I’m 36 hours from departure for the Camino del Norte, and so this afternoon I gathered all the things to see what I have.
This is my third Camino, so certain things are familiar (same backpack, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, etc.)
But once again, “what to wear” was a question that needed some thought. In 2015, I packed for three months and temperatures that swung from “snow still on the ground” to “heat wave” (click here to see the list). I was also gone for three months, so I gave myself latitude to splurge on a few extras. Last year, I was only going for 12 days in the heat of August, so I cut way back on the clothes (see Summer Packing List here).
This time? I’m somewhere in between. I have 17 days of walking, so I don’t need a lot of clothes. But the weather reports from Camino del Norte are full of rain and wind, so I’ve added some things I didn’t have before, like rain pants.
I’m still working out a few details, but here’s the plan, with brands listed and links to individual items where possible.
- Backpack (Gregory Jade 38L)
- Sleeping bag (REI Helio 55 sack)
- Travel pillow (ThermaRest small. Before you criticize, read Ode to a Pillow)
- Travel towel, 24×48”
- Water bottle (Camelback, .75 liter)
- 3 mesh laundry-style bags for organizing clothes
- Headlamp (LL Bean Trailblazer)
- Guidebooks: Camino del Norte by Village to Village Press
- Boots (Hoka One One Tor Tech Mids with Arch Rival inserts)
- 2 pair hiking pants (1 Kuhl Trekr and 1 Columbia Saturday Trail)
- Nylon sandals (Vionic Sage Dorrin, because arch support matters at the end of the day, too)
- 1 merino full zip jacket (SmartWool PhD, no longer avalaible)
- 1 hiking T-shirt (Sierra Trail Design)
- 1 merino tank top (Minus 33)
- 1 long-sleeved after walking shirt (Royal Robbins Noe)
- 2 pair wool socks (SmartWool)
- 3 pair of underwear
- 2 sports bras
- 1 pair merino leggings/long underwear (Ibex mid-weight)
- Rain shell (REI Rhyolite)
- Rain pants (Marmot)
- Sun hat (Outdoor Research)
- Buff merino scarf
- Buff headband
- Super-light scarf/sarong
- Sunglasses (plus case)
- Digital watch with alarm
- Shower bag (REI with hook, no longer available)
- Bar soap
- Travel-sized toothbrush
- Travel-sized toothpaste
- Travel-size hairbrush
- Travel-sized deodorant
- Travel-sized conditioner
- Travel-sized hair lotion
- Safety pins
- Hair elastics
- Eyeliner pencil
- Nail file
- Toenail clippers
- Ibuprofen tablets
- Feminine products
- Camino credential
- Small nylon cross-body purse to keep cash/passport/credentials
- Camera (Canon Powershot Elph)
- Cell phone (with Kindle app for reading)
- Journal and pen
- Charging cords for the phone and camera, plus a European outlet adapter
- Quart and gallon-sized Ziploc bags to store food and keep valuables dry in rain
- Tall kitchen trash bags to line inside of pack during heavy rain
- First aid kit: Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, needles and thread (for puncturing blisters), disposable lighter (for sterilizing needles), athletic tape, massage ball
- Granola bars (to get through the hangry moments in the first couple of days, until I get the rhythm of when and where to buy food).
When we arrive in Spain, we’ll buy a pocket knife and trekking poles, since we can’t carry those on a plane.
I haven’t weighed it yet, and probably won’t. These are the things I need and/or want, my luxuries are small (really, does an eyeliner pencil even weigh enough to register?), and I’m prepared to carry it.
But if you were me, is there anything you would add?
7 thoughts on “Camino del Norte Packing List”
I have a kettlebell you can borrow. 😉
Have a great trip.
Peppermint gum. For those days of breath from what did it eat. Also if parched, gum can be helpful til you get to water.
You have two pairs of wool socks… one pair of lighters socks? Also, you can get that guide book on Kindle as well! Enjoy your trip!
This looks like a really solid packing list! Enjoy every bit of the Norte (even the difficult bits, if you’re able to 😉) and Buen Camino!!
Looks like a good list
Had to chuckle at the eyeliner pencil….
I’d carry a small Fanny pack with money, passport, sunscreen, lip gloss, pencil, pad, credit card, phone, small snack and small water bottle. So much easier to have those things in a front pack that is easily and securely available.