The basics



I like my 50l Osprey Aura. I certainly don't fill the entire thing, but I like to have a little extra room for food, supplies, etc. That way I don't have to compress my Patagonia, etc. Whatever size you get, you should have enough room for your essentials (if you're sending a bag ahead everyday) with a little extra for food and water. 


Even if you're sending a bag ahead everyday, you want to keep items at a minimum. This is me: 2 shirts, 2 bras, 2 ex-officio underwear, 2 bottoms (1 skort, 1 shorts), 2 pair of socks, T-shirt dress which doubles as pajamas; hat.  

Inclement weather

We'll be walking end of May so the weather is going to be gorgeous. But it will be chilly in the morning. And it can rain out of the blue. I bring a Patagonia puffy coat and a backpack poncho (see the pic up to the left). 

Walking poles

I'm addicted to my poles, but it's totally up to you. I didn't use poles on my first camino, got them on my second, and have used them ever since. I like having them for that little extra pull up a hill, or support going down. Like the bottle versus bladder conundrum, this is a personal thing. 

Water bottle versus water bladder

This is totally a personal choice. I am a slavish devotee of the 1.5 liter bladder in my pack with a tube so I can drink all the time. Dehydration is the number one problem on the Camino. Whether you go bottle or bladder - make sure you carry at least 1.0 liter all the time. And there's fresh water along the way - it's a Western country - you can drink right from the tap. 


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