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i chortled at the sight of pilgrims with small bags and outside danglies - sleeping bags, mats, rain jackets, mugs, crocs, hat, water bottles, drying sox and undies, and a plastic bag of food
all clanging and competing with the cow-bells for noize
Kitsambler wrote:The worst thing is to forget where you've stowed something, and have to completely unpack to find it. So start now -- right now -- to develop "a place for everything, everything in its place" system. Right pants pocket, left pants pocket, right hipbelt pocket, left hipbelt pocket, bladder pocket, top lid, top lid underside (if you have one), etc.
Remember you'll be doing one thing consistently when you arrive at your lodgings, so make this a simple and repeatable process: boots off/shoes on, pack off/articles for the night removed, walking sticks and raingear hung by the door, sleep sack spread on the claimed bunk.
Practicing the packing and unpacking every day as you do your training walks will help you set up your own personal "system".
heatherrnw wrote:I still need to get a sleeping bag, which I think is the last "major" thing I need. The rest I'm sure I can find around my house. I can't say how big the sleeping bag is since I don't have one as of yet. I have done a little research on them, but I'm not sure exactly what I will need to get for those nights in Sept-Oct.
Sojourner47 wrote:Well, I've said it before, ("Another backpack recommendation request"), but will - boringly - repeat it here.
I know you guys are coming from the other side of the world, and need stuff for a longer period travelling, but what on earth are you filling these huge packs with?
He was hiking, cooking, and camping. In later years, he abandoned the cook kit for an aluminum bowl. I see some equipment you don't need on the Camino! How little is enough?EQUIPMENT: total weight approximately twenty pounds.
Framepack--Mountain troop or similar, with large pocket removed.
Poncho--serves as raincoat, parka, groundcloth, shelter cloth, etc.
Rainhat--indispensable because of variable weather.
Sheath knife--small size. Pocket knife as auxiliary.
Small axe--necessary for maintaining campfire in rainy weather.
Compass, waterproof matchsafe, snakebite kit-just in case.
Cook kit--Mountain troop or similar (two nested kettles and frypan)
Sleeping bag--blanket type (April-October), down or kapok in winter.
Extra set of clothing--for added warmth, rather than heavy underwear, and as a dry change after a rainy day.
Socks--(heavy) reinforced wool or spun nylon.
Canteen--flat, one quart, slung to side of pack.
First aid kit--include foot powder such as quinsana, insect repellent.
Headnet, flashlight, plastic food bags.
falcon269 wrote:Each one weighs 3 or 4 ounces, so with three of them, you could have taken a larger pack and not squashed your daily bread!compression sacks
dougfitz wrote:Your packing list reminds me of the Canadian I met at Atapuerca, who was similarly travelling very light. He arrived, showered and washed his clothing, and crept into his sleeping bag for the rest of the afternoon while his clothing dried so he could go out. By the time he did, it was dark and he came back with some tinned food and chocolate, and ate that.
I couldn't have walked like that, and didn't.
Everyone walks their own Camino, and not everyone desires to be as spartan in their options as you appear to be.
WolverineDG wrote:And after a while on the road, your inner beauty comes out, so no need for make-up, mouse, gel, blow dryers, etc.
kuannner wrote:bottom line: i am little. shouldn't my pack be too?
I've seen people wear all kinds of stuff on the camino, including a Scotsman in a kilt. I am glad, though, that I don't live in a time when people could be ordered to walk the Camino stark naked.
methodist.pilgrim.98 wrote:The Confraternity of St James, London recommends that no pilgrim should carry more than 8kg regardless of their size.
That may be a bit too pendantic but aim for 10% of body weight as your maximum and less if you can achieve it.
heatherrnw wrote: I LOVE how this pack sits on my form. My shoulders didn't ache at all
Caminando wrote:I was surprised that in the responding posts that no-one mentioned that your shoulders shouldn't take the weight, the hip belt does. The hip/shoulder ratio is around 70% / 30%, perhaps 80/20. If the weight is on your shoulders then it's not fitting right. The supplier should have mentioned it too.
Nor did anyone offer a word of caution about wearing boots/shoes one size too big. There is a lot of discussion on the forum about shoes/boots/blisters etc.
tamtamplin wrote:if you were given 2 choices -
a) i wish id bought a smaller bag - i had surplus free space
b) i wish id taken a bigger bag - i squished my bocadillo
which would you choose
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