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.

Get the stuff off the bed and we’ll get started!

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

Sweatshirt: if it’s summer always one to wear in the evenings if it cools down. If it’s winter it will be part of your daily clothing on the way, and better if it’s a fleece, as it warms and breathes at the same time.

Waterproof: whether it’s summer or winter, you never know when it might rain!

Trekking jacket: for the winter.

Gloves, hat and scarf or scarf: if it is winter.

Cap or hat: if it is summer.

Although a priori it may seem to you that you have not been there long, don’t worry. We advise you to bring the basics as you will always find laundries. at the start and end of the stage, where you can wash what you need.


Two pairs, recommended:
The first ones should be comfortable enough to walk in(trainers or trekking shoes that perspire well). It is advisable that you have already done a bit of running in them to check if they bother you or not.

The second ones should be sandals or similar open shoes, so that you can rest your feet at the end of each stage. If you are staying in hostels, we recommend that you bring flip-flops so that you can use them in the shower as well.

Trekking boots and pilgrim feet


Toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant, as well as any other product you need for your personal hygiene. Moisturizing cream or after sun if it is summer and sunscreen. A bottle of shampoo-gel.

Towel: a thin, quick-drying towel is best.

First Aid Kit

It is advisable to carry a small first aid kit with painkillers, betadine, plasters, Vaseline, muscle cream and needle and thread for blisters.

– What you can not forget under any circumstances

Personal documentation: ID card or passport. Also cash and credit card. Of course, your mobile phone with charger and if you can, a portable battery in case you need it, and don’t forget your badge!

Stamped credential

– Recommended accessories

Now we are going to list a series of accessories that are recommended:

Trekking pole, flashlight, bag for dirty clothes, knee pad, reflective armband, bikini or swimsuit and sunglasses, mainly. If you are staying in hostels, we also recommend that you bring a sleeping bag and earplugs.

Finally: What you need during the stage

During the stage you will need to carry your personal documents and mobile phone with you. Good hydration is very necessary, so you should carry a good amount of water. It is also advisable to bring snacks such as fruit or nuts. The latter provide a lot of energy. If you are a hypotensive person, we recommend that you take energy sachets of fruit with you.

We hope we have helped you to be clear about everything you need to take with you on the Camino de Santiago. If you are going to do it by bike, you will find all the necessary information about what to bring in our post about the Camino by bike. Or if on the contrary, you want to turn your pet into a little dog, in this link you will find all the necessary information.

¡Buen Camino!

If you still don’t know which way to choose we recommend you to have a look at to our page or read the following article: Which Camino de Santiago to choose?

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