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    Muxia to Santiago to Paris - where is the SdC bus station in relation to the airport?

    Good points, Chris! I am such a worry wort when it comes to catching flights. I generally arrive 3 hours early for domestic, 4+ for international. Believe me I know that is well beyond excessive in most others' opinions, but when you are trying to catch your flights home after a long trip (and...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Cher, that is some AMAZING hair you have growing there! :) I don't think I could let me hair get that long, but still pretty awesome! That would be too much maintenance for me personally, but I respect your dedication. As long as the hair is manageable and "clean enough", after I put it up with...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Great advice! Thanks, Priscilla! :) As I have been trying to hand wash my socks lately, I have noticed this too about the Darn Toughs. Looks like I might have to make a last minute purchase... And that is something I was thinking about earlier today. Often my allergy meds are trial and error...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Thanks, Kirkie! I have quite a keen eye for walking sticks in the woods. Maybe why I haven't considered proper trekking poles yet. But I have a feeling sticks will be present sooner rather than later. Cheers! :)
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Yeah I do suppose that is a possibility with the rain jacket. Over time, with wear and tear, water will get through the jacket. Maybe I just haven't put mine through the proper paces yet. I guess the other thing to consider is applying some more DWR. Might consider treating it before I leave, as...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Thanks again, CaminoDebrita! Your story is exactly what I had been contemplating as a possible worst-case scenario. I prefer to err on the side of caution, hence maybe having a bit too much gear. But you and the others have helped me be a little more conscious of what to look out for and some...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Hi Double D! I am definitely a glutton for punishment (perhaps my reason for my interest in the Camino altogether haha). But like I said, I had been lurking for some time and reading other's lists as there certainly is plenty to learn. Less than 24 hours after posting my list, I have already...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Thanks Tia! This was the conundrum I was facing and why I initially wanted to post the gear list (also because I am a glutton for punishment :p), as my biggest concern is how to layer properly in the shoulder months with the gear I currently have versus the recommendations of others. For me...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Thanks Robo! I am okay with 21lbs, but certainly could afford to shed a little weight (couldn't we all? haha) Just after last night's posts, I have already removed 14oz. So I am off to a great start! But thanks for the support and feedback! Time will tell, but given my desire for this Camino, I...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    I might have to try out the packets from Wally's then. Other option is to just keep picking up travel shampoo bottles along the way. That or get Lush bar for everything. So many options... haha And yeah I haven't had the best experiences with ziplocks myself. But one of them plus a rain cover...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Hi Alaskadiver! Yeah that was one of the main reasons I liked this bag in particular, ie the versatility of it. I have found it comfortable using it on my back porch in the 60s the last few nights. I am sure I can fiddle with my sleeping setup along the Camino no problem. And I am definitely in...
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Cheers Duayne! Love the advice, tips and input I have been getting thus far. Always appreciate another's thoughts :) Curious about your experience with the REI line of rain jackets. I have had the Rhyolite Jacket for about a year now and has held up to rain, snow, wind and cold perfectly well...
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    Muxia to Santiago to Paris - where is the SdC bus station in relation to the airport?

    Felipe, this is an awesome post! Thanks for the info; it was what I have been looking for! Seems like if I venture back in to town after the bus ride from Muxia, there are buses going to the airport every 20 to 30 minutes and only need ~30 minutes to get there. Most helpful! Thanks again! :):):):)
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    Gear / Weight - Packing List Thoughts, Opinions, Questions

    Thanks Jozero! Apart from the gear and common sense subjects, I am actually trying to plan as little as possible and place my faith and trust in God, the Camino and others around me (ie, don't worry about bed bugs, where the best place in town to sleep is, what to expect along the way, etc. and...