Packing List

Here is my packing list along with some post-Camino comments. The harsh reality is that my pack weighed in at the maximum limit for the Camino. I set out on the Camino weighing 225 pounds (102 kilos) and my pack (without water) weighed 22 pounds (10 kilos). That is at the maximum range of the 10% rule (pack to body weight) suggested by most experienced pilgrims. Then you add on water, food for snacks or lunch, the stuff you buy along the way - and by the afternoon each day on the Camino I was cursing my compulsive desire to bring everything possible.

Stuff Quantity Comments (after Camino)
Hat   1  
Walking Poles      
Belt Wallet      
  Credit card  1  
  ATM Card  3 I brought all three of my ATM Cards.  For a couple of days my primary card did not work properly, so I had to use a backup card. So brining at least one backup card was not a bad idea.
  Copy of airline flights    
Fanny Pack      
  Tripod   This was a tripod to hold my point and shoot camera. Never used it. Mistake.
  Pilgrim Credencial    
  Camera 1 Small point and shoot camera. I saw several pilgrims with full SLR cameras that added significant weight. I was very happy with the quality of the point and shoot camera.
  Compass   Actually was useful in the large cities. The streets are narrow and curve unpredictably. When I got lost, I often couldn't even tell which way was north. I'd take a compass again.
  Pocket knife 1  
  Tablet Computer   Wi-Fi is ubiquitous. Even in the smallest town, you can sit outside the town hall or library and use the Wi-Fi. The tablet I brought was heavy, but it replaced the books, guides and maps I would otherwise have had to carry. Next time I'll bring a smaller one, even if it means squinting at a small screen.
  Camera Charger 1  
  Camera cable for Android 1 I got paranoid about losing the camera or the memory cards and losing my pictures with them. So I attached the camera to the tablet computer and uploaded the pictures to DropBox as a backup. 
  Extra memory cards for camera 3  
  Chums for glasses    
  Electric plug converter for Spain    
  Electrolytes   While they are heavy, electrolyte tablets that you can add to your water bottle are really helpful on hot days. Not mandatory, but helpful.
  Head lamp    
  Watch (fresh battery)    
  Copy of passport    
  List of important numbers    
  The Stone   For the Cruz de Ferro
  Earplugs   Bring extras. You will need them.
  Plastic storage bags   Turned out to be very valuable to store stuff.
  Duct tape   A roll has more than I needed. So I wrapped some tape around my walking sticks and left the roll behind.
  Rope   For an impromptu clothesline. Used the rope only 4 or 5 times, but it was worth it when I needed it.
  Clothes pins    
  Protective bag for backpack on airplane   Left the bag in the first albergue as it added extra weight. Bought a new one in Madrid for the trip back for 15 euros.
  First Aid Kit    
  Medicine Prescriptions    
  Bug Spray    
  Sun Block    
  Foot Lotion    
  Sandals 1 Make sure you bring footwear for walking about the albergue and town with which you can wear socks. I brought light weight sandals with a strap for the big toe, which made wearing socks an impracticality. 
  Poncho 1 The Barrabes Atmospheric Poncho was fantastic.
  Gaiters 1 Never really used them. Unless you expect rain for most of the trip, they are not very practical.
  Sleeping Bag 1 My sleeping bag was lite, small and only good to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I used a liner as a backup on the rare day when it was cold, no heat in the albergue and there were no blankets.
  Sleeping Bag Liner 1  
  Stuff Bags for clothes, misc. 4 Made it a lot easier to organize the backpack.
  T-Shirts 3 No cotton anything.
  Underwear 3  
  Shorts 1 Never wore them in April and May. Should have left at home.
  Socks 3  
  Silk Sock Liners 3  
  Pants 2  
  Technical Shirts (Heavy) 1 Was invaluable on the days when it was 0 degrees Celsius outside. However, I could have doubled up on the T-Shirts and added the lite technical shirt to replace it.
  Technical Shirts (Light) 1  
  Fleece Jacket 1 Medium weight fleece. Wore it every day on the Camino.
  Fleece Pants 1 I left one of my regular pants behind at the albergue on my first night, so I needed the fleece pants as a fall back. But if I had not lost my walking pants, the fleece pants were unnecessary. Might bring long johns the next time.
  Good Shirt 1 Something with a collar to wear for dinner in the cities.
  Fleece cap 1 Invaluable when it got down to freezing.
  Gloves 1 More than invaluable. These were light runners' gloves.
  Sunglasses 1  
  Regular glasses with case 1  
  Towel 1  
  Emergency blanket 1 Never used it, but it did provide some psychological relief when I got lost on the long stretches of the Via de la Plata and the potential of sleeping outside over night became a possibility. Would probably leave behind next time.
Toiletries     Every town has a Farmacia, so there is no need to bring extra toiletries. They add a lot of weight.
  Tooth Paste    
  Tooth Brush    
  Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions    
  Toe nail clippers    
Water bottles   2  
Water Bladder   1 Never used the bladder after the third day. Won't bring again.
Bladder Cleaner   1 Ditto