Packing for El Camino

That’s all of it. I’m taking a relatively small daypack (small enough to fit into the overhead bin of a plane, big enough to need to be shoved pretty forcefully in there).

The sleeping bag takes up the most space, and since I plan to travel a little after El Camino, I have a few extra clothing items.

Here’s the list:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Rain poncho
  • Windbreaker 
  • Teva sandals
  • Flip flops 
  • Walking shoes
  • Spandex pants for walking (1 pair)
  • Thermal shirt and pants (1)
  • Quick dry shirt (2)
  • Wool socks (4 pairs)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Knee brace


  • Toothbrush/ paste/ floss
  • Sunscreen 
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Hair clips
  • Chapstick (w/sunscreen)
  • Shampoo
  • Vaseline
  • Small scissors
  • Nail clipper

Medicine Cabinet:

  • Painkillers (Excedrin, Advil, Asprin)
  • Bandaids
  • Dragon Blood (bug bite relief)
  • Vitamins


  • Battery packs (2)
  • Phone charger
  • Smart phone
  • Headlamp
  • Pedometer
  • Headphones


  • Ear plugs
  • Keyboard*
  • Dryer sheets*
  • Book
  • Journal

We tend to think we’re exiting civilization when we go traveling. Well, it may be true sometimes, but it’s usually pretty easy to find anything you need while you’re on the road, so I don’t stress too much about packing. 

*If you’re debating over whether or not to bring a computer, consider using your smart phone and a portable keyboard

*Dryer sheets (while perhaps toxic…) are said to have a ton of uses other than making your clothes soft and smell nice-y, including working as mosquito repellent. Does it work? I don’t know. Mosquitoes are my mortal enemy though, and I’ll try just about anything. 


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