What to carry?

Remember, if needs be you can usually purchase what you need along the way, so don’t bring too much. Here are the essentials, most of which can be purchased at a camping store like Kathmandu or Ray’s Outdoors:

  • Day pack
    • because our luggage will be taken in a mini-bus from our lodgings each day to the next hotel where we will spend the evening, you will only need a small day pack
    • Your day pack should be big enough to carry water, lunch, your camera, sun screen, passport, etc. but not too heavy
  • Excellent hiking boots with good ankle support (make sure you have worn in your boots)
  • Sandals (to let your feet ‘breathe’ in the evenings)
  • Clothing:
    • Hiking socks (three pairs)
    • Two tee-shirts
    • One long sleeved and one short-sleeved hiking shirt
    • One pair of hiking shorts
    • One pair of convertible hiking pants
    • Underwear
    • Sunhat which protects your neck (see below)
    • Waterproof hiking poncho that can go over your backpack to keep in dry in wet weather
    • One warm pullover
Convertible Pants

Convertible Pants

Breathable Tee-shirt

Breathable Tee-shirt

Hiking shorts

Hiking shorts

Hiking shirt

Hiking shirt

Warm Jumper

Warm pullover for the evenings

  • Camelback (for water) or water bottle
  • 5-4 clothes-pegs (for hanging up your clothes after you have washed them)
  • a Coghlans Bungee Clothesline (costs around $9.00) which you can use to hang clothes in the shower or in a window.
  • Ear plugs (to shut out the snoring of the other pilgrim if you are in twin share accommodation)
  • Toiletries (including sunscreen)
  • Medications
  • Sunglasses
  • Journal and a pen
  • Small torch (so that you can see early in the morning when you are packing up)
  • Camera (with a large memory card — take plenty of photos)
  • Blister kit
  • Mobile phone (with a local sim card)
  • Wallet
  • Passport
  • Walking Poles (Optional) — they take 20% of the stress off your knees
Hikers with walking poles

Hikers with walking poles

Sunhat

Sunhat

Camelback for carrying water in your backpack

Camelback for carrying water in your backpack

Microfibre Towel

Microfibre Towel

A typical blister kit (see your pharmacist)

A typical blister kit (see your pharmacist)

In 7 May – 10 June, 2011 I completed the Camino Frances in Northern Spain from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostella. Then I walked on to Finisterre on the coast — all up about 860km of walking which took me 35 days. I wore a pair of Teva Men’s Hiking boots and they were terrific. I loved to put them on in the morning. I got very few blisters. They are slightly wide fitting and they suited my feet. They are waterproof. They give good ankle support. I would recommend them to anyone considering walking the Ignatian Camino.

Teva Men's Riva Leather Hiking Boot

Teva Men’s Riva Leather Hiking Boot

Some people walk the Camino Frances in sandals. I didn’t, but I found these Teva sandals good to wear in the evening.

Teva  Men's Sandals

Teva Men’s Sandals

Daypack
Daypack

Hiking poncho

Hiking poncho (covering backpack)

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