My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

After completing the Camino Frances in 2012, I put together a list of the “10 Most Important Gear Items to Bring On Camino De Santiago“. That post has turned out to be one of the most popular gear lists that I’ve published on Trail to Peak. As much as readers seem to love that post, I get a lot of follow-up questions about what my complete Camino gear list looks like. I just completed a hike of the Camino Portuguese this summer, and decided the time was right to answer those questions with a comprehensive look at all the gear I brought along with me.

CategoryItemsWeightBackpackBackpack, rain cover, dry bags2.45 lbsFootwearShoes and socks2.02 lbsWorn ClothingTops, bottoms, hats, sunglasses, etc.2.59 lbsPacked ClothingJacket and evening wear2.98 lbsSleep SystemSleep sack and pillow1.73 lbsCamera GearCamera, lens, batteries, etc.5.16 lbsElectronicsChargers, cables, and apps1.03 lbsMiscellaneous ItemsClothes pins, toiletries, and more2.01 lbsTotal19.97 lbs

My Review). This pack comes in at an ultralight 1lb 12oz and pretty much disappears when it’s on my back.

You’ll see in the list below that I also brought along a waterproof pack cover to keep my bag dry in the rain. I also brought waterproof stuff sacks for organization and a second layer of water protection. Trash bags work well, too! Finally, you’ll see I have a fanny pack for walking around Camino towns after a long day along The Way. This is a safe way to store cash, cards, and passports while leaving my pack in the albergue.

ItemWeightPrice Check
Osprey Levity 45L (My Review)1.75 lbsREI
Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks 30L, 20L, 12L0.29 lbsREI | Amazon
Osprey Ultralight Pack Raincover0.19 lbsREI | Amazon
Patagonia Travel Hip Pack0.22 lbsREI | Patagonia
Total2.45 lbs

Also consider: Osprey Exos 48 | Gregory Optic 48 | HMG 2400 Southwest

My Review) for the Camino Portuguese and paired them with Smartwool and Darn Tough Merino wool socks. The SLAB Ultra comes in at a little over 12oz per shoe, provides phenomenal comfort and protection, and has outsoles that will stick to anything.

ItemWeightPrice Check
Salomon SLAB Ultra (My Review)1.55 lbsZappos | Amazon
Smartwool PhD Socks x20.32 lbsREI | Amazon
Darn Tough Socks x10.15 lbsREI | Amazon
Total2.02 lbs

See my top 14 trail shoes for 2018!

When picking a shoe, keep in mind that one pound on your feet is equal to five pounds on your back. That extra pound will result in a 5% increase in energy expended. Your choice of footwear will be the most important gear decision you make. Just like tires, your shoes are the only piece of gear that will always be in contact with the trail.

Here are seven key things to focus on when purchasing a pack:

  • Lightweight: try to stay under 14 oz. per shoe
  • Breathable: must let feet breathe in hot weather, then drain and dry quickly when wet
  • Forefoot Protection: The Camino has a lot of rocky trail and cobblestone. Make sure your shoes have enough underfoot protection.
  • Fit: I prefer shoes with an anatomically foot shaped toe box. Also look for a precise fit in the midfoot and heel. Any mild slipping can turn into big blisters.
  • Durable: Shoe must be able to handle 500+ miles per pair or more
  • Comfortable: No hot spots or rubbing points, with a nearly seamless interior upper. If it causes you issues in the store or on short hikes, it will be much worse on The Way.
  • Stable: Not necessarily with inserts or built in support, but you’ll want shoes that can handle a pack


Daily Worn Clothing:

For my daily clothing, I always try to focus on breathable and light materials that provide maximum sun protection. Keep in mind that you only need one or two of each item, as you can wash your clothes each day to be ready for you in the morning. This is another reason to get light and breathable items, as they will dry faster. I’m a big fan of Patagonia, as their clothes fit me well, always perform well, and have a lifetime warranty.

You’ll also want to pack a rain jacket for backpacking poncho. It rained on our first three days, and I was very happy to have adequate rain protection. I hiked in the summer and didn’t need warm pants. If you’re doing a winter Camino, warmer pants and/or rain pants are something you’ll want to consider.

ItemWeightPrice Check
Nike Golf Hat0.12 lbsAmazon
Julbo Aero Sunglasses (My Review)0.06 lbsBackcountry | Amazon
Patagonia Capilene Lightweight LS0.14 lbsREI | Patagonia
Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts0.60 lbsREI | Patagonia
ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Brief  x 30.47 lbsREI | Amazon
My Trail Co Storm UL Rain Jacket (My Review)0.63 lbsMy Trail Co.
Salomon S-LAB Light Jacket0.21 lbsAmazon
Garmin Fenix 5X0.22 lbsREI | Amazon
Outdoor Research Chroma Sun Gloves0.06 lbsAmazon
BUFF Scarf0.08 lbsREI | Amazon
Total2.59 lbs

ItemWeightPrice CheckPatagonia Nine Trail T Shirt0.25 lbsREI | PatagoniaPatagonia Terrabone Jogger Pants0.38 lbsREIPatagonia Technical Stretch Shorts0.41 lbsPatagoniaPatagonia Down Sweater Hoody0.94 lbsREI | PatagoniaVivobarefoot Ultra 3 Camp Shoes (My Review)1.00 lbsZapposAmazonTotal2.98 lbs

Enlightened Equipment quilt is the one I would recommend for all pilgrims.

ItemWeightPrice
Envelope Sleeping Sack1.60 lbsAmazon
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow0.13 lbsREI | Amazon
Total1.73 lbs

cinematic video.

For the casual pilgrim, your smartphone will be good enough. If you’re a little more serious, an APS-C camera like the Sony a6300/a6500 would be a worthwhile purchase. You can pair that camera with the lightweight Sony 10-18mm lens for some incredible photo and video. If you want profession photos in a lightweight camera, you’ll want to go full frame. I recommend the new Sony a7riii or a7iii.

ItemWeightPrice
Sony A7rii1.38 lbsBH Photo | Amazon
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.80.73 lbsBH Photo | Amazon
Extra Battery x20.20 lbsAmazon
64GB SDHC Cards x20.02 lbsAmazon
Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 Gimbal2.01 lbsAmazon
Camera bag w/ Cleaning Kit0.82 lbsAmazon
Total5.16 lbs


Electronics:

For my electronics, I try to go light. I have one multi-outlet power adapter, and all of the cables to charge my phone and camera. I also downloaded the Wise Pilgrim app this summer to help with choosing places to eat and rest. The app needs a lot of technical work as it crashes and freezes often. When it works though, it is very valuable.

ItemWeightPrice Check
Power Adapter0.24Amazon
Chargers/Cables0.37
iPhone 7 w/ case0.42
Wise Pilgrim App0.00Download
Total1.03 lbs

ItemWeightPrice CheckSunscreen Stick0.09 lbsAmazonArnica Salve0.16 lbsAmazonToiletries0.52 lbsClothes Pins0.18 lbsAmazonBurts Bees Chapstick0.02 lbsAmazonBrierley Guide Book0.35 lbsAmazonMicrofiber Towel0.25 lbsAmazonWashcloth0.11 lbsAmazonBlack Diamond Storm Headlamp0.24 lbsREI | AmazonSink Plug0.08 lbsAmazonEar Plugs0.01 lbsAmazonTotal2.01 lbs

Food and Hydration:

Food and hydration aren’t counted in your base weight since consumables disappear with consumption. I like to buy things from markets along The Way, but start with a few items for day 1.

ItemWeightPrice Check
Honey Stinger Waffles x60.50Amazon
GU Electrolyte Tabs x10.15Amazon
Total0.65

My Review). These lightweight poles can be purchased on Amazon for around $45.00!


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