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What to pack for the Camino Portugués

05/05/2018
Pilgrims on their way.

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When I decided to walk the Camino Portugués from Porto (Portugal) all the way up to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I wondered about how to prepare for the trip and what to pack. Never having been a hiker or a pilgrim before, I sought advice online before heading to Decathlon to purchase most of the equipment. If you’re preparing for the camino yourself or are just wondering about what to take with you on such a kind of journey, here’s my packing list as well as some dos & don’ts I learnt along the way.

 

My packing list:

  • hiking boots
  • two pairs of hiking socks
  • pair of hiking trousers
  • hiking top (long sleeves)
  • fleece jacket
  • warmer jacket / rain jacket
  • a set of cozy clothes for the evenings
  • two sets of underwear
  • pyjamas
  • travel towel
  • flip flops
  • rain poncho
  • backpack (mine was 50 litres but 40 litres would have been enough)
  • rain protection for the backpack
  • lighter bag to carry your valuables
  • 2 or 3 hooks to hang your clothes
  • plastic bag to put your wet / dirty clothes
  • refillable water bottle
  • medicine (e.g. magnesium pills, headache tablets)
  • plasters
  • sun screen and lip balm
  • lotion for the feet (mine contained aloe vera)
  • travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • hair comb
  • deodorant
  • shampoo / body gel (travel size) which may also be used to wash clothes
  • two packs of tissues
  • wallet, phone etc. (any valuables you would take on a regular trip)
  • pilgrim pass (you can order it online in advance)
  • small guide to the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela
  • a small note book and pen to take notes (optional)
  • snacks such as a banana, cheese, peanuts… (refillable upon personal needs)

 

What I’d add next time:

  • sleeping bag
  • light shoes to walk around in the evenings
  • walking sticks

 

Almost there.

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DO:

  1. Walk in your hiking boots before the journey starts. Your feet will thank you.
  2. Rub in your feet with a lotion or other soothing substance in the mornings and evenings.
  3. Invest in a good waterproof rain poncho that also covers your backpack.

 

DON´T:

  1. Forget to bring a sleeping bag. Depending on your lodging, there might not always be sheets.
  2. Pack too much stuff. The lighter your backpack, the better.
  3. Bring a book. You most probably won’t get to reading anyway.

 

How about YOU? Do you have any items or advice to add?

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