El Camino De Santiago Equipment List
A proper hiking backpack with hip straps is extremely important. Packing light is the goal. Hiking packs are sized to different hip and torso guidelines, come in and we will help you find the correct fit.
Backpack Rain Cover
These come according to litter size or backpack, without one your whole trip could be disturbed by one rainstorm.
Hiking Boots / Shoes
If hiking with a medium to large pack size and/or technical terrain might be involved, a boot will be more stable and protect your ankles from twisting. A hiking shoe will be fine if traveling light. Upsizing is the common practice, waterproof boots/shoes are best.
Specifically built to handle the outdoors, they will be comfortable, durable, and keep your feet dry. These are a good option as a second pair.
These will help you carry the weight and provide stability through the hike. Get yourself a pair of gloves also to prevent blisters on your hands.
Sleeping Sack / Liner
It is a thin, soft sleeping bag that you will need to keep bed bugs away if staying at inns and posadas.
Small Headlamp / Light
In the mornings you will often wake up in the dark. The light will help you organize and navigate the posadas in those early dark hours.
preferably small to medium-sized zippered bags to separate dirty clothes, wet clothes, clean undergarments, etc. Preferably bring at least one waterproof bag in case you need to store wet/damp items.
Quick Dry Towel
These towels are very compact, light, and super absorbent. Most are also antibacterial, but most importantly they will dry overnight and be ready for the next morning.
Thin, quick-drying, comfortable outdoor technical pants. Convertible pants (knee zip offs) are also a good option in the summer.
Quick Dry Shirts
Outdoor shirts or dry-fit workout shirt is best.
Quick Dry Underwear
Thin, breathable, fast-drying undergarments are best. You do not want to wake up to a damp undergarment.
Thermal undershirt, thermal underpants, fleece jacket, softshell, down jacket, and down vests. These should be considered based on the season.
Your boots/shoes should be waterproof. A lightweight rain jacket and rain pants are very important during rainy months.
Socks should be wool or synthetic and outdoor specific. These socks will be engineered to prevent blisters and keep your feet dry. Generally, a two-inch cuff or higher is favored.
Buff and Hat
A buff is a thin lightweight fabric that you wear around your neck. It will protect you from the cold, the sun, and if hot, you may wet it for a cooling effect. A basic dry-fit hat will help protect you from the sun.
Medications for a headache, muscle pain, allergies, etc. Sunscreen, chapstick, sunglasses.
Special cream that may be put on shoulders, hips, feet, or any areas where friction is bothering your skin. Very helpful to prevents feet blisters, and chafing of the shoulders due to the backpack straps.
A 1-liter water bottle, preferably an outdoor one with a clip to hang from.
You will need these for showers. If you take the hiking sandals, you may use those instead.
GoPro works best, it is very small, virtually weighs nothing, and will capture high-quality shots of your epic pilgrimage to remember for years to come.