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Getting the right backpacking gear for the Camino de Santiago

Farhan Malik

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Today we are going to tell you everything you have to prepare to make the perfect luggage for the pilgrim and enjoy this great route. Of course, keep in mind that it is not necessary to “carry the house on your back”, do not worry if you have left something, you will find many shops and pharmacies along the Camino and you will avoid excessive weight in your backpack. Take note!

Anatomical backpack: A backpack that fits the body. The ideal weight should correspond to the first digit of the pilgrim’s net weight. For example: for a 70 kg person, the maximum weight that can be carried in the backpack is 7 kg. In principle, this last trend, that of carrying what is just and necessary in your backpack for the Camino de Santiago, is the idea that those who pile Compostable at home strictly defend. However, you must also take into account other tips when checking out the Camino de Santiago map, essential if you travel it for the first time.

What to bring as a first-aid kit?

The basic kit is as follows: Rosemary alcohol, gauze, silk tape, betadine, plasters, and sun protection cream. Needle and thread, small scissors. Patches to prevent chafing and blisters. Vaseline or Pilgrim’s Ointment and aspirin. We must not lose sight of the fact that if we have an emergency it is easier to find pharmacies in medium-sized towns, so it is not convenient to leave everything to chance; it is always better to prepare for the setbacks that we may encounter on the Camino, such as abrasions or blisters, something very common.

Toiletry bag: Although this is quite personal, it is essential that you take the most important things with you, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of gel for the body and hair, sponge, deodorant, comb, tweezers, ½ bar of Lagarto soap (for clothing) and a disposable razor blade.

Winter luggage

If you wear technical clothing with you (thermal, windproof and breathable) you will be able to walk with few “layers” which is recommended to keep your body temperature and dry clothes. And it is that not by wearing many “layers” you will have more heat, a priori it may be like that but in practice when you walk and sweat, the clothes will not dry easily and you will always feel cold. The anatomical backpack will have to be as we have indicated before, but since winter luggage is usually a little heavier, you will have to carry 2 kg. That is, if your weight is 70 kg, you will have to carry 9 KG weight in the backpack.

Consider taking walking sticks to the Camino

We have wanted to talk more extensively about the pilgrim’s staff or cane in this article, because we want you to learn the benefits of using a pair of canes when walking.

The Camino de Santiago can be done on foot, on horseback or by bicycle. In small installments or every day for a month, a week or several months. Continuous or in stages throughout life. It is possible to sleep in a tent, in shelters, rural houses, hostels or even in luxury hotels. You can carry your backpacks all the time or walk lightly and have the junk sent to the next destination. You can put it together step by step or hire an organized travel service to do the Camino de Santiago. In short: whatever you want, the path adapts to all tastes. You even have an app about the Camino de Santiago in 360 with which to get an idea of ​​what you are going to find.

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