What to take in the backpack to the Camino de Santiago is one of the doubts that every beginner pilgrim usually has. How to know if we carry too much luggage, what is the essential that we can not leave behind or how to know if we are well prepared, are some of the questions that we will help you answer in this post.

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It is always advisable to carry a hiking backpack of our size, that is: that fits our height and our physical condition. In our post about the backpack on the road you can find all the recommendations to get a suitable backpack for you. Of course, this backpack is obligatory if you are going to do the walk without carrying luggage. On the other hand, if you are one of those who have hired a luggage transport service, you can carry your things in a suitcase if you prefer.

If you carry your things in a suitcase, you will have to take a small backpack with you to carry during the stage. This way you can take with you everything you need for the tour.

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The “big” backpack: everything you need to take on the road in a compressed form.

Your suitcase should be built onthree fundamental blocks: the essentials, what you can not forget under any circumstances and what is recommended.

– The essentials


The type of clothing will depend on the time of year in which you are going to do the walk. Generally speaking, you will need the following:

-Underwear: as much as you need for as many days as your journey lasts and some extra underwear just in case. For women, we recommend wearing low-impact sports bras for comfort.

Socks: as many as days as your walk lasts and a couple of extra socks just in case. Better if they are special hiking shoes to avoid chafing or blistering!

-2 trousers: if it is winter, long hiking trousers. If it’s summer and the weather is nice, sport shorts. However, it is advisable to always carry a pair of long trousers or tights just in case.

T-shirts: technical long or short sleeve. Although they weigh little and are not bulky at all, 3 or 4 will be enough. If it’s winter wear thermal undershirts. Remember the “onion technique”.

A backpack beside the sign of Hospital de San Juan