SUMMER PACKING LIST
SUMMER PACKING LIST (BACKPACKS)
2 pairs of zip-off trousers (wear them long in the early morning hours and zip off as the heat sets in)
I pair of shorts or skirt for evening wear
2 pairs of knickers
2 pairs of socks
1 long-sleeve light-weight hiking shirt
1 light-weight blouse for evenings
1 fleece (for cooler evenings and mornings)
1 pair of walking shoes/hiking boots CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
1 pair of walking sandals (for extremely hot days if feet over-heat, and for evenings)
1 pair of light flip-flops for the shower
1 light-weight rain poncho (the kind that fits into a tiny bag)
First Aid Kit
Mobile phone/Iphone plus charger
Small Guidebook (if you do not have electronic devices on which to bookmark web pages)
Camera (if you don’t have a good one embedded in your electronic devices)
Extremely lightweight sleeping bag OR single duvet cover OR single sheet. (In the heat of summer, many pilgrims prefer to take a single duvet cover that they can climb into. It acts as a sleeping bag and you don’t have to sleep on sheets that many others may have used. A sheet is also so much lighter to carry if you’re not fussy).
Pillow case (again, many pilgrims don’t like to put their heads on a pillow that has been used by many others)
Ear plugs (people don’t just snore after long hikes, they have been known to ROAR!)
Eye-mask (pilgrims have been known to throw on the lights in the early hours before they leave)
Plastic knife/fork/spoon (always comes in handy)
Miniature torch (to see in the dark when you need to use the toilet, or if you leave before light)
Feather-weight scarf to protect the back of your neck from sunburn
Evaluate the current weather trends and think carefully about whether to take a sleeping bag in summer. In Spain and Portugal, it is mostly hot and many pilgrims take a light single sheet or single duvet cover instead. A backpack without even the lightest sleeping bag is a gift from heaven!
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!
Summer in Spain and Portugal is normally very hot, but there can be rainy, much cooler days, so be prepared.
You can buy the most amazingly light-weight clothing, backpacks, towels and more at hiking stores near you or you can purchase them online.
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.
Packing Lists for Other Seasons