Packing Light

Go Hard Core – Carry Everything!!

In caminos around the world it is most common to carry everything on one’s back. However with greater distances and less stops on the Aussie Camino  it has been the usual custom to use a back up vehicle that can carry additional items.

John strong feet on sandals


John Monaghan (pictured above) is a hardened pilgrim a veteran of 3 caminos to Santiago and carried no more than 4.5kg in his pack on each of his caminos. Yes that’s John’s entire pack that he carried on his pack on the the Aussie Camino in December 2014. There is something delightfully liberating about carrying everything on one’s own pack and it forces the pilgrim to make difficult choices about superfluous equipment.

John was good enough to share his list which will enable the pilgrim to pack frugally.

John’s List

Credit & ATM cards + Cash

Mobile Phone & Camera + batteries/chargers

Aussie Camino maps/info booklet + pen & paper for diary notes

Sunglasses & sunscreen

Backpack – small, securely fitting hips so these carry weight not shoulders

Walking gear – shorts, long sleeve shirt, sandals or runners or boots

Camelback water bladder or refill plastic water bottles each day

Hat – preferably wide-brim &/or foreign legion type to cover neck

Light jacket eg zip-up sports top for cool early starts & evenings

Spare T-Shirt + lightweight long pants + light belt + jocks + hanky

Backpack rain cover + kitchen tidy bin liner for clothes inside if backpack leaks

Poncho or raincoat or lightweight waterproof hooded jacket

Sleeping bag liner – lightweight silk instead of heavier/bulkier cotton

Microfibre towel, soap, bandaids, toothbrush & paste (small tube)

Ibuprofen or panadol, pawpaw or similar cream for cuts, blisters etc

Needle & thread for blisters

Beanie & gloves if Winter

Bumbag for carrying phone, camera, wallet

Hydralyte tablets

Lightweight sandals, thongs or crocs for after walk