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.
  • 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, with my goal being to carry no more than 13 pounds (6 kilograms). The things I can manage without are iPod, hand sanitizer, nutritional supplements, journal/pen, head lamp, little tripod, hair product, disinfecting wipes, razer, pillow case, and toque. The pack is 0.5 kg. overweight so more purging needs to be done!

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

OSPREY BACKPACK – 10.2 lbs.
Sleeping bag
Scallop shell (symbol of St. James)
Rain cover
Waterproof, breathable jacket
Hidden copies of credit/debit cards, passport
Platypus 2.0 litre water bladder

Spare clothes in ziplock bag
Merino wool socks (1 )
Underwear (1)
Merino wool or wicking short-sleeved shirt
Merino wool leggings
Pants with light stretch, good pockets, and quick dry
Light weight, warm quilted vest
Waterproof, breathable jacket
Light, waterproof, slip-on sandals

Hygiene, morning/evening/night
Mesh bag for shower items
Towel (quick dry)
Toothpaste/toothbrush/dental floss
Half-bar of soap in mesh bag
Shampoo/conditioner combo
Comb
Cream
Moisturizer
Sunscreen
hair product
Nail clippers/emery board
Medications
Ear plugs


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
Guidebook/itinerary
iPhone and cord
iPad Mini and cord
(Keep copy of tickets/boarding pass, and receipts for paid transportation/accommodations on iPad or iPhone)
Keyboard and cord
Portable battery pack
Converters (2)
Hearing aid batteries, domes, filters, and case
Glasses cleaning cloth
Spork (spoon, fork, knife all-in-one)
Sunscreen
Blistex
Lipstick (other makeup?)
Tweezers
Couple pieces of Second Skin or moleskin and bandages
Toilet paper (flattened in baggie)
Extra tips for poles
Zip-lock bags
Carabiner
Safety pins (8)