Packing for the Camino, you’ll somehow always manage to overlook something so our experts here at Follow The Camino have compiled a list of 9 quirky little things you’ll be glad we told you about:
You’ll certainly make use of these on the plane starting and ending your journey but if you do choose hostel accommodation they are a necessity for the Camino. Some people can be loud enough to enter the snoring Olympics so if you can’t compete in their league you’ll need to make best friends with some ear plugs. Not as necessary if you book a private room of course but if you are going in a group or on the cheap and room sharing your best investment will be a pair of ear plugs.
Just a small hand held one is perfect. Ideally for when you are leaving your hostel or shared room early in the morning if it’s still dark out and others are still sleeping you can use a small flashlight to gather your things and make sure you’ve left nothing behind. Mostof the villages on the Camino you’ll be staying in are very small so not a lot of light pollution, therefore a small flashlight is ideal for helping you to find keyholes, look at maps early in the morning and any other subject you may need a little light spread on.
Lush shampoo & conditioner bars:
Yes, this little gem of a product is ideal for taking along the Camino with you or indeed on any holiday for saving on room and kilos in your bag. They are an all in one soap bar for hair and body. You can get a little tin to keep them in so they don’t stick to your clothes. So, there you have it soap, shampoo and conditioner all taken care of in one little bar.
Peppermint foot cream:
You can buy this in small size tubes and we recommend you don’t leave for a walking holiday without it, EVER! Imagine after a long day’s walk of 25kms on the Camino, getting to your hotel, having a refreshing shower and still having sore feet? Rub plenty of peppermint foot cream on and you’ll i instantly feel the soothing bliss of the mint. Trust us guys, this is one of the luxuries you should take with you so don’t leave home without it.
Power bank or external battery charger:
No doubt you’ll be using your phone to snap as many pictures as possible of the beautiful scenery so it’s wise to take an external battery charger along with you to re-charge your phone when it starts to get low mid route. As you know some of your walk will be through country side with nowhere to stop to plug in your phone so if you have an extra boost of power stored on your external, you’re home and dry – not literally.
Waterproof phone cover:
Better safe than sorry right? You may get days when it rains so if you plan to take your phone out of your pocket at all then it’s best to have it protected with a waterproof cover. Also if you take a day off at the beach these waterproof pouches will protect from sand too. A ziplock sandwhich bag is ideal for this as long as you don’t plan going swimming with your phone.
So you may not want to hear it but here goes, there may be times out in the countryside when you need to go and as we all know, when you gotta go, you gotta go right? So be it behind a tree or behind a bush you’ll be glad you brought some toilet paper in your back pack. You’re welcome.
These hand sanitizing gels are a God send for when it’s not possible to wash your hands (as in, the aforementioned situation) or if you’re having a picnic in a field it’s nice to be able to clean your hands before eating
Yes, we know it seems obvious but nowadays most of us use the plastic more than cash. However, along the Camino you’ll be staying in small towns and villages and not all of them will have ATM’s so it is best to carry some cash.
See more ideas on packing for the Camino here. We’ve done this once or twice before so have thought of everything to make your life easier. Your welcome! 😉