Revised Packing List

The rule of thumb for packing  is to carry no more than 10 per cent of your body weight. If you THINK YOU MIGHT need it, don’t bring it; if you KNOW YOU WILL, bring it. You can always buy things along the way if need be.

  • I didn’t get much use of my rain pants on my first journey because they were hard to get in and out of whenever the weather changed, which was often. Bare legs and light pants dry quickly enough, so no rain pants this time.
  • I won’t take shorts because zip-off pants that convert to shorts are sufficient.
  • I’ll take leggings this time because they can be used to sleep in and/or walk in and they are comfortable. The only disadvantage is the lack of pockets but there are alternatives.
  • I would have loved warm gloves on those frosty early mornings. Wearing socks on my hands made it impossible to use hiking poles and so did warming hands in arm pits!
  • Many times I wished for the buff that I purged from my pack at the last moment. It is versatile and can be worn as a hat, neck warmer or head band to control unruly hair.

Items purged from my pack are iPod, hand sanitizer, nutritional supplements, journal/pen, head lamp, little tripod, disinfecting wipes, pillow case, toque, quick dry cloth, soap dish, Vaseline, hair product, second pair of pants, and notepad. The backpack and contents ended up weighing 14.1 lbs. without water/food.

WEAR
Merrell hiking boots
Merino wool socks
Sock liners
Underwear
Merino wool or wicking short-sleeved shirt
Merino wool or wicking long-sleeved shirt
Fleece zip jacket
Zip-off pants with light stretch, good pockets, and quick dry
Buff
Hat
Gloves
Glasses
Hearing aids
Black Diamond, folding hiking poles

MONEY BELT/NECK POUCH
Money, bank/credit cards
Canadian passport
Credential (pilgrim passport) in baggie
Travel insurance

OSPREY BACKPACK
Sleeping bag
Scallop shell (symbol of St. James)
Rain cover
Waterproof, breathable jacket
Light, waterproof, slip-on sandals
Hidden copies of credit/debit cards, passport
Platypus 2.0 litre water bladder

Spare clothes in ziplock bag
Merino wool socks (1 )
Sock liners (1)
Underwear (1)
Merino wool or wicking short-sleeved shirt
Merino wool leggings
Light weight, warm quilted vest

Hygiene, morning/evening/night
in water resistent bag
Towel (quick dry)
Toothpaste/toothbrush/dental floss
Soap in mesh bag
Shampoo/conditioner combo
Moisturizer
Comb
Razer
Moisturizer


EASY ACCESS ITEMS, MONEY/VALUABLES, AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS IN POCKETS AND LIGHT-WEIGHT DAY PACK TUCKED INTO TOP OF PACK 
Receipts for paid transportation/accommodations
Tickets/boarding pass
(Keep copy of tickets/boarding pass, and receipts for paid transportation/accommodations on iPad or iPhone)
Guidebook/itinerary
iPhone and cord
iPad Mini and cord
Keyboard and cord
Portable battery pack
Converter
Hearing aid batteries, domes, filters, and case
Glasses cleaning cloth
Spork (spoon, fork, knife all-in-one)
Tissues
Stylus/pen
Sunscreen
Blistex
Minimal makeup
Tweezers
Medications
Nail clippers/emery board
Ear plugs
Couple pieces of Second Skin or moleskin and bandages
Toilet paper (flattened in baggie)
Extra tips for poles
Zip-lock bags
Carabiner
Safety pins (6)