SPRING PACKING LIST (FOR BACKPACKS)
Miniature size shampoo and conditioner – buy more as you go
Miniature size soap (the type you get in hotels)-buy more en-route
Miniature toothpaste and toothbrush
Miniature body lotion (doubles up as moisturizer too)
Small roll-on deodorant-(buy more as you go)
Small feather-weight towel (buy them in camping stores)
Make-up (for people like me!) Keep it to a minimum
Tiny hairbrush or comb
BUY MINIATURE TOILETRIES ON AMAZON (YOU CAN ALSO REPLENISH ON THE CAMINO TRAIL)
Carrying a guidebook adds weight to your pack and a lot of pilgrims prefer electronic guides. Many people who do carry them tend to rip away pages as they walk the trail, leaving the pack lighter as the journey goes on.
Feather-weight sarongs are useful items to carry as they can be used in many different ways. They protect your neck and head from the sun, can be used as a skirt, wrap-dress, towel, emergency arm-sling or bandage, emergency backpack, picnic blanket.....The list goes on! I'll leave the rest to your imagination!
Packing Lists for Other Seasons
GO TO AMAZON
Be careful when buying your rain poncho and backpack cover. Some brands are just not up to the job when it rains down furiously (it does that a lot in spring, especially in Galicia).
Spring in Spain brings changeable weather. It can still be very cold, especially in the mornings and evenings and at high altitudes. Depending on your location, and towards the end of spring, the weather can get nice and warm, so leave prepared.
Wear sunscreen often. You are exposed to UV all day and can get sunburn even in spring.
If you find yourself walking at a very rainy time, in addition to your backpack cover, you might want to consider packing the contents of your backpack in plastic bags before re-packing them. This helps keep everything dry when even the ponchos let in the water.
Weigh your backpack as you add items on your 'wants' list. You'll be surprised how little you can take, how the small things add up. An extra pair of socks or knickers, or that evening shawl...it all makes for a heavier load in the end.
You can buy the most amazingly light-weight clothing, backpacks, towels and more at hiking stores near you or you can purchase them online on the link below.