THE BACKPACKYou dont have to take many things with you since you will find different places where to buy things along the way. So remember: only pack the essential! Here you have some recommendations:You dont have to take many things with you since you will find different places where to buy things along the way. So remember: only pack the essential! Here you have some recommendations:1. Don’t pack extra; your back will thank you.2. Don’t excess a 10% of your weight. If you do, your back might hurt afterwards3. Bear in mind that the backpack itself weighs, so the size will be important.4. Think ahead what you want to pack; this will help you to know the size of your backpack5. Take some time to go to a specialist dealer. They will tell you the backpack that suits you best6. Pack everything, check if you have enough space and weigh the backpack.7. Once you have everything packed, have a short walk with you backpack and test if you will be able to carry that weight.8. Check the last part of this section to know more about excess weight and how to deal with it9. No matter your body type, carry light and foldable things. They will take less spaceWe don’t state the amount of things to carry since that it is up to the pilgrims and your personal needs.1. CLOTHING (From May to September)1. A seamless and long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt (better if it dries fast)2. A seamless and short-sleeved shirt or t-shirt (better if it dries fast)3. Zip-off trousers4. Hooded waterproof raincoat. The longer, the better.5. Waterproof trousers. They need to protect your ankle área to avoid water entering your boots6. A white hat made of a thick fabric to protect you from the sun (see section HOT DAYS)7. A cap. Use it when raining; the peak will protect your face from getting wet.8. A windbreaker jacket. Check that you can wear a sweater underneath9. A médium thick sweater10. Fast-dry underwear11. Seamless socks for trekking or hiking. You can use them both in summer and Winter12. A long foulard to protect your neck from the sun (see section HOT DAYS)13. Fast-dry médium-sized towel14. A tracksuit. After a long day of walking this is the best choice.15. Pyjamas16. Swimsuit. Some people might use it to have a shower if they are sleeping in inns or hostels17. Flip-flops to use after a long day of walking and in the showers18. Use reflective strips on your backpack. This way, you will make sure that you are visible to vehicles, specially when walking next to roads.1.1 CLOTHING (From October to April)19. An ski-mask or neck warmer to protect your throat from the cold20. Woolen gloves21 A hooded fleece to protect you from cold and wind22. Corduroy zip trousers23. Crampons, if you do Hospitales route and the weather forescast says it will snow over 10 cm2.EXTRAS1. Waterproof backpack cover. 2. A mat, in case you are thinking about sleeping outdoors3. A headlamp with white and red light (very useful if you are sleeping in a hostel or if you want to start the day at the crack of dawn4. A sleeping bag (if you are sleeping in hostels) and appropriate for the season 5. Clothes pegs6. Safety pins7. A penknife8. Nail clipper9. Nail file10. A lighter11 Needle and threat12. A plastic bag for your dirty clothing13. Sunglasses appropriate for every season. Bear in mind the quality of the glass to protect you properly from the sun or snow14. Thermal water bottle if it is summer or a wineskin (with water)15. A whistle3. HYGINE1 Liquid soap. Carry some small jars to refill when buying more at a supermarket2. A sponge. It helps to tone your body when you scrub in the shower3. A toothbrush and toothpaste4. A bar of soap for your clothes5. Deodorant6. Travel shave set4. SKIN PROTECTION1. SPF 50 Sun cream (at least). Apply before starting the day and every 4 hours. Apply aftersun cream after your trekking day2. Non-scented vaseline (check section FEET)3. Insect repellent (against ticks as well) From June to October5. FIRST-AID KIT1. Sticking plasters2. Gauze pads3. Brown strips of adhesive tape (made of fabric). Width between 2,5cm and 3,5 cm (check section FEET for more information)4. Rounded tip scissors5. Bottle with special ointment for your feet (check section FEET)6. Rosemary alcohol ( great for muscle stiffness. Give a massage with your hands)7. Betadine, to protect wounds from air 8. Cotton9. Hydrogen peroxide to desinfect (check section FEET)10. Bicarbonate (check section FEET)11. Special tweezers to remove ticks.6. IDENTIFICATION1. ID or Passport2. Health card3. A list of important people for you with their telephone number in case of emergency4. Credit or debit card 5. Pilgrim’s passport6. Cash, not not a lot. Check possible ATMs that you can use along The Way7. Accident insurance7. FOODYou should bear in mind that before Cadavo (Baleira) the energy expenditure will be higher. Fresh foods (a savoury one), tins, juice and condensed milk will help you throughout the day1. Nuts2. Dried fruits (dried apricots, dates are a good option)3. Chocolate4. Olives stuffed with anchovies5. Canned anchovies6. Crackers7 A banana8. An apple9. Fresh fruit juice10. Condensed milk tube8.PACKING PROPERLYWhen packing, place the objects and things that you will use less in the lower part and on the top the things you will use more. In the right side pocket, the water (sun-facing side will be on the left)9. CARRY THE BACKPACKAdjust the upper straps. The backpack should be in the highest position over the shoulders. Adjust both the chest and lumbar straps in your backpack. We should avoid as few movements as possible.When going uphill, if you feel that the backpack is pulling you down, it is because the straps are loose. Adjust them again. 10. ALTERNATIVES TO WEIGHT EXCESSIf you find your backpack to heavy or bulky, there are other alternatives which will help you do The Way in a more comfortable way and satisfactorily.1.If you google “paq mochila correos” the first link will send you to Correos Website (the national delivery company in Spain). For a cheap fee they can send your backpack to the next hostel you will stay in or part of the weight. They also have bike service. You dont necessarily have to use a backpack, you can also send a suitcase if necessary.2.If you are doing The Way with a group of people, the Taxi Associations in different villages offer the same service and you can bargain and agree on a final price.