The short answer,

as little as possible!

By the time you’ve read this… my journey will have begun!!

Since I will be carrying everything with me in a backpack the whole 500 miles, I will want it to weigh as little as possible. Many people have been curious about what I will take, and how I will carry it.

So here is the packing list: 

  • The backpack and backpack rain cover
  • The Camino Shell – read about the history of the camino shell  here.
  • Sleep sack
  • My medicine! Plus Tylenol
  • Small guide book
  • 1 small quick dry towel
  • Passport, driver’s license, Euros, and 2 credit cards
  • Headlamp (just in case)
  • 1 short sleeved shirt – quick dry
  • 1 long sleeved shirt – quick dry
  • 1 jacket – lightweight but warm
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 2 long exercise plants
  • 1 shorter exercise pant
  • 1 shirt to wear that I won’t hike in
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes, walking trainers, shower shoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Buff
  • 4 pair socks
  • 1 liter Nalgene
  • Water purifying pills
  • 1 spork/can opener/bottle opener all in 1 tool
  • Highly concentrated soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent
  • Body glide for chaffing and a few various other toiletries
  • Spare glasses
  • Walk The Way With Her cards to pass out
  • 2 carabiners
  • 3 energy bars
  • Journal
  • Cell phone and charger, portable cell charger, power converter.


On top of that, a few dear friends have given me a few small things to carry with me:  an angel, an intention bracelet, and a courage medallion. I will also take a pink strand of pearls to use to pay tribute to several sorority sisters who have died from breast cancer.  Plus a few rocks!  – Read about that tradition here. More on that later!

Thank you everyone for your donations, support, and words of encouragement so far!  The next blog will be written from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port where the The Frances Way of the Camino de Santiago begins. Read more about Saint-Jean here:




The Foglia Family Foundation who will graciously match all donations up to $50,000.

Bob Lee who has been a wonderful mentor and good friend.

The Daily Herald for sharing my story. You can read the article here.



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