Packing List: El Camino de Santiago

Camino Frances route (~500 miles, 780 km); springtime

Here’s a list of all the items I brought (and/or recommend) when I hiked the Camino Frances route of el Camino de Santiago this May.

(Note: I’ll hyperlink the items in this list to my reviews as I write them; otherwise, the links are to product pages. Remember, you can probably find items less expensive than retail price – check the product site, but also outdoor retailers, Amazon, and thrift shops. Here’s my post breaking down my el Camino finances, gear included.)  



Health and Hygiene (definitely need more things than on the AT):

  • Clothes pins and safety pins (for hanging laundry on lines and on pack)
  • Bar laundry soap
  • REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite X-Large (doubled as a blanket if the albergue didn’t provide one)
  • Sawyer Permethrin Repellent (coated my backpack and sleep sack before I left)
  • Toiletries: (travel size as much as possible) sunscreen, tiger balm, chapstick, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste; toothbrush; comb, emergency toilet paper, Febreeze (for hiker funk on pack)
  • First aid: needle, thread, bandaids
  • Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus Padding – 3 Strips




Optional (purchased at the H&M in Burgos when I realized I would be spending way more time in civilization than previously thought and wanted to look decent-ish in town and not stick out so much):

You’ll notice there are items in the picture that aren’t on this list. I always do a shakedown and CUT CUT CUT anything I probably don’t need. I encourage you to do the same!

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