My Camino de Santiago Packing List: What’s in my Backpack

by | Oct 8, 2021

Three women walking the Camino de Santiago
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Featured image: Carolyn and friends with their backpacks packed and ready to walk the Camino de Santiago

Essential items to take on the Camino de Santiago

By Carolyn Ray, Editor-in-Chief, Publisher

This week, I am walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain as a guest of Wild Women Expeditions. To prepare, I’ve compiled a list of what’s going in my backpack. This is not a sponsored article; the items shown are my own and have been tried and tested.

Gregory Backpacks

After much research into women’s backpacks, I’ve purchased two Gregory backpacks – one for longer trips and a day pack. 

Gregory Deva 60L

The Gregory Deva 60L backpack for women, in Antigua Green, is designed for a woman’s torso. It has adjustable straps, removable lumbar support and an inside sidekick bag that can double as an internal hydration sleeve. I also like that it opens on the front and includes a rain cover. Due to my tight timelines, I purchased this at MEC but you can also buy it online at Gregory or on Amazon. I’m using this pack as my travel bag, and a smaller day pack for walking the Camino. Learn more here.

Gregory Maya 10L

This smaller women’s pack is perfect for day trips and has many of the same features as the larger pack, such as adjustable straps. This was perfect on the PEI Camino and I got it on sale at MEC (look for sales!). Learn more here

Packing cubes

I specifically looked for cubes that would fit a backpack versus a larger carry-on. Having a mesh front was important to me so I can see what’s inside! Find them here.

FrogTogg Poncho

Finding the balance between an expensive poncho and a plastic one is challenging. After reading many reviews, I’ll be trying a lightweight poncho from FroggTogg. Get one here!


A buff will keep my neck warm, and I can pull over my face and head if needed. Purchased at MEC but also available on Amazon and other sports stores. Learn more here.

Hiking boots and inserts

I’ve had my Merrell hiking books for years, and find them much lighter and waterproof than sneakers. To make them even more comfortable, I’ve added foam inserts. Find them here!


One of the best tips I’ve heard is to have a pair of hiking sandals for the post-walk – or to wear if your feet are too swollen. I’ve got Teva open-toed sandals that I found on Amazon at a competitive price. Learn more here.

Carolyn with her backpack ready to walk the Camino de Santiago
A backpack, hat, and packs of wool socks.
Two packs of wool socks, perfect for wearing when walking the Camino de Santiago
A pack of lamb's wool, part of my Camino de Santiago packing list, helps prevent blisters

Wool Socks

Wool socks keep your feet warm and dry. I’ve purchased two types – short and long from Darn Tough and Smart Wool. These can also be worn with sandals. Get some here!

Sunscreen and hat

Even in the fall, protecting your skin is important. My preferred sunscreen brand is SunBum, and I wear a hat with a brim and Sundog sunglasses. Learn more here.


Recommended by Marilyn, to help with restoration and circulation. Find it here.

Door wedge

It’s not pretty, but it’s practical and keeps me safe. Not too expensive in case I forget it. Learn more here.


This is my #1 essential item on all trips. You just never know when the power might be out, or you need to keep your hands free. Mine is a Woods from Canadian Tire but there are many varieties available. Find one here.

JourneyWoman Bandana

Our JourneyWoman Sassy Flamingo bandana is great for trips like this! Learn more here!

First Aid Kit

Also essential for any trip, with bandaids, gauze, Polysporin and more, depending on the situation. Get one here.

Blister Protection

Lamb’s wool and a Vaseline stick will help to protect your toes and ankles from getting blisters. Learn more about lamb’s wool here and Vaseline here

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As the CEO and Editor of JourneyWoman, Carolyn is a passionate advocate for women's travel and living the life of your dreams. She leads JourneyWoman's team of writers and chairs the JourneyWoman Women's Advisory Council and Women's Speaker's Bureau. She has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star and Zoomer as a solo travel expert, and speaks at women's travel conferences around the world. In March 2023, she was named one of the most influential women in travel by TravelPulse and was the recipient of a SATW travel writing award in September 2023. She is the chair of the Canadian chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a member Women's Travel Leaders and a Herald for the Transformational Travel Council (TTC). Sometimes she sleeps. A bit.


  1. Lisa Nazarenko

    I was a bit surprised by your choice of hiking boot, since these are not waterproof. You can always count on rain during a long-distance hike, and I think it’s very uncomfortable to hike with wet feet and socks – it can also cause blisters. In addition, I would be interested to know which sunhat you chose, since I find that most that are available in sport stores don’t have a wide enough brim. I finally found one in the LL Bean catalog.

    • Carolyn Ray

      Thanks Lisa! I’ve had my hiking boots for years and never had problems in the rain. In fact, it poured one day so I was grateful for my poncho! The wool socks help a lot too – I had two pairs of socks and also a pair of Teva sandals or sneakers. I got my hat at MEC but if I had to do it again I’d get a hat with SPF protection.

  2. Sofia

    As someone who has walked the Camino twice and planning my third walk, I can’t figure out what the door wedge is for? I’m I missing something obvious? Please share 🙂

    • Carolyn Ray

      The door wedge is to put on your door in a hotel room. Sometimes locks break… it’s an added precaution.


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