If you are thinking of embarking on the Camino de Santiago, it is good to have the right equipment. The gear is quite similar to what you would take on a classic hike. But it doesn’t look exactly like what you should pack for a hiking trip to Ireland for example! Leaving with the right equipment will allow you to walk for days without having to worry about material issues – because yes, it is so much better to set off with a free spirit on the Camino Frances. So here is our recommended list of things to bring on the Camino.
List of things to bring for a hike on the Camino:
- Walking shoes or walking sandals
- Hiking socks (for comfort and against blisters)
- Water bottle or water bag
- Anti-blister dressings
- Flip-flops or sandals (to wear after the hike)
- Convertible shorts or pants
- Solar cream
- Hat (or other head cover of your choice)
- Short-sleeved or long-sleeved t-shirts
- Hat and gloves (if you go there during the cold season)
- Rain gear (all year round – the weather is changeable)
- First aid kit
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Roll of toilet paper (just in case)
- And finally the essential accessory for the Compostelle hiker: the scallop shell + hook
The Camino Frances is very busy, and sharing is common on the Camino de Santiago, so don’t panic if you run out of something!
Other little tips… for the road!
- If you do not already walk regularly, make sure to do a little “physical preparation” before setting off on the Camino de Santiago. Take 5km-10km walks at least twice a week to accustom the body to the effort.
- You can take advantage of these outings to “test” your equipment. Is your backpack comfortable, light, and back sweat free? Also test out what will bring in your backpack when the time comes, to make sure that the load is not too heavy and that you can carry it for miles without tiring yourself.
- New shoes are banned! You should take shoes that you have already ” broken in” so as to help to not end up with blisters on your feet.
- If you are not sure on the type of equipment to buy, do not hesitate to ask in the sports/outdoor shops that you visit.
- Likewise, it is always useful to discuss with other pilgrims who have followed the paths of the Camino de Santiago or to read books on the subject, in order to glean as much information as possible.