What to take on your Camino - page 1

Clothing, equipment, medical supplies, food, preparation etc

There are three pages to this section and they all cover ideas and suggestions relating to "essential supplies" for a Camino. Clothing, equipment, medical supplies, food and good advanced preparation are the keys to a successful Way of Saint James Camino, so consider the contents of these pages carefully.

Page 1 - Preparation and what to take (clothing) (THIS PAGE)
Page 2 - What to take continued, essential items, budgeting, food and drink
Page 3 - What to take continued - Walking boots and shoes

The summer months of June, July and August are the busiest months for the Camino, making getting a bed in a refugio/albergue a little more difficult. The other disadvantage is that in places such as the Meseta it will get extremely hot and you will be carrying a heavy back pack.

The other times of year worth considering are the spring months of April and May or alternatively the autumn months of September and October. In these months you will have a slightly higher likelihood of rain, so make sure you pack the right clothing.

If you decide to go in winter the mountains may be covered in snow and some of the passes may be difficult or impassable, so plan your pilgrimage well.


Think of the Camino as walking several marathons over the space of approximately one month (approximately 20 in total). So preparation and training is essential. If you are going to undertake any long distance walk you must prepare your body for this arduous task.

Start slowly say 5 kilometres in a day, gradually increasing this to 15 to 20 kilometres a day. Start the preparation a few months in advance. I have seen some websites that suggest starting just 3 weeks before you go, not a good idea. Giving yourself plenty of time to get used to the amount of walking you will be doing will reduce the shock when you begin the Camino proper. If you can, train going up and down steep hills/mountains as you will be faced with quite a few of these, particularly in the early and latter stages of the Camino.

An essential part of your Camino equipment is your walking boots. During your preparation wear these so you get used to them. During your Camino you are most likely to get blisters, but the last thing you want to happen is to get blisters on your first few days because your boots are too tight or too stiff because you haven't worn them before.

Another suggestion is to train wearing your back pack. As with the walking start out with the pack part full, gradually increasing the weight as you get fitter until it is fully loaded. Remember you will be carrying all your belongings with you along the Camino. If you can, do some long walks on two consecutive days, this will give you a feel of what you will expect on the Camino, getting up the next day a little tired and foot sore, but having to do it all again.

Find out a little about the facilities en-route, especially Albergues, as you may not be able to stay at the one you want and you will need to know where the next one is. Also think about what time of year you will be going, taking into consideration things such as weather conditions and the number of other pilgrims undertaking the Camino at that time of year.

What to take on your Camino

When planning what to take with you think about how long this rip is going to be, you will be carrying your pack with you every day that is unless you go on a tour which will arrange for your luggage to be transported to your next port of call.

Obviously depending on which time of year you undertake your Camino, the contents of your pack will differ slightly.

Firstly consider the clothing you will take.

Continued at Page 2 (What to take continued, essential items, budgeting, food and drink)

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