Gear to take

I typically wear

  • Long sleeve shirt, rolled the sleeves up when appropriate, but left them down in the hot sun!
  • Trousers, but they unzip to shorts as frequently required.
  • Hat, essential in the sun.
  • Scarf, also needed in the sun, and sometimes early in the morning when it can be cool.
  • Lightweight walking boots with 2 pairs of socks.
  • Walking pole. Particularly helpful on descents.

Things I carry

  • Summer sleeping bag. On the Camino de Santiago there are usually blankets available for colder nights.
  • Karrimat: can be useful for sleeping on floors, or at lunch time!
  • 1 to 2 litres of water.
  • Camping stove: I carried this as I am vegan (strict vegetarian) and I like to cook for myself!
  • Fuel bottle: for methylated spirits, alcohol de quemar, available in Ferretarias or some Pharmacies.
  • Some food for evening cooking: typically some pasta, rice, and a few fresh veges like garlic, louis vuitton handbags onions, potato.
  • Food for eating during the day: not much, typically some bread, barra, a banana, a tomato and some fruit.
  • Spare Tee shirt.
  • Pair shorts.
  • Fleece.
  • Towel.
  • Guide and books to read.
  • Note pad, diary and pen.
  • Passport, money etc.
  • Camera.
  • Small fold up day sack for carrying things whilst wondering around in afternoons and evenings.
  • Spare pair of thick socks: usually one pair being washed and dried each evening.
  • Toiletries.
  • Sun tan lotion, moisture lotion to massage sore legs, foot lotion!

This all comes to around 17kg. You need a good reliable back pack, I always use a Macpac.


Good guide books

Cicerone Press publishes a number of guidebooks to the Camino de Santiago.

The Way of St James – France

Cicerone - France

This book covers the route from Le Puy to the Pyrenees.


The Way of St James – Spain

Cicerone - Spain

This companion volume  describes the way from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela and onto Finisterre.


A Cyclists Guide

Cicerone - Cycling

This covers the 1,570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain in a single volume.


The Northern Caminos

Cicerone - Northern

This includes stage-by-stage descriptions to the Camino del Norte (800km), Camino Primitivo, Camino Ingles and the Camino de Finisterre.