Things to take to the Camino de Santiago
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If you are here it is because I suppose you have already decided to do the Camino de Santiago. In order for you to fully enjoy this journey it’s important to know what things to take to the Camino de Santiago. In this blog post we explain what is necessary to bring on this trip, to make it the best experience of your life. It’s the perfect blend of adventure, history, culture and stunning landscapes. This adventure will show you that it’s not always about the destination, but about the journey and what you experience on the way. On this journey you will not only meet other pilgrims and get to know the culture of Spain; you will also discover yourself a little more.
- 1 Objects to pack for Camino de Santiago:
- 2 Valuables and Documents
- 3 Clothes to pack for Camino de Santiago
- 4 What is the best time of year to do the Camino de Santiago?
- 5 Itinerary and routes
- 6 Preparing for the Camino de Santiago on foot
- 7 Services you can count on during the Camino de Santiago
- 8 Careful and safe luggage
“Travel is getting to know yourself by facing new experiences.”
Objects to pack for Camino de Santiago:What to pack greatly depends on the season you’re planning to go. First, we’ll list the most important items to pack that are season independent.
- Backpack – the most vital items to bring is a comfortable backpack. Our tip: get a bag with a solar panel, so that you can charge your electronic devices while walking (you can find these on amazon).
- Trekking poles – this will make walking easier for you (we recommend getting foldable poles so that you can store them easily when not needed).
- Flashlight – we recommend you bring a head light (flashlight attached to a strap to put on your head) so that your hands remain free for walking.
- First aid set – a simple first aid set (plasters, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, etc.) to be prepared for any challenges along the way. Howlanders also provides an emergency assistance vehicle on your journey.
- Refillable water bottle – preferably a 1L bottle to keep you hydrated on your journey. You can refill it at the shelters and fountains.
- Lip balm – can be with sun protection if you’re going in sunny times.
- Sunscreen – for sunny days.
- Ear plugs – sometimes it can get a little loud in the accommodations and you want to make sure to get enough rest for the next day.
- A fast drying travel towel or some tissues
- We also recommend tiger balm or magnesium pills to help with muscle aches after long days of walking.
Valuables and DocumentsPut your valuables and documents into a small bag and keep them close to you at all times.
- Passport and ID card
- Credit cards – it’s best to bring two in case there’s problems with one.
- Cash – a lot of accommodations and stops along the way only accept cash payments.
- Phone – with the charger and an external battery pack. If you’re travelling alone you can also bring a little tripod, to take photos of yourself along the way (although you’ll meet many nice people along the way that can take photos of you).
Clothes to pack for Camino de SantiagoAs you know there are many different routes on the Camino de Santiago, and each one goes through different regions, landscapes and therefore climates. The temperatures also vary depending on the season, with the highs reaching 35-40 C on the hottest summer days and 0C on cold winter nights. It’s best to dress in layers on your trip, so that you can adapt to the different weather conditions throughout the day. For warmer weather:
- Sun hat or cap
- Breathable T-shirts – fast drying and comfortable to wear in the heat.
- Long sleeved shirt – in case it gets cold at night.
- Shorts – or a pair of pants with zippers around the knees that can be made to long pants or shorts.
- Underwear and socks – preferable breathable, anti-blister socks.
- Windbreaker jacket or poncho to protect you from occasional winds or rain.
- Swimsuit in case you want to take a refreshing dip along the way.
- Thin gloves, warm hat and scarf (if needed) – to keep you warm during the cold winter mornings and nights.
- Thermal t-shirt and cotton t-shirt – to keep you warm
- Thermal tights- to keep you warm and comfortable under your hiking pants
- Hiking pants – one pair is enough and they don’t have to be warm, just waterproof ( thermal tights will keep you warm).
- Thick sweater – for the evening and night time
- Underwear and socks – preferably thick anti-blister socks to keep your feet warm.
- Poncho – against heavy rainfalls.
- Hiking boots – waterproof and with a good grip (wear them for a month before starting this adventure so you know they’re comfortable).
- Light sneakers – to wear after your hikes, when relaxing, exploring the towns or going to a restaurant.
- Flip flops – also to wear after your hikes, to let your feet breathe.