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. The only disadvantage is the lack of pockets, but a “bum bag” will serve the purpose.
- 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.
- I discovered that, after I lost my wash cloth on our first Camino, briefs can double as a wash cloth in the shower. Underwear and body can be washed at the same time!
This list will be under revision until April 15, 2019, the night before the journey begins. Items are weighed and often purged. So far I have purged hand sanitizer, nutritional supplements, journal/pen, head lamp, little tripod, hair product, razer, pillow case, toque, warm vest. The goal is to carry no more than 13 pounds.
Salomon hiking boots
Merino wool socks
Light weight merino wool short-sleeved shirt
Medium weight long-sleeved shirt
Zip-off pants with light stretch, good pockets, and quick dry
Black Diamond, folding hiking poles
EASY ACCESS ITEMS, MONEY/VALUABLES IN POCKETS AND LIGHT-WEIGHT DAY PACK TUCKED INTO TOP OF PACK
iPhone and cord (no camera!)
iPad Mini and cord
Keyboard and cord
Portable battery pack
Receipts for paid transportation/accommodations
Credential (pilgrim passport) in baggie
Hearing aid batteries, domes, filters, and case
Glasses cleaning cloth
Spork (spoon, fork, knife all-in-one)
Second Skin or moleskin (2-3 pieces)
Toilet paper (flattened in baggie)
OSPREY BACKPACK (5.7 lbs.)
Silk sleeping bag liner
Scallop shell (symbol of St. James)
Water bottles purchased in Spain to refill (2 – 500 mL)
Spare clothes in dry bag (3.7 lbs.)
Merino wool socks (2 pair)
Light weight short-sleeved shirt
Medium-weight long-sleeved shirt
Merino wool leggings
Waterproof, breathable jacket
Light, waterproof, slip-on sandals
Hygiene, etc. for evenings/mornings (1.6 lbs.)
Mesh bag for shower items
Towel (quick dry)
Half-bar of soap in mesh bag
Nail clippers/emery board
Hearing aid case, filters, domes
Extra tips for poles
Extra boot lace
Safety pins (8)
Hearing aid filters/domes/case
Copies of credit/debit cards and passport
Copies of tickets/boarding pass
Copies of receipts for paid transportation/accommodations