I updated my packing list and review following my 2016 Camino del Norte which can be seen here
…meanwhile here is the list and review from my 2014 Camino Portuguese
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!