Revised Ultralight 2020 Packing List

After four caminos, many things have been purged from my packing list. This is my shorter list for the upcoming fifth journey (April/May 2020).

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 such as a travel neck pouch that has three zippered and one velcro pocket to keep money, phone, cards, ID, and passports safe. It is slim and compact and invisible under clothes.
  • 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 replaced my sleeping bag with just a liner. Usually blankets are supplied in albergues.

WEAR
Salomon X Ultra 3 waterproof hiking boots/well cushioned insoles
Merino wool socks
Sock liners
Undies
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/sunglasses
Hearing aids (nicely double as ear buds for listening to music on iPhone)
Black Diamond, folding hiking poles

MONEY BELT/NECK POUCH
iPhone/charger/ear buds (used as camera, music player, book reader)
Money, bank/credit cards
Canadian passport
Credential (pilgrim passport) in baggie
Hearing aid batteries

OSPREY BACKPACK
Sleeping bag liner
Scallop shell (symbol of St. James)
Waterproof, breathable jacket plus waterproof pack cover OR rain poncho
Light, waterproof, slip-on sandals
Hidden copies of credit/debit cards, passport
Three 500 mL plastic bottles for water

Spare clothes in ziplock or dry bag
Merino wool socks (2)
Sock liners (2)
Underwear (2)
Merino wool or wicking short-sleeved shirt
Pants with light stretch, good pockets, and quick dry
Leggings

Hygiene, morning/evening/night in small dry bag that can hang on hook in shower
Towel (quick dry)
Toothpaste/toothbrush/dental floss
Soap/dish
“Lush” solid shampoo/dish (dry it out after every use!)
Moisturizer
Comb
Razer
Tweezers
Toilet paper (flattened in baggie)
Minimal makeup
Soap for washing clothes/dish


Other Miscellaneous Items
Light weight day pack
Receipts for paid transportation/accommodations
Tickets/boarding pass
(Keep copy of tickets/boarding pass, and receipts for paid transportation/accommodations on iPhone)
Guidebook/itinerary
Travel insurance
Keyboard and cord for journaling on iPhone
Portable battery pack
Converter for EU plugs
Head lamp
Hearing aid domes, filters, and case
Glasses cleaning cloth
Spork (spoon, fork, knife all-in-one)
Tissues
Sunscreen
Blistex
Vaseline or “Eucerin Aquaphor”
Medications
Nail clippers/emery board
Ear plugs
Moleskin tape and a few bandages
Needles and thread for treating blisters
Small scissors
Hand sanitizer for sanitizing needle as well as cleaning hands
Zip-lock bags
Safety pins/few clothes pegs
Extra shoelace

*Thinking about buying a “Scrubba” – dry bag that doubles as washing machine!