There’s only one rule, keep it light. They say no more than 10% of your body weight is ideal, but less is even better and remember to add the two litres of water carried to your total, that’s another two kilos.
It’s always tempting to overpack and it usually feels great walking around the house testing everything out, but I can promise, when you’re walking day after day after day up hills down dales, the accumulative affect of carrying too heavy a pack, really takes a toll on your body and joints.
WHAT’S IN MY PACK
1 very light weight cream cropped active wear pants
1 black stretch gym cropped leggings
1 light weight GORTEX jacket
1 light weight puffer jacket (if walking in summer, not needed)
Two light hiking shirts
Two razor back gym singlets, two razor back bras, two pairs undies….ok three.
Two long sleeve sweat wicking t’shirts….never cotton as it absorbs moisture
Icebreaker zipped hooded cardigan
Two coloured scarves, bandana,
Comfortable light weight shoes for after walking all day
Hiking clothes line stretch rope, small hiking towel
Backpack waterproof cover
Retractable umbrella – my lifesaver when it’s over 30 degrees, or pouring rain.
Adaptors, phone charger, camera, phone, guide book
Silk or stretchy sleeping bag liner, fantastic to slip into in albergues.
Toiletries, tape and good quality bandaids for blisters. You can buy everything along the way only take a small supply.
Walking poles – the only day I feel heavily on my face two years ago, I wasn’t using them.
A change of clothes for after the days hike, for me, light leggings and silk shirt
I didn’t worry about waterproof pants just an extra thing to carry. When it rains, you will get wet, but only your legs and boots. Legs dry out quickly and boots dry overnight if they’re not waterproof…..even waterproof boots get wet and they take much longer to dry.
BOOTS AND SOCKS
Feet…..it’s all about your feet….well it’s all about my feet, I’m a blister magnet.
I’ve met hundreds of people and many that never have an issue with their feet, they don’t even know they’ve got feet, but I’ve met many many more that end up with severe blisters, tendonitis, among other things. One chap I walked with lost eight toe nails and ended up in hospital having some removed. Miraculously he was able to finish his Camino, but after a long stint in Burgos and a long train trip to catch us up.
The most important thing you will buy are boots and socks. It’s a personal choice whether you prefer true hiking boots or walking/runner type ones. The best option is to purchase them, take them home and wear them around a few hours in the house to truly see if they are right for your feet. Most good stores will offer this.
Always buy one size bigger to allow for feet swelling.
On all of my four Camino’s I’ve worn Salomon Speedcross Trail Runners and I love them. I’m prone to blisters and these really suit my foot. I’ve noticed each year more people wearing them, but it’s important to see what works for you.
Buy two pairs of the best quality hiking socks you can find. Silver Trek and Lorpen are my favourite, but there are many more.
Ok you’re ready to go!
Maybe take out those last few items you just had to pack……you don’t need them….trust me 🙂
Buen Camino 👣