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Carabiners or “S” hook?

Renascer

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2021
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
 
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In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
Neither! I don't have one yet, cut I'm planning to get a HeroClip. It looks like it will work well for multiple functions - hanging things in the shower area, hanging your backpack on the bunk, attaching things to your backpack, etc. I think that the size that has been suggested by other members is small.

 

Doughnut NZ

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
I use a S hook to hang stuff up while I shower as there are often no built-in hooks to use.
 

Renascer

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2021
Neither! I don't have one yet, cut I'm planning to get a HeroClip. It looks like it will work well for multiple functions - hanging things in the shower area, hanging your backpack on the bunk, attaching things to your backpack, etc. I think that the size that has been suggested by other members is small.

Seems like it is heavy no?
 
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Renascer

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2021
I don't often hang my backpack but if I did then the same hook would work. Cost less than a dollar at a local hardware store and is very light.
I will go to my dollar store or hardware store to see if i find it. Is it plastic? I have a metal one here now that i removed from something but looks heavy.
 
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Neither! I don't have one yet, cut I'm planning to get a HeroClip. It looks like it will work well for multiple functions - hanging things in the shower area, hanging your backpack on the bunk, attaching things to your backpack, etc. I think that the size that has been suggested by other members is small.

Last time I walked my Heroclip stayed in my backpack. I don’t think I used it once. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but in practice it wasn’t so useful as I thought it would be. Or maybe I just didn’t think about using it very much. I tend to be okay with tying a piece of paracord to hang my stuff. Of course everyone’s mileage will be different with this object.
All the best,
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Renascer

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It is metal of some sort but not heavy, probably aluminum alloy with a chrome covering.
Can u hang your backpack with it if you wanted? Is it strong enough for that? Where people usually put their backpack? On the floor? Or on top of the bed?
 
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Doughnut NZ

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2022
Can u hang your backpack with it if you wanted? Is it strong enough for that?
Yes it will certainly cope with the weight of my backpack.

I usually put my backpack on the floor unless the albergue asks for it to be put in a plastic bin or bag (to slow down the bedbugs).

Depending where you stay, sometimes there is a shelf or low table for backpacks which make it easier on my back.
 

Renascer

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2021
Diaper pins are a type of safety pin that has a more robust closing mechanism - presumably so the babies are not stabbed when they thrash about. They work well for various pilgrim predicaments.
I also bought some of these to hang light stuff from my backpack. How many should i take?
 
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Last time I walked my Heroclip stayed in my backpack. I don’t think I used it once. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but in practice it wasn’t so useful as I thought it would be. Or maybe I just didn’t think about using it very much. I tend to be okay with tying a piece of paracord to hang my stuff. Of course everyone’s mileage will be different with this object.
All the best,
Paul
Maybe i can use my extra shoe laces since i am already bringing anyways.
 

Renascer

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Would be nice to have one that is lightweight but can hang either a backpack in the bunkbed or also can hang drysack in the shower. Seems like the lightweight hooks cant handle the weight of a backpack?
 
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Camino Chrissy

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Diaper pins are a type of safety pin that has a more robust closing mechanism - presumably so the babies are not stabbed when they thrash about. They work well for various pilgrim predicaments.
They are fast becoming extinct since almost no one uses cloth diapers. I have good memories of diapering up my babies with those pins. I looked for them locally a few years ago for the Camino with no luck. It's nice to see Amazon carries them.
 
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RJM

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Bring a couple of cheap carabiners and clip them on the outside of your pack and use for whatever (sunglasses, cap, flip-flop sandals, etc). Also bring about 50' of paracord (you can buy anywhere these days). It can be used for many things. Emergency boot/shoe laces and clothesline just to name a couple.
 

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What do you use them for Chrissy?
I use the S hook to hang my shower bag, and I use a carabiner to hang my shower sandals on the outside of my backpack while walking. I have occasionally used one to hang my pack from a bed frame at night.
 

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Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
Heroclip: bought one; looked at it; put it in my big box of things I thought I needed but will never use.

Suction pad with hook: likewise. In doing so found two others which I’d forgotten about.

Short section of wire coat hanger bent roughly into an ‘s’ shape? Looked at admiringly as though I’d invented something really useful and put it back in my wash bag for future use.
 
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Jeff Crawley

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2018
I would offer up the SOFT SHACKLE - try the stopper knot from version 3 (looks much fancier and professional) with the lark's head from version 4.

Not a proper soft shackle which is a thing of simplicity and beauty in its concept but which requires a knowledge of splicing and fids as well as patience, a pair of seaboots, a seaman's cap, a pipe with an ounce of shag to puff at and a bollard to sit on while you prepare it.

This is a good alternative. Sliding the lark's head along the loop will tighten it up. Have one hanging off the D ring that most backpacks have or loop it around the main strap and you can secure your pack to the arm of a cafe chair - you want to steal my pack? Take my chair with you! Or use it to fasten two packs together - imagine trying to take a pack and finding a second dragging along!

The ubiquitous 550 paracord is good but there is a thinner version, 325, which is more than adequate and makes you look less like some mad survivalist. Dyneema cord is devine but over the top for our purposes (and pricy).
 

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Ingles 2016 Camino Portuguese 2017 Considering Invierno late (2020) In lieu of VdlP (2020)
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
I tend to use something like this from Amazon

beifon 9Pcs 88mm + 51mm S Shape Carabiner Clip Aluminum Alloy Buckle Dual Spring Clip Double Snap Hook​

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MY wash bag has a built in S hook for the shower. However I use the Carabiner through the grab handle of my ruck sack and secure the larger end around something secure. It slows people down trying to make off with your goods! It is also useful on Albergue bunk beds for hanging a ruck sack clear of the bedding or floor. You should not allow your rucksack to come directly into contact with the bed since this is a major way to spread bed bugs from albergue to albergue.
 
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For our first two caminos, we stayed mostly in municipal albergues. I brought large metal carabiners and in many places I was able to hang our backpacks on the carabiners that were attached to the bunkbeds - to conveniently keep the backpacks off the floors. Last camino and this upcoming one we will stay in private rooms every night. However, I am intrigued by the Heroclip and purchased one for me and for my wife. Should be handy during the camino or at home yearround. Bob
 

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In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
I took a carabiner, but safety pins are the best
 
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St. Jean to SdC the slow way (Aug'15, Aug'17, Jan'18, Aug'18, Jan'19, Jul'19) Primitivo (May'20)
If I’m short on space I’ll hang my crocs from my backpack and I always have a place on my backpack to hang my hat since I don’t wear it unless I need it. I think s hooks are easier than carabiners because one side stays attached while you manipulate the other. It helps to get to know people around you so they can unclip your hat for you when you want it. 😉
 

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Camino del Norte y Primitivo (2018)
Neither! I don't have one yet, cut I'm planning to get a HeroClip. It looks like it will work well for multiple functions - hanging things in the shower area, hanging your backpack on the bunk, attaching things to your backpack, etc. I think that the size that has been suggested by other members is small.

I used a Hero Clip in 2018 on the Norte/Primitivo. Works great.
 

jmcarp

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Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
I'd recommend a couple of mini-carabiners that you can attach to gear loops on your backpack for attaching flip-flops or sandals; they weigh next to nothing. Also, a couple of large safety pins -- diaper pins are perfect, but getting hard to find since hardly anyone uses cloth diapers anymore. But they're great for hanging wet socks, etc. on your backpack while walking. But for use in the albergue, these are hard to beat: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nite-Ize-12-in-Gear-Tie-in-Bright-Orange-2-Pack-GT12-31-2R3/313478925 They can be looped over a shower rod to hold your clothing, security waist pack, etc, or over the end of a bunk bed to hold your backpack up off the floor. They come in multiple sizes as well.
 
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Before our first camino in 2015, I read several posts about safety pins, so of course I bought some. Big mistake. We hung our clothes on lines using safety pins. When the wind blew, the pins caused holes in our merino shirts, which grew larger over time (the holes). We now bring our own laundry clips that are plastic and don't do damage to our clothes. Bob
 
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In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
First Camino I had the “S hook” as recommended to hang my valuables/towel on the shower door…..never used it. The carabiner……yes, I used it to keep my pants up after losing 3-4 kg and my belt falling apart.
 

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Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
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First Camino I had the “S hook” as recommended to hang my valuables/towel on the shower door…..never used it. The carabiner……yes, I used it to keep my pants up after losing 3-4 kg and my belt falling apart.
I only wear elastic waist pants and shorts on the Camino, so no problem with weight loss issues...it also works great for taking a very quick bathroom break behind a bush.🙂
 

Jeff Crawley

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
First Camino I had the “S hook” as recommended to hang my valuables/towel on the shower door…..never used it. The carabiner……yes, I used it to keep my pants up after losing 3-4 kg and my belt falling apart.
Good idea, I like multipIe usage! I used a bit of string across the lower back to achieve a similar effect but that looks cool - if somewhat John Wayne: "Reach for your carabiner . . . . Pilgrim!"
 

Jeff Crawley

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2018
Before our first camino in 2015, I read several posts about safety pins, so of course I bought some. Big mistake. We hung our clothes on lines using safety pins. When the wind blew, the pins caused holes in our merino shirts, which grew larger over time (the holes). We now bring our own laundry clips that are plastic and don't do damage to our clothes. Bob
The secret is to pin through twice though I'd be tempted to use sewing clips next time (should there be the chance)

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The secret is to pin through twice though I'd be tempted to use sewing clips next time (should there be the chance)

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Awesome point. I will bring some of those smaller binder clips on my back pack. Occupy less space than those laundry ones. I paid a lot for those new merino stuff.
 

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trecile

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Before our first camino in 2015, I read several posts about safety pins, so of course I bought some. Big mistake. We hung our clothes on lines using safety pins. When the wind blew, the pins caused holes in our merino shirts, which grew larger over time (the holes). We now bring our own laundry clips that are plastic and don't do damage to our clothes. Bob
Not only that, but gravity slides everything down the line into a clump. Sometimes you can pin through the clothesline also, but many of them are plastic coated, and hard to pin through. Now I take small clothes pins (pegs) that I find at the craft store. They are strong enough to hang the lightweight clothing that I bring, plus it's quicker and easier to clip and unclip them than pinning safety pins. I do still bring some safety pins for quick repairs and pinning socks to my backpack.

I have some of those sewing clips - I think that I'll compare their weight against the weight of the small crafting clothes pins.
 

jmcarp

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Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
Before our first camino in 2015, I read several posts about safety pins, so of course I bought some. Big mistake. We hung our clothes on lines using safety pins. When the wind blew, the pins caused holes in our merino shirts, which grew larger over time (the holes). We now bring our own laundry clips that are plastic and don't do damage to our clothes. Bob
I agree with you, @BROWNCOUNTRYBOB. Note that I did not suggest using them for hanging washed clothing on an outdoor line, but they work well for socks that may not have fully dried from yesterday's wash or from crossing a stream. As for the clips/clothes pins/clothes pegs, we tried the small plastic clips on our first Camino, but thereafter took 6 or 8 of the regular wooden pins, but spray-painted them bright orange and wrote our name on them with a sharpie.
 

jmcarp

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Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
Awesome point. I will bring some of those smaller binder clips on my back pack. Occupy less space than those laundry ones. I paid a lot for those new merino stuff.
Be aware that those binder clips may rust and stain your clothing. Been there, done that.
 
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QuailHiker

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Camino Frances (2016)
Camino del Norte y Primitivo (2018)
I'd recommend a couple of mini-carabiners that you can attach to gear loops on your backpack for attaching flip-flops or sandals; they weigh next to nothing. Also, a couple of large safety pins -- diaper pins are perfect, but getting hard to find since hardly anyone uses cloth diapers anymore. But they're great for hanging wet socks, etc. on your backpack while walking. But for use in the albergue, these are hard to beat: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nite-Ize-12-in-Gear-Tie-in-Bright-Orange-2-Pack-GT12-31-2R3/313478925 They can be looped over a shower rod to hold your clothing, security waist pack, etc, or over the end of a bunk bed to hold your backpack up off the floor. They come in multiple sizes as well.
I’ve not used the gear ties on the Camino but have in other situations. They should work well in the situations cited. Also the large safety pins are great for attaching moist clothing to your pack to dry out.
 

deniseketcham

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Year of past OR future Camino
2017
I took carabiners and never found a use for them. Rust-proof quilting safety pins were extremely useful. And I attached a flexible gear tie to the back of my backpack and it was great, especially for securing jackets/rain poncho that were pulled off but not stowed away. Love the gear tie.
 

Renascer

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
After spending so much money in specialized equipment. I went to look for the carabiner at dollar store here and impressed that i could buy anything for the camino for 33 cents! Lol I think this one is great. Very lightweight and strong. All plastic. 3 for $1. Then since i was there i look and saw a bunch of other stuff good for the camino too. Little flashlight $1. Polyester pillowcase $1 that can dry quick. Tiny notepad 3 for $1 i plan to take only one.
 

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Camino Chrissy

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After spending so much money in specialized equipment. I went to look for the carabiner at dollar store here and impressed that i could buy anything for the camino for 33 cents! Lol I think this one is great. Very lightweight and strong. All plastic. 3 for $1. Then since i was there i look and saw a bunch of other stuff good for the camino too. Little flashlight $1. Polyester pillowcase $1 that can dry quick. Tiny notepad 3 for $1 i plan to take only one.
I love the Dollar Store and use some of their offerings stashed in my pack!
 

Jeff Crawley

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Awesome point. I will bring some of those smaller binder clips on my back pack. Occupy less space than those laundry ones. I paid a lot for those new merino stuff.
Yep, they'll work too - also useful to stop ponchos flapping about, pegging up a towel round your bunk for some privacy and, er keeping bits of paper together ;)
 
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Jeff Crawley

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2018
I have 7 ( of the large safety pins) attached to my backpack but maybe I should take less? How many you bring?
On my last Camino (Ingles)? None, couldn't find any in the UK before I left - which lead to some interesting miming in a farmacia in Miño when I seemed to mispronounce the Spanish word "imperdibles" (goodness only knows what they thought I was asking for).
I now have a set of 10 (4 smallish, 4 medium and 2 large) permanently in my travel washbag!
I would go for 1 for a pair of socks (keep them together), 2 for a shirt, 2 for a set of underwear so yes, 7 seems a good number!
 

Renascer

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
On my last Camino (Ingles)? None, couldn't find any in the UK before I left - which lead to some interesting miming in a farmacia in Miño when I seemed to mispronounce the Spanish word "imperdibles" (goodness only knows what they thought I was asking for).
I now have a set of 10 (4 smallish, 4 medium and 2 large) permanently in my travel washbag!
I would go for 1 for a pair of socks (keep them together), 2 for a shirt, 2 for a set of underwear so yes, 7 seems a good number!
U made me play the scene im my head thinking about you speaking spanish. Lol thats part of fun of travelling, look at people faces trying to understand us. Cool!
 

Jeff Crawley

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2018
After spending so much money in specialized equipment. I went to look for the carabiner at dollar store here and impressed that i could buy anything for the camino for 33 cents! Lol I think this one is great. Very lightweight and strong. All plastic. 3 for $1. Then since i was there i look and saw a bunch of other stuff good for the camino too. Little flashlight $1. Polyester pillowcase $1 that can dry quick. Tiny notepad 3 for $1 i plan to take only one.
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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
After spending so much money in specialized equipment. I went to look for the carabiner at dollar store here and impressed that i could buy anything for the camino for 33 cents! Lol I think this one is great. Very lightweight and strong. All plastic. 3 for $1. Then since i was there i look and saw a bunch of other stuff good for the camino too. Little flashlight $1. Polyester pillowcase $1 that can dry quick. Tiny notepad 3 for $1 i plan to take only one.
I love the Dollar Store and use some of their offerings stashed in my pack!
I didnt buy but They also had the laundry washing bag $1. The rope people are talking about here. I got a tiny lightweight hair brush too.
I bought two laundry washing bags super cheap from Walmart. I use them instead of stuff sacks to hold the "stuff" in my pack. I love them since I use a white trash compacter bag to line my pack to protect everything from rain anyway. I can see what I am looking for and they squish down well letting all the air out.
I buy the $5 cheap lightweight twin set from Dollar Store.and only use the fitted bottom sheet and pillowcase.
 
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In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
I've skipped over the about 67 posts above to repost something of mine from a year ago.

Instead of S hooks consider taking shower curtain hooks. They can hold your clothes and towels and such if they have loops, are lightweight and can be used for other things like carabineers on packs.

To make them more like an S hook stretch open two, hang one on the wall and the other on the first.

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I made a lightweight pack hanger out of a loop of tach cord and a small carabiner. The loop was tied with a fisherman's knot. I use a larks head to hang the loop around the bunk bed.

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You may want to check out something like a Nylofume bag to use as a pack liner or to store your pack in when not in use.

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dick bird

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Year of past OR future Camino
Plata, Ingles, Madrid, Norte, Primitivo, Invierno, Aragones, Olvidado, Chemin D'Arles
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
Why not both? They are small and light and very handy. The S hook is probably more useful - you can use it to hang your backpack from the bunk frame in albergues (keeps it out of people's way and lessens bedbug hitch-hiking) and to hang your clothes when you take a shower.
 

Old Kiwi

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
I have two hooks with suction cups to use for hanging clothes while in the shower. I take two very small aluminium carabiners and four cable ties. I also take an emergency washing ling which is really just a 3 metre length of thick string and about 20 safety pins to use as clothes pegs, which can be pushed through the string if need be.
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Why not both? They are small and light and very handy. The S hook is probably more useful - you can use it to hang your backpack from the bunk frame in albergues (keeps it out of people's way and lessens bedbug hitch-hiking) and to hang your clothes when you take a shower.
That's why I suggested the HeroClip. It does the job of both an S hook and a carabiner.
 

Myra Ramsay

MyraNT
Year of past OR future Camino
SDJP to SDC 2016
Porto to SDC, Finisterre, Muxia, Camino Ingles 2017
Camino del Norte 2019?
I took a small, lightweight, blue carabinder. Slipped it through the wrist bands of my walking poles before placing them in the receptacle provided in the albergue. No lost poles. saw many similar poles (purchased from Decathalon) along the way.
 

Doughnut NZ

From Aotearoa New Zealand
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I took a small, lightweight, blue carabinder. Slipped it through the wrist bands of my walking poles before placing them in the receptacle provided in the albergue. No lost poles. saw many similar poles (purchased from Decathalon) along the way.
I put my name on my poles using a labelling machine.
 
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LesR

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2017, 2018; Camino Portuguese 2019
In your experience which one would be more useful in the camino? Should bring a carabiner or S hook?
I am not even sure lol what i will need this for, but i hear here in the forum that is good to have it to hang stuff.
Sounds like a solution in search of a problem...

I like to keep things simple and not take anything I wont need...
 

Myra Ramsay

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SDJP to SDC 2016
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Didn’t mean to derail this thread. Just wanted to say a small carabiner kept my poles together for easy pick up.
 
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henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
You do realise you are signalling that you are blind and deaf?
My primary signal to traffic is ‘I’m here’ and with all due respect to those so impaired I don’t think they would object.

I also walk in dark sunglasses and have a Labrador with a fluorescent coat which may reinforce your view.
 
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LesR

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Camino Frances 2017, 2018; Camino Portuguese 2019
I have some carabiners and some safety pins hanging on the outside of my pack. I have one of those rubber coated wire ties, about 10 inches, in my bathroom bag so I can hang it when I take a shower - as has been said, there are often not enough hooks in bathrooms.
Safety pins are good for attaching damp socks to one's backpack for drying in the sun whilst walking... Much better than tucking them into an elastic loop and hoping they stay attached!
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Safety pins are good for attaching damp socks to one's backpack for drying in the sun whilst walking... Much better than tucking them into an elastic loop and hoping they stay attached!
Definitely. That's how I ended up with one and a half pairs of socks on my Camino del Norte!
 
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2022
I wrapped 10~20’ of red duct tape around the shaft of my poles. Duct tape…can’t leave home without. 😂
On my first Camino, I discovered that many pilgrims had similar, if not identical, equipment as mine. In prep for my next Camino, I found some pink "Hello Kitty" duct tape. I wrapped it around each of my hiking poles and around my water bottle. No one in their right mind is going to accidentally walk off with "Hello Kitty" hiking poles. It definitely gave me one less thing to worry about on my Way.
 
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