Hi Paul, sounds like ur pretty much set. I went over ur list. Here's what I would not take, or take in a diff version. This is all so personal!!! Contrast it from what fellow pilgrims will suggest. In the end u'll know best. Remember, what u take in excess u may leave or ship home, what u'll need on the Camino u can buy there. Suggest to get a pole or walking stick in SJ or anywhere else along the Chemin. Buen camino, peregrino, xm 8)
Take a smaller backpack: 30 L
trouser-zip offs- Regatta, 40, TAKE 2
Socks,TAKE 3 WOOL
Hat- NIX-buy a straw one at SJ or along the Camino, better for the heat (u'd look more like a peregrino!).
waterproof trousers: NIX
Sandals- hi-tec,24-NIX, take TEVAS or inexpensive RUBBER sandals (u'll be using them to take showers, should dry fast).
3 T-shirts - take 2, synthetic materials, cotton weights 2 much/takes 2 long to dry
I recommend the toilet paper-half a roll weighs nothing and if you need it-you really need it.No to the waterproof trousers.I suggest a hard soap for hair,shaving and clothes washing-it will last a lot longer than gel. I do not recommend disposable razors as they are very low quality. I took a good quality blade (quattro-one of those 4 blades in one) and it lasted 42 days without making me look like Freddy Kruger had shaved me.Deodorant-forget it-as for face cream!!
I like the floppy sun hats because they are easy to bend to cover neck ect which is not so easy with a rigid hat.
Dunno how it happened but I got into buying washing machine tabs in Spain (4 in an 80 cent pack) which I squeezed into a small plastic bag, really nice for washing clothes + smelling (important) GOOD! Like the feeling of showering with a bar of soap ... as for deodorant, been using a Spanish brand called "Billy's," not bad, but am due for a change. Best, xm 8)
There are two major problems with cotton. First, if it gets wet while you're wearing it, you'll be very very cold. Wet synthetic fabric (or wool)is warmer for some reason. Cotton also takes a long time to dry. Synthetics dry much faster, which matters when you're washing things by hand. I'd go with synthetic clothes if at all possible.
Two pairs of good hiking socks are probably enough. You really only need two sets of clothes -- one to wash, one to wear. Two t-shirts, two pairs of slacks or shorts, two pairs of socks.
You definitely don't need a real towel. It's too heavy and bulky. And imagine how heavy it will be if it ever gets accidently soaked. But yes, the camping towels can be expensive. I used a bandana as a towel. It more or less works to dry off after a shower, takes up almost no space, and costs almost nothing.
I like the hydration systems, but that's a personal preference. I love my camelback. Since it can be hard to tell how much water you have left with a hydration system, I usually also carried a half liter bottle of water -- just in case.
I used shampoo for everything - soap, shampoo, washing clothes. I took a small bottle (about 3 ounces) and refilled it every few days. It worked for me.
I'd second xm on going with a smaller bag so you won't be tempted to take too much stuff. Mine was advertised as a "day and a half pack" and worked just fine for nearly a month and a half. And I saw (and envied) people with even smaller packs.
I took a fancy synthetic hat that worked for both sun and rain and was glad to have it. And, unlike straw, you can dunk it in a fountain on a hot day and put it back on wet. Very nice.
But, as you said, people surely used to make this trip with just the clothes they were wearing, a hat, some sandals, and maybe something to carry water. As I see it, everything else is optional.
Gidday, look ive been walking 10 days now, thrown out some and sent on some but this is what iv ended up with:
Lightweight sleeping bag
Silk sleeping bag liner
Sent boots on and bought lighter walking shoes (solomon goretex)
3 pair wool socks
1 singlet(usually where this on trail)
Goosedown jacket (equivalent of polarfleece)
First Aid Kit
Waterproof Pants(used as trousers if needed)
Toiletries(soap, toothbrush, paste, hand sanitizer)
Belt and Leatherman
Nothing more and nothing left, itd guess its about 6kgs and it hurts my back not a bit, if anything id pring a poncho instead of the parka to save a little weight, this probably isnt any help but i hope it is, cheers
Thanks for posting the itemized list of what you are carrying. We are working on minimizing the load for our August 24 start from Roncesvalles, and your info helps. To clarify, what is a Leatherman? Also what about undershorts/briefs?
Thanks and buen camino.
Hi NB. My suggestions: take 2 undershorts made of dry-fast/polyester (or likewise) material, and a couple of zip pants that turn into shorts. ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON(nothing against the industry)? Best, xm 8)
Check out a place like "Bed Bath & Beyond" if you have those in Ireland. I found an Aquus towel (for drying hair) there that is very light & dries quickly.
xm has a thing against cotton, however, some of us have to have cotton undies, so I brought 2. (and the times that I did laundry in the sink, the cotton dried quicker than the wicked stuff) Next time, I´ll bring 3. I´ll be getting the "Army undies" from REI since the Hanes ones fell apart. :shock: Bought replacements in Spain. Ever bought ladies undies from a GUY???
I ended up with 2 shirts, 2 bras, 1 pr short pànts, 1 pr long pants, fleece jacket, several prs of socks (mostly liner socks) & only 2 pr Smart Wool Socks. Next time, I´ll get another pr of the Smart Wool & bring another shirt so I can do 2 days´ worth of laundry at a whack.
Next time, I´ll add a lightweight long sleeved shirt/jacket to keep the sun off my arms.
When I get home, I´ll do an inventory of what I ended up with in my bag (toiletries included).
I'm learning to love polyester. (all polyester, all the time!) To clarify, do you wear one pr. of undershorts and carry two? Or do you wear one, carry one?
BTW xm, what you call a fannybag (FB), we call a fanny pack here in Canada. I thought you'd like this from Wikipedia:
"FannyPack are an electro/miami booty bass-rap group that consist of singers/rappers Jessibel Suthiwong, Cat Hartwell and Belinda Lovell along with producers/DJs Matt Goias (AKA Big Black Matt) and Fancy, all from New York City."
"The fanny pack, (US) belt pack,(US) hip pack(UK), or bum bag(UK), (Australia) is a small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn at the waist by a strap around the hips. Fanny packs are used by travelers and were more popular during the 1990s. They can be slung either forward, side or to the rear of the wearer.
Fanny packs are today often considered unfashionable. Weird Al Yankovic, for instance, mocks the wearing of fanny packs in his song "White & Nerdy." Fanny packs have been stigmatized as being worn mostly by unsophisticated tourists, who are often on package tours.
Nevertheless, bum-bags are currently considered to be highly fashionable in Central Europe, particularly in Hungary.'
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To clarify, do you wear one pr. of undershorts and carry two? Or do you wear one, carry one?
Wear 1, carry 2.
A fannybag, for me is:"The fanny pack, (US) belt pack,(US) hip pack(UK), or bum bag(UK), (Australia) is a small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn at the waist by a strap around the hips. Fanny packs are used by travelers and were more popular during the 1990s. They can be slung either forward, side or to the rear of the wearer. Fanny packs are today often considered unfashionable. Weird Al Yankovic, for instance, mocks the wearing of fanny packs in his song "White & Nerdy." Fanny packs have been stigmatized as being worn mostly by unsophisticated tourists, who are often on package tours. Nevertheless, bum-bags are currently considered to be highly fashionable in Central Europe, particularly in Hungary.'
:lol: That's me...an unfashionable & unsophisticated peregrino with a following of Central Europeans of good taste, particularly Hungarians!
When am walking I usually put my camera + small writing book/pen in it. When I take a shower I put all my valuables (passport + cc) in the FB and don't let it out of my sight. At night, filled with the above, I put the FB inside/bottom of my sleeping bag.
Great advice on the practical use of the fanny pack, xm.
I'm gonna use it as you describe. I usually use my FB to carry camera accessories, battery charger, etc. I'll leave the charger behind and put the camera and valuables in the pack for easy access and security.
Hi Kevin. U said: ...use my FB to carry camera accessories, battery charger, etc. This will be the first time I take a digital cam + accesories to the Camino. Do u advise carrying the accesories in the FP, along with the cam? I was thinking of putting the accesories in my backpack, my cam in the FP, while walking. Something else: I suggest u carry ur valuables on ur person at all times, placing ur valuables in the FP only when going to the WC/shower + inside ur sleep bag while sleeping. I have no idea where I picked this last one at, must have seen it in an albergue, somewhere. It does work-so far. Best, xm 8)
Jeff 001, thanks for clueing me in on the Leatherman.
I'm just taking a small knife with a blade and a scissors.
xm, I would put the accessories in the backpack and the camera in the FP. I use rechargable batteries, and I think I'll leave the charger behind and take a couple of sets of batteries. If they all run down, I'll buy a set of AA, or maybe see if I can borrow a charger from a fellow peregrino of the technophile persuasion.
I'll carry valuable in my neck pouch and put them in the FB for showering.
NB Kevin, I don´t know what country you are from, but I met several people who had problems with rechargeable batteries. I know I had problems with them before I left, so I tossed them. They just don´t hold a charge. Instead, I bought some Energizer Titanium batteries, & the same pair of batteries have held out for my entire trip. Not so good for the environment, I know, but I didn´t have to worry about my camera dying on me in the middle of nowhere.
hey again, leatherman is just a multipurpose tool, like a swiss army kinife, you can live without it but i use it everyday for random tasks, sorry underwear, yeah like xm says 2 pairs or 3 if you like to clean every 2nd night instead of every nite..
xm says 2 pairs or 3 if you like to clean every 2nd night instead of every nite..
Well, I like to wash what I walk in, daily: underwear, socks, polyester t-shirts, & trousers-this last one every so often. When I reach an albergue that has a washing machine, I wash ALL, no matter what! :lol: (ain't easy being a member in good standing -cleanliness is next to ... - of the bourgeoise... ) Best, xm 8)
kiwirich and xm, thanks for the clarification. My packing list is coming together, thanks to all the good advice here. Trust your camino is going well, kiwi!
dg, thanks for the tip on titanium.
As seems to be the dilemma for many, I'm rethinking my footwear. I was planning to use my Vasque Velocity trail runners (1 lb, 12 oz.), but I'm thinking now they might not be rugged enough.
I'm looking at the Vasque Catalyst with goretex. They are about 8 oz. heavier but are more rugged and mid-cut, as opposed to the lo-cut Velocity. I think they may be a safer bet.
I was actually in The great outdoors today at lunchtime, checking out the Lowe alpine bags. the guy asked how far I was walking and I told him it would be a trip through france and spain, I couldnt believe it when hesaid "oh the Camino?" Very Knowledgeable is right!!
Until I decide whether or not to take a tent, there is no point getting a bag just yet.