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      It’s amazing how much stuff we carry without realising it. Only by laying it all out did I gey to see the full kit for the Camino de Santiago.

  5. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com

    March 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Interesting stuff mate! Really interesting to see what other people pack for such trips…

    • Cole Burmester

      March 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      That is the same backpack I travelled around Italy and Spain with for 2 months as well last summer. Definitely recommend nothing bigger than carry on in Europe!

  6. Paddy Waller

    March 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Nice practical guide.Brought back some great memories.You’re right. For most people the tablet probably would have been a leave behind item but logically not for you. I did the whole of The French Way from Roncesvalles in 2010( I also wrote a post about it) and started with 10kgs and managed to get down to 8 and a half kgs after a few days. I gave some stuff away and carried less water as there were loads of fountains etc

    • Cole Burmester

      March 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Very true about the fountains Paddy! I found I ended up just carrying a half-full water bottle most of the time but made sure I filled it regularly. Definitely were some longer stretches though which I wouldn’t want to be caught out in the middle of the summer heat. Apparently some of the wells also run dry over summer.

  7. Matthew Hirtes

    March 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I’ll be packing soon for my Rota Vicentina trip. Great post, Cole. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Audrey | That Backpacker

    March 27, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Your backpack looks like a good size for 2 weeks. I’ve only been backpacking a month and I’ve already had to send stuff home *several* times…still learning. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      March 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      I used it for 2 months around Europe as well last summer. Definitely ideal for backpacking although I am about to start travelling again with my 65L pack… Not excited at all about carrying it haha.

  9. Endri Hasanaj

    May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    You have such an amazing way with words Cole.
    My wife is from Spain (Granada) and we are planning on going and walking “Camino de Santiago”

    Great tips though

    Cheers,
    Endri

    • Cole Burmester

      May 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Thanks Endri! Enjoy the Camino once you get a chance to do it 🙂

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