St. James' Way in a Tuxedo? Really? Really. A Danish pilgrim has arrived wearing his finest get-up
because he thinks that Spanish restaurants won't let
him in otherwise.
Other pilgrims bring their hammocks, huge dictionaries, solar-powered chargers, bags full of supplies, batteries...
For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have
followed St. James' Way – you would expect that by
now, word about a good packing list would have spread
On the contrary: many pilgrims arrive with
enormous backpacks, weighing 20-30 kilograms, and
damage their feet, knees and shoulders before spending
lots of money on sending huge packages back home.
In short episodes, the author describes the confusion of
getting equipment, eventually making his pilgrimage to
Santiago de Compostela carrying only 3 kilograms in his
This equipment guide is a must-have for
Equipment left to right and top to bottom: Shoes, Flip-Flops, Backpack Liner, Gloves, Aluminum Mat, Stone for the Cruz de Ferro, rolled-together Freezer Bags, Toiletry Bag, Technology Bag, PET Water Flask, Hiking Sticks, Clothing, Sleeping Bag, Document Bag, Backpack with Shell, Clothing, Towel
St. Jean Pied de Port: On this bridge, the pilgrim's road to Santiago begins
The snow-covered Pyrenees: View from the Roland-monument on top of the Ibañeta-Pass
On the left: St. James' Way between Puente la Reina and Estella
On the right: Faucet of the free vine fountain
On the left: Shell and yellow arrow: road markings on the stage to Torres del Rio
On the right: Completion of Road Markings: arrow made out of rocks on St. James' Way in the direction of Najera
On the left: Compostela: certificate confirming pilgrimage
On the right: In front of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela