The Camino de Santiago packing list…I have read so many advice and Camino packing lists before I started packing, that I was feeling a little confused what I should bring at all costs and what I can live without. The truth is that it is indeed a very good idea to have a look of other people’s packing lists, however, you should also take into consideration that packing lists vary depending on season of travelling, individual needs, physical condition, weight and personality! Make your own choices, and remember – the lighter, the better!
Here is what I took with me, my luggage was rather light at the end, perfect for the long hours of walking. Keep in mind my weight is only 45 kg. so I had to be even more choosy with the stuff I carried on my back.
The things listed covered all my needs for a September Camino. We were lucky that the weather was warm and sunny during the whole period, with the exception of a 10-minute-rainfall and 2 misty mornings.
Take your time and create your own list and also keep in mind that every day you are passing through villages and there are also some towns along the way, so you can buy any item you have forgotten or discover you need on Your Camino.
Day 1 of our Camino walk started at lovely Astorga. After spending the night on a bus travelling from Barcelona, taking about 11-12 hours (blissfully spent in sleep), we finally reached our starting point. It was dark when we got off the bus and immediately began looking for a place to take our credentials from. We found the first albergue very easily, it was so close to the cathedral, however, the hospitalero was not willing to spend any of his time on us. He was speaking to us in Spanish (like so so many people on the Camino), but it became clear he was welcoming us at 11 o’clock. 4 hours? No way.
One pilgrim on the street showed us the municipal albergue and we decided to give it a try. We were lucky because right after holding our credentials in hands, it closed as well. What followed was a memorable breakfast – cafe con leche (it is amazing that while in Spain even in the smallest of villages I enjoyed fantastic cafe con leche-s) and churros - the sole thought is mouth-watering.