Backpacker packing list basic

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 resistent 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 Bottle

    SIGG Bottle

    18,95
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  • pouches

    Pouches

    7,95
    Add to cart
  • Packing Pouches

    Packing Pouches ZIP IT

    5,95
    Add to cart
  • LEKI Voyager

    LEKI Voyager

    49,95
    Add to cart
  • Belt pouch

    Belt Pouch – Stretchy

    19,95
    Select options
  • Aluminum Biner blue

    Aluminum biner 6 mm

    1,75
    Select options

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.

  • Mac in a Sac Neon-yellow

    Mac in a Sac Rain Jacket NEON

    42,95
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  • Emergency Rain Poncho

    Emergency Rain Poncho

    3,50
    Add to cart
  • Cooling Skull Cap

    Cooling Skull Cap

    18,50
    Select options
  • Cooling Ranger Cap

    Cooling Ranger Cap

    36,95
    Select options
  • Camino Buff Stones Multi

    Camino Buff Stones Multi

    18,95
    Add to cart
  • Backpack Poncho Lowland

    Backpack Poncho Lowland

    41,95
    Select options

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.

  • Pocket Knife Victorinox EcoLine

    Pocket Knife Victorinox EcoLine

    14,95
    Add to cart
  • Duracon Cutlery Set

    Duracon Cutlery Set by Coghlan’s

    6,25
    Add to cart
  • Cutting Board

    Cutting Board Ultralight

    4,95
    Add to cart
  • Cascadian Camp Plate

    Cascadian Camp Plate

    4,95
    Select options
  • Cascadian Camp Cup

    Cascadian Camp Cup

    3,75
    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!)
Pillow, if only ‘your’ pillow works for you (and your neck)
Earplugs
Sleeping mask if you turn in early, or start late.
Sleeping-mat

You can also browse our complete Sleeping section.

  • Sleeping Mask

    Sleeping Mask by Go Travel

    8,95
    Add to cart
  • Lightweight Sleeping Bag Travel

    Lightweight Sleeping Bag Travel

    17,95
    Add to cart
  • Lightweight Sleeping Bag Festival

    Lightweight Sleeping Bag Festival

    22,95
    Add to cart
  • EX3 Cotton Travel Sleeper Rectangular

    EX3 Cotton Travel Sleeper Anti-Bedbug

    Sale! 32,99 30,99
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  • Ear Plugs

    Ear Plugs by Go Travel

    14,95
    Add to cart
  • CampGear Compress Bag

    CampGear Compress Bag

    6,95
    Add to cart

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.

  • Travel Toiletry Bottles

    Travel Toiletry Bottles

    0,257,00
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  • Toothbrush Covers

    Toothbrush Covers by Coghlan’s

    2,95
    Add to cart
  • Hamam towel small

    Hamam Towel Small

    9,50
    Select options
  • Hamam Towel Saray Pareo turqoise

    Hamam Towel – Saray Pareo

    11,95
    Select options
  • All purpose soap Lifeventure

    All Purpose Soap by Lifeventure

    4,99
    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 aloe-gel
Imodium / ORS
Calendula cream
Feet cream care
Muscle ache creams
Care plus disinfection lotion
Lubricant
Parakito bracelet anti-mosquitos

You can also browse our complete Health section.

  • TickTwister by O'TOM

    TickTwister by O’TOM

    5,99
    Add to cart
  • Sun Protection Outdoor

    Sun Protection Outdoor&Sea SPF 50

    15,50
    Add to cart
  • Para'Kito

    Para’Kito Bracelet

    Sale! 17,50 13,95
    Select options
  • nail clippers

    Nail Clippers

    8,95
    Add to cart
  • Jaico Bite Balm Pen

    Jaico Bite Balm Pen

    6,50
    Add to cart
  • Anti blister balm

    Anti blister balm by Body Glide

    8,75
    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 wallets)
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.

  • Waterproof Pouch

    Waterproof Pouch

    5,75
    Add to cart
  • RFiD Protection Pocket Wallet

    RFiD Protection – Pocket Wallet

    14,99
    Read more
  • RFiD Currency Wallet Grey

    RFID Currency Wallet

    16,99
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  • RFiD Body Wallet Waist

    RFID Body Wallet – Waist

    24,99
    Add to cart
  • Packing Pouches

    Packing Pouches ZIP IT

    5,95
    Add to cart
  • Belt pouch

    Belt Pouch – Stretchy

    19,95
    Select options

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

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

You can also browse our complete Camino Souvenirs section

  • Varta Lithium Professional AA

    Varta Lithium Professional AA

    7,25
    Add to cart
  • saint Christopher

    Saint Christopher Key Chain

    4,75
    Add to cart

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