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Camino Ideal Equipment List

Discussion in 'What equipment should you use and take' started by Erwin, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Erwin

    Erwin New Member

    Sep 21, 2016
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    I have gathered a pretty much minimalistic ideal packing list for the Camino Frances. Critics would be recommended, so I would know what to add and what to delete out of the list.

    You can find my packing list here - http://www.walk-the-camino.com/camino-packing-list/

    I would be happy if I could help you out.

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  2. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

    Mar 1, 2016
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    Hey Erwin - Welcome to the Forum. Great minimalist, ultra-light list of essentials for the Camino. How much did your pack weigh?

    My packing list is almost identical. My differences are more personal preferences than disagreements with your list. If I only packed what you suggest, I'd be a happy hiker.

    A few of my preferences would include:

    - 1 pair of long pants or those that zipper off to make shorts. Every article of clothing I carry is of wicking material and light weight.
    - I'm not really a hoodie-type guy, but my fleece was invaluable. Not much weight difference if any between the two.
    - 2 t-shirts (wicking material) are enough. I just would add 1 long sleeve, light-weight thermal shirt. I'm a big fan of layering plus I often slept in it.
    - 2 pairs of high quality hiking socks (I wore Moreno wool socks). You may have included these in your underwear category.
    -along with your needle and thread for blisters, carry a small roll of pharmaceutical paper tape and possible some sort of anti-friction gel or lotion for your feet.
    - when choosing your skeeping bag, keep weight in mind. A 1-season, 1-pound bag is more than enough.
    -for raingear, I kept it simple and light. 1 poncho.
    - a money belt is essential. I never took mine off except to shower and it still stayed close by.

    Great point at the end focusing on the weight of the backpack and the enjoyment of the walk. "To walk far, carry less." Buen Camino!
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2016
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  3. danvo

    danvo Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Take few Safety pins as replacement for clothes pins, for drying clothes.
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  4. RJS

    RJS Well-Known Member

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    Good info posted by Wily and danvo and I aren’t going to argue ;-)

    I also aren’t really into Hoodie’s and also agree that “a money belt (Or similar) is essential”

    Personally, I aren’t a Poncho Guy and prefer to wear a single shell “Gortex” type jacket, shorts, gaiters and “Gortex” Fabric boots when it rains – Then the rain runs off the bottom of the jacket, down my bare legs, over my gaiters and boots and this keeps my feet dry – Well for several hours in any case.

    One other “Tip” would be to include one of my Rucksack Pro-Tector’s as apart from these helping to ensure that your rucksack gets safely to your starting point, they also have a second function of acting as a water resistant liner for your rucksack (Personally well tested by me on several wet Caminos and other long distance walks) – The weight of the smaller version (Which fits a rucksack up to around 50 litres) is less than 300g http://www.pro-tector.co.uk/rucksack.html

    Final Tip from me would be Layers and If you opt for a single shell “Gortex” type jacket, this also acts as a wind stopper

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

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  5. Tina-Marie Brownie

    Tina-Marie Brownie Well-Known Member

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    wow minimalist approach for sure :) I think I would pack some sleeping clothes and maybe light clothing for those down days not walking (ie: town exploration) - well I am a girl after all :oops:
  6. Orava

    Orava Active Member

    Nov 26, 2014
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    Buy a cheap knife when you arrive in Spain then donate it before leaving for home. That way you can take your small pack as cabin luggage etc.

    You will need a lightweight hiking towel.

    A spork is also very handy.
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  7. Keith Jones

    Keith Jones New Member

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    I just returned from my Camino and what you take is very personal as you know your tolerance for cold, weight, wet, etc.

    I left SJPP on 5/19/17 and a storm had just hit the Pyrenees and while it had stopped raining in SJPP as I got above Orisson, the wind picked up and it rained and sleeted (some saw snow). We had a cold rain coming out of Roncesvalles as well. Just before I left Spain on 6/30/17, a similar storm hit the Pyrenees again and in parts they got a significant amount of wet snow. I tell you this because in the mountains, things can change quickly and you need to be prepared. My list is below:

    Keen low boots
    2 pair of SmartWool socks
    3 pair of liner socks
    3 pair of Ex Officio tech underwear
    2 REI tech t-shirts, short sleeve
    1 tech long sleeve shirt (see profile pic)
    1 pair of tech convertible pants (legs zipped off 90% of the time)
    1 pair of UnderArmor running shorts (swimming and to wear when I washed my pants)
    1 Rain Jacket (layers with other clothes to keep warm as well)
    1 Frog Toggs light-weight rain pants (needed them in the Pyrenees for rain and another layer of warmth)
    1 hat (lost my first in the mountains on day 1) a wide brim will help keep the sun off
    Bandana (left mine in Fisterra, seemed like it belonged there)

    I wore my rain jacket on 7 days, very glad I had it. A poncho would not have provided the layering that I needed on several days. Temps ranged while I was on the Camino from 39/4 degrees in the mountains to over 101/39 the day I climbed up to O'Cebreiro on June 18th. It then got cool, rainy and very windy in Santiago/Fisterra/A Coruna.

    I won't get in to toiletries but don't take too much, you can always find more soap or toothpaste, etc.
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  8. calowie

    calowie Active Member

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    In my opinion, the camino ideal equipment list is that list of things that is necessary for each individual, and therefore will be different for each person based on preferences. We took 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair pants, 2-3 pairs of socks, underwear, socks, etc as mentioned above. The differences people seem to discuss most are footwear (we took Keen hiking shoes), sandals for afterwards, backpacks (we had Osprey 36L), and rain gear. On the norte and primitivo there was wind along with rain- so we had rain pants and rain jackets that doubled for warmth on early morning starts, often around 15C, and cool evenings. And we took a 600g sleeping bag as well that we used every night. Total weight ~ 7Kg. If you have things you never used, you took too much. If you didn't take things you really needed- you took to little. No gold stars awarded for being perfect- everyone is different, and because of conditions and people along the way, every camino is different!
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  9. Daniel Bowater

    Daniel Bowater Member

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    Agree^ on this. There is no mythical perfect packing list. It depends on the individual and time of year. However, at the same time there are a range of primary items such as footwear, clothing and pack that are staple parts of any checklist. Without going into too much detail here's what I prefer! Roughly in order of importance:
    - Scarpa hiking boots (not shoes) as choice of footwear
    - polypropylene socks x2, hybrid socks x2 and wool hiking socks x1
    - vasoline and voltarin gel
    - crocs sandals
    - 48L Osprey pack with internal 2.5L bladder
    - pacemaker aluminium Trekking poles
    - sleeping bag rated at +10 degrees, no bigger
    - craig hoppers aqua dry raincoat (not poncho)
    - extra large travel towel
    - sunsmart microfibre shirts, & lightwight long pants
    - casual clothing (duplicates of each type)
    - merino thermal undergarment
    - clip type boat bags for storing small items
    - washing bags x2 and grocery bag for clothing
    - portable clothes-line, pencil torch
    - ear plugs, travel size body wash, toothpaste, shaving cream etc
    - leuqo-tape and swiss army knife
    - european power adaptors, and samsung ipad mini
    - Headwear: frillneck hat, baseball cap, and 2 x buffs, 50+ sunscreen
    - good sunglasses e.g 'Spotters' photochromic

    You could add a host of other less significant items, but if I did the Camino again these ^ are the primary items I'd take. Hope this helps!
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