Pack the Bare Minimum
Besides wearing tried and tested shoes on your feet, packing light is probably the second most important thing for a successful Camino. Remember, everything you bring, you’ll have to carry on your back. Most pilgrims pack just two to three pairs of hiking clothes, a few extra socks for wet days, and whatever layers will keep you warm and dry if the temperature drops or rain falls. That and travel-size toiletries, a headlamp, a quick dry towel, a sleeping bag or liner, a journal and pen, some clothespins, a first aid kit, and comfy shoes to slip into off the trail. Appearance, refreshingly, doesn’t seem to matter on the Camino, so things like makeup, styling products, accessories, and dressier clothing can be left at home entirely. Figure out what your essentials are, and don’t budge or be tempted to throw something unnecessary in. If you realize you need something you didn’t bring, there are plenty of shops along the trail that cater specifically to pilgrims. As you pack, a general rule of thumb is to aim for a pack weight of 10% of your body weight. Only go heavier if you’re familiar with multi-day backpacking and know your body can handle it.