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Dani7

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Camino Frances
When the time is right
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
 

mmmmartin

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Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
I've always taken one, it's three metres of thin cord, weighs nothing. You'll need to take nappy pins anyway, to pin the clothes to any line (pegs have s habit of disappearing and pins are far better) and if you have a hotel room one night it's easier to hang up your clothes to dry overnight: hotels rarely have washing lines.
Don't bother with clothes washing powder though, just chuck the clothes on the shower floor when having a shower. I don't take towels now: I dry myself on the sweaty shirt I've worn that day. That is then washed and hung up to dry.
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
I've always taken one, it's three metres of thin cord, weighs nothing. You'll need to take nappy pins anyway, to pin the clothes to any line (pegs have s habit of disappearing and pins are far better) and if you have a hotel room one night it's easier to hang up your clothes to dry overnight: hotels rarely have washing lines.
Don't bother with clothes washing powder though, just chuck the clothes on the shower floor when having a shower. I don't take towels now: I dry myself on the sweaty shirt I've worn that day. That is then washed and hung up to dry.
Not sure I could dry myself with my sweaty shirt worn that day 😳 but I like the idea of soaking clothes during shower.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
I walk in the winter so always take a clothes line with me. I string it up around my bunk and hang my clothes all around me so while they are drying they also give me a little privacy too. It's a Sea2Summit and is a double line with cinch beads so clothes pens/pins are not needed and it weighs 1oz so well worth it for me.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
I am another who carries their own clothes line as a supplement to whatever is provided. The pegs and pins are also useful especially for attaching to your backpack if those socks did not dry overnight.
As for a towel - sorry to disagree with @mmmmartin , a clean, dry lightweight towel is, imho, essential.
 

K Turner

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
August-October 2019 CF
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
We carried Paracord but never had to use it. The only clothesline issue we ran into was at an albergue; it had a courtyard with plenty of lines being put to good use. The problem was that the hosts locked the door to the courtyard at curfew. We had to exit a different way in the morning and none of us could retrieve our belongings. Thankfully we only lost our washcloth/shampoo bar carrier, but others weren't as lucky.

If I'm fortunate enough to walk another Camino, I will still carry a length of Paracord (and double check every albergue's policy on doors and access)!

Buen Camino!
 

OnHellas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I carry one of those clothes lines that is two cords twisted together. Always ready and never need pegs or pins.
As for washing my clothes in a potentially dirty shower tray or drying myself with the days sweaty shirt......no thank you.
 

JFG

Doing Caminos since 2003. Holy Cow!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Portugues, Norte, Ignacio, Salvador, Tunnel, Ingles, and more...
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
We like to use something sold by “nite ize”. It has two cam jam attachment points and a thin cord that can be adjusted to any length. It tightens well and hold wet clothes. Easy to attach to trees, beds, hotel room balconies.
 

c0484

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
Some have clothes lines, but most do not. If you choose not to use the dryer (1 Euro) bring some paracord and ask if you can make your own clothes line. I also suggest that you bring diaper pins to hold the clothes on the line because the winds can be quite strong. Keep in mind that you may have a lot of rain during April or almost none at all.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I walk in the winter so always take a clothes line with me. I string it up around my bunk and hang my clothes all around me so while they are drying they also give me a little privacy too. It's a Sea2Summit and is a double line with cinch beads so clothes pens/pins are not needed and it weighs 1oz so well worth it for me.
I am an ultralight packer but I take the sea to summit cord also. I mainly use it when stayed in private rooms but have wrapped around my bunk too when I have take my clothes inside when not dry. Definitely bring clothes pins and mark them with your name so you can reclaim them when they are borrowed accidentally. Safety pins work too.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Some have clothes lines, but most do not
I have never stayed in an albergue that didn't have some kind of clothes line. Where are you finding ones that don't?
 

MikeJS

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
I have never stayed in an albergue that didn't have some kind of clothes line. Where are you finding ones that don't?
I have stayed in quite a few that do not have lines or only a metre or so. Certainly true on the less walked routes. Also very necessary if there are no albergues.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
I've always taken one, it's three metres of thin cord, weighs nothing. You'll need to take nappy pins anyway, to pin the clothes to any line (pegs have s habit of disappearing and pins are far better) and if you have a hotel room one night it's easier to hang up your clothes to dry overnight: hotels rarely have washing lines.
Don't bother with clothes washing powder though, just chuck the clothes on the shower floor when having a shower. I don't take towels now: I dry myself on the sweaty shirt I've worn that day. That is then washed and hung up to dry.
been doin most of this for years except the sweaty shirt bit! Aaaaaggh! Yuck! I carry spare bootlaces for makin sneaky lines in hotel rooms! Seen one post years ago where poster used their walking pole to fill space in window, Ingenious! After all they are extendable and collapsible. Make sure you take down your undies before opening window tho otherwise you will have the humiliation of them disappearing on the wings of the gale which has been waiting for this to happen! I kid you not as this has caused much merriment to the hotel staff I was trying to outwit!:)

The Malingerer
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2021 (Sept, Oct)
First time we used safety / diaper pins to attach our wet clothes to the line. Problem was that with strong winds, the pins made holes in some of our quick wicking shirts. For our last two caminos, we use small plastic clips and dry our clothes on the albergue lines (usually there are plenty). For the few times it was raining, we have the stretch elastic line and dry our clothes inside. Bob
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I walked with a woman who dried herself off with her sweaty clothes. She always complained her clothes never smelled clean. I wonder if putting bacteria laden sweat on a clean body contributed to that 😱. It might not have been the clothes that smelled funky. But on the other hand she was quite the sweater, so if it works for you go for it.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
If you do bring your own line, make a habit of leaving an item on it so long as it is strung up. With no item on it, the chances of leaving it behind go up.

I bring eight feet or so of light twine string. Takes no space and is adaptable to whatever configuration I need.
 

elleley

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (16); Leon-Sarria, Ourense-SdC (17), Burgos-Leon (17), Porto-SdC (18), SalvadorPrimitivo(19)
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
Like Annie, I carry a braided cord that has velcro loops on the ends. When I am fortunate enough to get a lower bunk and it happens to be raining, will hang it on the wires/slats from the upper bunk for underwear and socks that need to hang overnight to dry. It's light enough to carry, whether I use it or not. Ultreia! elle
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
If you do bring your own line, make a habit of leaving an item on it so long as it is strung up. With no item on it, the chances of leaving it behind go up.

I bring eight feet or so of light twine string. Takes no space and is adaptable to whatever configuration I need.
You just make a loop knot to tie it?
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
You just make a loop knot to tie it?
I wrap it around whatever is there and make some kind of loop knot. The kind where I can pull on the loose end and it unties, but the weight of clothes on the other side doesn’t untie it.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I have brought one but rarely used it. I was recently given a light and colourful braided elastic clothesline by a fellow pilgrim that apparently doesn't need pins or pegs and will probably bring that with me on my next Camino instead.
 

sdevine

Camino Frances 2019, and planning 2020
Camino(s) past & future
4/26/2019 - 6/12/2019, planning 2020
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
i was on camino May 2019, and i used it once, and really didn't need it.
 

JudyJane

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 May or August
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
Take clothes pins
 

Rover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, Fall 2016
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
I took a 10 foot clothes line and safety pins and used it whenever line space was not available. In addition to the alburges outdoor line, I used my line primarily for indoors, stretching the line from one end of my bunk to the other. This was particularly handy in inclimate weather. Do it, it takes virtually no space or weight.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
For those that like the "pegless" clothes lines, you can make your own from rubber bands.

 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
One spare long shoe lace, two plastic clothes pegs, two safety pins, one small carabiner. All multi-functional. They don’t weigh much. I probably needed a clothesline once or twice a week, but in hotels or Chambres d’hôtes/Casas Rurales.
John
 

Dromengro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP - Leon 1984
Frances (2021)
Why debate something that weighs nothing and takes up no room, chuck it in your bag or pocket and forget about until needed. Even if you don't take it, it's easy to buy on route if needed, it's just a piece of string. I can't believe some actually weigh theirs.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
I walk in the winter so always take a clothes line with me. I string it up around my bunk and hang my clothes all around me so while they are drying they also give me a little privacy too. It's a Sea2Summit and is a double line with cinch beads so clothes pens/pins are not needed and it weighs 1oz so well worth it for me.
Yup, I have the same, weighs next to nothing and it has come in handy many times 🙂
But to be fair, it is not strictly necessary for the Camino francés (I don’t think).
 

Tom Vickers

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances1993/2002) Fonseca 06 Primitivo 16. Muxia/Fisterra 16. VDLP 17. Primitivo/Fisterra 18.
I use paracord for bootlaces. Tie spare ones together and use them for a clothes line. Tying the line around your bunk is also useful if you want to use a towel to kill the light from exit lamps.
 

WalkingJane

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
I walk in the winter so always take a clothes line with me. I string it up around my bunk and hang my clothes all around me so while they are drying they also give me a little privacy too. It's a Sea2Summit and is a double line with cinch beads so clothes pens/pins are not needed and it weighs 1oz so well worth it for me.
I used this too, outdoors or in. At times when I had only 2 or 3 items, and i had a lower bunk, I strung it up beneath the upper bunk mattress. Yes, to diaper pins - many uses.
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
I walked the CF in April so the albergurs were not very busy, plenty of space on the line so clothes stayed damp. If they were still damp after dark I would attach them to the outside of my pack overnight and the next day, if they were still damp upon arrival at the alberhue I would just put them on damp after my shower they dry soon enough. Clothes line and pegs/ pins are just another thing to lose.
 

Kiwi girl

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances September 2015
Frances September 2017
Portuguese 2020
I always carry a twisted stretchy clothes line that has a hook on each end so you can attach it to something or attach it to itself if no window latches, wall hooks or whatever are not available. No need for pegs but I do take safety pins for drying socks on back pack. Cheers
 

Sandra Riordan

Hobart Australia
Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2015, Portuguese 2016, El Norte 2017 & VDLP 2019.
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
I never bother and have never needed one.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
For those that like the "pegless" clothes lines, you can make your own from rubber bands.

That's effectively the one I was gifted with, except that colourful rubber bands were used.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 18,2015 - June 23,2015 El Camino Frances
May 25, 2017 - June 30th, 2017 Le Puy to Moissac
I carried a piece of Bungie rope for that purpose and used it as a clothesline on the Frances (rainy day). On the Le Puy, I found multiple uses too. On a windy day, I used it as a belt to wrap my poncho around my waist. I also used it to hold up a makeshift shelter on another rainy day. I think it's a good thing to have for an emergency.
Also, I am a fan of safety pins to be used as clothespins. They don't disappear as often, take less room and weigh less than the wooden clothespins and also have multiple uses like hanging wet socks or other light things from your backpack. Buen Camino!
 

RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
Wait until you experience a clothes spinner. A few alburgues have them. Amazing!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
Hello everyone 😊

I am doing an early April Camino 2020 and was wondering, for those who have walked the Frances before, if you felt the albergues who had clothes lines had enough space for your clothes. Debating on whether I should bring a nylon makeshift clothes line. Thanks to all who ho respond. 😀
No need to take clothes line
 
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Aways good, it always varies - some places have tons of drying space/racks/lines, some barely any room for them. I take a couple of those elastic hook binder things, you dsee them on roof racks and things like that (just don't leave them behind at the Alberque).
 

taigirl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
I have a medium size dry sack which I fill with soapy water and dirty clothes. A few squishes in the shower and then rinse.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I have a medium size dry sack which I fill with soapy water and dirty clothes. A few squishes in the shower and then rinse.
That's pretty much what I do. I let my clothes soak while I shower, dry off and dress. Then I shake the bag around a bit more before rinsing in the laundry sink. I think that the long soaking time really helps get the clothes cleaner with less effort.
 

TD Justus

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF May/ June 2016
“I string it up around my bunk and hang my clothes all around me so while they are drying they also give me a little privacy too. “
I agree: always use line to organize, hang drying clothes & lend a bit of privacy.
 

anthikes

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 SJPdP > SdC
2018 Porto > SdC
2019 Sevilla > SdC
I usually have a clothes line. I have one from one of those £ or $ etc shops - very lightweight and doesn't need pegs either as you twist the clothes into the line, if that makes sense! I recall using it quite a bit on the Frances route, particularly as I usually end up being one of the last people to do their laundry!
 

darealdeal77

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014 Camino Frances
I would take one! We did our Camino in August, September and October, not only did we wash a lot of clothes, but we got rained on frequently! I brought a thin paracord about 12 feet long (4mtrs) and some small wood cloathes pins. We found at times that some hostels were packed, and everyone was hanging clothes. We even used our line inside a pensione, in our room, from the door hinge to the dresser! It worked just great. Having the cord is always helpful, because it has many uses, broken shoe strings, broken equipment fix, etc. I would definitely take one, paracord is not heavy if you get a small mm gauge. Hope it helps! BUEN CAMINO
 

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