Hello from Pamplona. I had three very uneventful flights (those are my favorite) and have arrived in Spain tired but excited. Tomorrow I catch the bus to St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France where I will pick up my passport and officially become a pilgrim.
A few of you have asked, so I wanted to share my Camino de Santiago packing list.
My pack is light! I’ve got all the essential and (hopefully) not much else.
Shoes and clothing
KEEN waterproof hiking shoes. I love these shoes. I’ve walked with them through the Himalayas and the Andes as well.
1 pair of flip flops
3 pairs of socks
2 sports bras
1 pair gloves
5 pairs of ExOfficio underwear. (I’ve carried these all over the world. They are the best and last forever).
2 pairs of hiking pants, one of which converts to shorts
1 tank top for walking
1 short sleeve shirt for walking
1 long sleeve shirt for walking
Jeans (normally I wouldn’t carry these but since I’m going to be traveling after the Camino I want my jeans).
1 short sleeve shirt to change into at end of day
1 long sleeve shirt to change into at end of day
1 fleece pant to sleep in
Ipod and iPod/ iPhone charger
iPhone (will get Spanish SIM card)
Kindle e-reader and charger
11″ MacBook Air and charger (I know, I know but I’m blogging the whole way).
Olympus PEN E-P1 camera and charger
Passport/ debit card/ credit card
A few relics from home including St. Joseph who sold our house (I promised I’d return him to the motherland. Now is the time!), my traveling Buddha statue, a necklace from a friend, my dog’s collar tag, and about 400 rocks that my mom asked me to take and place along the path for her.
Journal and 6 (!) pens
Small notebook that fits in my pocket
Large trash bag to use as a rain cover for my backpack
2 packing cubes to keep everything organized
Small backpack that I can use to carry valuables around in the evenings
Lock (for my pack)
2 S-clips (I carry these everywhere. Perfect for hooking things to your pack to dry)
Handkerchief that I use as a sweat rag
Small bottles shampoo and conditioner
Contacts and contact solution
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Meds and first aid
Safety pins (for popping blisters)
Duck tape (instead of bandaids — works so much better)
Laxatives (Um. Hello. Hi. How are you? You know, sometimes my belly doesn’t travel well)
Tampons (just in case the laxatives weren’t enough for you)
Things I’ll buy in St. Jean Pied-de-Port
Wide brim hat if necessary
That’s it! My pack probably weights about 15 pounds and was small enough to carry on my flights.
Do you have questions about the Camino? I wrote an FAQ guide about walking the Camino. Learn all about it here or click the image below to buy it ($1.99):
I also blogged every day during my walk on the Camino Francis. You can find an index of my Camino posts here.