Everyone knows you need plenty of shirts, pants, and socks. Can't forget tooth brush and tooth paste. But what about those things you'll realize you need only when it's too late?  Here are the top 5 things you should pack but didn't think about...

  1. A copy of your passport and ID. God forbid that anything happen to your actual travel documents, however, having a copy of these stored separate from your actual passport and ID can be of great asset should one turn up missing or stolen. We suggest leaving a copy with your emergency contact back home as well (speaking from experience here).
  2. Comfortable walking shoes. Trust us, you do not want to spend 10 days constantly walking, and end up with sore feet because of inadequate shoes. Go to a department store or sporting goods store and try on a few pair and find one that is most comfortable for you.
  3. A backup/external battery.  With as much as you likely use your phone, we doubt that you'll forget the charger at home.  But what about a backup or external battery? You may be using your phone for digital communication, pictures, calls home. If it dies during the day you'll be cutoff from all of these.  Do yourself a favor and bring a backup battery.
  4. Protection from the elements. Sunblock for sunny weather. A compact rain jacket for stormy weather. You never know what extreme you're going to encounter on a pilgrimage (perhaps both), but it's always best to be prepared so you don't spend an uncomfortable day wet or a painful few days tending a sunburn.
  5. A reusable water bottle. You'll be walking more on a pilgrimage than you may be accustom to on a daily basis. Stay hydrated and carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day so you don't have to buy disposable bottles at every stop.