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Ultralight Packing List for Camino de Santiago [2024 Edition]

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It is not necessarily true that lighter backpack is easier to carry, and that you will enjoy the Camino more if you carry 4 kilos than 8 kilos. Each approach has some pluses and minuses, and more things mean more comfort on your pilgrimage. Having said that, I fully understand that most people who can afford it prefer to pack as light as possible, which makes a lot of sense especially when you do a pilgrimage in Spain in summer, and hence aren’t risking some extreme suffering from cold.

I put together an ultralight packing list for the Camino (fitting for both men and women, though women would add one or two (or ten :)) pieces of cosmetics to the list), the one month long journey from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago (or any other Camino that lasts two weeks or longer). This list counts with a few things. First of all, that you will spend all your nights on the Camino in either pilgrim hostels or hotels that provide bed sheets. Simply no sleeping outside.

Secondly, that you will walk in the summer (or late spring or early autumn), when rain is rare and cold temperature isn’t a problem–hot temperature is. And last but not least, that you understand that you are on a pilgrimage, and not on a dating trip, and do not expect to always look like a model from the latest fashion magazine :). Let’s proceed to the list. With each recommended item I also post approximate weight in grams, and I recommend a few products for each budget option (whenever applicable), products I either used personally or have seen other pilgrims using and being satisfied with. Enjoy, and any questions, you can always write me.

 

Table of Contents

Group one: The basics and shoes

Ultralight backpack, 30-45 liters, 0.5 – 1 kilogram (1.1 – 2.2 pounds)

Anything more than 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) cannot be considered light, yet alone ultralight. If you can afford it, opt for special high quality hiking backpacks, if you can not, you can also take one of those light “city packs”, but I warn you that your back may suffer in such a case–unless you’re accustomed to wearing such a pack on your back for hours on end.

Price range: from $30 for simple city pack to $500 for top notch ultralight backpack from most modern materials. Please note that getting a good and at least relatively light backpack is absolutely pivotal. I have met many pilgrims with backpacks as heavy as 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds). Now imagine trying to pack light when your empty backpack alone weights 2.5 or 3 kilos. It becomes virtually impossible… Anyway, check the following packs for inspiration:

Product name
RAINSMORE Hiking Backpack 40L Waterproof Camping Backpack Lightweight Packable Backpack for Women Men Outdoor Travel Daypack
Osprey Tempest 9L Women’s Hiking Backpack with Hipbelt, Violac Purple, WXS/S
Osprey Exos 48L Men’s Ultralight Backpacking Backpack, Blue Ribbon, S/M
UltrAspire Epic XT 3.0 Lightweight Multi-Day Unisex Hiking Backpack – (Pitch Black, SM/MD (Chest: 27″-42″, Torso: 16″-21″))
RAINSMORE Hiking Backpack 40L Waterproof Camping Backpack Lightweight Packable Backpack for Women Men Outdoor Travel Daypack
Osprey Tempest 9L Women's Hiking Backpack with Hipbelt, Violac Purple, WXS/S
Osprey Exos 48L Men's Ultralight Backpacking Backpack, Blue Ribbon, S/M
UltrAspire Epic XT 3.0 Lightweight Multi-Day Unisex Hiking Backpack - (Pitch Black, SM/MD (Chest: 27"-42", Torso: 16"-21"))
Price
$25.99
$138.60
$240.00
$199.95
Best for
Budget option, universal pack that you will use also outside of Camino
Top quality and comfort
Premium efficiency & design, comfort on the Camino
Top-notch quality features and design
Weight
0.5 kilos / 1 pound
0.7 kilos (1.7 pounds)
1.2 kg (2.6 pounds)
0.95 kilos (2.1 pounds)
Capacity
40 liters
34 liters
48 liters
33 liters
Recommended for
Pilgrims on budget who still want light-weight backpack
Serious pilgrims
Pilgrims who prefer slightly heavier backpack (though really only slightly), but more comfort on the way
Those who want to stand out, athletes who happen to be doing a pilgrimage πŸ™‚
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Please note that you cannot expect miracles for $20 :). This backpack has its merits, and you can walk the Camino with it, but you cannot expect it to have all the extras and features a real pro hiking backpack has. It also isn’t particularly comfortable. However, I’ve seen pilgrims with such backpacks so it definitely is possible to do the Camino with it.
This is a female backpack, and an amazing one. You will find all the pockets you need, all the straps, all the zips, simply everything. 34 liters is enough if you pack wisely and light. I am 100% sure you will be more than happy if you get this backpack, and you will use it on many of your long walks and hikes over the years.
An amazing backpack, slightly bigger but still very light, at the same time pretty comfortable. Has all the straps and side pockets you may need on your pilgrimage. The material is very durable too. Has amazing reviews across all platforms.
This back is just marvelous. Super durable and with attention to utmost details, it will serve you on any adventure–be it Camino, or any other long distance hike, ski trip, or escape to the mountains. Premium things have premium price though, so before getting it make sure you can actually afford it.
Product name
RAINSMORE Hiking Backpack 40L Waterproof Camping Backpack Lightweight Packable Backpack for Women Men Outdoor Travel Daypack
RAINSMORE Hiking Backpack 40L Waterproof Camping Backpack Lightweight Packable Backpack for Women Men Outdoor Travel Daypack
Price
$25.99
Best for
Budget option, universal pack that you will use also outside of Camino
Weight
0.5 kilos / 1 pound
Capacity
40 liters
Recommended for
Pilgrims on budget who still want light-weight backpack
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Please note that you cannot expect miracles for $20 :). This backpack has its merits, and you can walk the Camino with it, but you cannot expect it to have all the extras and features a real pro hiking backpack has. It also isn’t particularly comfortable. However, I’ve seen pilgrims with such backpacks so it definitely is possible to do the Camino with it.
Product name
Osprey Tempest 9L Women’s Hiking Backpack with Hipbelt, Violac Purple, WXS/S
Osprey Tempest 9L Women's Hiking Backpack with Hipbelt, Violac Purple, WXS/S
Price
$138.60
Best for
Top quality and comfort
Weight
0.7 kilos (1.7 pounds)
Capacity
34 liters
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is a female backpack, and an amazing one. You will find all the pockets you need, all the straps, all the zips, simply everything. 34 liters is enough if you pack wisely and light. I am 100% sure you will be more than happy if you get this backpack, and you will use it on many of your long walks and hikes over the years.
Product name
Osprey Exos 48L Men’s Ultralight Backpacking Backpack, Blue Ribbon, S/M
Osprey Exos 48L Men's Ultralight Backpacking Backpack, Blue Ribbon, S/M
Price
$240.00
Best for
Premium efficiency & design, comfort on the Camino
Weight
1.2 kg (2.6 pounds)
Capacity
48 liters
Recommended for
Pilgrims who prefer slightly heavier backpack (though really only slightly), but more comfort on the way
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
An amazing backpack, slightly bigger but still very light, at the same time pretty comfortable. Has all the straps and side pockets you may need on your pilgrimage. The material is very durable too. Has amazing reviews across all platforms.
Product name
UltrAspire Epic XT 3.0 Lightweight Multi-Day Unisex Hiking Backpack – (Pitch Black, SM/MD (Chest: 27″-42″, Torso: 16″-21″))
UltrAspire Epic XT 3.0 Lightweight Multi-Day Unisex Hiking Backpack - (Pitch Black, SM/MD (Chest: 27"-42", Torso: 16"-21"))
Price
$199.95
Best for
Top-notch quality features and design
Weight
0.95 kilos (2.1 pounds)
Capacity
33 liters
Recommended for
Those who want to stand out, athletes who happen to be doing a pilgrimage πŸ™‚
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This back is just marvelous. Super durable and with attention to utmost details, it will serve you on any adventure–be it Camino, or any other long distance hike, ski trip, or escape to the mountains. Premium things have premium price though, so before getting it make sure you can actually afford it.

 

Light sleeping bag liner, 0.2 – 0.4 kilogram (0.44 – 0.88 pounds),

They cost little and will help you feel clean in the bed, should the place where you sleep offer just unwashed blankets for the night. During the summer, you will do with this one, and do not really need a sleeping bag. Price range: from $15 to $70. I handpicked some great sleeping bag liners for you:

Product name
Vumos Sleeping Bag Liner and Camping Sheet – Silk Like Material for Travel – Has Full Length Zipper
Therm-a-Rest Synergy Sleeping Bag Liner, Stargazer
Sea to Summit Silk-Cotton Blend Travel and Sleeping Bag Liner, Rectangular – Long (82×36 inches)
Vumos Sleeping Bag Liner and Camping Sheet – Silk Like Material for Travel - Has Full Length Zipper
Therm-a-Rest Synergy Sleeping Bag Liner, Stargazer
Sea to Summit Silk-Cotton Blend Travel and Sleeping Bag Liner, Rectangular - Long (82x36 inches)
Price not available
$48.78
$89.95
Best for
Lowest price, below $20
Quality/Price ratio
Super lightweight, comfortable materials
Weight
330 grams (0.72 pounds)
360 greams (0.75 pounds)
160 grams (0.35 pounds)
Material
100% polyester, “silk” finish
Polyester
70% cotton, 30% silk
Recommended for
Pilgrims on budget
Anyone who’s not too picky about the material of their sleeing bag liner.
Serious pilgrims
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This sleeping bag liner would do, but won’t be that comfy on hot nights (and you will have some of those no doubt on your camino), since it is 100% from polyester. If you’re on budget though and looking for a decent inexpensive sleeping bag liner, it is a good choice.
This one is surprisingly comfy, and great for pilgrims who do not have a tendency to feel cold at night. The shape (mummy) makes sure you won’t lose any extra heat if necessary. Therm-a-Rest is a great brand overall, with excellent reputation among hikers.
This sleeping bag liner is superlight and very comfy. It takes little space, and you will have a good sleep in it, because there are no synthetic materials used whatsoever! The only downside is that it has no zippers, so for older people it may be tricky getting in and out. However, no zippers mean less weight, so if you’re flexible enough and can afford this liner, get it! Sea to summit as a brand does not need any comment :). With them you can rely on the durability of the product as well as proclaimed features. Highly recommended.
Product name
Vumos Sleeping Bag Liner and Camping Sheet – Silk Like Material for Travel – Has Full Length Zipper
Vumos Sleeping Bag Liner and Camping Sheet – Silk Like Material for Travel - Has Full Length Zipper
Price not available
Best for
Lowest price, below $20
Weight
330 grams (0.72 pounds)
Material
100% polyester, “silk” finish
Recommended for
Pilgrims on budget
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This sleeping bag liner would do, but won’t be that comfy on hot nights (and you will have some of those no doubt on your camino), since it is 100% from polyester. If you’re on budget though and looking for a decent inexpensive sleeping bag liner, it is a good choice.
Product name
Therm-a-Rest Synergy Sleeping Bag Liner, Stargazer
Therm-a-Rest Synergy Sleeping Bag Liner, Stargazer
$48.78
Best for
Quality/Price ratio
Weight
360 greams (0.75 pounds)
Material
Polyester
Recommended for
Anyone who’s not too picky about the material of their sleeing bag liner.
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This one is surprisingly comfy, and great for pilgrims who do not have a tendency to feel cold at night. The shape (mummy) makes sure you won’t lose any extra heat if necessary. Therm-a-Rest is a great brand overall, with excellent reputation among hikers.
Product name
Sea to Summit Silk-Cotton Blend Travel and Sleeping Bag Liner, Rectangular – Long (82×36 inches)
Sea to Summit Silk-Cotton Blend Travel and Sleeping Bag Liner, Rectangular - Long (82x36 inches)
$89.95
Best for
Super lightweight, comfortable materials
Weight
160 grams (0.35 pounds)
Material
70% cotton, 30% silk
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This sleeping bag liner is superlight and very comfy. It takes little space, and you will have a good sleep in it, because there are no synthetic materials used whatsoever! The only downside is that it has no zippers, so for older people it may be tricky getting in and out. However, no zippers mean less weight, so if you’re flexible enough and can afford this liner, get it! Sea to summit as a brand does not need any comment :). With them you can rely on the durability of the product as well as proclaimed features. Highly recommended.

 

Headlamp, ideally with red light, 0.2-0.3 kilograms (0.44-0.66 pounds)

Necessary for orientation in the pilgrim hostels at night, and it can also serve you for early morning walk (pilgrims often start early in summer in order to avoid extreme heat in the afternoon). Price range: from $15 to $100, depending on the manufacturer and the functionality of the lamp. I am a big fan of headlamps, and hand-picked for you a great alternative for each budget:

Product Name
LHKNL Headlamp Flashlight, 1200 Lumen Ultra-Light Bright LED Rechargeable Headlight with White Red Light,2-Pack Waterproof Motion Sensor Head Lamp,8 Mode for Outdoor Camping Running Hiking Fishing
PETZL Tikka Headlamp – Compact, Lightweight 300 Lumen Headlamp for Proximity Lighting for Hiking, Climbing, and Camping – White
Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp – Aluminum
LHKNL Headlamp Flashlight, 1200 Lumen Ultra-Light Bright LED Rechargeable Headlight with White Red Light,2-Pack Waterproof Motion Sensor Head Lamp,8 Mode for Outdoor Camping Running Hiking Fishing
PETZL Tikka Headlamp - Compact, Lightweight 300 Lumen Headlamp for Proximity Lighting for Hiking, Climbing, and Camping - White
Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp - Aluminum
Price
$19.99
$39.95
$56.72
Best for
Lowest price for an acceptable headlamp
Price/Quality ratio
Quality and features
Weight
53 grams (0.11 pounds) – without batteries
82 grams (0.18 pounds) – without batteries
90 grams (0.2 pounds) – without batteries.
Recommended for
Those on budget
Those who simply seek a great headlamp for a great price for their pilgrimage
Serious pilgrims who want to use their headlamp also for other adventures, after their camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Has a red light mode, the light is decent, battery is not included, price is really unbeatable. This isn’t a type of a headlight you want to use for a log time, for example when walking early hours before sunrise. However, if you want a headlamp only for going to a toilet at night (without waking up other pilgrims), it will 100% do the job for you.
Petzl is my personal favorite when it comes to lightweight and high quality headlamps. This model has up to 300 lumens, red light, and is super comfortable for wearing (you almost do not feel you have something on your head :)). 100% recommended.
Premium product from Black Diamond, this headlamp is as good as it gets. Can be very bright (up to 350 lumen), has all the light modes you may need (not only on your pilgrimage), is lightweight, and comes with a rechargable battery (definitelly better for environment). If you can afford it, this is the lamp to get and enjoy for many years to come…
Product Name
LHKNL Headlamp Flashlight, 1200 Lumen Ultra-Light Bright LED Rechargeable Headlight with White Red Light,2-Pack Waterproof Motion Sensor Head Lamp,8 Mode for Outdoor Camping Running Hiking Fishing
LHKNL Headlamp Flashlight, 1200 Lumen Ultra-Light Bright LED Rechargeable Headlight with White Red Light,2-Pack Waterproof Motion Sensor Head Lamp,8 Mode for Outdoor Camping Running Hiking Fishing
Price
$19.99
Best for
Lowest price for an acceptable headlamp
Weight
53 grams (0.11 pounds) – without batteries
Recommended for
Those on budget
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Has a red light mode, the light is decent, battery is not included, price is really unbeatable. This isn’t a type of a headlight you want to use for a log time, for example when walking early hours before sunrise. However, if you want a headlamp only for going to a toilet at night (without waking up other pilgrims), it will 100% do the job for you.
Product Name
PETZL Tikka Headlamp – Compact, Lightweight 300 Lumen Headlamp for Proximity Lighting for Hiking, Climbing, and Camping – White
PETZL Tikka Headlamp - Compact, Lightweight 300 Lumen Headlamp for Proximity Lighting for Hiking, Climbing, and Camping - White
Price
$39.95
Best for
Price/Quality ratio
Weight
82 grams (0.18 pounds) – without batteries
Recommended for
Those who simply seek a great headlamp for a great price for their pilgrimage
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Petzl is my personal favorite when it comes to lightweight and high quality headlamps. This model has up to 300 lumens, red light, and is super comfortable for wearing (you almost do not feel you have something on your head :)). 100% recommended.
Product Name
Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp – Aluminum
Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp - Aluminum
Price
$56.72
Best for
Quality and features
Weight
90 grams (0.2 pounds) – without batteries.
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims who want to use their headlamp also for other adventures, after their camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Premium product from Black Diamond, this headlamp is as good as it gets. Can be very bright (up to 350 lumen), has all the light modes you may need (not only on your pilgrimage), is lightweight, and comes with a rechargable battery (definitelly better for environment). If you can afford it, this is the lamp to get and enjoy for many years to come…

 

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Trail running shoes, 0.5-0.6 kg (1.1-1.3 pounds)

You will wear them while walking, so we should not count it to the weight of your backpack. I can highly recommend Altra Lone Peak (here’s one for men, and one for women), walked thousands of miles in them and never got blisters. But you can wear any of your favorite brands. Price range: $50 to $200. A special note to Altra- it has wide toe box, and zero-drop, which are two features that help a lot with preventing walking injuries, such as blisters. There is a reason why this exact model is the no. 1 choice for Americans who head for Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian trail… So, if you still haven’t chosen shoes for your pilgrimage, I definitely recommend Altra Lone Peak, and hence won’t even post other recommendations.

* Special note on heavy boots: Camino de Santiago isn’t an adventurous mountain hike. And it doesn’t matter whether we speak about the French way, the Northern way, the Portuguese way, Via de la Plata, or even Camino de San Salvador. You will walk most of the time on wide trails, and also on asphalt roads (on some Camino routes paved roads count for over 50% of total distance you will walk).

What I try to say here is that typical high and sturdy hiking boots aren’t necessary on the Camino. Not at all. They will only cause you blisters, and make your feet stink badly in the pilgrim hostels :). So consider twice whether it isn’t a better idea taking some nice trail running shoes such as Altras, which have good grip, are breathable, and prevent injuries instead of causing them…

– The newest model of Altra Lone Peak shoes, waiting in my shoe cabinet for my next Camino (which will start pretty soon :)). These shoes are no. 1 choice for Americans when it comes to long distances hiking & trekking. I am not from the US, but can appreciate quality stuff for pilgrims, hikers and runners designed in the US. You can check them out on Amazon (for men, for women)

 

Crocs or other sandals for albergues, past time, shower, and city walks, 0.3 -0.7 kg (0.66 – 1.54 pounds)

Make sure to buy one of those that are lighter, but do not necessarily try to save every gram here, since the lightest sandals may fall apart or be uncomfortable to wear. Price range: $15 to $80. I handpicked for you three products on Amazon. Please note that in this case I haven’t used any of the models recommended here except of Crocs, hence I based my recommendation on customer reviews and specifications of each model:

Product name
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 2 Men/4 Women
Temi Women’s Flip Flops,Soft Lightweight Sandals for Women Anti Slip Casual Slippers Shower Beach Pool Bathroom Flat Slides Shoes
ECCO Women’s FLowt Luxery Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal, Black Nubuck, 4-4.5
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 2 Men/4 Women
Temi Women's Flip Flops,Soft Lightweight Sandals for Women Anti Slip Casual Slippers Shower Beach Pool Bathroom Flat Slides Shoes
ECCO Women's FLowt Luxery Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal, Black Nubuck, 4-4.5
Price
$37.49
Price not available
$149.94
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
Budget & light weight option, below $20
Quality & Style
Weight
430 grams (0.95 pounds)
250 grams (0.55 pounds)
490 grams (1.1 pounds)
Recommended for
Serious pilgrim
Those on budget and those aiming to get as lightweight sandals as it gets.
Women who love to look stylish on the Camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
I think there’s nothing to add here. No. 1 bestseller on Amazon for the reason, these shoes are comfy, versatille, and I have even seen pilgrims walking in them on sunny days on the Camino! The only downside is the weight, but they aren’t that heavy, and maybe you can save a few extra grams on other item :). To sum it up, these shoes are so popular all over the world for a good reason, and you won’t be disappointed.
Nice sandals for women, come in different colors and many sizes. They aren’t as universals as Crocs, but twice as light and have decent durability, based on customer reviews. Very light for sandals, and definitely will do the job in the pilgrim hostels (albergues). However, these aren’t shoes you can walk the Camino with, in any circumstances. That’s something to keep on your mind.
Stylish, comfortable, durable. What more can a woman wish from good sandals? The price is probably justified considering the craftsmanship and the quality of the model. If you want to stand out (and feel comfy) during your past time on the Camino, these are the sandals to get!
Product name
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 2 Men/4 Women
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 2 Men/4 Women
Price
$37.49
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
Weight
430 grams (0.95 pounds)
Recommended for
Serious pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
I think there’s nothing to add here. No. 1 bestseller on Amazon for the reason, these shoes are comfy, versatille, and I have even seen pilgrims walking in them on sunny days on the Camino! The only downside is the weight, but they aren’t that heavy, and maybe you can save a few extra grams on other item :). To sum it up, these shoes are so popular all over the world for a good reason, and you won’t be disappointed.
Product name
Temi Women’s Flip Flops,Soft Lightweight Sandals for Women Anti Slip Casual Slippers Shower Beach Pool Bathroom Flat Slides Shoes
Temi Women's Flip Flops,Soft Lightweight Sandals for Women Anti Slip Casual Slippers Shower Beach Pool Bathroom Flat Slides Shoes
Price
Price not available
Best for
Budget & light weight option, below $20
Weight
250 grams (0.55 pounds)
Recommended for
Those on budget and those aiming to get as lightweight sandals as it gets.
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Nice sandals for women, come in different colors and many sizes. They aren’t as universals as Crocs, but twice as light and have decent durability, based on customer reviews. Very light for sandals, and definitely will do the job in the pilgrim hostels (albergues). However, these aren’t shoes you can walk the Camino with, in any circumstances. That’s something to keep on your mind.
Product name
ECCO Women’s FLowt Luxery Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal, Black Nubuck, 4-4.5
ECCO Women's FLowt Luxery Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal, Black Nubuck, 4-4.5
Price
$149.94
Best for
Quality & Style
Weight
490 grams (1.1 pounds)
Recommended for
Women who love to look stylish on the Camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Stylish, comfortable, durable. What more can a woman wish from good sandals? The price is probably justified considering the craftsmanship and the quality of the model. If you want to stand out (and feel comfy) during your past time on the Camino, these are the sandals to get!

 

Smaller quick-dry towel, 0.2 – 0.3 kg (0.44-0.66 pounds)

You can get these from many different shops and manufacturers. Do not rely on getting a towel in a pilgrim hostel, most places do not provide them. Unless you plan to stay only in hotels and bed & breakfast places along the Camino, you should take a towel. Price range: $15 to $50. My favorite one (ultralight, compact, dries super quickly and costs less than $10, so really unbeatable in all means):

Sale
Rainleaf Microfiber Towel Perfect Travel & Gym & Camping Towel. Quick Dry – Super Absorbent – Ultra Compact – Lightweight. Suitable for Trip, Beach, Shower, Backpacking, Pool
  • SUPER ABSORBENT – Absorbs water 5 times of its own weight. FAST DRYING – Dry in no time by hanging it with the snap loop.
  • ULTRA COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT – Easy to pack, minimising luggage space and weight. CARRY BAG – Reusable, with ventilation holes.
  • SKIN FRIENDLY – Remarkable soft suede like feel on your skin and face. It can also be used as a blanket to keep warm. POCKET – The 40*72 inches towel has a zippered pocket in the corner.
  • Available in 6 sizes and 16 vivid colors. You can choose different sizes and colors according to the various needs of family members.
  • This Rainleaf microfiber towel is also machine washable, sand resistant, breathable and durable. Ideal for traveling, hiking, swimming, bath, sports, yoga.

 

Rain poncho or light-weight umbrella, 0.1-0.3 kilograms (0.22 – 0.66 pounds).

If you walk in a season when it rains super rarely, you can take just that plastic “one time use poncho” that weights close to nothing (and you can buy it easily anywhere in Spain as well). If you walk Camino del Norte, however, or some other way where it rains quite often also in summer, you’d better take a better quality poncho that won’t fall apart after one use, or you can take an umbrella instead. Price range: $1 – $40. For the more quality ponchos, I handpicked for you a few products:

Product name
PTEROMY Hooded Rain Poncho for Adult with Pocket, Waterproof Lightweight Unisex Raincoat for Hiking Camping Emergency
COOY Rain Ponchos,with Drawstring Hood (10 PackοΌ‰ Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos Family Pack for Adults,Clear
OneTigris TENTSFORMER Raincoat, Bushcraft Poncho Tent, Multiuse Waterproof Rain Cover for Men Women Adults
PTEROMY Hooded Rain Poncho for Adult with Pocket, Waterproof Lightweight Unisex Raincoat for Hiking Camping Emergency
COOY Rain Ponchos,with Drawstring Hood (10 PackοΌ‰ Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos Family Pack for Adults,Clear
OneTigris TENTSFORMER Raincoat, Bushcraft Poncho Tent, Multiuse Waterproof Rain Cover for Men Women Adults
Product price
Price not available
Price not available
$57.98
Best for
Budget option, simplicity, price below $20
One time use, sharing with other pilgrims, price (below $10 for 5 pack)
Price/Quality ratio, Real protection from strong rain
Weight
undisclosed, but based on reviews it is very light
50 grams (0.11 pounds)
640 grams (1.40 pounds)
Recommended for
Pilgrims who do a Camino on which it doesn’t rain often, in a summer period
For pilgrims who do a shorter Camino, or take a pilgrimage route where it almost never rains (such as Via de la Plata, from Seville to Santiago for example)
Serious pilgrims who will use it also outside of their pilgrimage
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This poncho is quite basic, and relatively short, but for most people it would do the trick. The reviews are great, it will maintain you relatively dry even in some heavy Spanish rain, and though it is 100% plastic, it has some features in place for extra ventilation while wearing. Not bad at all in my view!
This is a 5 pack, so 1 poncho (if we can call it that way :)) costs only $1.9. It is pretty much one time use, but in my experience if you’re cautious you can use each rain cover 2-3 times, before it eventually falls apart. Thing like this will suffice you for a dry camino, and you can take 2 or 3 and share with fellow pilgrims on a rainy day…
An excellent rain poncho, with a lot of features and one that will stand also an all-day long rain, such as you can experience while walking Camino del Norte, Camino Portuguese, or Camino Primitivo. It isn’t cheap but the product is definitely worth the price, and the durability will allow you to use this poncho for many years to come. The only downside is the weight, which exceeds quite a bit the limit we have for this item of your light-weigh Camino packing list.
Product name
PTEROMY Hooded Rain Poncho for Adult with Pocket, Waterproof Lightweight Unisex Raincoat for Hiking Camping Emergency
PTEROMY Hooded Rain Poncho for Adult with Pocket, Waterproof Lightweight Unisex Raincoat for Hiking Camping Emergency
Product price
Price not available
Best for
Budget option, simplicity, price below $20
Weight
undisclosed, but based on reviews it is very light
Recommended for
Pilgrims who do a Camino on which it doesn’t rain often, in a summer period
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This poncho is quite basic, and relatively short, but for most people it would do the trick. The reviews are great, it will maintain you relatively dry even in some heavy Spanish rain, and though it is 100% plastic, it has some features in place for extra ventilation while wearing. Not bad at all in my view!
Product name
COOY Rain Ponchos,with Drawstring Hood (10 PackοΌ‰ Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos Family Pack for Adults,Clear
COOY Rain Ponchos,with Drawstring Hood (10 PackοΌ‰ Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos Family Pack for Adults,Clear
Product price
Price not available
Best for
One time use, sharing with other pilgrims, price (below $10 for 5 pack)
Weight
50 grams (0.11 pounds)
Recommended for
For pilgrims who do a shorter Camino, or take a pilgrimage route where it almost never rains (such as Via de la Plata, from Seville to Santiago for example)
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is a 5 pack, so 1 poncho (if we can call it that way :)) costs only $1.9. It is pretty much one time use, but in my experience if you’re cautious you can use each rain cover 2-3 times, before it eventually falls apart. Thing like this will suffice you for a dry camino, and you can take 2 or 3 and share with fellow pilgrims on a rainy day…
Product name
OneTigris TENTSFORMER Raincoat, Bushcraft Poncho Tent, Multiuse Waterproof Rain Cover for Men Women Adults
OneTigris TENTSFORMER Raincoat, Bushcraft Poncho Tent, Multiuse Waterproof Rain Cover for Men Women Adults
Product price
$57.98
Best for
Price/Quality ratio, Real protection from strong rain
Weight
640 grams (1.40 pounds)
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims who will use it also outside of their pilgrimage
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
An excellent rain poncho, with a lot of features and one that will stand also an all-day long rain, such as you can experience while walking Camino del Norte, Camino Portuguese, or Camino Primitivo. It isn’t cheap but the product is definitely worth the price, and the durability will allow you to use this poncho for many years to come. The only downside is the weight, which exceeds quite a bit the limit we have for this item of your light-weigh Camino packing list.

 

A small pack/bag for activities outside of walking, 50-200 grams (0.11 to 0.44 pounds)

A bag for activities such as shopping, going to the beach, to take personal stuff to shower with you, etc. Even a plastic bag from a supermarket will do here, though it isn’t the most comfortable option :). Or any small bag you have and use back at home, when heading for a city walk etc. If you’re a women, and I am sure you have at least 5 such bags (of different designs and sizes :)), so take the most lightweight one with you, or the one you like the most, and that’s it. No need to spend any extra money buying a new bag just for the Camino… unless :)… you wanted to get one of beautiful our Camino de Santiago bags, for example this one, or this one, or this one :).– One of our beautiful Camino bags that you can get in any major Amazon store. Designed exclusively by CaminoLovers.com Team.Β 

* Total weight of all items from the group: 1.6 – 3 kilograms, not counting in the trail running shoes since you will wear them while walking.

 

Group two: Clothes

One technical t-shirt for walking, 0.2-0.3 kilogram (0.44 – 0.66 pounds)

Take any t-shirt from polyester, elastane, or other material that dries quickly. You will walk in this t-shirt, and you will quickly wash it in your hands in each pilgrim hostel. Again we won’t count it into the total weight, since you will carry it on you while walking. And I am 100% sure you have at least one such t-shirt at home, hence no need to get a new one for the Camino, and I won’t recommend any specific products here. Anything that you like when it comes to design, and any t-shirt that is designed for physical activities such as running or hiking, will do the trick. Price range: $15 – $50.

 

One merino wool t-shirt for past time, sleeping, city walks, relax, 0.2-0.4 kilograms (0.44-0.88 pounds).

Opt for quality merino, from reputable brands like Ortovox or Devolt or Icebreaker. These t-shirts are super comfy and they never smell bad, even if you sweat, so you basically don’t have to wash them the entire Camino. I cannot recommend Merino wool enough, and by buying it you are taking one risk only: That you will get addicted to the material, and will start buying everything from Merino wool (underwear, socks, etc :))Β  Price range: $30 – $100. Let me share with you my favorite picks for both men and women.

Best Merino t-shirts for women:

Product name
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool T-Shirt Women,Short Sleeve Lightweight Crew Neck Base Layer Tee Shirt for Hiking,Sport,Blue,Small
Merino.tech Merino Wool T Shirt Women – 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Women Short Sleeve Tee + Merino Wool Hiking Socks (X-Small, Black Crewneck)
Icebreaker Merino Women’s 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip, Black, X-Small
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool T-Shirt Women,Short Sleeve Lightweight Crew Neck Base Layer Tee Shirt for Hiking,Sport,Blue,Small
Merino.tech Merino Wool T Shirt Women - 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Women Short Sleeve Tee + Merino Wool Hiking Socks (X-Small, Black Crewneck)
Icebreaker Merino Women's 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip, Black, X-Small
Price
$27.99
$44.99
$107.99
Best for
Budget option, versatility
Best Price/Quality ratio
TOP Quality
Color options
Blue, Light Grey, Navy
28 color options, and more! Check it out to see yourself.
Black, Navy, Loden, Nightshade
Recommended for
Those on budget
Serious pilgrims
Those who want one t-shirt for all past-time activities
Materials
65% merino wool, 35% polyester
100% Merino wool
100% sustainable merino from New Zealand (the craddle of Merino wool production)
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This t-shirt is actually great for walking as well, because of the material mix!
You’ll get a free merino wool socks worth $21 if you buy this t-shirt.
This is a top class product. Zipped and with long sleeves, it will serve in colder weather. You unzip the top and roll up your sleeves, and it will serve you just great in a warm albergue. Very good looking too! 100% recommended.
Product name
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool T-Shirt Women,Short Sleeve Lightweight Crew Neck Base Layer Tee Shirt for Hiking,Sport,Blue,Small
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool T-Shirt Women,Short Sleeve Lightweight Crew Neck Base Layer Tee Shirt for Hiking,Sport,Blue,Small
Price
$27.99
Best for
Budget option, versatility
Color options
Blue, Light Grey, Navy
Recommended for
Those on budget
Materials
65% merino wool, 35% polyester
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This t-shirt is actually great for walking as well, because of the material mix!
Product name
Merino.tech Merino Wool T Shirt Women – 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Women Short Sleeve Tee + Merino Wool Hiking Socks (X-Small, Black Crewneck)
Merino.tech Merino Wool T Shirt Women - 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Women Short Sleeve Tee + Merino Wool Hiking Socks (X-Small, Black Crewneck)
Price
$44.99
Best for
Best Price/Quality ratio
Color options
28 color options, and more! Check it out to see yourself.
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims
Materials
100% Merino wool
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
You’ll get a free merino wool socks worth $21 if you buy this t-shirt.
Product name
Icebreaker Merino Women’s 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip, Black, X-Small
Icebreaker Merino Women's 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip, Black, X-Small
Price
$107.99
Best for
TOP Quality
Color options
Black, Navy, Loden, Nightshade
Recommended for
Those who want one t-shirt for all past-time activities
Materials
100% sustainable merino from New Zealand (the craddle of Merino wool production)
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is a top class product. Zipped and with long sleeves, it will serve in colder weather. You unzip the top and roll up your sleeves, and it will serve you just great in a warm albergue. Very good looking too! 100% recommended.

 

Best Merino t-shirts for men:

Product name
Merino Protect 100% Merino Wool T Shirts for Men Odor Resistance Base Layer Lightweight Hiking Travel T-Shirt Soft Undershirt Black
Merino.tech Merino Wool T-Shirt Mens – 100% Organic Merino Wool Undershirt Lightweight Base Layer + Hiking Wool Socks (Small, Black Ink)
Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts for Men, Everyday 175, Crewneck, Merino Wool Base Layer – Soft, Short Sleeved Thermal Shirts for Men with Stretchy, Slim Fit – Men’s Undershirts, Black, Small
Merino Protect 100% Merino Wool T Shirts for Men Odor Resistance Base Layer Lightweight Hiking Travel T-Shirt Soft Undershirt Black
Merino.tech Merino Wool T-Shirt Mens - 100% Organic Merino Wool Undershirt Lightweight Base Layer + Hiking Wool Socks (Small, Black Ink)
Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts for Men, Everyday 175, Crewneck, Merino Wool Base Layer - Soft, Short Sleeved Thermal Shirts for Men with Stretchy, Slim Fit - Men’s Undershirts, Black, Small
Product price
$39.99
$44.99
$69.83
Best for
Budget option, versatility
Quality/Price ratio
TOP Quality
Color options
Grey, Black, Green, Navy, Charocal, Como, Light Green
19 color options, basically any color you can dream of πŸ™‚
Black, Loden Green
Recommended for
Those on budget
Serious pilgrims
Those who can afford it
Materials
100% merino wool
100% super-fine merino wool
100% Merino wool
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This t-shirt is pretty universal. You can use it on the Camino, and later wear it to work, or for any past-time activity.
At the moment of writing this, you’ll get a pair of merino wool socks (worth $21) for free with your purchase. Hurry up to not miss this great offer!
Seems pretty lightweight, but due to the technology and quality of Merino wool in this t-shirt, you’ll feel comfy in it in both colder and warmer weather. Can be used also as a base layer for your walks on colder days on the Camino (you put some synthetic t-shirt on the top)
Product name
Merino Protect 100% Merino Wool T Shirts for Men Odor Resistance Base Layer Lightweight Hiking Travel T-Shirt Soft Undershirt Black
Merino Protect 100% Merino Wool T Shirts for Men Odor Resistance Base Layer Lightweight Hiking Travel T-Shirt Soft Undershirt Black
Product price
$39.99
Best for
Budget option, versatility
Color options
Grey, Black, Green, Navy, Charocal, Como, Light Green
Recommended for
Those on budget
Materials
100% merino wool
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This t-shirt is pretty universal. You can use it on the Camino, and later wear it to work, or for any past-time activity.
Product name
Merino.tech Merino Wool T-Shirt Mens – 100% Organic Merino Wool Undershirt Lightweight Base Layer + Hiking Wool Socks (Small, Black Ink)
Merino.tech Merino Wool T-Shirt Mens - 100% Organic Merino Wool Undershirt Lightweight Base Layer + Hiking Wool Socks (Small, Black Ink)
Product price
$44.99
Best for
Quality/Price ratio
Color options
19 color options, basically any color you can dream of πŸ™‚
Recommended for
Serious pilgrims
Materials
100% super-fine merino wool
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
At the moment of writing this, you’ll get a pair of merino wool socks (worth $21) for free with your purchase. Hurry up to not miss this great offer!
Product name
Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts for Men, Everyday 175, Crewneck, Merino Wool Base Layer – Soft, Short Sleeved Thermal Shirts for Men with Stretchy, Slim Fit – Men’s Undershirts, Black, Small
Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts for Men, Everyday 175, Crewneck, Merino Wool Base Layer - Soft, Short Sleeved Thermal Shirts for Men with Stretchy, Slim Fit - Men’s Undershirts, Black, Small
Product price
$69.83
Best for
TOP Quality
Color options
Black, Loden Green
Recommended for
Those who can afford it
Materials
100% Merino wool
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Seems pretty lightweight, but due to the technology and quality of Merino wool in this t-shirt, you’ll feel comfy in it in both colder and warmer weather. Can be used also as a base layer for your walks on colder days on the Camino (you put some synthetic t-shirt on the top)

 

One walking pants long/short, 0.3 – 0.5 kg (0.66 to 1.10 pounds)

Of course, women have more options here then men, but with these pants (or skirt) the key is to feel comfortable. If you walk in summer months, shorts will likely do the trick. And since you will walk in these so we do not count them into the total weight. Price range: $30 to $100. Of course, there is endless selection available on Amazon and other stores, but let me give you at least some idea with a few recommendations, for women and for men.

Recommended products for women:

Product name
BALEAF Women’s Joggers Lightweight Hiking Pants High Waist 5 Zipper Pockets Quick Dry Travel Athletic UPF50+ Black XS
Little Donkey Andy Women’s Quick Dry 3/4 Pants Capri Shorts Lightweight Hiking Travel Casual Black S
ODODOS Workout Shorts for Women, High Waist Soft Running Yoga Exercise Cycling Hiking Biker Shorts with Pockets-8″ Inseam, Black, Small
BALEAF Women's Joggers Lightweight Hiking Pants High Waist 5 Zipper Pockets Quick Dry Travel Athletic UPF50+ Black XS
Little Donkey Andy Women's Quick Dry 3/4 Pants Capri Shorts Lightweight Hiking Travel Casual Black S
ODODOS Workout Shorts for Women, High Waist Soft Running Yoga Exercise Cycling Hiking Biker Shorts with Pockets-8" Inseam, Black, Small
Price
$38.99
$37.99
Price not available
Best for
Universal pants, multiple uses, comfort
Comfort, warmer weather
Shorts option, comfort & style
Weight
Undisclosed by the seller, but very lightweight based on customer reviews
undisclosed by the seller, but based on reviews pretty light-weight
Undisclosed by the sellet, but super light-weight based on customer reviews
Color options
Black. grey, green, red, and 9 other, all of them beautiful
Grey, Black, Kaki, Sage, Light Grey, Golden, Slate
25 different colors, all colors you can imagine πŸ™‚
Recommended for
Any women who wants to look good and at the same time feel comfy on the Camino
Warmer caminos, pilgrims who prefer their legs to breath a bit while walking.
Summer caminos, pilgrims who want to look attractive & feel great at the same time.
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
These pants have a lot of zippers and pockets, which comes handy for any pilgrim. They are pretty comfortable, and quite stylish, considering we speak about hiking pants :). They also have an adjustable drawstring for a better fit, so if you lose weight on your camino you do not have to worry the pants won’t fit you anymore…
These 3/4 pants are really wonderful for a pilgrimage. They have just enough pockets, are lighweight, breath well, and based on customer reviews feel pretty comfortable. If you head for a summer camino but still prefer something loger than shorts, these pants will no doubt do the trick.
Strechable, breathable, comfortable, inexpensive, and an eye-catcher. What more can one wish from shorts for the Camino de Santiago? If you’re in for a summer Camino, and prefer to walk in shorts instead of long trousers, I can 100% assure you that you won’t be disappointed with this model.
Product name
BALEAF Women’s Joggers Lightweight Hiking Pants High Waist 5 Zipper Pockets Quick Dry Travel Athletic UPF50+ Black XS
BALEAF Women's Joggers Lightweight Hiking Pants High Waist 5 Zipper Pockets Quick Dry Travel Athletic UPF50+ Black XS
Price
$38.99
Best for
Universal pants, multiple uses, comfort
Weight
Undisclosed by the seller, but very lightweight based on customer reviews
Color options
Black. grey, green, red, and 9 other, all of them beautiful
Recommended for
Any women who wants to look good and at the same time feel comfy on the Camino
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
These pants have a lot of zippers and pockets, which comes handy for any pilgrim. They are pretty comfortable, and quite stylish, considering we speak about hiking pants :). They also have an adjustable drawstring for a better fit, so if you lose weight on your camino you do not have to worry the pants won’t fit you anymore…
Product name
Little Donkey Andy Women’s Quick Dry 3/4 Pants Capri Shorts Lightweight Hiking Travel Casual Black S
Little Donkey Andy Women's Quick Dry 3/4 Pants Capri Shorts Lightweight Hiking Travel Casual Black S
Price
$37.99
Best for
Comfort, warmer weather
Weight
undisclosed by the seller, but based on reviews pretty light-weight
Color options
Grey, Black, Kaki, Sage, Light Grey, Golden, Slate
Recommended for
Warmer caminos, pilgrims who prefer their legs to breath a bit while walking.
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
These 3/4 pants are really wonderful for a pilgrimage. They have just enough pockets, are lighweight, breath well, and based on customer reviews feel pretty comfortable. If you head for a summer camino but still prefer something loger than shorts, these pants will no doubt do the trick.
Product name
ODODOS Workout Shorts for Women, High Waist Soft Running Yoga Exercise Cycling Hiking Biker Shorts with Pockets-8″ Inseam, Black, Small
ODODOS Workout Shorts for Women, High Waist Soft Running Yoga Exercise Cycling Hiking Biker Shorts with Pockets-8" Inseam, Black, Small
Price
Price not available
Best for
Shorts option, comfort & style
Weight
Undisclosed by the sellet, but super light-weight based on customer reviews
Color options
25 different colors, all colors you can imagine πŸ™‚
Recommended for
Summer caminos, pilgrims who want to look attractive & feel great at the same time.
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
Strechable, breathable, comfortable, inexpensive, and an eye-catcher. What more can one wish from shorts for the Camino de Santiago? If you’re in for a summer Camino, and prefer to walk in shorts instead of long trousers, I can 100% assure you that you won’t be disappointed with this model.

 

Recommended products for men:

Product name
MIER Men’s Outdoor Hiking Pants Stretch Ripstop Nylon Travel Pants Lightweight, Quick Dry, Water Resistance, Army Green, 30
MELOO Men’s Hiking Cargo Shorts Outdoor – Quick Dry Athletic Shorts Golf Tennis Shorts – Travel Fishing Casual Shorts with Multi Pockets Black S
MIER Men's Outdoor Hiking Pants Stretch Ripstop Nylon Travel Pants Lightweight, Quick Dry, Water Resistance, Army Green, 30
MELOO Men's Hiking Cargo Shorts Outdoor - Quick Dry Athletic Shorts Golf Tennis Shorts - Travel Fishing Casual Shorts with Multi Pockets Black S
Price
$19.99
Price not available
Best for
Universal use, comfort
Comfort, price
Weight
0.40 kilos (0.88 pounds), exact weight depends on size
Undisclosed by seller, but lightweight based on customer reviews
Colors
Kaki, Black, Navy, Green, Grey
Black, Grey, Khaki, Olive Green, Navy Blue
Recommended for
Any camino, pilgrims who prefer walking in long trausers
Summer pilgrimages, anyone who prefers walking in shorts to pants
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
These pants stretch well and feel comfortable walking in. The price is also pretty decent considering the features and the brand. They are durable and don’t rip easily, so you can count with them on many future pilgrimages, or on other trips.
I just love these shorts. They have enough (but not too many) pockets, just like a pilgrim needs. They dry quickly, are stretchy and comfortable, and all in all it is a pleasure walking in them. For the price like this you cannot really go wrong with these shorts!
Product name
MIER Men’s Outdoor Hiking Pants Stretch Ripstop Nylon Travel Pants Lightweight, Quick Dry, Water Resistance, Army Green, 30
MIER Men's Outdoor Hiking Pants Stretch Ripstop Nylon Travel Pants Lightweight, Quick Dry, Water Resistance, Army Green, 30
Price
$19.99
Best for
Universal use, comfort
Weight
0.40 kilos (0.88 pounds), exact weight depends on size
Colors
Kaki, Black, Navy, Green, Grey
Recommended for
Any camino, pilgrims who prefer walking in long trausers
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
These pants stretch well and feel comfortable walking in. The price is also pretty decent considering the features and the brand. They are durable and don’t rip easily, so you can count with them on many future pilgrimages, or on other trips.
Product name
MELOO Men’s Hiking Cargo Shorts Outdoor – Quick Dry Athletic Shorts Golf Tennis Shorts – Travel Fishing Casual Shorts with Multi Pockets Black S
MELOO Men's Hiking Cargo Shorts Outdoor - Quick Dry Athletic Shorts Golf Tennis Shorts - Travel Fishing Casual Shorts with Multi Pockets Black S
Price
Price not available
Best for
Comfort, price
Weight
Undisclosed by seller, but lightweight based on customer reviews
Colors
Black, Grey, Khaki, Olive Green, Navy Blue
Recommended for
Summer pilgrimages, anyone who prefers walking in shorts to pants
Get it for the best price
Matej’s note
I just love these shorts. They have enough (but not too many) pockets, just like a pilgrim needs. They dry quickly, are stretchy and comfortable, and all in all it is a pleasure walking in them. For the price like this you cannot really go wrong with these shorts!

 

One past time pants (or skirt or dress for women), 0.3 – 0.5 kilograms (0.66 to 1.1 pounds).

You will wear these in the albergues, restaurants, etc. Price range: $30 to $100. Once again this is one of the items you no doubt already have at your home. Basically take any shorts or pants or skirt or dress you fell good wearing, and will enjoy wearing while walking down the Spanish streets or interacting with other pilgrims, once you already dropped your backpack in the pilgrim hostel. No need to buy anything new here.

 

Ultralight down jacket, 0.15 – 0.30 kilogram (0.33 – 0.66 pounds)

For cold mornings or evenings, or simply for a rare cold day on the Camino, down jacket is always good to have. Of course if you do not like down (from ethical or other reasons), you can opt for synthetic materials as well. Price range: $100 – $1,000 (these ultralight jackets can get pretty expensive, but I found for you two golden nuggets, one for man and one for women, where good price meets with great features. Here we go:

Sale
Women Down Puffer Jacket With Hood Black Winter Puffy Jacket For Women Hooded Winter Puffer Down Coat S
  • πŒπˆπƒ-π–π„πˆπ†π‡π“ πƒπŽπ–π π…πˆπ‹π‹π„πƒ 𝐏𝐔𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐑 π‰π€π‚πŠπ„π“: Filled with 80% duck down, this midweight winter puffer jacket is ultra warm to against cold weather. The DWR (Durable Water Repelent) outer layer can well resist rain and snow, providing you with multiple layers of protection
  • 𝐀𝐃𝐃𝐄𝐃 π‚πŽπ•π„π‘π€π†π„ π…πŽπ‘ 𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐓𝐄 π–π€π‘πŒπ“π‡οΌšThis down puffer jacket features a zip off Hood with adjustable bungy cord and ribbed thumbhole storm cuffs, which can protect you from the elements
  • 𝐔𝐏𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐃 ππ”π€π‹πˆπ“π˜ 𝐀𝐍𝐃 π–π€π‘πŒπ“π‡: We add soft pile inside hood and collar, plus fleece lined pockets to keep you warm and comfortable in chilly days. In addition, The double stitching process and quality fabric, zip and puller make this down jacket durable and long lasting
  • π’π“π‘π„π“π‚π‡π˜ π–π€πˆπ’π“ πƒπ„π’πˆπ†π: We designed this jacket with spandex smocking at side panels for stretch comfort and fit, which makes it very flattering for any body type
  • π…π”ππ‚π“πˆπŽππ€π‹: 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets with fleece lining can also meet your storage needs. Besides, comes with a shopping bag printed with our logo”SLOW DOWN”
Columbia Men’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket, Black, Small
  • ADJUSTABLE FOR PRECISION FIT: This down jacket for men has been designed with a modern classic fit. A drawcord hem and binding cuffs have been added for adjustable comfort and snug fit.
  • VERSATILE FIT: Our Columbia snow jacket includes a down-style baffling that is flexible, provides cushioning, and delivers a timeless versatile fitβ€”without wearing thin over time. This extends product life and keeps you comfortable.
  • RETAINS WARMTH: The Columbia Men’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket is infused with 550-fill powder lining and 0 g thermal insulation. These advanced-technology materials work together to provide the ultimate warmth and comfort.
  • TAKE WINTER HEAD ON: The Columbia Men’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat. It’s one of the softest, warmest, and lightest jackets made by Columbia.
  • OMNI-HEAT: Omni-Heat Reflective garments are the ultimate body heat management system for outdoor performance. The metallic dot patterns are designed to retain heat, while the lining consists of breathable fabric that dissipates moisture and heat. Center Back Length: 28 Inches

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2 pairs of socks, 0.05 – 0.1 kilogram (0.11-0.22 pounds)

Self explanatory. In my opinion, for comfortable Camino it is better having three pairs of socks, but if you pack ultralight you can do with two. Taking just one pair is too risky, though I witnessed some die-hard ultralight packers do so :). At the end of the day, socks are quite easy to buy also in Spain, so if you aren’t too picky about the material or design, you will be fine with two. And if you forget a pair in an albergue, or a sock get mysteriously lost in a washing machine (happened to me more than once), you will buy a new pair in a shop.Β  Price range: $10 – $30 per pair. One recommendation though: if you’re a die hard fan of merino wool socks, have a look at the following offer on Amazon. Socks that come with a lifetime warranty!!

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion – Men’s Black Small
  • Midweight with Full Cushion – A Midweight sock with high density cushioning throughout the entire sock for full on comfort and performance. True Seamless technology allows for an undetectable seam fusion for an Ultra-smooth, invisible feel.
  • Boot Sock Height – Sits mid-calf for added protection and warmth. A sturdy companion.
  • Composition – Knit with 66% Merino Wool 32% Nylon 2% Lycra Spandex. The fast action wicking pulls moisture away from skin, so no more sweaty, stinky socks. The soft, breathable merino wool has fast drying, all weather performance that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Guaranteed for Life – Darn Tough’s famous guarantee – if these socks wear, tear, or develop holes, Darn Tough will replace them no questions asked. No strings. No conditions.
  • Made in the USA – Every pair of socks is knit in Northfield, Vermont – the perfect testing ground for the finest premium all weather performance socks.

 

Underwear, two sets, one for walking and one for past-time and sleeping, 0.1 – 0.3 kilogram (0.22 – 0.66 pounds)

You probably have your experience here, your favorites. Of course you can take more pairs (I typically have three for the Camino), but for ultra light packing 2 is enough. When it comes to materials, I strongly recommend underwear from merino wool. Comfortable for both walking and resting/sleeping, it won’t let you down on either a hot or a cold day. What’s more, underwear from merino wool has made a great progress in recent years, and nowadays it not only feels good, but also looks good! Don’t believe me? Check my hand-picked underwear from merino wool for women and for men below.Β  Price range: $10 – $50 per one item.

Recommended merino wool underwear for women:

Product name
ZSOSBA METARINO 2 Pack Women’s Athletic Underwear Panties Soft Wool Sports Active Briefs,Small Black Blue
Minus33 Merino Wool Women’s Micro Boyshorts Ash Gray X-Small
Anita Panalp Merino Wool Wicking Sports Bra 5555 Anthracite/Melange 32A
ZSOSBA METARINO 2 Pack Women's Athletic Underwear Panties Soft Wool Sports Active Briefs,Small Black Blue
Minus33 Merino Wool Women's Micro Boyshorts Ash Gray X-Small
Anita Panalp Merino Wool Wicking Sports Bra 5555 Anthracite/Melange 32A
Price
$29.99
$34.99
$82.00
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
Mashine washable & dryable (not common for merino wool stuff!), comfort
Just the best sports bra for an activity like Camino de Santiago
Weight
undisclosed, but based on reviews these panties are pretty light
Negligible, super light
Not disclosed by a seller, but based on reviews it is light
Recommended for
Summer pilgrimage, lighweight packers, athletic people
Anyone, pilgrims who prefer more cover when it comes to their underwear. Both summer and spring/autumn pilgrimage
Every serious pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is a 2 pack!, so for this great price you actually get two panties in two different colors, to wear and enjoy on your Camino. Looks pretty good too in my view πŸ™‚
Nice combination of merino wool (84 percent), nylon (12 percent) and spandex (4 percent) makes for a perfectly comfy combination, especially for activities like hiking and running. Due to the material and technology, you can even dry this underwear in a dryer, which is not the case with 95% of merino wool products. For the price it is a no brainer in my view…
Obviously I haven’t tested this bra, but I love the design, material, reviews… It seems to work well in both hot and cold weather, and can be the one bra you won’t want to change once you try it on your next pilgrimage.
Product name
ZSOSBA METARINO 2 Pack Women’s Athletic Underwear Panties Soft Wool Sports Active Briefs,Small Black Blue
ZSOSBA METARINO 2 Pack Women's Athletic Underwear Panties Soft Wool Sports Active Briefs,Small Black Blue
Price
$29.99
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
Weight
undisclosed, but based on reviews these panties are pretty light
Recommended for
Summer pilgrimage, lighweight packers, athletic people
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is a 2 pack!, so for this great price you actually get two panties in two different colors, to wear and enjoy on your Camino. Looks pretty good too in my view πŸ™‚
Product name
Minus33 Merino Wool Women’s Micro Boyshorts Ash Gray X-Small
Minus33 Merino Wool Women's Micro Boyshorts Ash Gray X-Small
Price
$34.99
Best for
Mashine washable & dryable (not common for merino wool stuff!), comfort
Weight
Negligible, super light
Recommended for
Anyone, pilgrims who prefer more cover when it comes to their underwear. Both summer and spring/autumn pilgrimage
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Nice combination of merino wool (84 percent), nylon (12 percent) and spandex (4 percent) makes for a perfectly comfy combination, especially for activities like hiking and running. Due to the material and technology, you can even dry this underwear in a dryer, which is not the case with 95% of merino wool products. For the price it is a no brainer in my view…
Product name
Anita Panalp Merino Wool Wicking Sports Bra 5555 Anthracite/Melange 32A
Anita Panalp Merino Wool Wicking Sports Bra 5555 Anthracite/Melange 32A
Price
$82.00
Best for
Just the best sports bra for an activity like Camino de Santiago
Weight
Not disclosed by a seller, but based on reviews it is light
Recommended for
Every serious pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
Obviously I haven’t tested this bra, but I love the design, material, reviews… It seems to work well in both hot and cold weather, and can be the one bra you won’t want to change once you try it on your next pilgrimage.

Recommended merino wool underwear for men:

Product name
Icebreaker Merino Anatomica Men’s Boxer Briefs, Wool Base Layer for Cold Weather – Soft, Durable Underwear with Contour Pouch, Flatlock Seams to Reduce Chafing, Black, Medium
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool Mens Underwear Boxer Briefs Soft Comfy Breathable Moisture Wicking Sports Underpants,Black,Medium
Icebreaker Merino Anatomica Men’s Boxer Briefs, Wool Base Layer for Cold Weather - Soft, Durable Underwear with Contour Pouch, Flatlock Seams to Reduce Chafing, Black, Medium
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool Mens Underwear Boxer Briefs Soft Comfy Breathable Moisture Wicking Sports Underpants,Black,Medium
Price
$41.85
$25.99
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
100% merino wool, 100% odor resistance, budget option
Weight
65 grams (0.14 pounds)
Not disclosed by the seller, but very light based on reviews
Recommended for
Every pilgrim
Pilgrims on budget who sitll want to feel 100% comfy on their camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
These are my favorites, and I could not do the camino without them. Lighweight, durable, super comfy, good looking, come in a variety of colors, 83% merino wool, the rest nylon and elastan for extra strechablity. Try once and never come back…
It isn’t easy getting a quality 100% merino wool product for $25. And that’s exactly the case with these wonderful boxers. I am sure you won’t be disappointed giving them a shot.
Product name
Icebreaker Merino Anatomica Men’s Boxer Briefs, Wool Base Layer for Cold Weather – Soft, Durable Underwear with Contour Pouch, Flatlock Seams to Reduce Chafing, Black, Medium
Icebreaker Merino Anatomica Men’s Boxer Briefs, Wool Base Layer for Cold Weather - Soft, Durable Underwear with Contour Pouch, Flatlock Seams to Reduce Chafing, Black, Medium
Price
$41.85
Best for
Quality/Price Ratio
Weight
65 grams (0.14 pounds)
Recommended for
Every pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
These are my favorites, and I could not do the camino without them. Lighweight, durable, super comfy, good looking, come in a variety of colors, 83% merino wool, the rest nylon and elastan for extra strechablity. Try once and never come back…
Product name
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool Mens Underwear Boxer Briefs Soft Comfy Breathable Moisture Wicking Sports Underpants,Black,Medium
ZSOSBA METARINO Merino Wool Mens Underwear Boxer Briefs Soft Comfy Breathable Moisture Wicking Sports Underpants,Black,Medium
Price
$25.99
Best for
100% merino wool, 100% odor resistance, budget option
Weight
Not disclosed by the seller, but very light based on reviews
Recommended for
Pilgrims on budget who sitll want to feel 100% comfy on their camino
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
It isn’t easy getting a quality 100% merino wool product for $25. And that’s exactly the case with these wonderful boxers. I am sure you won’t be disappointed giving them a shot.

 

A hat, or a baseball cap, 0.1-0.3 kilogram (0.22 – 0.66 pounds)

It is crucial that you take some hat (or at least a buff) since it gets super warm in Spain in summer and you will risk heat stroke on the Camino (I saw it happen dozens of times). What type and shape of hat you take depends on your preference, but you should take some. Again, you do not necessarily need to buy a new hat, and likely whatever you like to wear at home in sunny weather will do the trick. Price range: $10 to 30$.

* Total weight of all items from the group: 0.8 – 1.5 kilograms, not counting in items you will wear on you while walking.

– You have many options when it comes to your head cover for the Camino (to protect you from the heat of Spanish sun while you walk). The best options are lightweight though, such as a the hat, cap, and buff that you can see on the picture. Each of the three on the picture weighs way below 100 grams.

 

Group three: Cosmetics and first aid

Note at the beginning: Spain is a first world country, and you will find pharmacy in every small town. Hence it makes no sense carrying stuff you may easily buy at every corner. When it comes to first aid, you should carry really just the essential stuff (as long as you want to pack ultralight, and that’s what this list is about :)).

* Items in this group are inexpensive so I do not include price range on the list.

  • 4 emergency OTC pills against headache, toothache and similar cases, 0.01 kilograms. No need to take the entire pack, you will use them just in emergency cases, and can always buy new ones in the next pharmacy.
  • Earplugs, one pair, ideally from wax, 0.02 kilograms. Earplugs are absolutely essential on the Camino, since you will share rooms with other people and almost always at least one will snore.
  • Sunscreen, minimalist package, 0.2 – 0.3 kilograms. Do not underestimate the strengths of Spanish sun. You will eventually get accustomed to it, but for the first week or two it is better applying sunscreen, at least to the most vulnerable areas of your body (neck, shoulders, nose, lips, ears, etc).
  • One smaller bottle of shampoo (or firm shampoo), 0.2 – 0.3 kilograms. You will use this for both washing your hair and body, and for washing your clothes if no soap is available in the hostel. You can easily but new shampoo in Spain, so it makes no sense carrying a big bottle just that it lasts you all the way to Santiago.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, just quarter or half full, 0.1 – 0.2 kilograms. No need to take a new package, just take the one you opened back home month ago and is just half full, you will easily save 100-200 grams in this way, and it will easily sustain you all your pilgrimage (and if not you can always ask a fellow pilgrim for a bit of toothpaste :)).
  • Small roll of toilet paper, 0.1 kilograms. Better be safe than sorry. You may not use this one all the way, but once you feel a strong urge to relieve yourself in the bushes it is really good to have it…
  • Two plasters for blisters, or “second skin”, 0.02 kilogram. Again you can purchase it in any pharmacy in Spain, but it is better having a pair on you, should you (or other pilgrim you try to help out) get a bad blister in the middle of nowhere.

* Total weight of all items from the group: 0.6 – 0.9 kilogram (1.3 – 2 pounds). It is important to note here that I went for a really ultralight and minimalist setup. If you are used to applying certain creams on your skin, or like to use a deodorant (to smell good on the Camino), etc, you can add items to the list. But you shouldn’t forget that grams add up quickly here, and adding 5-6 cosmetics & first aid items may easily add an extra kilogram to your backpack. The key is to find the right balance of weight and comfort, but in this post we go for ultralight setup which means we sacrifice some comfort in order to get our backpack below the magical 4 kilogram mark.

Special tip: If you do not want to buy all things by pieces (which actually gets more expensive), I found a great first-aid kit on Amazon. It weights less than 200 grams (7 ounces) and after you discard half of the items (since you won’t need them for your camino), it gets even lighter. Costs just above $10 too, so it is a no-brainer really. You can check it out here:

Sale
Band-Aid Travel Ready Portable Emergency First Aid Kit for Minor Wound Care with Assorted Adhesive Bandages, Gauze Pads & More, Ideal for Travel, Car & On-The-Go, 80 pc
  • 80-piece Johnson & Johnson Travel Ready First Aid Kit for on-the-go first aid wound care outside your home
  • Available in an easy-to-carry, organized case, this portable wound care kit contains 80 essential first aid items and comes in a convenient size that is ideal for storing in car or luggage
  • The mini first aid kit contains thirty Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages in assorted sizes and twenty-one .75-by-3-inch Band-Aid Brand TRU-STAY Sheer Adhesive Bandages to cover and protect minor cuts and scrapes
  • This travel kit also contains one full sized Neosporin + Pain Relief First Aid Antibiotic Ointment with bacitracin zinc; and 10 2-by-2-inch Johnson & Johnson Sterile Gauze All Purpose Dressings to clean wounds and help prevent infection
  • Additional wound care supplies include nine 5-by-7.75-inch Johnson & Johnson Hand Cleansing Wipes

 

Group four: Electronics & accessories & documents & emergency food

A small Swiss knife (ideally with scissors), 0.05 – 0.2 kilogram (0.11 – 0.44 pounds)

Some people may consider it obsolete, but having a simple quality Swiss knife with you comes handy in many situations–to open food packages, to cut your fingernails, to repair some part of your equipment, and so on, and so forth. In my experience, it is simply better having it with you, especially if you find a lightweight one… Price range: $30 – $150 (for a quality light-weight Swiss knife). I’ve hand-picked for you two pocket knives, one of them AMAZINGLY light, and both currently sold for a great price:

Product name
Victorinox Classic SD Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife, Compact 5 Function Swiss Made Pocket Knife with Small Blade, Screwdriver and Key Ring – Infinite Grey
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Pocket Knife Sapphire 91 mm
Victorinox Classic SD Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife, Compact 5 Function Swiss Made Pocket Knife with Small Blade, Screwdriver and Key Ring - Infinite Grey
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Pocket Knife Sapphire 91 mm
Price
$46.00
$44.99
Best for
Quality, low weight
Versatility, Quality/Price ratio
Weight
17 grams (0.04 pounds)!
80 grams (0.17 pounds)
Recommended for
Any female pilgrim
Every male pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This knife is just unbeatable. It has all a woman needs on the Camino, and weights less than 20 grams. It is beautiful too, and comes in many different colors. What’s more, it is Victorinox, so it will last you for a lifetime.
This is one of those items you buy one and it serves you a lifetime. I have a similar knife (see a picture below) for over 15 years now. It served me on multiple trips and caminos, and I have not had to sharped it even once! So good are the knives from Victorinox. Get it, I promise you that you won’t regret it!
Product name
Victorinox Classic SD Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife, Compact 5 Function Swiss Made Pocket Knife with Small Blade, Screwdriver and Key Ring – Infinite Grey
Victorinox Classic SD Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife, Compact 5 Function Swiss Made Pocket Knife with Small Blade, Screwdriver and Key Ring - Infinite Grey
Price
$46.00
Best for
Quality, low weight
Weight
17 grams (0.04 pounds)!
Recommended for
Any female pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This knife is just unbeatable. It has all a woman needs on the Camino, and weights less than 20 grams. It is beautiful too, and comes in many different colors. What’s more, it is Victorinox, so it will last you for a lifetime.
Product name
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Pocket Knife Sapphire 91 mm
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Pocket Knife Sapphire 91 mm
Price
$44.99
Best for
Versatility, Quality/Price ratio
Weight
80 grams (0.17 pounds)
Recommended for
Every male pilgrim
Get it now for the best price
Matej’s note
This is one of those items you buy one and it serves you a lifetime. I have a similar knife (see a picture below) for over 15 years now. It served me on multiple trips and caminos, and I have not had to sharped it even once! So good are the knives from Victorinox. Get it, I promise you that you won’t regret it!

 

Smartphone & charger & small headphones, 0.2-0.4 kilograms (0.44 – 0.88 pounds)

I am not necessarily a big fan of smartphones, but they made lightweight packing for hiking trips so much easier. A smartphone with right apps installed is a phone, a map, a camera, a GPS device, an MP3 player, a voice recorder, a dictionary, a book to read, a notepad to write to, etc in one piece, and saves a ton of space and weight when compared to old times when we used to take all those other things with us. Still, you should opt for phone that’s not very bulky. Google Pixel or one of the smaller iPhones is a good option. Price range: $300 – $1,000.

When it comes to headphones, obviously the Bluetooth ones are the choice no. 1 nowadays, since it is simply more comfortable handling them. If you do not have such headphones yet (which I highly doubt :)), I hand-picked for you one product from Amazon that combines great quality & affordable price:

 

Personal documents (ID card, passport, insurance card, debit/credit card, etc), some money, 0.1-0.3 kilogram (0.22 – 0.66 pounds)

The exact weight depends also on the weight of your wallet. Take just the stuff you really need. It makes no sense taking the entire wallet with a gym card, all your discount cards and whatever, since you won’t really use them in Spain. When it comes to money, it is important to have some cash with you, since you won’t be always able to pay with your credit/debit card, especially in the pilgrim hostels. Having a couple of coins helps as well, such as to get a coffee or a snack from one one the many vending machines along the Camino.

 

Emergency food, 0.05-0.5 kilograms (0.1 – 1.1 pounds)

Walking Camino Frances, you won’t typically need to walk more than a mile or two to reach the next bar or refreshment spot. But it is still better having a few muesli bars with you, or some nuts, or some fruits, just to make sure you will overcome the crisis that comes upon you in a rare spot without services. Of course, other Caminos are a different story, and you may sometimes have to carry up to 0.5 kilograms (1.1 pounds) of food on you, which makes a light-weight packing a bit more complicated. Having said that, we need energy to walk, and you should not try to save too many grams with taking less (or no) food with you…

 

Water, 0.5 – 1 liter of water, 0.5-1 kilogram (1.1 – 2.2 pounds) + bottle weight

As I’ve just mentioned refreshment points (and water fountains) are pretty frequent on the Camino, but you should always have at least some water with you, for emergency reasons if for nothing else. Actually unless you have a lot of hiking experience I’d recommend you taking at least 1.5 liters, but this is an ultralight Camino packing list, and with 1.5 kilograms of water you just won’t make the cut, even though most of the day you won’t actually have 1.5 extra kilograms on you, since your bottle won’t be full (you’ll be drinking from it during the day :)).

When it comes to a bottle, I highly discourage you from using simple plastic bottle… It isn’t ecological and also you won’t to make sure those micro-plastic particles do not enter your body. You should get a good BPA free water bottle. Nowadays these bottles cost close to nothing, and if you pick one of a decent quality, it will last you for many years to come. My favorite one is the following one (lightweight, one liter, BPA free, wide mouth, great price, and simply an ideal bottle for the pilgrimage):

Sale
Nalgene Sustain Tritan BPA-Free Water Bottle Made with Material Derived from 50% Plastic Waste, 32 OZ, Wide Mouth, Seafoam
  • NEW LOOK! The same great Sustain water bottle made with material derived from 50% plastic waste now has a new look. You may receive a bottle with or without the Sustain Logo on it, both are your favorite Sustain water bottles.
  • Our new Nalgene Sustain product line is made from Tritan Renew, 50% certified recycled content further offsetting the use of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The original. The trailblazer. The Sir Edmund of water bottles. Nalgene’s BESTSELLING water bottle for more than 30 years
  • For Your Everyday Adventures! Take your Nalgene bottle to the gym, office, camping, exploring and everywhere in between
  • Suitable for both warm and cold beverages (-40 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit)

* Total weight of all items from the group: 1 – 2.6 kilogram. You can save a lot here by taking less water and less food, but make sure to think twice whether it is a deal worth making. Of course, you can also adjust this according to the stage you are walking on any given day on your camino…

 

– Quality multi-purpose Swiss knife like the one on the picture has helped me countless times on my pilgrimage. These knives are expensive but they will last you decades, and it is definitely worth getting one for the Camino and other hiking adventures.

 

Summary weight for your ultralight Camino de Santiago packing list & final thoughts

Let’s summarize the weight for items in different groups:

  • Basics & shoes: 1.6 – 3 kilograms.
  • Clothes: 0.8 – 1.5 kilograms.
  • Cosmetics & first aid: 0.6 – 0.9 kilograms.
  • Electronics, documents & emergency food: 1 – 2.6 kilograms.

As you can see now, if you pack as a minimalist and do not mind spending a few extra hundreds on lightweight clothes & stuff, you can get the weight of your backpack down to 4 kilograms, including emergency food and water (half a liter in this case). That’s pretty amazing in my view, and something that would hardly be possible ten, let alone twenty years ago.

Having said that, keep on your mind that the key is to find the right balance of comfort and weight for your Camino. A lot of things can pack into an additional kilogram – five extra items of clothes, or a lot of cosmetics, or lightweight trekking poles & spare trousers for colder weather, or one book in print & some small musical instrument & a pajama :). No doubt you may walk the Camino without these items. Having them on you is perhaps worth the extra kilo or two though, but that’s a call you have to make…

Hope this helps, and enjoy your Camino! Any questions, you can always contact me!

Matej

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