If you’re thinking of walking the Camino, a Camino packing list is a very useful resource to have. What to bring on the Camino is very similar to any other hiking trail. There are some differences to a packing list for Ireland, however.
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Camino Packing List
The most important part of your Camino packing list is your shoes. For the Camino, you may opt for hiking shoes instead of hiking boots.
There are certain sections (mountainous areas) that require hiking boots, however the most popular section from Sarria to Santiago is relatively flat.
New hiking boots can feel uncomfortable so it’s important to break them in before you set off on your hike.
It’s recommended to have at least 2 litres of water with you on each stage of the Camino.
This is why the hydration bladder makes it onto the Camino packing list.
A water bottle or two can be cumbersome, even with water bottle pouches on your backpack.
It means you have to keep reaching to your back or taking your backpack off whenever you need a drink.
A hydration bladder is useful as it just sits in your backpack and a tube conveniently stretches from it to your mouth. You barely have to move your head to take a drink.
Blister plasters are every pilgrim’s and hiker’s best friend. This is why they are a must on your Camino packing list.
After a day or two of pounding the pavement, blisters can start to form and provide discomfort.
It’s a good idea to have blister plasters on your Camino packing list to ease that discomfort.
Flip flops/comfortable shoes
Comfortable evening shoes are important for when you’re finished your day of hiking. The last thing you want to do is rest around in your hiking boots.
Comfortable shoes and/or flip flops (often a good idea for the shower) are a great addition to your Camino pack list.
Comfortable trousers that allow your legs to stretch are a must for any hike.
Your Camino packing list should also include shorts or zip-off trousers for when the the weather is warmer.
Sun cream, sun glasses and a sun hat
Sun cream, sun glasses and a sun hat are a necessity for walking on the Camino during the summer months. Always include these on any packing list for hike.
Remember – even if it’s not warm, you can still get sunburn!
Light, long-sleeved top
A light-weight, long-sleeved top is ideal for covering up against the sun.
Breathable fabric is ideal as it allows you to keep cool while also providing protection for your otherwise bare arms.
Gloves & Warm Hat
Gloves are helpful for the colder months as sections of the Camino Frances can get quite cold. Our Product Team began their hike in -5 degrees in May!
Rain gear is a must for your Camino packing list because the weather along the Camino can be wet at times.
Waterproof and breathable jacket and trousers will keep you dry when those times come.
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