Good Mrs has printed out my packing list at work so many times that she is understandably sick of it. But we are very close now.
Wherever I read about somebody undertaking a long distance walk, the message comes repetitively across loud and clear. Keep the weight down.
Your body, your feet, knees, shoulders etc etc will all thank you for it.
Without any food or drink, my backpack with contents adds up to around 7.5kg.
With water and snacks / lunch, it clocks in at around 9kg.
Bringing a minimum of 1 litre of water appears to be the Camino recommendation. Some stretches of the Camino, such as the long and scarcely populated Meseta (the dry high plains of central Spain), more water is recommended as the next waterhole may be some distance away.
On the other hand, the 7.5kg also weighs in all my clothes except for the minimum. As autumn progresses and presumably temperatures drop, I will obviously wear more clothing.
Also, much of the supplies and bottles are more or less full now and as I use the contents, the weight should drop there too.
Of course, all rookies, like me, try to anticipate what you need and should bring and therefore we all bring too much. "Just in case" which probably never eventuates. So things get discarded along the way.
- Backpack - Osprey Kestral 48 liters
- Boots - Mammut Basefit - size 47.5 as feet will swell
- Pants - 2 pairs - 1 zip off, 1 light weight
- Shirts - 2 pairs - LL Beans long sleeve hiking shirts - LOVE these
- Socks - 3 pairs - Marino wool combination
- Undies - 3 pairs - Exefficio
- Base Layer - Thermal t-shirt
- Mid layer - Fleece - Anaconda brand - an absolute bargain for $15 at a closing down sale
- Outer layer - Mammut wind and water proof soft shell jacket
- Leggings - just in case it gets cold along the way - can double as PJ
- Gym shorts and shirt - very lightweight - PJ and for when washing clothes
- Swimmers - because you never know
- Poncho - to cover me and backpack - it rains a lot in Galicia
- Gloves - 2 pairs very lightweight: 1 waterproof, 1 for keeping hands warm (old hiking gloves)
- Sleeping bag - Sea to Summit Traveller TR1 - Good for down to +10 degrees Celsius
- Liner - for use inside sleeping bag - brings comfortable temperature down to around +6 degrees
- Ear plugs - I have been warned about master snorers in the albergues
- iphone6 - 2 covers: 1 for carrying on belt or backpack, 1 for keeping in sleeping bag at night
- Phone charger with European connector
- Headlight - very small - to find your away around albergues in the middle of the night
- Hand sanitizer - hygiene essential
- Cutlery pack - fork, knife and spoon in a plastic sleeve
- First Aid Kit - Band aids, stomach pain, headaches, for blisters, antiseptics, alcohol wipes etc
- High blood pressure tablets - well, there is almost always some medicine at my age
- Clothes line - small for inside use - with a number of safety pins
- Shoelaces - spare
- Glasses - 2 pairs: 1 for reading, 1 for long distance viewing doubling as sunglasses
- Sunscreen - will buy in Spain
- Foot balm and foot scraper
- Hat - my good old trusty Australian fishing hat
- Knee support - preventative for both knees
- Towels - 2 small: 1 for body, 1 exclusively for feet
- Washbag - with 3 compartments: 1 for feet care, 1 for general washing, 1 for teeth care (contain the usual suspects including shampoo which doubles as washing liquid for clothes)
- Thongs - perfect for grungy bathrooms
- Day backpack - very lightweight - bundles into a small pack - for flights, shopping etc
- Small lock - for bag during flights and for locking backpack to something along the way. I will check in my backpack inside an IKEA bag locked with this small lock
- Printed copies of some "important" documents
- A variety of zip lock bags - GREAT for many, many purposes
- Safety pouch - passport, credit card, extra money, dongle for online banking access
- Wallet - hidden away
- Coin purse - with some notes
- Cheap watch - for finding out the time in the middle of the night in the albergue
- Guide book - John Brierley's "A pilgrim's guide to Camino de Santiago" which is considered the "bible" for the Camino
- Ear buds - for music, podcasts etc
- Notebook and pen - for writing down experiences, feelings etc along the way - some for blog
- Lip balm
- Credential - see earlier post regarding this topic