Our List of Gear for el Camino

Bikers on el Camino (image courtesy of The Guardian)

Bikers on el Camino (image courtesy of The Guardian)

We haven’t bought much gear yet for our bike trip, but it’s time to start thinking about what we will want to bring. Together, we’ve come up with this list of things that we will want to bring to Spain with us.

Biking Gear

  • Bikes. Of course, we’ll each need a bicycle. To avoid the hassle of transporting our own bikes to Spain, we’re just going to rent them when we get there. There’s several different companies that offer rentals, but we haven’t decided on one yet.
  • Panniers. These are the bags that hang on the bike rack on the back of the bike. We will buy them ahead of time and keep everything we need for our trip in them.
  • Shoes. We will each bring a pair of lightweight, running shoes to bike in daily.
  • Water bottles. Towns and water spigots are plentiful, so we’ll probably only need to carry one liter of water at a time.
  • Extra bike tubes and a repair kit. We don’t actually know how to repair a popped tube yet. That’s on the list of things to figure out.
  • Helmets. We will each need a comfortable helmet to wear while biking.
  • Bike lights. We will need bike lights for anytime we decide to bike in the dark.
  • Bike locks. We will have to lock up our bicycles while we’re in restaurants and albergues.
  • Sunglasses. I lose my sunglasses so often, I’ll just bring a cheap pair instead of spending $100 on a high-tech pair.
  • Duct tape. This isn’t for anything specific, but it’s always good to have some handy. I like to buy it months ahead of time because aged duct tape is the stickiest.

Sleeping and Comfort Items

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping pad. We’ll be spending most of our nights in albergues (hostels), but we can’t guarantee that we’ll always get a bed. A sleeping pad will help us out if we ever have to sleep on the hard ground.
  • Earplugs. We’ll spend most nights in a crowded bunk room with dozens of other people. Earplugs will hopefully block out some of the snores.
  • Sandals. We can switch to sandals in town and use them in the showers too.
  • Lightweight travel towel, such as the Sea to Summit Pocket Towel. We’ll get to shower almost daily at the albergues, so it would be nice to dry off instead of just getting our clothes wet.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. I love bringing the 2 ounce bottles along while traveling. They can be used for body soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent. The lavender scent is my favorite!
  • Personal hygiene items like, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • First aid kit with pain killers and Gold Bond. We will probably have our doctors prescribe us antibiotics ahead of time, so if we pick up an illness we won’t have to translate our symptoms at a Spanish hospital.


  • Bike shorts. We’ll each need a pair of the bike shorts that have butt padding, so the long days of biking aren’t too uncomfortable.
  • Tank top. I will need a moisture-wicking tank top to keep as cool as possible.
  • Rain jacket. We’ll each need a rain jacket for chilly, damp mornings. These will also work great if it’s not raining, and we just want to stay warm. I want a jacket with armpit zippers for those days that the jacket is a little too warm, but it’s chilly outside.
  • Yoga pants or running tights. These will keep us warm in the evening or on chilly days.
  • Long-sleeve shirts. Synthetic, moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirts will be great on cold days. On the coldest days, we can layer them with the rain jackets.
  • Wool socks. They dry faster than cotton socks, and they help prevent blisters.
  • Cotton shorts and t-shirts to sleep in. While doing trails, it’s nice to have cotton clothes to sleep in. We’re bound to get chafing, and cotton will help dry out our skin at night.

3 thoughts on “Our List of Gear for el Camino

  1. I like the duct tape idea! It works good to cover broken blisters and cuts too. I don’t know what is in it but it sticks great and will keep dirt out of small wounds till you can get somewhere to properly dress them!

  2. Hey Ginger Snap,

    Saddle soreness is real. I experienced a bit of it on my bike trip. I would recommend some kind of lubricant…yeah I said it. I used chamois butt’r. But there are a lot of different brands and probably some that are “all natural” too…they all do well. Let me know if you ever wanna chat. I’d love to hear about the logistics and everything you see.

    -Sleeping Beaut

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