Camino de Santiago hiker

Camino de Santiago trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Camino de Santiago trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings eating and relaxing, too.

Travel essentials

Make sure to bring these documents and must-haves:

  • Passport (should be valid for at least six months from start of trip, with photocopies)
  • Travel visa (for all countries visited that require them, with photocopies)
  • Vaccination certificates (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Sufficient medical and travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Critical medication
  • Credit and debit cards
  • The local currency in various denominations
  • Itinerary, ticket and reservation info

Luggage and organization

When it comes to packing, we recommend using a backpack – it will be the most convenient option. If you’d prefer a suitcase, go with a medium-sized one. You’ll also definitely want to bring a daypack to make sure you have all your everyday essentials handy. Space is limited on transportation, so there’s a limit of one main piece of luggage per traveller. You’ll be responsible for carrying your own luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (15–20 minutes at the most), so make sure you’re comfortable with your set-up.

Note: there are weight limits in place for luggage; read the trip details for information.


The weather can be quite hot in summer months, so we recommend hiking in shorts and a t-shirt. During the shoulder seasons (April to May and September to October) be prepared for cooler mornings and evenings. Choose quick-drying synthetic or merino wool clothing that is lightweight, wicks moisture and won’t wrinkle in your pack. Leave the cotton at home.


travel gear and personal care

Optional travel items