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Camino de Santiago light packing list 2022 season

The Camino de Santiago is a life-changing experience for most, we know many people that were planning this pilgrimage for years, preparing, reading, training. It’s important to pack light for the Camino to make the walk easier and more enjoyable. We learned this after walking several Caminos de Santiago. We’ve completed several different Caminos de Santiago routes. In total, we walked over 3500 km across Spain, Portugal, and France following different Camino routes.

Our completed Camino de Santiago routes

  • Portuguese Camino from Lisbon – May 2018
  • Camino Primitivo – June 2018
  • Camino del Norte – October 2018
  • Camino Finisterre & Muxía – November 2018
  • Via de la Plata (214 km from Seville to Mérida) – April 2019
  • Camino Inglés – May 2019
  • Camino Francés – September 2019

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We’re experienced hikers and walk a lot in the mountains with much heavier backpacks, before our first Camino we thought it was super easy to walk from albergue to albergue with a light backpack, carrying only clothes, with many restaurants, and coffee shops on the way. See our Shoe Guide for the Camino de Santiago.

After the first week on the Portuguese Camino our feet were destroyed, we both had huge blisters, basically, our feet were just one big blister! All because we didn’t have proper hiking shoes and decided to walk long distances. In the first four days, we walked more than 140km here after we decided to slow down and even had a day off in Fatima. Don’t make the same mistake, take your time especially in the beginning, let your body get used to it, and don’t follow somebody’s itinerary if it’s too tough for you, walk shorter days, rest, stay longer and you’ll enjoy the Camino de Santiago much more.

We walked the Caminos in different seasons throughout one year (we on purpose skipped the high season – July and August, as we don’t like crowds), in this post you’ll find packing tips for different weather and seasons.

The Camino de Santiago is not your normal hike in the wild where you have to carry camping gear and food which is a good thing as it’s possible to pack light. Every night pilgrims stay at albergues, no tent and camping mat is needed, all you need or we’d recommend bringing with is a sleeping bag. In our experience the two most important things to have on the Camino are a comfortable backpack and a pair of good hiking shoes – these two you’ll use every day and if even one of them doesn’t fit well or is uncomfortable it can completely spoil your Camino.

Documents to take with you on the Camino

A passport or an ID for European citizens – you’ll need it for checking in to albergues and hotels.

The Credential (Camino passport), a small paper book with your name where you collect stamps from albergues, hotels, churches, restaurants, etc. along the way. You can get a Credential at a Camino de Santiago office in your country or at albergues/cathedrals or churches on the Camino. You need the Credential to stay at public albergues (where only pilgrims are allowed to stay) and to get your Compostela in Santiago.

The Compostela is a certificate that pilgrims get for completing any route of the Camino de Santiago. In order to get it, you have to walk at least the last 100 km to Santiago.

If you need practical information for planning the pilgrimage check out our post that contains useful tips for planning and walking the Camino.

Camino de Santiago essential gear


I walked with a 36-40L backpack it was more than enough especially if you’re not planning on carrying a laptop as I did. Campbell walked with a 50L backpack but would be totally fine with a 40L pack. Remember, the bigger backpack you get the more unnecessary stuff you’ll fit in. If you walk in summer you can get away with a smaller 30-35L backpack.

For hiking in winter or late fall/early spring when you need warmer clothes a 40-45L backpack for men and women will be big enough. Make sure your backpack has a rain cover or buy a separate one it’s always great to have it especially if you walk off-season.

On the Camino routes, there are several companies that offer a door-to-door luggage delivery service. Correos, Camino Facil, and Pilbeo are the three main companies that offer luggage transfers on different Camino de Santiago routes. It works very easily; you leave your backpack in the morning at the reception of your albergue/hotel they pick it up and drive to your next accommodation place. The service costs 5-7 Euro per backpack per stage.

If you’re planning to use this service on the Camino you can bring a big backpack or even a suitcase and walk with a day pack carrying only valuables, water, and snacks. Make sure your daypack is comfortable for long walking and has padded straps, and pickets to fit a water bottle. Osprey Talon 22 Men’s Hiking Backpack or even smaller Osprey Daylite 13L Daypack are great options for a day pack.

Suggested Camino backpacks for women

Osprey Tempest 40Deuter Futura PRO 40Osprey Tempest 30Osprey Daylite Daypack
Four backpacks for women to walk the Camino de Santiago. Two 40L backpacks, one 30L pack and one 13L daypack
Backpacks for women for walking the Camino.

Suggested Camino backpacks for men

Osprey Atmos AG 50Osprey Talon 44Deuter Futura 30Osprey Talon 22
Four backpacks for walking the Camino; A 50L Osprey, a 44L Osprey, a 30L Deuter and a 22L Osprey
Hiking backpacks for men for walking the Camino

Hiking shoes

Don’t underestimate the importance of packing a good pair of shoes for the Camino. In the end, you’ll spend most of the time walking in them. We’d recommend walking the Camino, especially if you’re planning to walk a long distance, in proper shoes not in sneakers – they (or your feet) just won’t make it. We tried on the Portuguese Camino to walk in our running shoes. They were very comfortable in the beginning but after a couple of days of walking on cobblestones and hard surfaces, our feet were destroyed.

For very hot weather hiking sandals can be a good alternative to boots. Modern hiking shoes usually have good ventilation but sometimes it just gets too hot and it’s nice to put on sandals for a while.

If you buy a new pair wear them before you start the pilgrimage even very good new shoes might cause blisters. If you’re planning to do some Camino training the best is to train in the same shoes you’re going to walk in.

Suggested walking shoes for women

The last five Camino routes and a couple of hiking routes in Nepal I walked in Salomon Ellipse 2. They’re comfortable and light. Exactly what I wanted was a pair of shoes that can be worn for both walking the Camino and hiking in the mountains. My feet got wet a couple of times when we got pouring rain with strong wind on the Northern Camino and the Camino Finisterre.  It happened partly because I wasn’t wearing gaiters the water from my pants ran down into the shoes. I didn’t get any blisters even though the shoes were new and I hadn’t worn them before. This model is a bit narrow if you have wide feet they might be too tight. 

For walking the Camino in the winter when it rains a lot and on some routes, you can even get snow I can recommend Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots. These shoes are amazing for more challenging hiking routes and walking in bad weather conditions. I’ve done Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek in them and for hours walked in deep snow and my feet stayed warm and dry.

Salomon Ellipse 2KEEN Targhee IIMerrell Moab 2Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX
Suggested hiking shoes for women for walking the Camino
Women hiking shoes for walking the Camino

Suggested Camino shoes for men

Campbell’s walked four Camin routes and several hiking routes in Canada in his Salomon X Ultra hiking shoes. These shoes are a great option; light, durable, relatively waterproof, comfortable, have a good grip. For walking off-season when you can get a lot of rain and occasional snow a high-cut model might be a better option.

Campbell just like me bought a new pair of waterproof hiking boots Salomon Ultra 3 Mid GTX for trekking in the mountains. He hasn’t done any Camino in them yet but for hiking in heavy rain and through snow and mud these boots are amazing. They are very comfortable and light, stay dry for hours and keep your feet warm especially if you wear merino wool socks.

KEEN Newport H2Salomon X UltraMerrel Moab 2Salomon X Ultra GTX
Recommended shoes for men for the Camino de Santiago. Keen hiking sandals, Salomon shoes, Merrel shoes and Salomon GTX hiking boots
Men hiking shoes for walking the Camino

Sleeping bag

In our experience, most albergues provide blankets but usually, without covers, I prefer to use my own sleeping bag, and if it’s really cold I use a blanket over it. A light sleeping bag with a comfort temperature limit of +12°C/55°F will be good enough.

If you walk the Camino in summer (July, August) when it gets quite hot, instead of a sleeping bag you can pack a silk liner. We walked a couple of Caminos in June and sometimes it was too hot at night for using a sleeping bag. If you get cold you can always use a blanket over your liner. 

If you’re not planning to stay at hotels (private rooms) instead of albergues you don’t need to carry a sleeping bag, all hotels and guesthouses provide blankets and bedding.

Trekking poles

We used trekking poles a lot when we were trekking in the Andes or hiking to Everest Base Camp. For walking the Camino we don’t take poles but I know many pilgrims use them. Trekking poles are great if you have knee or hip problems, shin splint, etc. They help a lot to reduce stress on joints. For some Caminos with many ascents and descents e.g. the Camino Primitivo or some parts of the French Camino (walking over the Pyrenees), the poles will be very helpful.

Quick-dry towel

We always take it when we go traveling. A quick-dry towel is definitely an item to add to your Camino packing list. are very light, pack small, dry quick (as you can guess from the name), durable, and come in many different colors. We’d suggest marking your towel with initials or a picture at some albergues with many people I spent some time trying to figure out which towel on the washing line was mine.

Water bottle

We definitely prefer carrying a water bottle over a hydration pack bladder. A bottle fits in a side pocket, it’s easy to take it out and refill, even if it leaks it won’t make everything inside your backpack wet. We like using water bladders on day hikes though. Tap water in Spain and Portugal is drinkable we usually don’t use any filters. I didn’t drink tap water in the Meseta part of the Camino Frances as I’d heard from other pilgrims that they had stomach problems there from drinking tap water. If you have a sensitive stomach, pack a water filter for the Camino.


Having a headlamp on the Camino is quite useful. In albergues lights are usually turned off quite early if you want to read or find something in your backpack you can use a lamp. In the morning if you want to leave early while others are still asleep it is quite helpful as well. You can use your phone as well but it’s more comfortable to wear a lamp than to walk or pack holding a phone in your hand.

Neck back

We advise having a neck bag or a waterproof pouch where you can keep your documents, phone, money, and credit cards. Always take it with you when you leave an albergue, most albergues don’t have lockers. Don’t be too careless we’ve heard some stories from other pilgrims whose money or even Credentials left unattended disappeared. We have never had any issues but always try to be careful with valuable items.

8 essential items to pack for the Camino walk

BackpackHiking shoesTrekking polesSleeping bag
Quick-dry towelHeadlampNeck bagWater bottle
Eight essential gear items to pack for the Camino walk
Essential things to pack for the Camino de Santiago

Miscellaneous items to pack for the Camino

You’ll be fine if you don’t pack any of these things for the Camino but they will make your journey easier and more comfortable. If you’re like me and rather under-pack than overpack, don’t worry if you need any of these on the Camino it’s very likely you’ll be able to buy them along the way.

Swiss knife

We always take our Swiss knife when we go hiking, road tripping, or just traveling. Usually, it’s difficult to find a sharp knife in albergues we always used our knife for cutting, opening cans as well as for opening packs slicing when having lunch on the way. Remember if you use a budget airline and your ticket includes only hand luggage you can’t pack a knife.

Power adapter

In Spain and Portugal like in most European countries, power sockets are Type C. If you’re coming from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or some other countries outside Europe you’ll probably need a travel adapter that can be used as a multi-plug as well.


You’ll likely get at least one snoring person every night so add earplugs to your Camino packing list if you’re going to stay in albergues.  

Stuff sack

You can use a stuff sack for better organizing your backpack especially if it has only one compartment and is top loaded – it’s easy to take a stuff sack out and put it back. You can use it as well to separate your dirty and clean clothes.

Small padlock

Some albergues have lockers but don’t have locks if you want to store your valuables in there bring your own padlock.

Washing pegs

Some albergues have washing machines (sometimes even have dryers), some only basins and washing lines. There are never enough washing pegs. You can use pegs to hang some wet stuff from your backpack as well. They are quite useful if you carry a pack of coffee, oats, etc. for keeping it to closed.

Travel clothesline

You can bring your own travel clothesline. It can be put up anywhere – it has suction cups on both ends. Many places have washing lines but there are never enough washing pegs instead.

Sewing kit

We didn’t have one and never really needed it but if you like to be ready for “just in case” take a small travel sewing kit, it’s small and light, in a small plastic shell.

Bed bug spray

We were quite lucky and had bed bugs only at 3 albergues out of hundreds we’ve stayed. If you walk a busy Camino route in the peak season and stay at albergues you might get bed bugs. We haven’t used bed bug spray ourselves but saw people using it. It’s not a 100% guarantee but it will help to keep them away.

Eye mask for sleeping

In case you want to go to bed while the lights are still on or want to sleep in the afternoon an eye mask will be useful.

Stingy Nomads at Cape Muxia looking at the church and the sea
Stingy Nomads at Cape Muxia, the end of the Camino Finisterre-Fuxia early November. We got a lot of rain on this route and were very happy we packed our rain jackets.

Clothes to pack for the Camino de Santiago

Camino outfit for women

Hiking clothes

Rain jacket 

We’d suggest having one. In northern Spain (especially in Galicia), it rains quite a lot throughout the year. If you walk in July or August the chances of rain are smaller you can get away with a rain poncho, it’s small, light, and will protect you and your backpack from any rain. For the rest of the year, a rain jacket is a useful thing to have.

We walked the Portuguese Camino in May and didn’t have a lot of rain but on the Coastal Route it was quite windy we were glad we had our jackets. I used my rain jacket and a poncho a lot on the Camino Primitivo in June and on the Camino del Norte in October.  

Trekking pants

I prefer hiking in yoga pants, they are comfortable and light, stretch a lot, dry quickly, and pack small. I always pack two pairs of pants: one pair of stretchy pants and one pair of normal hiking pants. For summer you can pack one pair of long pants and a pair of hiking shorts or knee pants though I prefer walking in long pants even in summer for sun protection.

Hiking shirt

Depending on what you prefer to wear for hiking it can be a hiking shirt or a running T-shirt. I don’t like shirts for the Camino I usually pack two running T-shirts; one with long sleeves and one short-sleeve. For walking in summer you probably won’t need a long-sleeve one, rather pack two short-sleeve T-shirts. I wouldn’t recommend walking in a top even if it’s hot. Always make sure your shoulders and neck are covered or put sun cream otherwise you’ll get bad sunburns.


It’s always nice to have a soft and warm fleece. Even in summer if you start walking really early in the morning it might be a bit chilly. We usually wear fleeces after hiking when we go out for dinner or drinks in the evening.

Hiking socks

For a long walk like the Camino, it’s very important to have good durable socks that protect feet and prevent blisters. On our first Camino, we walked in normal socks and got bad blisters. From many experienced hikers we heard about merino wool socks that are great for walking; comfortable, soft, help to prevent blisters, dry quickly, don’t absorb odors, and are easy to wash. We decided to give it a try and since then we’ve been walking and hiking only in merino wool socks – no blisters, no sticky socks, no itching. 


For the summer season, it’s a must-pack item. Most of the Camino routes go through open areas without any shade, you will have to protect your head from the sun. I don’t like hats and prefer wearing a cap it’s more comfortable for me.

Headwear or buff

For some extra sun protection for your neck pack a headband. It’s a multi-use item you can use it to cover your neck, face, head, to put your hair up, etc.


For walking the Camino in summer you’ll definitely need sunglasses. You can wear your casual sunglasses or buy a pair of sunglasses for outdoor activities.

Women’s hiking clothes for the Camino packing list

Rain jacketFleeceRunning T-shirtsHiking pants
Hiking shortsHiking socksCapSunglasses
Recommended outfit for women for walking the Camino
Hiking outfit for women to pack for walking the Camino de Santiago

Underwear and clothes for changing

I’d recommend sports bras over normal bras – they are definitely more comfortable for hiking. I usually pack two pairs of running bras and three or four pairs of panties. I wash my underwear and socks every day, it doesn’t take long and it dries quickly.

I always pack a cotton T-shirt and shorts for sleeping and changing after a shower. For summer shorts are one for sleeping but for the off-season, I’d recommend packing long sleeping pants.

In case you go out for dinner or a drink. You can do without it but I personally like wearing a different outfit every now and then. I usually pack a funky T-shirt and a pair of shorts or a simple summer dress. If we walk in colder months I don’t bring any extra clothes it takes too much space.

Highly recommended to take a pair of flip flops to wear in albergues, your feet have to rest from wearing hiking boots all day. In summer you can wear them outside as well it’s too hot to walk around in shoes.

Clothes for women to pack for the Camino

Casual T-shirtJean shortsSports brasPanties
Sleeping T-shirtSleeping shortsFlip flops
Extra clothes for women to pack for the Camino
Extra clothing items for women to add to your Camino packing list

Camino outfit for men

Hiking clothes

Rain jacket

Campbell usually packs his rain jacket for the Camino. In the hot summer months, you can get away without it but I’d still recommend bringing a rain poncho and a rain cover for your backpack.

Trekking pants

I’d definitely recommend packing trekking pants for the Camino. A pair of quick-dry light pants will work great. For summer you can bring a pair of long trekking pants and a pair of hiking shorts or as an option to buy a pair of convertible pants with zip-off legs.

Hiking shirts

Campbell usually wears Columbia hiking shirts or running T-shirts on the Camino. hiking. They’re great; light, comfortable, breathing, dry very quickly, and easy to wash. Pack two shirts or you’ll have to do laundry every day.

Fleece jacket

It’s nice to have a soft fleece to wear in albergues or if you go out in the evening. We usually pack our fleece for the Camino. For summer, Campbell brings a fleece vest for off-season a long-sleeve one.

Hiking socks

Just like me, Campbell wears merino wool socks for long-distance walking and hiking. He bought his first pair just before we walked the Camino del Norte and since then has been walking only in merino wool socks. He usually packs two pairs of socks. There are many great things about them; they last long, prevent blisters, keep your feet warm and dry, don’t get smelly even after two full days of walking.


For walking in summer a cap or a hat is a must-have item on the Camino. Wearing a hat works better for sun protection as it covers your neck as well. Campbell prefers wearing a cap over a hat, to protect his neck he wears a buff. Sunglasses are another important thing to add to your Camino packing list.

Men’s clothes for the Camino

Rain jacketFleece jacketHiking shirtHat
Running shirtHiking pantsSunglassesHiking socks
A suggested hiking outfit for a man for walking the Camio
Hiking clothes for men to pack for the Camino de Santiago

Underwear and clothes for changing


Pack 2-3 pairs of underwear for the Camino. Most albergues have washing basins and washing lines you can wash your underwear and socks every day if it’s necessary.

Clothes for sleeping

If you’re planning to stay in albergues with many other people I’d suggest bringing a comfortable sleeping outfit. A pair of light cotton shorts and a vest will work just fine.

Extra clothes for changing

If you’re planning to walk one of the coastal routes in summer, definitely pack a pair of boardshorts. On the Camino del Norte and on the Portuguese Coastal Route there were many nice beaches great for swimming and chilling.

Campbell usually packs one casual T-shirt that he wears when we go out or after the shower. It’s optional, if you want to carry as little stuff as possible you can get away without an extra T-shirt.

Flip-flops are a great thing to pack for the Camino. It’s an amazing feeling when after a long day of walking you take off your hiking shoes and put on flip flops. They’re great to have for wearing in albergues, on the beach, and outside in summer.

Men’s clothing items for the Camino packing list

Board shortsT-shirtFlip flops
Sleeping vestSleeping shortsBoxer shorts
Men's extra clothes and underwear to pack for the Camino de Santiago
Men’s underwear and clothes for changing to pack for the Camino

Warm clothes to pack for walking the Camino off-season 

If you venture to walk the Camino in winter you’ll have to pack some extra warm clothes which means your backpack is fuller and heavier.

Fleece hiking pants

For walking in colder months or in winter it’s nice to have a pair of thicker hiking pants with fleece inner (men’s option). For extra warmth, you can always put thermal pants underneath.

Smart wool shirt

If walking in cold months a merino wool hiking shirt (men’s model) will be a great item to pack for the Camino. It’s light and thin can be worn under a fleece if it’s really cold. It keeps your body warm, doesn’t absorb odors, and is easy to wash and dry.


Very handy to have a thermal shirt and pants (men’s model) for the cold season you can use it for both, sleeping and, if it gets really cold, for wearing it under your hiking clothes. In winter you can wear them for sleeping. We never pack it for summer and there was no need even on dull and rainy days it wasn’t that cold.

A great item to have for sleeping and wearing after the shower is one-toe socks that you can wear with flip flops. It’s not necessary for summer but nice to have for colder months. 


We didn’t pack gaiters and did regret it on the Camino Finisterre in November. It rained very strong and a lot, we didn’t have waterproof hiking pants, and once our pants got wet water ran down into the shoes. For walking the Camino in the off-season, gaiters will be very useful. If you walk in winter and get caught in the snow, gaiters will work as well.


Don’t pack thick gloves, a pair of thin fleece gloves will be fine even if it gets cold it’s unlikely it’ll go far below 0°C/32°F during the day.


In fall/winter you’ll definitely need a beanie, mornings and evenings are quite chilly.

Campbell & doña Rosa standing next to a small white house in rural Portugal
Campbell is his summer Camino outfit with our amazing Hospitalera on the Portuguese Camino in May

Electronics to take on the Camino

It’s all up to you to decide whether to make your backpack heavier by packing a big camera with lenses or keep it light and take photos with a phone or a GoPro. In the end, the Camino is about personal experience and it’s your choice of what kind of experience you want to have. 


Probably the most useful device you can pack for the Camino. You can use it for navigation, using Camino apps, taking photos and videos, using social media, listening to music or audiobooks, alarm, etc. Whichever to buy Samsung or iPhone is up to you, I, personally prefer Android.


We used to walk carrying our big mirror camera but the quality of the footage with it wasn’t good enough for making YouTube videos. We decided to buy a new GoPro HERO9. Since then we’ve been using it for taking videos and even photos. It’s very small, light, waterproof, and easy to use. On the last couple of Caminos, we had our GoPro and phones no camera at all. and are happy with Another cool and small thing that will help to capture your Camino. It’s very easy to do editing with the free GoPro Quik app just connect your GoPro to your phone and in 10 minutes you’ll get an awesome video with music.

GPS watch

I got my first Garmin Fenix watch as a present from Campbell 2 years ago and since then I’ve been using it a lot when we go hiking, walking, running, or just training in the gym. It’s amazing how much information you can get from it: distances, speed, elevations, calories, heart rate, recovery time, maps, etc. The watch works great for any activity; hiking, running, cycling, swimming, surfing, etc. We loved my watch so much that decided to buy one for Campbell as well. Now we both have it.


If you like photography and aren’t satisfied with the quality of the phone and GoPro photos then a small digital camera like Olympus OM-D is a great option. It takes really good photos, ok videos, and it is small and light.


Campbell always packs his Kindle when we go traveling or hiking. It’s a great thing to have on the Camino especially if you’re walking alone. In the evenings you’ll have plenty of time to read. It’s not always easy to find a book in your language (unless it’s Spanish).

With the Kindle, you can download as many books as you want. I’d suggest buying a Kindle Paperwhite in this case you won’t need extra light for reading in the dark. If you read a lot it might be worth joining Amazon Kindle unlimited program to get free access to hundreds of thousands of Ebooks and audiobooks.

Power bank

We packed a power bank for the first two Caminos but never used it. Unless you have a drone or take a lot of photos and videos it’s not necessary to carry it. There are electricity and power outlets in all albergues, restaurants, or cafes along the way.


DeodorantLip balm
Body washTravel hand soap
ShampooToiletry bag
ToothpasteTravel manicure set
ToothbrushMosquito repellent
Hand sanitizerHumid tissues
SunscreenHand/body cream
Razor (men’s razor)Silicone travel bottles
HairbrushSilicone cream jars
Toiletries to pack for the Camino de Santiago

First aid kit & medicine

You walk past several pharmacies every day we were always able to buy some medicine or plasters on the way. If you need to buy something with a prescription you can ask your doctor back home to send it to you via e-mail and print it somewhere. We’ve never had problems buying medicine this way in Spain or Portugal. Sometimes if we didn’t have a printed prescription we could send it to the pharmacy’s e-mail.

First Aid kit – you can buy a ready-made kit, take out some unnecessary stuff and add whatever extra you need. This kit has plasters, bandages, a safety pin, scissors, even a mini sewing kit, and many other useful items. 

Good plasters (toe plasters) are something you’ll definitely need on the Camino. Tip! If you have spots on your feet where you usually get blisters, try to prevent them by putting in some vaseline and a plaster. If you already have blisters you can use Compeed blister plasters, special plasters that you can put on your blisters. It reduces the pain and protects against rubbing. There are special blister prevention patches for shoes as well. We’ve never used them (as I mentioned above merino wool socks work great for us) but the reviews are quite good.

  • Alcohol pads for disinfection.
  • Imodium – in case you have some stomach problems.
  • Anti-inflammatory – to reduce muscular pain, swelling, e.g. Ibuprofen.
  • Aspirin – in case you get cold or flu.

Books and guide books for the Camino

Here you can find guide books for different Camino routes as well as some Camino books that you might enjoy reading before or during the walk.

Recommended Camino apps

  • Camino Pilgrim – Frances. A personal scheduler for the Camino Frances. Free. Available for Android
  • Camino de Santiago companion (Camino Frances). Free. Available for Android and iPhone.
  • Free Camino de Santiago Guide (Camino Frances). Free. Available for Android & iPhone
  • Camino de Santiago Guide (Camino Frances & Camino Finisterre-Muxia). US$3. Available for Android and iPhone.
  • Way of St.James (Buen Camino), includes Camino Frances, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, Camino Portuguese from Porto, Camino Ingles, Camino de Invierno, Camino Sanabres, Camino Finisterre-Muxia. Free. Available for Android and iPhone.
  • an offline navigation map that has many hiking and walking routes all over the world. Free. Available for Android and iPhone.

Camino de Santiago planning resources

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Monday 2nd of January 2023

Wow wow wow…..your blog is so interesting, full of great tips and so easy to read!!!!! I’m 57 and hope to walk the PortoCamino in Sept/Oct 23. My husband is not too keen so I may be doing it by myself. Just wondering how safe is the Camino if I walk by myself? Cheers, Petra

Stingy Nomads

Monday 2nd of January 2023

Hello Petra. Thank you for the comment. I've walked a couple of Camino de Santiago routes alone and never had any problem. The Portuguese route from Porto is quite popular there will be plenty of other pilgrims, especially in September. I'm sure you'll meet people to team up and walk together if you feel like it. We've met many female pilgrims walking alone on different routes. Buen Camino


Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Hi! I am wanting to walk the Camino Francés in April 2023. I’m wondering if I can join a group to walk the Pyrenees and then walk solo?

Stingy Nomads

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Hello Jenny. The part of the Camino de Santiago from St.Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles is always busy. You don't need a group to be with people. When I walked it there were around me pilgrims from the start till the end. You meet people on the way start chatting with them and just walk together. Everybody starts walking at around sunrise if you start in the morning there will be plenty of people on the Camino. If you stay at one of the albergues the day before you'll meet other pilgrims you can find people to walk with. Buen Camino

Lew Toulmin

Monday 3rd of October 2022


I think the backpack you are wearing in the video is the Quechua MH500 40 liter, correct? It looks like it has some great features; what is your experience with it?

Thanks for all the great info!!!

Stingy Nomads

Monday 3rd of October 2022

Hello Lew. Thank you for the comment. Yes, I walked with Quechua MH500 and loved it. I'm not sure if you still can buy it or if it's been discontinued. We've upgraded our backpack this year and bought 2 Osprey packs. Buen Camino

Thursday 14th of July 2022

Nice info.


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi hope you are well? I start my walk this Sunday from Saint-Jean-de-Luz. I’m doing the full walk to Santiago. Thank you for your itinerary list but my question is do you think sleeping in cotton shorts and light T shirt will be okay rather than taking a sleeping bag at this time of year. Kind regards, Stevo.

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Thursday 14th of July 2022

Hello Steve. Thank you for the comment. It's quite hot right now everywhere in Europe I guess you'll be fine without a sleeping bag. I still would recommend taking a silk inner shit just to have something to cover yourself. Some albergues have blankets but without covers. Buen Camino

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