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What to bring in your backpack for the Camino de Santiago

04-04-2019

It all begins when you type Camino de Santiago into Google. Many of you will feel overwhelmed with so much information from so many different sources.

Don't worry, pilgrims. We're here to help you find useful information about one of the most important things: the contents of your backpack. What you wear and what's inside you backpack will constitute all of your worldly possessions while walking to Santiago. We're going to make sure that you're as best prepared as possible: whether you've decided to walk with your own backpack or if you've decided to forego worrying and enjoy the Camino without it, thanks to our Transfer Rucksack service.

What will I need on the Camino?

It is always a good idea to use common senses. Consider the time of year when you're going to be walking; then, the route you've chosen. If you are physically fit, you'll be able to carry a bit more weight. However, the Camino is very long and you need to always expect the unexpected. Don't be too confident: with each step your backpack will seem to weigh more. Generally, it is recommended to use a backpack with 35-40l of capacity. Regarding its weigh you may apply the 10% rule: you should not carry more than a 10% of your own weigh. For example, a person weighing 70 kg should not carry more than 7kg.

Inside your rucksack you should include a flashlight that will be helpful if you start walking early in the morning or to move around the hostel at night. You can also take a canteen or plastic bottle to drink water in long stages. Along the Camino you will find fountains where you can refill it. A cane or pilgrim staff is also recommended as a support in certain sections of the road and a compact sleeping bag is advised for those pilgrims who sleep in hostels.

The clothes for the Camino must be comfortable and suitable for that season, taking into consideration the climate. It’s recommended to wear a pair of breathable shirts, a sweatshirt, some tights or hiking pants that can be long, short or modular. Always opt for seamless socks, which help prevent blisters. You should always carry a raincoat or a waterproof poncho to protect yourself and your bag from the rain. A cap or visor is also necessary to protect you from the sun in the summer or a hat to protect you from the cold in the winter.

Regarding footwear, you must wear boots that you have already worn before, so that they’re comfortable and you avoid chafing. Hiking boots are the favorite shoe for many pilgrims, since they hold the ankle well and prevent water from entering. You can also choose walking shoes, lighter and more flexible. It is advisable to wear flip flops for the end of the stage or for the shower. Do not forget to bring a compact microfiber towel to dry after showering.

In your toiletry bag you need to carry the basic hygiene products in the smallest format possible. Remember to include sunscreen and Vaseline that can help you prevent blisters if you apply it to your feet before each stage. A small first-aid kit can be a great ally to solve the problems derived from physical effort on the Camino. It is advisable to include safety pins or clothespins to be able to hang clothes after having washed them and a multipurpose knife as small and light as possible.

It is important to take with you documents such as the pilgrim's credential, your ID or passport, and cash or a card, such as the Correos prepaid card for the Camino de Santiago. If you decide to take your mobile phone do not forget to take the charger.

If you have any further questions, you can check the Tips From Our Postmen And Women. Also, in the next video we show you the essentials to include in your backpack. Maybe it will help you get started!

 

As the pilgrims often say: "the Camino provides": if you arrive at the starting point and realize you are missing something that is really necessary, there are always shops, hostels and other establishments where you can find what you need.

 

What if your backpack weighs too much?

If you have decided to start walking with your backpack and you discover that you took things that you don’t really need or that you are carrying too much weight, don't worry. You can always count on our Paq Mochila service to send backpacks stage by stage on the Camino de Santiago. If your backpack weight begins wear you down, we will take care of collecting and transporting your backpack daily from one stage to another.

You can book your itinerary by visiting our website, by email paqmochila@correos.com or by phone +34 683 44 00 22

 

And you, what do you take in your backpack?

The Camino is a place and a time to share experiences. If you have already done so, surely you have many tips to give regarding the luggage a pilgrim must carry. Why don’t you share them with our community? Many readers would really appreciate it! Let us know, for example:

  • What season did you choose to walk the Camino? 
  • What type of backpack did you use? How much did it weigh when you began? 
  • What items did you miss when you started and how did you solved this inconvenience?
  • Did you pack too much? What did you forget? Did you have to buy something along the way?

Share what you know so that everyone can experience a Buen Camino!

JOAN ALBERT
17-04-2019
HABLANDO CON GENTE QUE HA HECHO EL CAMINO ME RECOMIENDAN, SOBRETODO SI SE HACE EN VERANO, IR CON SANDALIAS DE TREKKING. ¿ES CIERTO? Y SI ES ASI, ¿ CON CALCETINES O NO? ESTUPENDA PAGINA
El camino con correos
30-04-2019
Buenos días, Joan. El calzado recomendado para los meses de verano son las zapatillas de trekking. Aún así, las sandalias de trekking pueden ser un buen complemento para el peregrino, sobre todo para hacer ciertos tramos del Camino o si las zapatillas han hecho heridas en los pies. Siempre se recomienda que se empleen con calcetines ¡Buen Camino!

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We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.