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Back pack question

MARISEL

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
I will have my luggage transferred from hotel to Hotel . Can anyone recommend a light and confortable backpack for just the essentials I may need on the daily walk ?
 

alaskadiver

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May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I will have my luggage transferred from hotel to Hotel . Can anyone recommend a light and confortable backpack for just the essentials I may need on the daily walk ?
Only you will know what is comfortable for your body. Go to your local hiking store and just try some on. Tell them you need a day pack and make sure it has room for water.
 

Geodoc

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
My wife used a small Amazon day pack - folds in on itself, has an interior pocket for valuables, two mesh pockets on the outside for water bottles, and only costs about $17 US.
 

Raggy

Active Member
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Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
backpack for just the essentials
If you go to a hiking store, take a couple of bottles that you can fill with water at the store, so that you can see how each pack feels with a couple of Kg in it. When you're trying day packs, you'll see everything from 5 litres up to around 20 litres. What you consider "essentials" is up to you, but I think you can fit most of your daily needs in a bag toward the lower end of this range:
  • Water
  • A snack
  • Extra layer of clothing (depends on season)
  • Rainwear (e.g. poncho)
  • Basic care items (sun cream, medications, small first aid kit)
  • Passport / important documents
Each individual may have other things that they want to add to this - electronics, spare phone battery, etc. But less is better and sometimes it helps to have a small pack to force those decisions.
 

MARISEL

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
If you go to a hiking store, take a couple of bottles that you can fill with water at the store, so that you can see how each pack feels with a couple of Kg in it. When you're trying day packs, you'll see everything from 5 litres up to around 20 litres. What you consider "essentials" is up to you, but I think you can fit most of your daily needs in a bag toward the lower end of this range:
  • Water
  • A snack
  • Extra layer of clothing (depends on season)
  • Rainwear (e.g. poncho)
  • Basic care items (sun cream, medications, small first aid kit)
  • Passport / important documents
Each individual may have other things that they want to add to this - electronics, spare phone battery, etc. But less is better and sometimes it helps to have a small pack to force those decisions.
Those are the essentials I was thinking of plus wipes or toilet paper 😄. Thank you
 

Mike Blackard

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Camino(s) past & future
walk or bike in spring of 2018
You might want to consider the smallest back pack that still has a padded hip belt. Carrying any weight on shoulders all day can get old, while if the weight is carried on your hips you will find it much easier. Last year I shipped a small back pack stuffed with as much weight as possible on several occasions, but used my Osprey back pack while walking on the camino, partly because I wanted the water bladder. Carried too much water, you can refill often along the way rather than lug 5 or 6 pounds (1 pound per pint!). Leaving bladder behind this coming fall, but still will walk with 35L Osprey, with maybe only 8 to 10 pounds and ship another 8 to 10 pounds daily (this time I'm taking my 4 pound CPAP breathing machine so fellow pilgrims will be spared my sleep apnea snoring). One issue with shipping, is you have to tell them where to ship it to, which takes away any option of detouring or stopping early or at another albergue.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
You might want to consider the smallest back pack that still has a padded hip belt. Carrying any weight on shoulders all day can get old, while if the weight is carried on your hips you will find it much easier. Last year I shipped a small back pack stuffed with as much weight as possible on several occasions, but used my Osprey back pack while walking on the camino, partly because I wanted the water bladder. Carried too much water, you can refill often along the way rather than lug 5 or 6 pounds (1 pound per pint!). Leaving bladder behind this coming fall, but still will walk with 35L Osprey, with maybe only 8 to 10 pounds and ship another 8 to 10 pounds daily (this time I'm taking my 4 pound CPAP breathing machine so fellow pilgrims will be spared my sleep apnea snoring). One issue with shipping, is you have to tell them where to ship it to, which takes away any option of detouring or stopping early or at another albergue.
I would definitely carry a well fitted backpack with hip belt and send heavy items ahead in something like this lightweight packable duffel bag

 

MARISEL

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
You might want to consider the smallest back pack that still has a padded hip belt. Carrying any weight on shoulders all day can get old, while if the weight is carried on your hips you will find it much easier. Last year I shipped a small back pack stuffed with as much weight as possible on several occasions, but used my Osprey back pack while walking on the camino, partly because I wanted the water bladder. Carried too much water, you can refill often along the way rather than lug 5 or 6 pounds (1 pound per pint!). Leaving bladder behind this coming fall, but still will walk with 35L Osprey, with maybe only 8 to 10 pounds and ship another 8 to 10 pounds daily (this time I'm taking my 4 pound CPAP breathing machine so fellow pilgrims will be spared my sleep apnea snoring). One issue with shipping, is you have to tell them where to ship it to, which takes away any option of detouring or stopping early or at another albergue.
Thank you for the great tip . Im doing with the help of an agency so the lodging is pre-booked so my walking is rigid . That’s why I want a confortsble backpack . Will look into your choices . Regards
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
If you ship your things ahead you will need a day pack no bigger than 20-25 liters in size, no need for a frame in it, most come with a belt of some sort and at most it should weigh about 3 kilos with your water, snacks, poncho etc in it.
Depending on the time of year you walk, some days it will be immediately apparent whether you need to bring a fleece or poncho in your day pack and you can send them ahead with everything else.
One day I shipped everything ahead just to see what it felt like walking with no pack after about two weeks of walking with one. I had no day pack, so I carried my water and snacks (it was warm and sunny so no need for fleece or poncho) in a bigger plastic bag like you get at a grocer's market. Just walked with it in my hand. I have to say, it was quite liberating not having that pack on my back. Felt almost naked in a sense. Was wonderful. Fully convinced me that the less stuff one brings, the lighter the pack, the happier the Camino.
 

MARISEL

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
If you ship your things ahead you will need a day pack no bigger than 20-25 liters in size, no need for a frame in it, most come with a belt of some sort and at most it should weigh about 3 kilos with your water, snacks, poncho etc in it.
Depending on the time of year you walk, some days it will be immediately apparent whether you need to bring a fleece or poncho in your day pack and you can send them ahead with everything else.
One day I shipped everything ahead just to see what it felt like walking with no pack after about two weeks of walking with one. I had no day pack, so I carried my water and snacks (it was warm and sunny so no need for fleece or poncho) in a bigger plastic bag like you get at a grocer's market. Just walked with it in my hand. I have to say, it was quite liberating not having that pack on my back. Felt almost naked in a sense. Was wonderful. Fully convinced me that the less stuff one brings, the lighter the pack, the happier the Camino.
That’s exactly what Im thinking, the less, the better . Thank you!
 
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Leigh Macklin

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances {2016}, Portugese {2017}
For a day pack I hike with a Gregory Miwok 18. I could get away with the 12 if I was sending material ahead or it was a short hike. This the ´mens' model. If your back is shorter, the Gregory Maya comes in 10, 16 and 22L. I clearly love Gregory as I hiked both caminos with a zulu30. The miwok is not as well built, but lighter and has most features I want: hip belt with pockets, clam shell opening, hydration bladder between bag & back (do not need to unpack to refill). Have fun shopping!
 

MARISEL

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
For a day pack I hike with a Gregory Miwok 18. I could get away with the 12 if I was sending material ahead or it was a short hike. This the ´mens' model. If your back is shorter, the Gregory Maya comes in 10, 16 and 22L. I clearly love Gregory as I hiked both caminos with a zulu30. The miwok is not as well built, but lighter and has most features I want: hip belt with pockets, clam shell opening, hydration bladder between bag & back (do not need to unpack to refill). Have fun shopping!
Thank you I will look inyo that brsnd for my size 5’3”
 

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