Having the right gear can make all the difference in your trek across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. All of the gear listed here I personally used while walking the Camino de Santiago. I have left out the gear that I do not recommend. Through experience I consider these recommendations to be the best gear for your journey.
Shoes – There are a million arguments online about what type of shoes you will need for your trek. I continue to recommend trail running shoes. Not hiking boots. Simply because I did not get one blister on the trail and so many who wore those stiff hiking boots did. Sometimes dozens of blisters. I purchased these Brooks Cascadia Trail-Running Shoes and loved them.
Socks – Instead of normal cotton socks I recommend Smartwool PhD Outdoor Socks. They really do a great job of keeping your feet dry, warm and even breath well on hot days. For about 16 bucks a pair I was hesitant to buy them but they were worth every penny. You can buy them online here.
Travel Towel – You need to bring a towel as they are not provided at albergues along the way. Regular towels are too heavy and don’t dry quickly enough. Enter the REI MultiTowel Light. It is small, light, dries quickly and does the trick after you hop out of the shower. You can get it here.
Dry Sack – If you are bringing a camera with you then this gear is essential. You may get caught in a downpour with no shelter during your trek. Especially once you get to Galicia. This Sea to Summit Ultra-sil Dry Sack kept my camera completely dry even during heavy rain when everything else got soaked. Make sure you get one that is big enough for the camera or electronics you will be carrying. Get it here.
Blister Kit – Hopefully you won’t need it but chances are you will. My wife carried the Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Kit with us throughout the journey. It came in handy for her when she got a blister on the first day and we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Using this kit the blister was not a problem for the rest of the trek. Get it here.
Headlamp – Really any lightweight headlamps that you can strap on your head will work. I chose the Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp for price, features and battery life. It worked great on the trail during early morning hours before sunrise.
Guide Book – I recommend A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean Roncesvalles Santiago (Camino Guides) This book was a fantastic combo of great quotes, detailed maps and all the info you need. It is also light enough to carry in your pack.
Rain Jacket: If you are walking during the summer months a light rain jacket is all you need. I went with the North Face Venture Rain Jacket which I loved. It provided the right amount of warmth during chilly mornings and kept the rain at bay while trekking through Galicia.
Backpack – My wife used an Osprey pack and loved it. Specifically the Osprey Sirrus 36 Pack which we picked up for $150 bucks from REI. It is the perfect size for the Camino de Santiago. Lightweight, comfortable and durable these packs are ideal. Make sure you try the packs on before you buy because you want to make sure they are a good fit for your body type. The great part about the Osprey packs is that they have a great design that keeps your back from sweating during those hot days on the trail.
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