Camino Packing Tips

First-timers Wick and Hunter resting after a long ascent out of St. Jean Pied-de-Port. It was a life-giving trip, and we learned so much from our mistakes.

First-timers Wick and Hunter resting after a long ascent out of St. Jean Pied-de-Port. It was a life-giving trip, and we learned so much from our mistakes.

We have never heard a pilgrim who had spent even a few days on the trail say they wished they had packed more stuff. But we have heard almost every first time pilgrim say they wished they had NOT packed so much. In 2007 we were among those first-timers who ended up mailing some of our belongings to Santiago so we wouldn't have to carry them any farther. We know better now.

We can't emphasize enough the need to keep your pack weight low on the Camino. We've learned so much in the twelve years since our first Camino. Someone has said "EVERY OUNCE COUNTS," and we agree. What might seem insignificant weight at home during your planning, can make your life miserable when you are having to carry it over hundreds of miles of uphill and downhill. 

A GOOD RULE OF PACKING for the Camino is to check a trustworthy pack list (there's a free one to download from our website), and if the item you are considering taking is not on the list, ask yourself, "Do I want to take this 'just in case ________ happens?" If the answer to that question is 'yes,' then ask yourself, "Could I buy this in Spain if I do end up needing it?" The answer to that question is probably 'yes.'

DON'T PACK ITEMS OUT OF FEAR. God will provide for you what you need.

Here is a CLEVER TIP we learned from a veteran pilgrim. This guy is an ultralight backpacker looking for ways to seriously cut out unnecessary weight. He told us to even trim out labels from clothing, cut off extraneous straps from our packs and other gear, and look for anything packaging to eliminate from the items we pack.

Take a good look at DOWNSIZING YOUR PACK TO THE EXTREME. Check out all of our free packing tips and strategies on our website.

Buen Camino,
Helen

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Wick and Helen Van Wagenen first walked the Camino in 2007, and God has used every part of their experience to shape their lives since then. They are grateful for the opportunities to make many more trips to research routes, test gear, and volunteer along The Way. The Van Wagenens and their family and teammates continue walking the Camino, and enjoy helping others make the trip of a lifetime. You can contact them at Info@CaminoProvisions.com.