Backpacker Packing List Basic

Camino Comfort covers your basic needs

Backpacker Packing List Basic

On this page you will find info tailored to the Basic needs.

You’ll need a bed in non-private albergues or seek shelter in donativos or churches.
Alternatively, you might want to camp out.

For your food you will depend on supermarkets and cook your own dinner.

All these needs dictate the gear you will need to carry with you. Check out your ‘Backpacker Packing List Basic’ below.

Every kilo weighs double or triple once you are walking.  When you go ‘basic’ you won’t be carrying any luxury with you. On the other hand, you’ll be taking stuff with you to make you completely self-sufficient. Just remember this ground rule: at the end of your walking day, your 12 kg pack will feel like 24 kg. Even the most experienced walkers advice to take not more than 10% of your weight. Luisa, the small Spanish one of the team is not totally agreeing with this. “I mean think of it: if you are rather small and overweight you would be allowed to take quite a lot of weight. Not a good idea; don’t take the 10% rule”.

Pack only the things you will need, leave luxury at home and take about 10 kg if you are a guy and about 8 kg max if you are a woman. Take into account that food and water you bring along weighs a total of 2 kg (take or leave). That means that you’re looking at 8 kg and 6 kg gear for men and woman respectively. Your feet, knees and hips will thank you for it. If you think I’m forgetting about the ‘shoulders’, don’t forget to check the ‘Pilgrim’s backpack’ page, where we explain why a good backpack is well fitted when the weight is actually completely on your hips and your shoulders are free of any friction or weight.

In addition we at Camino Comfort are light-weight freaks. We’ll literally search until we drop to find the smallest and lightest products for pilgrims. You will soon be able to purchase them in our little shop we are so proud of. If there’s anything you miss on the list, give us a heads-up; we are always happy to built upon other pilgrim’s experience!

There are many different needs, maybe as many as there are pilgrims. You won’t be the perfect match with the categories we crafted. Take our case: Joyce is a hybrid between ‘Standard’ and ‘Comfy’ when it comes to eating, sleeping, and personal accessories. Luisa concurs with the eating and sleeping part but will deal with only having 1 extra set of hiking pants to carry less weight (which will mean doing more often the laundry). Check out the different pages on ‘Basic’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Comfy’ needs and discover your own hybrid comfy level. It’s all up to you really; it’s your Camino!

Hi! Wally here. I’m not particularly happy today. Look at my backpack, looks heavy right?Backpacker Packing List Basic

I’m here to warn you: most pilgrims throw a lot of stuff away (or sent it back home) when they are a few days into their travel adventures. They simply come to realize that they are carrying a lot of items that they are not going to be using. We provide information for a backpacker packing list based on your needs and daily budget level. The truth is that a lot of pilgrims pack items with the background idea of ‘just in case’.

The Camino Comfort Team has created a couple of example pack lists that will help you decide what stuff to take with you.

Basic

Use this as a starting point for your packing list:

Backpack with rain cover
Walking poles (2)
Water bottles, (2 x 0.6L)
Festival/Concert mat
Sanitary paper (1 role)
Pocket knife
Flash light / Head light
Small aluminum karabiner clasps (3 or 4)
Expandable belt/waist pouch
Several small water resistant pouches
A set of organizing pouches
Straps
Duct Tape
Clothesline + plug
Tent (when camping)
Lighter (when camping)
Pot/Pan (when camping)
Camping stove (when camping)

You can also browse our complete General Gear section.

  • SIGG Neoprene Pouch

    SIGG Neoprene Pouch Black 0.6 L

    11,95
    Read more
  • RFID Money Belt

    16,95
    Select options
  • Exos 38 Osprey

    Exos 38 by Osprey

    150,00
    Select options
  • Waist Bag Small Gipsy Stripes

    Waist Bag Small Gipsy Stripes

    12,95
    Select options
  • deuter aircontact lite SL 35+10

    Deuter Aircontact Lite 35+10 SL

    169,95
    Select options
  • Wash Bag Tour

    Wash Bag Tour II

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    17,95
    Add to cart
  • Camino de Santiago Multi-tool Pocket Knife

    Camino de Santiago Multi-tool Pocket Knife

    9,50
    Add to cart
  • Zipper pulls

    Zipper pulls by Coghlan’s

    3,50
    Add to cart

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Hiking boots/shoes
Sandals / rest footwear
Undies (2 or 3)
Winter: thermo underwear (2)
Bra’s (2)
Hiking socks (3)
Hiking pants long / zip-off (2)
Hiking/swimming shorts (1)
Hiking T-shirts (3)
Fleece
Water resistant coat (check out our Mac-in-a-Sac)
Emergency rain poncho (or a high-quality backpack poncho like this one from Lowland!)
Head / Cool cap
Buff (take a look at our complete Camino de Santiago Collection!)
Sleep clothing/shirt

You can also browse our complete Clothing section.

  • Camino Buff Footprint Green

    Camino Buff Footprint Green

    18,95
    Add to cart
  • Cobber Cooling Neck Wrap

    Cobber Cooling Neck Wrap

    17,95
    Select options
  • Camino Buff Santiago Silversage

    Camino Buff Santiago Silversage

    18,95
    Add to cart
  • Camino Buff Memories Fog

    Camino Buff Memories Fog

    18,95
    Add to cart
  • Wrightsock Stride Quarter Camino

    Wrightsock Stride Quarter Camino

    18,95
    Select options
  • Travel Bucket Hat Collage Red Black

    Travel Bucket Hat Collage Red Black

    32,95
    Add to cart
  • Camino Baseball Cap Junction Copper

    Camino Baseball Cap Junction Copper

    24,95
    Add to cart
  • safety pin veiligheidsspeld

    Safety pin

    0,20
    Add to cart

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Plate
Cup
Knife/Fork/Spoon
Ultralight Cutting Board
Small bag of salty nuts
Mini cork-screw

You can also browse our complete Eating & Drinking section.

  • One Cup Coffee Filters

    One Cup Coffee Filters

    7,50
    Add to cart
  • SIGG Bottle

    Sigg Bottle Fabulous

    18,95
    Select options
  • Sigg bottle clean tablets

    SIGG Bottle Clean Tablets

    Sale! 6,50 5,95
    Add to cart
  • Camino de Santiago Multi-tool Pocket Knife

    Camino de Santiago Multi-tool Pocket Knife

    9,50
    Add to cart
  • Duracon Cutlery Set

    Duracon Cutlery Set by Coghlan’s

    6,25
    Add to cart
  • fold a cup

    Fold-A-Cup ® Collapsible Cup

    2,85
    Add to cart
  • TEKK CUTLERY SET

    TEKK Cutlery Set

    4,75
    Select options
  • Cascadian Camp Plate

    Cascadian Camp Plate

    4,95
    Select options

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Colder seasons: Sleeping bag + compression bag
Summer: Sleeping sheet (this one comes with bed bug protection!)
All year round, super light and super comfy: Ultralight Dawn Sleeping Bag
Pillow, if only ‘your’ pillow works for you (and your neck)
Earplugs
Sleeping mask if you turn in early, or start late.
Sleeping-mat if you plan on sleeping outside or anywhere they might offer you a spot on the floor.

You can also browse our complete Sleeping section.

  • Travel Blanket Insect protection

    Travel Blanket Insect protection by Cocoon

    45,95
    Add to cart
  • CampGear Compress Bag

    CampGear Compress Bag

    6,95
    Add to cart
  • Rechargeable head torch Spark

    Rechargeable head torch Spark

    34,95
    Select options
  • Sleeping Mask

    Sleeping Mask by Go Travel

    8,95
    Add to cart
  • Ultra-Lightweight trekking mat

    Easy Light Ultra-lightweight trekking mat

    42,95
    Add to cart
  • Lightweight Trekking Mat

    Easy Light Lightweight Trekking Mat

    34,95
    Add to cart
  • Eye mask

    Eye Mask with Ear Plugs

    2,75
    Add to cart
  • Flashlight with bottle opener

    Flashlight with bottle opener

    3,25
    Select options

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Microfiber towels (or Hamam towel)
Sunglasses
Comb
Toothpaste
Toothbrush + cap
All-in one soap/shampoo, showering gel / laundry soap
Tampons and/or sanitary napkins
Travel Toiletry Bottles
Wash bag

You can also browse our complete Personal Care section.

  • Hamam Towel Saray Pareo turqoise

    Hamam Towel – Saray Pareo

    11,95
    Select options
  • Soap Holder

    Soap Holder by Coghlan’s

    3,95
    Add to cart
  • Key chain Nail Clippers Bottle Opener

    Key chain Nail Clippers Bottle Opener

    5,95
    Add to cart
  • unbreakable pocket comb

    Unbreakable Pocket Comb

    0,99
    Add to cart
  • lightweight collapsible hairbrush

    Lightweight Collapsible Hairbrush

    1,80
    Add to cart
  • All purpose soap Lifeventure

    All Purpose Soap by Lifeventure

    4,99
    Add to cart
  • Sensitive Shaving Foam

    Sensitive Shaving Foam

    2,49
    Add to cart
  • Lactacyd

    Lactacyd Mini

    2,50
    Add to cart

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Personal medication
Pain relief medication
Emergency kit for hikers: with extra blister care items, sterilon or betadine, alcohol swapstick-remover, jaico after-bite, deet anti-mosquito
Nail clippers (this one is flight cabin approved and super lightweight!)
Sun protection cream
After sun
Imodium / ORS
Calendula cream
Feet cream care
Muscle ache creams
Care plus disinfection lotion
Lubricant

You can also browse our complete Health section.

  • Anti blister balm

    Anti blister balm by Body Glide

    8,75
    Add to cart
  • TickTwister by O'TOM

    TickTwister by O’TOM

    5,99
    Add to cart
  • Antidruk-wol van WandelWol

    6,9518,95
    Select options
  • Leukosilk fixation plaster tape

    Leukosilk fixation plaster tape

    3,59
    Add to cart
  • sun protection spray

    Sun Protection Spray SPF30, 15ml

    2,65
    Add to cart
  • Gehwol Refreshing Balm

    Gehwol Refreshing Balm

    9,95
    Add to cart
  • Sun Protection Outdoor

    Sun Protection Outdoor&Sea SPF 50

    15,50
    Add to cart
  • Insect SOS Gel

    Insect SOS Gel

    5,95
    Add to cart

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Pilgrim Credential
Addresses and phone numbers
Money/CC (check out our RFID Identity protection systems)
Insurance Card / documents
Travel guide / maps
Passport / Travel ID
Document pouches
Reading material
Basic Spanish travel dictionary

You can also browse our complete Documents section.

  • Pelgrimspaspoort

    Official Pilgrim Credential, Pilgrim Passport

    4,50
    Add to cart
  • Waterproof Pouch

    Waterproof Pouch

    5,75
    Add to cart
  • Money Belt Slide Black

    Money Belt Slide

    15,99
    Select options
  • Michelin Zoom 161 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Michelin Zoom 161 Le Puy-en-Velay to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port

    9,15
    Add to cart
  • Michelin Zoom 160 Camino Frances

    Michelin Zoom 160 Camino Frances

    9,15
    Add to cart
  • RFID Money Belt

    16,95
    Select options
  • Waterproof Pouch Large

    Waterproof Pouch Large

    7,50
    Add to cart
  • pilgrim passport pouch

    Pilgrim Passport Pouch

    3,75
    Add to cart

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Phone + charger
Scallop shell
Saint Christopher, patron of travelers
Pilgrim pins
Camino Patches
Camera, preferably the one in your phone.
Paper/Pen
Lightweight batteries (AA and AAA)

You can also browse our complete Camino Souvenirs section

  • silver necklace

    Silver necklace

    9,95
    Add to cart
  • Ethnic Camino Bracelet

    Ethnic Camino Bracelet

    6,95
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  • Yellow Arrow Pin

    Yellow Arrow Pin – your Camino Guide

    2,00
    Add to cart
  • Camino Patch Modern Shell

    Camino Patch Modern Shell

    3,50
    Read more
  • finisterre boot magnet

    Finisterre Boot Magnet

    3,50
    Add to cart
  • Guardian Angel

    Guardian Angel pendant

    4,75
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  • Walking Pilgrim Pin

    Walking Pilgrim Pin

    2,00
    Add to cart
  • Saint James Cross Pin Red

    Saint James Cross Pin Red

    2,00
    Add to cart

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