The Camino packing list below was made with the Camino Frances in mind (the most popular route) but many of the items will be on most other packing lists as well. Consider this a basic and suggested checklist. Add or takeaway items as you please, it's your Camino after all. I've broken the list down into 5 sections, they are...
(Important note: This is assuming you are walking on a sunny day. Wet and cold weather gear is included in the following section.)
Do you wear glasses? Take medication? Use asthma inhalers? Maybe you want cream to help with your feet? Or you need to use knee bands on your knees. These items will be unique for you, so make a list of the things you definitely NEED. Your health is the number one priority, but be wary of taking things with you “just in case”.
Although a lot of the items on the Camino packing list above will be common for everybody, some of what you take really does depend on you and your plans. The handy/lightweight list and the extra/luxury items list were added to give you further ideas on what to pack. But again, this Camino packing list is not a list that you must follow 100%, apart from wearing some clothes of course!!
It is also very important to note that if you are traveling to your starting point on a plane and you want to have your bag as carry on luggage, you might have to leave some things behind and purchase them when you land (scissors, multi tools, shampoo and other creams etc will not be allowed as carry on luggage). So pack accordingly and write down anything you need to purchase on arrival.
Finally, remember the Camino de Santiago is not a race, it's not about who has the fanciest gear or looks the best. It's about you and your Camino. It's also a community, and 99% of your fellow pilgrims are extremely supportive and will help you if you ask.
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