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CalledToRise

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Hey y’all. I’m trying to decide on one of the two shirts I’m bringing. It’s a white nike drifit. Is it crazy to wear white on the Camino? I would guess it gets real dirty throughout The day and would be hard to keep it clean. Anyone out there wearing white. I’m doing the CF in the heat of June/July.

Thanks!
 
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Hey y’all. I’m trying to decide on one of the two shirts I’m bringing. It’s a white nike drifit. Is it crazy to wear white on the Camino? I would guess it gets real dirty throughout The day and would be hard to keep it clean. Anyone out there wearing white. I’m doing the CF in the heat of June/July.

Thanks!

Yes ;);)

But not if you like Grey...........which it will likely become :p
 

alaskadiver

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May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Hey, I wear a bright Teal short skirt. Never got dirty.
No reason for white to get dirty unless you plan to roll around in the mud with the cows :)

But yeah, once you wash it with dark socks it will end up grey. Unless you hand wash all the time.
 

Jodean

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22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
I had a white blouse with flowers on it. It was fine. It will never be as white as it used to be, but that is ok as it was old.
 
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Hey y’all. I’m trying to decide on one of the two shirts I’m bringing. It’s a white nike drifit. Is it crazy to wear white on the Camino? I would guess it gets real dirty throughout The day and would be hard to keep it clean. Anyone out there wearing white. I’m doing the CF in the heat of June/July.

Thanks!

Yeah! The white color shirt looks dirty throughout the day and hard to keep it clean.
 

Parksville

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Tui to Santiago (2011), SJPP to Najera (2016) Najera to Finisterre (2017), Lucca to Rome (June 2019)
My husband and I have both always worn white shirts on our Caminos. By the end of our pilgrimage, they are never as white as when we started. If you don't mind your shirt being a bit less bright at the end, then there should be no problem at all.
 
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VDLP (Sept 2015)

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My Camino fashion blunder was that both of my shirts were tan, so it always looked like I was wearing the same thing.
¡Buen Camino!
 

Raggy

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2017, 2018, 2019
My Camino fashion blunder was that both of my shirts were tan, so it always looked like I was wearing the same thing.
Looking on the bright side - Your consistent shirt colour avoids potentially glaring continuity errors in the video that you make with your Camino selfies. Winning!
 
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Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
I'm just about to set off for a journey to Japan - partly to walk on Shikoku where the traditional pilgrim outfit is all white. And a real pain in the posterior to keep clean unless you are like most Japanese walking pilgrims and stay in lovely traditional places where the owners wash everything for you and bring it back to you clean and dry in the morning :)

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Dorpie

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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
I'm just about to set off for a journey to Japan - partly to walk on Shikoku where the traditional pilgrim outfit is all white. And a real pain in the posterior to keep clean unless you are like most Japanese walking pilgrims and stay in lovely traditional places where the owners wash everything for you and bring it back to you clean and dry in the morning :)

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Good luck @Bradypus Seriously considering doing the Henro Michi in the not too distant future. Would love to hear how you got on, accounts in English are still fairly thin on the ground.
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
They also provide a yukata for you to wear in the evening. So, in theory, you could get away without carrying a change of clothes.
Exactly what some Japanese pilgrims do - walking with just the clothes they are wearing, their staff and a small shoulder bag with the items needed for temple rituals. I felt very overdressed with my full pack and winter weight sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag for sleeping :)
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
Good luck @Bradypus Seriously considering doing the Henro Michi in the not too distant future. Would love to hear how you got on, accounts in English are still fairly thin on the ground.
I walked from temple 1 to 88 last year. My main focus this trip is to walk another of the Kumano Kodo routes but I will also be returning to Shikoku to walk the final link from temple 88 back to 1 and probably another few sections again. I have a very strange urge to climb Japan's lowest mountain again. A bizarre experience I think is worth repeating ;) I will send you a private message so we can chat about Shikoku if you like.
 
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Lifeisgood

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Walked the Camino Frances in September/October 2018 (St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra)
I didn't have any white clothing but I saw many others who did - yes it will get dirty, it will look more grey towards the end when you machine wash it with darker clothing, BUT I have to really second what others have been saying: You won't care about it. It is likely that you will wear this sports t-shirt just for the hiking and then maybe switch to another one after shower in the evening? That is what I did. And after days and weeks of doing walking every day: You won't care if your white hiking t-shirt is a little dirty here and there when you are hiking. Buen Camino and don't overthink it :)
 
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CalledToRise

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Camino Frances July 2019!!!! So Excited!
I'm just about to set off for a journey to Japan - partly to walk on Shikoku where the traditional pilgrim outfit is all white. And a real pain in the posterior to keep clean unless you are like most Japanese walking pilgrims and stay in lovely traditional places where the owners wash everything for you and bring it back to you clean and dry in the morning :)

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Looks amazing!
 

Lee Howell

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Year of past OR future Camino
May (2017)
Hey y’all. I’m trying to decide on one of the two shirts I’m bringing. It’s a white nike drifit. Is it crazy to wear white on the Camino? I would guess it gets real dirty throughout The day and would be hard to keep it clean. Anyone out there wearing white. I’m doing the CF in the heat of June/July.

Thanks!
I wore a light khaki (more like light beige) travel shirt that was UPF 50 rated. I wore it more than half of the days on the 45 days of walking. It was great for staying cool (June Camino Frances). I couldn't tell the differenece before/after the walk.
 

tomjane40

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Sept 2017
Camino Frances Sept 2020
Hey y’all. I’m trying to decide on one of the two shirts I’m bringing. It’s a white nike drifit. Is it crazy to wear white on the Camino? I would guess it gets real dirty throughout The day and would be hard to keep it clean. Anyone out there wearing white. I’m doing the CF in the heat of June/July.

Thanks!
I wore my favorite white UV Protection long sleeve top. Did not even consider that white might not be the best choice. It took several weeks for before it clearly was not white anymore, but I still liked the idea of having a light colored shirt on during the day. By then, everyones clothes are a bit tired looking, so it didn't really matter. I did toss it in the garbage upon return home. We hiked Sept/Oct 2017, and daytime temps varied between 45-98 degrees.
 
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jo webber

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Sept 9th 2017
I wore a white long sleeve fishing shirt. Great sun protection, let any breeze through, nicely vented. Fast drying. It stayed white. I wore it everyday.
 

lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Haha. True true. But I have options and love to obsess! It’s part of the fun. Thanks for the reminder.
A few caminos ago when my wife was driving me to the airport I came out of the bedroom and was picking up my pack when my wife angrily said, "YOU ARE NOT FLYING ON AN AIRPLANE DRESSED LIKE THAT! YOU ARE MY HUSBAND AND I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE HOMELESS!!!!!! I gently asked her if she wanted me to change into the dress pants she had just bought me and her favorite sweater for the plane ride. The trouble is I will have to throw them out when I get to Paris. This is all I have remember honey??!!!! She then shook her head and said go on your camino and get in the car.
 
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Bala

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Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
Hahaha, many people nowadays don't get that quip..... in the U.S. people west of the Mississippi hardly even know what you're talking about. Get out the mothballs. hahahaha
Or before Memorial Day. My husband still insists on that. So you can tell how old we are. 😉😄
 

Bajaverde

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Year of past OR future Camino
Portuguese costal Norte, primitivo ,Camino Norte
Exactly what some Japanese pilgrims do - walking with just the clothes they are wearing, their staff and a small shoulder bag with the items needed for temple rituals. I felt very overdressed with my full pack and winter weight sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag for sleeping :)
Staying in ryokans and not carrying a pack means reserving ahead and buying everything on the way- too rich for my blood
 

sojourners

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2015
During summer I usually wear tissue weight long sleeve white linen shirts, nothing breathes better or is cooler. On the Camino I take only one and wear it each day. I wash it each evening. Unless it’s very humid the shirt is dry by morning. Linen fibers absorb very little liquid, which adds in fast drying and more importantly in creating a cooling microclimate. Yes, linen wrinkles.
 
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