What to Bring: The Absolute Essentials

  • Backpack: lightweight, 28-40L capacity, waist support straps, rain cover
  • Hiking shoes: lightweight, recommended ankle support, waterproof, breathable, sturdy soles
  • Sandals: preferably something that you can hike in (i.e. Tevas or Birkenstocks w/anklestrap)
  • Socks: at least three pairs, look for hiking brands, preferably wool, NOT cotton
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • At least 1 of each: long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, tank top, preferably not cotton and quick drying
  • At least one of each: pants and shorts, quick drying and preferably active wear brands
  • About 5 pairs underwear
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick dry towel
  • Sleep sheet or mummy bag
  • All purpose liquid soap or concentrated laundry detergent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle or camel pack
  • Chapstick
  • Nail clippers
  • Clothespins
  • Toothbrush and other toiletries as desired
  • Kleenex, tissue, or toilet paper (in case you have to “chase a coyote,” or if the toilet paper at some places runs out or is nasty, or your nose gets runny on the trail)
  • Blister care kit: needle (safety pin and lighter for disinfecting works great too), antiseptic spray or gel, band aids, comped or moleskin, gauze, tape, small scissors and tweezers if possible
  • Prescription medicine
  • Supply of painkillers
  • For women: feminine hygiene products
  • International outlet converter and electronics chargers
  • Bank cards and bank information, cash on hand
  • A Village to Village Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Also recommend, but not strictly speaking necessary:

  • Smart phone or device for connecting to wifi
  • MP3 player and headphones
  • A book
  • For women: small purse
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion or aloe
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Eyemask and/or earplugs