Monthly Archives: September 2013

THE Camino Packing List

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! :)

Camino Packing list

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.

Clothing:

  • 1 T-shirt (fast-dry)
  • 1 vest (fast-dry)
  • 2 long leggings
  • 1 long-sleeve polar blouse (I just loved the warmth it provided)
  • 1 cotton long-sleeve blouse (took more time to get dry, but I took it as I enjoyed the sensation of wearing cotton)
  • 1 wind/rain jacket – very thin
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 2 pairs of socks (NOT cotton)
  • 2 pairs of bra
  • 1 towel (next time I will try to find a microfiber one – weighs less and takes up so much less space)

Backpack:

Shoes:

Other things:

  • Book (I think I read 10 pages at most, so this is something I could skip)
  • Flashlight
  • Mobile + charger
  • Earplugs (headphones and listening to the radio turned more successful for me during some noisy nights)
  • Sun protection
  • Various cosmetic mini products
  • Bottle for water
  • Waist purse
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Big light scarf
  • Sleeping bag
  • List with all the albergues (downloaded from here)
  • Notebook and pen for taking notes

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.

 

 

Camino de Santiago Day 1 – Astorga to Rabanal del 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.

Camino-walk-1st-day

The great morning and start from Astorga – “Chocolate town”