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Backpacks in Churches, Museums, etc.?

QuailHiker

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino del Norte y Primitivo (2018)
Can you bring your backpack into churches and other public places along the CF, or are they restricted due to security concerns? Trying to determine if I need to bring a small, light pack for wandering in towns and villages after I've reached the evening's destination. Thanks!

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Mark Lee

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I never saw anyone still lugging around their backpacks in town after checking into their albergue or other accommodation. No need to and would be impractical. Get a small, lightweight pack for that. Put you valuables into it that you don't want to leave in your unattended backpack at the albergue. Also the small pack comes in handy to put groceries in if you do some shopping.
 

november_moon

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For men, most hiking pants have sufficient pockets to carry a wallet, phone, passport, and credential. So if those are the only valuables you are carrying, then you are good. My pockets aren't quite enough for that, so I take a small handbag for wandering around without my pack. That way, when I want to leave my pack at an alberque or just outside a church, bar, restaurant, museum, etc. I can take my valuables with me.
 

Robo

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
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(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
I carry an ultralight day pack for use at the end of the day. I think it ways 50 gms.....

No. 68 gms. http://www.paddypallin.com.au/sea-to-summit-ultra-sil-day-pack.html

I called into many churches whilst walking during the day. I would either just leave my pack and poles outside by the door, or just inside near the door somewhere. You get a 'sense' of whether it is safe to do so. Others would walk around the church wearing their pack. I don't think there is anything wrong with that either, is there?
 

MTtoCamino

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
It was very handi to have a small bag to put my raincoat in, I didn't have a phone but I did take a tablet. That went in as well so I could maintain contact with my wife. Most often I walked to a bar so I could email. As Mark Lee mentioned getting groceries, using it for clothes washers I could throw it in as well, showers, convenient. Mine was a bag that had string shoulder straps very basic.
 
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Mark Lee

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It was very handi to have a small bag to put my raincoat in, I didn't have a phone but I did take a tablet. That went in as well so I could maintain contact with my wife. Most often I walked to a bar so I could email. As Mark Lee mentioned getting groceries, using it for clothes washers I could throw it in as well, showers, convenient. Mine was a bag that had string shoulder straps very basic.
That's exactly what I carried. It weighs nothing and folds up small. Got it for free from one of the sponsors after a 5k run I did a couple of years ago.
They look like this:
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Patch

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Year of past OR future Camino
St Jean to Santiago and Porto to Santiago
I only carry 5 kg pack but I try to take it off if when wandering around church/museum/cafe as it's really annoying to be given a whack by some of the larger packs - especially if you are old. I just put valuables in my pocket, well that's where they are as a matter of course anyhow. Apart from a few towns most places are pretty rural and couldn't imagine they have crime problem - Spain is a very civilised country.
 
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Mark Lee

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Yep thanks for knowing how to put a picture on the forum, I still haven't figured it out....:)
ha ha...
When you hit reply to a message, or are just posting a message, click on the "upload a file".....then you can post whatever photo you want. All I did was find a generic photo of one of those backpacks on the net. Saved it to my desktop, than added it to my message via the "upload a file". You can also use any photos of your own the same way.
 

jmcarp

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
I used the small daypack in the photo below. It's made by Outdoor Products. I purchased it from Walmart for something like $5 or $6, Its rated capacity is 14 L, and the weight is 3.2 oz /90 gm. It rolls up into itself, making a little ball about the size of a large orange. Your avatar doesn't say where you're located, but if it's someplace that doesn't have a Walmart, Google "Outdoor Products Packable Daypack" (without quotes) to see several other vendors.
Backpack - Daypack green.jpg
 
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Museums often require that you leave the pack at the door or in a locker or cloakroom. At the Monasterio de las Huelgas in Burgos, they x-rayed my backpack before putting it in a locker for me.
 

J Willhaus

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
I used the small daypack in the photo below. It's made by Outdoor Products. I purchased it from Walmart for something like $5 or $6, Its rated capacity is 14 L, and the weight is 3.2 oz /90 gm. It rolls up into itself, making a little ball about the size of a large orange. Your avatar doesn't say where you're located, but if it's someplace that doesn't have a Walmart, Google "Outdoor Products Packable Daypack" (without quotes) to see several other vendors.

We have something very similar and it is an over the shoulder bag. Also rolls up into a little ball and weighs even less due to no zipper. I think it will also work in the shower to keep my stuff dry by hanging it up on the shower rod with a shoelace and a small carabiner. It is very water resistant. I think it is made with recycled plastic water bottles. I got it at Cost Plus World Market.
 

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Kevin F. O*brien

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Year of past OR future Camino
2002-2019 Via Podiensis, Camino Frances, Via de la plata, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, etc.
I dont know if this is relevant but you are not allowed, any more to take a pack into the chruch at Santiago. There several offices nearby where you can leave your pack for five Euros.
 
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I'm taking a nysil bag to carry on the plane this year and to use for shopping, since they don't give shopping bags in Spain.
Also good for those short day trips.
Sea to Summit. I ordered it from Amazon.
 

bunnymac

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
CF 2012 SJPP-Logrono, 2013 Logrono-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon
CF August/September 2016 SJPP- Santiago
Can you bring your backpack into churches and other public places along the CF, or are they restricted due to security concerns? Trying to determine if I need to bring a small, light pack for wandering in towns and villages after I've reached the evening's destination. Thanks!

Fred
I carry a super lightweight backpack. It comes in handy for carrying shopping and laundry (to the laundromat). It serves well for carrying valuables and documentation when you've left your main pack elsewhere.
 
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Lisa HS

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (SJPdP - Santiago) Spring (2016)
Portuguese (Porto - Santiago - Finisterre) Spring (2018)
Sea to summit has a really nice super light day pack that is tiny when packed away. Can't look up the model name right now (on my way to my first Camino...yeah!), but I'm sure you can find it online.
 

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