I walked the Camino Frances from May to June 2013 and it was an unseasonably cold spring with rain, snow and hail. This list reflects that time of the year, but if you’re going in warmer months, please see my Camino Portuguese packing list.
Starting from the bottom up…
Shoes – I wore Salomon GTX XA Ultra 3D shoes (not boots) and they were fine for me on the Camino Frances. If I did it again I would wear non-waterproof shoes for better breathability.
Sandals – for shower and evening – I wore TEVA Tirra sandals
Socks x 3 – combination of lightweight and midweight merino socks depending on the weather
Base layers – merino long pants and long sleeve shirt – to sleep in / and for extra warmth
Underpants x 2 – I wore Icebreaker hipkini. Merino is great for breathability and quick dry
Shirts x 2 short-sleeve quick-dry t-shirts (I would take one long sleeve top to walk in and one short sleeve for evenings if I was to do this again)
Icebreaker sleeves – these are one of my favourite items. I wear them with short sleeve t-shirts and it saves me from constantly taking off and putting on a fleece, I can simply roll them down my arm if I get hot. (I wouldn’t take these again as I would use a long-sleeve top to walk in instead, better for sun protection and warmth)
Buff – to keep your neck warm, but can also be used as a hat, headband etc
Rain gear – I took waterproof pants and my Macpack Event rain jacket. If I was to do it again I would probably just take a good poncho instead
Hat – I use a sports cap that fits under my rain jacket hood and helps to keep the rain off my face