Essential clothing equipment:
Walking shoes / boots: They should provide good ankle support, be breathable, lightweight and yet have strong soles for the rough ground you will encounter. 1 or 1.5 sizes bigger than the size of our feet!
Sandals or other lightweight shoe for use in the evening, while your boots dry out and have a chance to breathe.
Socks: bring several pairs (max.: 3 pairs) as it is a good idea to change socks and massage your feet half-way through the day (even if you don’t think they need it)
Trousers, skirts and shorts: for most of the year shorts are ideal and your legs will dry out much more quickly than fabric if you walk into a rain shower. Rural Spain remains very traditional – a sarong is ideal for women to wrap around bare legs when visiting churches, etc., and also cool and easy to wash and dry. The most useful of the Convertible Pants!
Fleece: a lightweight fleece is useful – you will need to increase the thickness the closer into winter that you plan to travel. If you intend travelling in midwinter you will need proper thermal clothing and a sleeping bag for the subzero temperatures that you may encounter, particularly on the higher ground where you can expect snow and ice.
Waterproofs: even allowing for obvious seasonal changes the weather in northern Spain, particularly in Galicia, is notoriously unpredictable There are many lightweight rain and wind-proof jackets and trousers. A cheaper option is a plastic poncho that covers not only the body but the backpack as well. This can be rolled out during rain showers and the loose fitting nature of the poncho means you don’t get too much build up of sweat as with most tight fitting plastic or nylon garments.
Hat: in the summer months your main consideration will be protection from the sun. Wear a wide brim hat to protect your head and neck and any other exposed areas. Sunstroke can be painful and, in extreme cases, dangerous.
Important! Don’t pack more clothes than necessary! With help of our backpack weight calculator you can check how much clothes you should take with you.