What to bring to the Camino de Santiago

What to bring for the Camino De Santiago?

First things first! At the pilgrim's office there is a scale. If you are carrying more than 10% of your body weight, do not worry! When we walked in London all day with our back packs we realized we had extra weight we were not going to be able to carry during the camino. We decided to get rid of some extras and ship them to a friend in Spain. You can also ship to the pilgrims office in Santiago de Compostela. There is a local post office in St Jean Pied de Port where we were able to stuff a box with these extras and send them off.  Best decision!

The green backpack on the left is Vanessa's (55 Liter) the blue one on the right is Sebastian's (65 Liter)
The green backpack on the left is Vanessa's (50 Liter) the blue one on the right is Sebastian's (65 Liter)

What did we originally bring?

Vanessa:

  1. Toiletries:
    1. Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap --If you end up getting the big bottle make sure to pour it in to a 3.4 oz bottle to bring in the plane with you.
    2. Neutrogena face moisturizer
    3. Neutrogena ultra-sheer SPF 100
    4. Secret's Deodorant
    5. Razor
    6. Hand sanitizer --I had this hanging off my backpack straps so it was accessible all the time!
    7. Flushable Fresh Bathroom Wipes
  2. Clothes: For walking:
    1. 2 dry fit shirts
    2. Dri-fit running pants
    3. Columbia zip off pants
    4. 2 pair of merino wool socks
    5. 2 hiking shoes
  3. For evening/sleeping:
    1. 2 Cotton shirt
    2. 1 pair of shorts
    3. Columbia flip flops used for walking and at night
    4. Fleece jacket
    5. Merino-wool base layer
    6. North face rain jacket
    7. 3 pair of underwear
    8. 2 sports-bras.
  4. Albergue accessories:
    1. Microfiber towel
    2. The North Face sleeping bag
    3. Sleeping bag liner
  5. Walking/Hiking
    1. The North Face Banchee 50 Liter Back Pack! Loved it!
    2. North Face Back Pack and rain cover
    3. 2 litter Camelback
    4. Head lamp
    5. Hat
    6. Sunglasses.
  6. Technology:
    1. Cel-phone
    2. Ear-plugs
    3. Power adapter
    4. One phone charger for the both of us
  7. Allergies and Medication
    1. Epipen (severe shellfish allergy)
    2. Antihistamines
    3. Blister kit
    4. Vitamins (magnesium and vitamin c)
    5. Bandaids
    6. Pepto-bismol.
  8. Extras:
    1. Pads
    2. Head bands
    3. Necklace
    4. Bracelet
    5. One pair of earrings
    6. One lipstick
    7. One eyeliner

Sebastian:

 

  1. The North Face Banchee 65 liter Best Decision ever!! A little on the big side but needed as we are touring around the world. Best decision ever! Buy it here!
  2. Albergue Accessories
    1. Microfiber towel
    2. Sleeping bag
    3. Sleeping bag liner
  3. Clothes
    1. 1 Nike short
    2. 1 hiking pant
    3. 1 long underpants for colder days (Dry fit material)
    4. 3 dry fit shirts
    5. 3 pair of underwear
    6. 2 pairs of socks
    7. 1 merino wool sweater
    8. Flip Flops (Or as they call it in Australia, thongs!)
    9. Fleece jacket
    10. 1 north face rain jacket
    11. 1 cotton shirt for the evening
    12. 1 beanie hat for cold days/nights, light gloves
    13. 2 pair of off trail shoes
    14. Hat for the sun
    15. Hat for wearing in the evening (Did not use gel...)
  4. Technology
    1. Go pro camera with stick
    2. Head camera holder
    3. Ear buds and I-phone with one charger for the both of us
    4. Ipad (helpful for reading –If you can afford the extra weight).
  5. Extras:
    1. Sunglasses
    2. Headlamp
    3. The North Face backpack rain cover
    4. One rosary
    5. 3 liter camelback.
  6. Toiletries
    1. Toothbrush
    2. Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap --If you end up getting the big bottle make sure to pour it in to a 3.4 oz bottle to bring in the plane with you.
    3. Deodorant
    4. Hand sanitizer --I had this hanging off my backpack straps so it was accessible all the time!
    5. Flushable Fresh Bathroom Wipes
    6. Neutrogena ultra-sheer SPF 100

 

What did we get rid of or not use:

 

Vanessa:

  1. Toiletries: Dr. Brommers didn't work for my hair. I preferred to carry a little extra weight and carry travel size shampoo, conditioner and soap.
  2. Merino wool base layer: I did use it on a few occasions but seemed to use the much cheaper fleece a lot more.
  3. Head Lamp: In May/June days are very long (sunrise around 6 am and sunset around 10 pm).  So we did not walk while it was dark. I did use it when getting up at night to the bathroom but I could also use my cellphone.

 

Sebastian:

  1. Headlamp.
  2. Go Pro head set.
  3. Threw away merino wool sweater (It had a bad smell that did not go away after washing).

 

 

What did we lose?

 

Vanessa:

  1. Towel on the first day! Hung it outside to dry and the next morning it was gone 🙁
  2. Sports Bra: Had one hanging to dry on my backpack and it fell at some point while I was walking 🙁
  3. Sunglasses arm fell at some point while I was holding them in my hand.

 

Sebastian:

  1. Shirt left at a hotel.
  2. Shirt stolen at hotel while it was drying outside.

 

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What to bring for the Camino De Santiago?

First things first! At the pilgrim's office there is a scale. If you are carrying more than 10% of your body weight, do not worry! When we walked in London all day with our back packs we realized we had extra weight we were not going to be able to carry during the camino. We decided to get rid of some extras and ship them to a friend in Spain. You can also ship to the pilgrims office in Santiago de Compostela. There is a local post office in St Jean Pied de Port where we were able to stuff a box with these extras and send them off.  Best decision!

The green backpack on the left is Vanessa's (55 Liter) the blue one on the right is Sebastian's (65 Liter)
The green backpack on the left is Vanessa's (50 Liter) the blue one on the right is Sebastian's (65 Liter)

What did we originally bring?

Vanessa:

  1. Toiletries:
    1. Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap --If you end up getting the big bottle make sure to pour it in to a 3.4 oz bottle to bring in the plane with you.
    2. Neutrogena face moisturizer
    3. Neutrogena ultra-sheer SPF 100
    4. Secret's Deodorant
    5. Razor
    6. Hand sanitizer --I had this hanging off my backpack straps so it was accessible all the time!
    7. Flushable Fresh Bathroom Wipes
  2. Clothes: For walking:
    1. 2 dry fit shirts
    2. Dri-fit running pants
    3. Columbia zip off pants
    4. 2 pair of merino wool socks
    5. 2 hiking shoes
  3. For evening/sleeping:
    1. 2 Cotton shirt
    2. 1 pair of shorts
    3. Columbia flip flops used for walking and at night
    4. Fleece jacket
    5. Merino-wool base layer
    6. North face rain jacket
    7. 3 pair of underwear
    8. 2 sports-bras.
  4. Albergue accessories:
    1. Microfiber towel
    2. The North Face sleeping bag
    3. Sleeping bag liner
  5. Walking/Hiking
    1. The North Face Banchee 50 Liter Back Pack! Loved it!
    2. North Face Back Pack and rain cover
    3. 2 litter Camelback
    4. Head lamp
    5. Hat
    6. Sunglasses.
  6. Technology:
    1. Cel-phone
    2. Ear-plugs
    3. Power adapter
    4. One phone charger for the both of us
  7. Allergies and Medication
    1. Epipen (severe shellfish allergy)
    2. Antihistamines
    3. Blister kit
    4. Vitamins (magnesium and vitamin c)
    5. Bandaids
    6. Pepto-bismol.
  8. Extras:
    1. Pads
    2. Head bands
    3. Necklace
    4. Bracelet
    5. One pair of earrings
    6. One lipstick
    7. One eyeliner

Sebastian:

 

  1. The North Face Banchee 65 liter Best Decision ever!! A little on the big side but needed as we are touring around the world. Best decision ever! Buy it here!
  2. Albergue Accessories
    1. Microfiber towel
    2. Sleeping bag
    3. Sleeping bag liner
  3. Clothes
    1. 1 Nike short
    2. 1 hiking pant
    3. 1 long underpants for colder days (Dry fit material)
    4. 3 dry fit shirts
    5. 3 pair of underwear
    6. 2 pairs of socks
    7. 1 merino wool sweater
    8. Flip Flops (Or as they call it in Australia, thongs!)
    9. Fleece jacket
    10. 1 north face rain jacket
    11. 1 cotton shirt for the evening
    12. 1 beanie hat for cold days/nights, light gloves
    13. 2 pair of off trail shoes
    14. Hat for the sun
    15. Hat for wearing in the evening (Did not use gel...)
  4. Technology
    1. Go pro camera with stick
    2. Head camera holder
    3. Ear buds and I-phone with one charger for the both of us
    4. Ipad (helpful for reading –If you can afford the extra weight).
  5. Extras:
    1. Sunglasses
    2. Headlamp
    3. The North Face backpack rain cover
    4. One rosary
    5. 3 liter camelback.
  6. Toiletries
    1. Toothbrush
    2. Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap --If you end up getting the big bottle make sure to pour it in to a 3.4 oz bottle to bring in the plane with you.
    3. Deodorant
    4. Hand sanitizer --I had this hanging off my backpack straps so it was accessible all the time!
    5. Flushable Fresh Bathroom Wipes
    6. Neutrogena ultra-sheer SPF 100

 

What did we get rid of or not use:

 

Vanessa:

  1. Toiletries: Dr. Brommers didn't work for my hair. I preferred to carry a little extra weight and carry travel size shampoo, conditioner and soap.
  2. Merino wool base layer: I did use it on a few occasions but seemed to use the much cheaper fleece a lot more.
  3. Head Lamp: In May/June days are very long (sunrise around 6 am and sunset around 10 pm).  So we did not walk while it was dark. I did use it when getting up at night to the bathroom but I could also use my cellphone.

 

Sebastian:

  1. Headlamp.
  2. Go Pro head set.
  3. Threw away merino wool sweater (It had a bad smell that did not go away after washing).

 

 

What did we lose?

 

Vanessa:

  1. Towel on the first day! Hung it outside to dry and the next morning it was gone 🙁
  2. Sports Bra: Had one hanging to dry on my backpack and it fell at some point while I was walking 🙁
  3. Sunglasses arm fell at some point while I was holding them in my hand.

 

Sebastian:

  1. Shirt left at a hotel.
  2. Shirt stolen at hotel while it was drying outside.

 

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