SUMMER PACKING LIST (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
GET YOUR MINIATURE TOILETRIES ON AMAZON,
THEN REPLENISH ALONG THE CAMINO
First Aid Kit
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 below.
BUY QUICK-DRYING TOWELS HERE
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