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I've noticed some people suggest taking a bit of string and clothes pins. It seems like wasted weight to me, but perhaps there's a need. With a week left before I leave, I'm looking at each gram now. Any thoughts?
When we went camping when I was a child, my mother used to make a clothes line by twisting a length of string until it would twist up on itself (thus becoming less than half its length). She then didn't need clothespegs/pins because she could push up a couple of corners of the wet socks/pants/teatowel etc into the twists which would hold it tight because of the twist. So only the weight of the string. Which might be useful in other circumstances - like tying something on to your pack, or leading a stray donkey to safety?? :roll:
You could experiment, because I can't think whether the original string needs to be double - I think not. I use the same technique with wool to make strings to thread through baby bootees - you either need a hook for the other end or a patient assistant to hold it firm while you twist. When you think you've twisted enough if you put a finger about half way and begin to allow it to twist on itself, you'll soon see if you've twisted enough!
I took a nylon line that had no weight to it at all. The plastic pins weighed almost nothing as well. I used it most days, since it rained frequently and putting any clothes outside on their lines was of no use. I tied them from doorknobs to bed frames and found other places to do so as well. Other pilgrims used my line as well since they had nothing to hang their clothes from. Using pins allows the clothes to hang and dry better than when doubled over it. I highly recommend it-
I recommend carrying clothspins - I used mine at almost every stop. As other posters have said, they can be hard to come by at the albergues. Plastic clothspins are lighter than the wooden ones. You can get them at supermercados along the Way.
Safety pins are good as well, for repairs and for pinning clothes to your pack during the next day's walk in case they don't dry overnight due to rain or dampness.
As for a line...well, they are usually somewhat plentiful at albergues, at least during the early part of the day. But a line might come in handy here and there. An extra set of bootlaces can be used for this purpose... :arrow:
6 large nappy safety pins were invaluable for me - no risk of washing flying away from either lines or the outside of my backpack
i took an elastic twisted clothes line and only used it a couple of times
another trick if you score a bottom bunk is to hang your, not quite dry, socks and undies from the slats/wire frame on the bunk above - just push the ends of your socks etc between the gap - was great when i didn't want to leave my washing out overnight and risk rain, theft or forgetting about it
A clothes line is nearly essential. Albergues are so crowded that often there is no clothes line or drying rack space available. An elastic, twisted clothes line is available for under $5 from AAA or eBay. It eliminates the need for clothes pins, and has hooks on each end for fastening it to the springs of a bunk or handles of a window. Some models come with suction cups, which did not work particularly well.