See my full packing list on excel spread sheet
packing list 2014
of the items listed I didn’t use the following:
- liner socks – I wanted to take them ‘just in case’ but didn’t need them
- shirt – proper ventilated long sleeve walking shirt, which I thought would be useful for hiking and for relaxing but was totally unnecessary
- wind-up torch – a very cheap one that I wound like crazy for a nano-second of light – the light from my phone was sufficient for all purposes
- inflatable pillow – quite an expensive item that I used once and found very uncomfortable – I wouldn’t take one again, but would use my clothes as a pillow. Maybe I’ll take a pillow case instead next time
- knee braces – I needed them last year but fortunately not this year
- eye liner and lipstick – these items also came on my Camino Frances last year and remained unused, but a girl has to be prepared!
My creams and potions were sample sizes scrounged from beauty counters and just about lasted the journey. I did not scrimp on hair products because these were the items I really missed last year
Many pilgrims would balk at the amount and weight of technology items that I carried, but with the exception of the mifi gadget which I could not get to work, I didn’t regret taking any of my toys.
Last year on my first camino I panicked about weight, worrying about every item in my pack. But this year I knew that I could carry the weight and was a little more laid back, although of course still cutting down to what I considered was a comfortable bare minimum.
Keep in mind that this list is for a spring camino, I would definitely have taken a second pair of walking pants, long sleeve T-shirt and long johns, all of which were on my original list and left behind at the last moment. I would also have packed a pair of warmer gloves for a colder season.
I omitted from the list the Brierly guide book. I had sliced all the pages from the binding and dumped the ‘waffle’ pages before leaving home. I didn’t really use the book at all whilst walking with Elly because she was doing all the planning, and I just chucked out the pages as we progressed from stage to stage. However once I set off on my own I did refer to the book occasionally, particularly the map pages, which I kept in a zip lock bag so I could see the print without removing it. I slightly regret dumping the pages now and if I had thought it through I should have at least kept the map pages for future reference. I am now an advocate of paper based guide information which is much easier to access whilst walking than electronic info which is not easy to see in bright sunlight.
Overall, I was very pleased with all the items I took on this journey, including the few that I added en route, my lovely penknife purchased in Lisbon and posted home from Santiago. And a T-shirt and pair of pants purchased at a Chinese shop when I thought I had left my sleep wear in the previous night’s albergue. And then of course when I returned to my room I found the missing items that had fallen out of my pack and were hidden under the bed. My first reaction was to dump the new items but I didn’t notice the extra weight and kept them with me.
I don’t remember wishing I had taken any additional item except one or two more pairs of pants (of the underwear variety) for the evenings. With three pairs there would be one to wear after a shower and then to sleep in, a clean pair to wear after the next day’s shower and one in reserve in case the washing didn’t get dry. One pair definitely isn’t enough!