As you may or may not know, I just returned from walking 200 miles/300 KM of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was such an amazing experience, and I cannot wait to do it again! That being said, next time I’m going to pack a little differently. Here are some things I wish I would have packed… (I walked in April, so keep that in mind).

 

Dry Bag:

It didn’t seem to matter that I had a cover over my bag. By the end of a rainy day everything inside my bag was wet. It made the laundry process miserable as I didn’t have any dry clothes to change into.

Gortex Gloves:

I used walking sticks (highly recommend) but constantly had a problems with my hands getting cold. I didn’t bring gloves with me but quickly learned they were a must. I was able to find a thin cotton pair at a local store but if it was raining they did little to keep my hands warm. Once they got wet they were completely useless and did more harm than good as they kept the cold moisture against my hands. Next time I will be bringing waterproof Gortex gloves. They’re not overly bulky but will be so helpful!

Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch:

 

I used my cell phone to listen to music almost constantly throughout my walk. It was really tricky on days when it was raining or snowing. One particular day my phone became unresponsive, presumably from cold/moisture. I would definitely advise having a waterproof pouch for the phone and/or other valuables.

Vaseline:

Small jars of Vaseline would have come in really handy. My face was constantly chapped from wind burn. I also heard of people putting Vaseline on their toes to prevent blisters.

Reflective Headband:

This item is dual purpose. The headband keeps your ears warm which was a huge issue for me in April. It also has reflective material which adds a layer of security. There are many times the trail is on or near the road. Traffic can be an issue, and I think it is a good idea to have something reflective on you.

Emergency Blanket:

I never thought of carrying an emergency mylar blanket before. When I was on the Camino I saw one used first-hand and I don’t think I’ll ever hike without one again. A young woman was walking alone and became injured. She was limping along at a very slow speed and got caught in a snow/sleet storm. Luckily, she ran into my group and we were able to help her. Another woman had one of these blankets which we used to try to warm the girl up. We got her a taxi and got her safely to the next town. These blankets are very small and weigh next to nothing. There really is no reason not to carry one. You just never know what might happen.

Reflective Rain Cover:

A rain cover is a must. I foolishly used the cheap one that came with my bag. It leaked constantly, and the inside of my bag was always soaked. Later I found this reflective rain cover, which I think I’ll use next time. I wished I had something reflective on me when I was walking on the road. This tackles both issues at the same time.

I hope this helps you as you plan your walk on the Camino de Santiago! I’ll be doing another post soon about things I’m glad I packed. Until then!

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