My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

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After completing the Camino Frances in 2012, I put together a list of the “10 Most Important Gear Items to Bring On Camino De Santiago“. That post has turned out to be one of the most popular gear lists that I’ve published on Trail to Peak. As much as readers seem to love that post, I get a lot of follow-up questions about what my complete Camino gear list looks like. I just completed a hike of the Camino Portuguese this summer, and decided the time was right to answer those questions with a comprehensive look at all the gear I brought along with me.

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

The key theme to think about when putting together your Camino kit is “lightweight and functional”. I recommend aiming for a base-weight that is less than 10% of your body weight. ‘Base-weight’ is the total weight of your gear, minus worn items and consumables like food and water. It has been reported that every 1% of your body weight that you carry in your pack will make you six seconds slower on each mile. That adds up quickly!

Don’t bring along anything that you don’t really need for your trip, but don’t leave behind necessities just to cut ounces. You’ll want to start with a lightweight backpack, and then fill it with the essentials only. I’m going to break down the things I find to be essentials below, and will start with a category table to help you organize things.

Packing List Overview:

Category Items Weight
Backpack Backpack, rain cover, dry bags 2.45 lbs
Footwear Shoes and socks 2.02 lbs
Worn Clothing Tops, bottoms, hats, sunglasses, etc. 2.59 lbs
Packed Clothing Jacket and evening wear 2.98 lbs
Sleep System Sleep sack and pillow 1.73 lbs
Camera Gear Camera, lens, batteries, etc. 5.16 lbs
Electronics Chargers, cables, and apps 1.03 lbs
Miscellaneous Items Clothes pins, toiletries, and more 2.01 lbs
Total 19.97 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Backpack and Stuff Sacks:

For the Camino Portuguese this summer, I hiked with the Osprey Levity 45L (My Review). This pack comes in at an ultralight 1lb 12oz and pretty much disappears when it’s on my back.

You’ll see in the list below that I also brought along a waterproof pack cover to keep my bag dry in the rain. I also brought waterproof stuff sacks for organization and a second layer of water protection. Trash bags work well, too! Finally, you’ll see I have a fanny pack for walking around Camino towns after a long day along The Way. This is a safe way to store cash, cards, and passports while leaving my pack in the albergue.

Item Weight Price Check
Osprey Levity 45L (My Review) 1.75 lbs REI
Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks 30L, 20L, 12L 0.29 lbs REI | Amazon
Osprey Ultralight Pack Raincover 0.19 lbs REI | Amazon
Patagonia Travel Hip Pack 0.22 lbs REI | Patagonia
Total 2.45 lbs

Also consider: Osprey Exos 48 | Gregory Optic 48 | HMG 2400 Southwest

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Your choice of backpack will be one of the most important gear decisions you make when putting together your Camino kit. Keep in mind that you’ll be living out of this bag for a few weeks and will be required to carry it, and all of your belongings, for 10+ miles each day. Here are four key things to focus on when purchasing a pack:

  • Weight: Find a pack that is lightweight. Try not to exceed 3lbs for a backpack.
  • Volume: You probably won’t need more than a 35L pack for the Camino, but it can be nice to have a larger pack if you plan on using it for backpacking trips once you return home. There are a lot of really like ~45L packs on the market right now, but don’t get more space than you need, you might be tempted to fill it!
  • Comfort: This is the most important factor when buying a backpack. Only buy a pack if it fits YOU. Make sure to take a month before the Camino to test things out and get everything dialed in.
  • Features: Lightweight packs tend to have fewer features than heavy packs. Make sure your bag has enough pockets, adjustment points, and storage options to fit your needs.

After completing the Camino Frances in 2012, I put together a list of the "10 Most Important Gear Items to Bring On Camino De Santiago". That post has turned out to be one of the most popular gear lists that I've published on Trail to Peak. As much as readers seem to love that post, I get a lot of follow-up questions about what my complete Camino gear list looked like. I just completed a hike of the Camino Portuguese last month, and decided the time was right to answer those questions with a comprehensive look at all the gear I brought with me. 


I wore the Salomon SLAB Ultra (My Review) for the Camino Portuguese and paired them with Smartwool and Darn Tough Merino wool socks. The SLAB Ultra comes in at a little over 12oz per shoe, provides phenomenal comfort and protection, and has outsoles that will stick to anything.

Item Weight Price Check
Salomon SLAB Ultra (My Review) 1.55 lbs Zappos | Amazon
Smartwool PhD Socks x2 0.32 lbs REI | Amazon
Darn Tough Socks x1 0.15 lbs REI | Amazon
Total 2.02 lbs

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When picking a shoe, keep in mind that one pound on your feet is equal to five pounds on your back. That extra pound will result in a 5% increase in energy expended. Your choice of footwear will be the most important gear decision you make. Just like tires, your shoes are the only piece of gear that will always be in contact with the trail.

Here are seven key things to focus on when purchasing a pack:

  • Lightweight: try to stay under 14 oz. per shoe
  • Breathable: must let feet breathe in hot weather, then drain and dry quickly when wet
  • Forefoot Protection: The Camino has a lot of rocky trail and cobblestone. Make sure your shoes have enough underfoot protection.
  • Fit: I prefer shoes with an anatomically foot shaped toe box. Also look for a precise fit in the midfoot and heel. Any mild slipping can turn into big blisters.
  • Durable: Shoe must be able to handle 500+ miles per pair or more
  • Comfortable: No hot spots or rubbing points, with a nearly seamless interior upper. If it causes you issues in the store or on short hikes, it will be much worse on The Way.
  • Stable: Not necessarily with inserts or built in support, but you’ll want shoes that can handle a pack

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Daily Worn Clothing:

For my daily clothing, I always try to focus on breathable and light materials that provide maximum sun protection. Keep in mind that you only need one or two of each item, as you can wash your clothes each day to be ready for you in the morning. This is another reason to get light and breathable items, as they will dry faster. I’m a big fan of Patagonia, as their clothes fit me well, always perform well, and have a lifetime warranty.

You’ll also want to pack a rain jacket for backpacking poncho. It rained on our first three days, and I was very happy to have adequate rain protection. I hiked in the summer and didn’t need warm pants. If you’re doing a winter Camino, warmer pants and/or rain pants are something you’ll want to consider.

Item Weight Price Check
Nike Golf Hat 0.12 lbs Amazon
Julbo Aero Sunglasses (My Review) 0.06 lbs Backcountry | Amazon
Patagonia Capilene Lightweight LS 0.14 lbs REI | Patagonia
Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts 0.60 lbs REI | Patagonia
ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Brief  x 3 0.47 lbs REI | Amazon
My Trail Co Storm UL Rain Jacket (My Review) 0.63 lbs My Trail Co.
Salomon S-LAB Light Jacket 0.21 lbs Amazon
Garmin Fenix 5X 0.22 lbs REI | Amazon
Outdoor Research Chroma Sun Gloves 0.06 lbs Amazon
BUFF Scarf 0.08 lbs REI | Amazon
Total 2.59 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List


Daily Packed Clothing:

After washing my daily worn clothing in the evening, I like to have a pair of semi-clean dry clothes that I can wear to dinner, around town, and to bed. I also like to have a light weight jacket for the nights it gets cold. Keep in mind that most albergues are not heated in the summer months. I also like to have a pair of sandals or camp shoes to wear around town and to dinner. This allows my trail shoes to dry out and my feet to breathe. I wore my Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 on the Camino Portuguese, and can’t recommend them highly enough.

Item Weight Price Check
Patagonia Nine Trail T Shirt 0.25 lbs REI | Patagonia
Patagonia Terrabone Jogger Pants 0.38 lbs REI
Patagonia Technical Stretch Shorts 0.41 lbs Patagonia
Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody 0.94 lbs REI | Patagonia
Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 Camp Shoes (My Review) 1.00 lbs ZapposAmazon
Total 2.98 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Sleep System:

This is one of the most variable gear sections on this post. For the Camino Portuguese this summer, I hiked with my wife and son, which meant we had private rooms with blankets every night. For this reason, I brought along a lightweight sleep sack and a small pillow. Had we been hiking in colder months and/or staying in larger albergues, I would have considered bringing one of my lightweight sleeping quilts. My Enlightened Equipment quilt is the one I would recommend for all pilgrims.

Item Weight Price
Envelope Sleeping Sack 1.60 lbs Amazon
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow 0.13 lbs REI | Amazon
Total 1.73 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List


This is the gear section that blows my weight budget, and tends to be heavier than most pilgrims. As a blogger and photographer, I bring a lot more gear than the average person. Still, my gear is optimized and light for what it is. I have a mirrorless full frame camera, and limit myself to one lens. My two pound gimbal was a new gear item for me this year, but worthwhile, as I was able to shoot much more cinematic video.

For the casual pilgrim, your smartphone will be good enough. If you’re a little more serious, an APS-C camera like the Sony a6300/a6500 would be a worthwhile purchase. You can pair that camera with the lightweight Sony 10-18mm lens for some incredible photo and video. If you want profession photos in a lightweight camera, you’ll want to go full frame. I recommend the new Sony a7riii or a7iii.

Item Weight Price
Sony A7rii 1.38 lbs BH Photo | Amazon
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 0.73 lbs BH Photo | Amazon
Extra Battery x2 0.20 lbs Amazon
64GB SDHC Cards x2 0.02 lbs Amazon
Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 Gimbal 2.01 lbs Amazon
Camera bag w/ Cleaning Kit 0.82 lbs Amazon
Total 5.16 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List


For my electronics, I try to go light. I have one multi-outlet power adapter, and all of the cables to charge my phone and camera. I also downloaded the Wise Pilgrim app this summer to help with choosing places to eat and rest. The app needs a lot of technical work as it crashes and freezes often. When it works though, it is very valuable.

Item Weight Price Check
Power Adapter 0.24 Amazon
Chargers/Cables 0.37
iPhone 7 w/ case 0.42
Wise Pilgrim App 0.00 Download
Total 1.03 lbs

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Miscellaneous Items:

Rounding out my pack are a list of miscellaneous items. The only noteworthy additions most people don’t bring are the clothes pins and sink plug. Some albergues have these, but not all will. I like to have these to ensure I can wash my clothes in the sink and hang them to dry each night.

Item Weight Price Check
Sunscreen Stick 0.09 lbs Amazon
Arnica Salve 0.16 lbs Amazon
Toiletries 0.52 lbs
Clothes Pins 0.18 lbs Amazon
Burts Bees Chapstick 0.02 lbs Amazon
Brierley Guide Book 0.35 lbs Amazon
Microfiber Towel 0.25 lbs Amazon
Washcloth 0.11 lbs Amazon
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp 0.24 lbs REI | Amazon
Sink Plug 0.08 lbs Amazon
Ear Plugs 0.01 lbs Amazon
Total 2.01 lbs

Food and Hydration:

Food and hydration aren’t counted in your base weight since consumables disappear with consumption. I like to buy things from markets along The Way, but start with a few items for day 1.

Item Weight Price Check
Honey Stinger Waffles x6 0.50 Amazon
GU Electrolyte Tabs x1 0.15 Amazon
Total 0.65

My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List

Trekking Poles:

One item I will recommend that I don’t use on the Camino is trekking poles. I don’t find trekking poles necessary for flat trails like the Camino, but other find them very useful. I only bring mine along for mountains and backpacking trips. For a lighweight pair on a budget, try the Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock poles (My Review). These lightweight poles can be purchased on Amazon for around $45.00!

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12 thoughts on “My Comprehensive Camino De Santiago Packing List”

  1. Your list is quite detailed and informative…thanks for sharing it. I have a Deuter 40L that expands to 50L and it has been great, especially when I need to pack food. I find poles a necessity in rocky and/or muddy sections and in the mountains of Galicia. On other more mountainous treks I have done, I would not have gone without poles.

  2. Thank you for this list. It has been very helpful. I’ve been trying to find the perfect pair of shorts to prevent chafing and riding. I noticed the shorts you listed have a liner but you also listed the briefs. Did you wear the briefs with the shorts with liner? Almost all of the shorts I’m considering come with a liner but I think I want underwear for long-term comfort. I’m considering cutting the liner out of shorts to wear with briefs or boxer-briefs.

    • Thanks for the comment, Brandon. I cut the liners out of all shorts I own. I have big legs and they always seem restricting. I pair linerless shorts with the ex-officio briefs and its been a great combo.

      • Thanks for the response, Drew. I have tree trunk legs and am glad to hear this plan actually works. I was afraid cutting the liner out might cause unraveling or such. I had already picked out the ex-officios even before I found your list.

        P.S. I found your site through your best shoes for the Camino list posted on Reddit. I bought the Salomons and wore them for a few short trial hikes. I’m loving them so far.

  3. Question re: tub plug. I love that your list includes a drain cover to allow washing clothes in a tub or sink. Do you recommend a disk style rubber or silicone drain cover (some can be as large as 6″ diameter) that lays completely over the drain opening, or an actual plug style? If plug style, what diameter do you recommend? I’ve not ever traveled in Europe and don’t know what to expect regarding drain sizes and placement in sinks and bathtubs.

  4. Hi Drew, wanted to let you know that I did the Camino de Santiago from Astorga to Santiago in Jan/Feb 2012. It was brutally cold but well worth it. I am completely out of shape and going to start El Camino Frances from St. Jean this week and do a couple of the steps and come back again. Thank you for your blog and all your suggestions that I have followed. I will keep you posted. Many blessing to you and your beautiful family of peregrinos. Bueno Camino!


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