Backpacker Packing List Standard

Camino Comfort covers your standard needs

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

The big difference with going basic is that you will sleep in your own private room, you will not always depend on cooking your own meals since you like to go out eating at least once a day, preferably dinner.

You do want a decent and clean standard level of living while walking, so you won’t hesitate to take a few extra accessories to make your walking adventure more comfortable.

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

Backpacker Packing List Standard

Every kilo weighs double or triple once you are walking.  When you go ‘standard’ you won’t be carrying a lot of luxury with you. A bit more than the basic die-hard pilgrim, but hey, you want to be able to shave, you want to enjoy the food, and you don’t want to be doing the laundry every day, so an extra set of clothes is your standard. On the other hand, you’ll be taking stuff with you that need to be very low in weight because you do insist on carrying your own backpack.

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 as much as possible for your standard 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 (under continuous construction to keep meeting your needs. 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 standard

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.

Standard

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Hiking boots/shoes
Sandals / rest food wear
Undies (4)
Winter: thermo underwear (2)
Bra’s (3)
Hiking socks (3)
Normal socks
Hiking pants long / zip off (2)
Hiking / swimming shorts (1)
Belt
Hiking T-shirts (3)
Fleece
Water resistant coat (like our Mac-in-a-Sac)
Emergency rain poncho (or a high-quality backpack poncho like this one from Lowland!)
Head / cool cap
Buff (check out our complete Camino de Santiago Buff Collection!)
Pajamas

You can also browse our complete Clothing section.

USE THIS AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR PACKING LIST:

Microfiber towels (or Hamam towel)
Hamam towel
Sunglasses
Comb
Toothpaste
Sonic lightweight Toothbrush or collapsible Toothbrush + cap
Interdental brushes
Shampoo
Showering gel
Soap or soap leaves to wash your clothes
Hair styling cream/gel
Tampons and/or sanitary napkins
USB Shaver (men), or
Shaving gear, light weight + cap
Shaving leaves, shaving oil, or shaving foam
Facial skin care product.
Eau de toilette
Deodorant
Q-tips
Travel Toiletry Bottles
Wash bag

You can also browse our complete Personal Care section.

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