Cheapo Camino: All Gear for Under $300!

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I like a challenge. Especially one that doesn’t require much more than surfing online for things I don’t need. I already tried gearing up for a Camino at Wal Mart, now I wondered what Camino gear shopping might look like if I only had one day to research and $300 to spend.

FULL VIDEO HERE!

Ground Rules

First, this Camino packing had to be a “from the ground up” with two exceptions: a phone (inc. camera) and walking shoes / hiking boots. I can’t know enough ahead of time to guess someone’s phone / footwear needs and most people have them already anyway.

Second, no crap products. Now, I have not bought most of these products, so I am relying on consumer ratings for quality control. (I strongly recommend that these items be tested out thoroughly within their refund time limit before they are taken on a Camino!)

Third, I only included men’s (large) clothing. Ladies, you can modify as needed.  🙂

Finally, I divided a few multi-packs up and priced the items accordingly, so they’d need to be shared to get the listed price (it only lowered the total by a few dollars).

OK here we go! (Images are linked to products.)


PACKS & POLES

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$49 NEVO Rhino Hiking Backpack

  • 3 lbs
  • 40 Liters
  • Internal Frame
  • 21” (fits as standard carry-on)
  • back mesh
  • rain cover

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$18 Alpha Keeper Money Belt

  • Water resistant
  • RFID Protected

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$20 Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles

  • 10.5 oz.
  • Aluminum (tough!)
  • Cork grip
  • EVA foam extensions grips
  • Quick lock adjustment

SLEEP SYSTEM

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$9 Ozark Trail  Sleeping Bag Liner

  • 11 oz.
  • Polyester
  • Rectangular

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$28 Leisure Co Ultra-Portable Outdoor Camping Blanket

  • 22 oz.
  • Synthetic fill

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$8 ShopBedding  Luxury Satin Pillowcase

  • Pillow Case (Only)
  • Satin (bed bugs don’t like it)

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$4 Yunchuang Ear Plugs

  • 6 pairs
  • Silicone
  • Designed for Swimmers

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$6 Sawyer Products Permethrin

  • Bedbug protection for Liner, Blanket, Pillow Case (and Backpack!)

HYDRATION & HYGIENE

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$2 Smartwater Bottle(s)*

  • 1.3 oz.
  • Water included!
  • *Pro Tip: Get a 700ml bottle and exchange the cap (or keep both).

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$6 Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

  • 4 oz.
  • Soap, Shampoo, Laundry Detergent all-in-one!
  • No mess.

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$3 Zpacks Ultralight Travel Toothbrush Kit

  • <1 oz.
  • Inc. case and toothpaste

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$11 4Monster Microfiber Towel

  • Light and Large
  • Quick dry
  • Attachment loop

TECH

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$9 Epicka International Wall Charger Power Plug Adapter

  • 3.5 oz
  • Works in Spain
  • Dual USB plus two Standard Plug types

CLOTHING / RAINGEAR

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$17 Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit

  • Jacket and Pants
  • 12 oz.
  • 100% Waterproof

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$10 Reebok Performance T-Shirt (1)

  • Lightweight
  • Wicking
  • Quick Dry

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$22 Aiegernle Long Sleeve Dry Fit Hiking Shirt (1)

  • Quick Dry
  • Sun Protection
  • Vented Mesh Back

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$23 Linlon Hiking Pants (1)

  • Convertible to Shorts (Zip-Off Legs)
  • Water-Resistant
  • Quick Dry

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$9 Russell Men’s Core Performance Active Shorts (1)

  • Lightweight
  • Wicking
  • Quick Dry

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$6 Saucony Competition Low Cut Socks (3 Pair)

  • Quick Dry
  • Wicking
  • Arch Support
  • Smooth Toe Seam

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$26 Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No-Show Toe Socks (2 pair)

  • Great Alone or as Liners
  • Protects Toes from Friction Blisters
  • Quick Dry
  • Wicking
  • Arch Support
  • Smooth Toe Seam

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$10 Hanes Men’s Cool Comfort  Long Leg Boxer Brief (3 pair)

  • Breathable Mesh
  • Quick Dry
  • Wicking

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS ($33)

These are not strictly necessary but could make your Camino much nicer.

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$7 Buff Original Buff (1)

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$6 Blue Sky Basics Waterproof Pouch (1)

  • One of the only 100% Waterproof fanny packs I’ve ever seen.

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$7 Vont Spark Headlamp (10% off Discount Code: 10BACKCOUN) (1)

  • 3.2 oz.
  • Water resistant,
  • 3 level light brightness
  • Red light
  • Takes 3 AAA’s

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$13 Connectyle Outdoor Large Brim Fishing Hat


Conclusion

Well this is what I came up with for a full Camino packing list for under $300 (and only $330 including all the “luxury” items). I wish I had found some of these before I spent what I did on my kit. (In fact, I may swap some items for some of these!)

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