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Poll Do I absolutely need sunglasses for the Camino Frances in June?

Is it NECESSARY for me to bring sunglasses on the Camino Frances in June?

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jsmck2

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
 
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cher99840

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2017 Camino Frances SJPP-Santiago
2015 St. Olav's Way Oslo-Trondheim
2017 VdlP Seville-Merida
I wear sunglasses that fit over my prescription glasses. They hang on a cord around my neck so that I can slip them off and on easily. They go everywhere with me, home and abroad. I wear cocoons, but there are other brands.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
jsmck2, I hope you have a great Camino. I would recommend wearing sunglasses. Even though I have reactalite lenses, I bought wraparound sunglasses, cheap as dirt, that covered my prescription glasses and ensured that I was in no danger of harm from the sun, even from the sneaky corners of my eyes.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Do you normally wear sunglasses? I don't. And I live in Australia (very sunny)
I think if you have a hat with a peak/brim you'll be fine.

Having said that, because I wear glasses, I did get prescription sun glasses to wear on Camino.
Not sure why, I thought they might be more comfortable. As I said, I'm not normally a sunglasses person.
I would be just as happy with clear lenses I think.

You could get 'clip on' tinted lenses to put on to your normal glasses?
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
I've always worn sunglasses while walking the Camino, but they are not a necessity. A good, brimmed hat of some sort is, though. I least to me it is, and that brim shades your eyes as well. You will be just fine with a good hat/cap.
 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
Hi there,

The great thing about walking the Camino Frances is that you're walking from east to west so the sun being in your eyes really doesn't trouble you that often. I really wouldn't worry about it.

Sunburn on the back of your neck? Now that's a different story.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 

hecate105

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
I got glasses that go over my prescription ones , about £7 sterling. I cycled one day, quite a dull day, without sunglasses and the next morning my face swelled up like an elephant! Really - I walked into the shower room and thought 'poor disfigured woman' then realised it was me... Took 3 days for the swelling to go...:cool::cool:o_O
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
I too wear prescription glasses and had no problems without sunglasses.
I wear a Tilley hat - wide brim and keeps the sun off my ears and neck, no need for sunglasses with a good hat IMO.
 

GettingThere

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
C. Frances sections Apr-Jun 2019
It's really hard for anyone to answer this for someone else - sunglass wearing is such an individual thing! Personally, if I step outside on a sunny day I can barely open my eyes without sunglasses, and a hat doesn't help. But that's me - everyone's eye sensitivity is different. If you think you might need them I would say go with the suggestions above and find a pair that will fit over your prescription glasses. If you don't have time you could see how you go for the first few days on the Camino then try to find some in e.g. Pamplona if you need them. But if it was me I would not want to risk a few days of what would be (for me) great discomfort, and I'd try to get some before leaving home.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
If you are walking the Camino Frances, you will be walking primarily from East to West. Thus, the sun will be over your left shoulder most all day, while you are walking.

On three journeys along this route, I have used only my eyeglasses with Transitions lenses in them. This provides near 100 UV protection, plus some glare reduction. When I first did this, I carried separate prescription sunglasses, but ditched them starting with the second, due to weight issues.

I would say that, unless you are highly susceptible to problems from glare, you should be fine. If, however, you eyes are sensitive to glare (or bright sunlight) try to find some sort of clip-on or snap-on that will get you through it.

As an FYI, in mid April, I will walk from Ponferrada on the Camino Invierno, as I have not done this route yet. I will NOT be bringing sunglasses, for all the above reasons. However, I will send them ahead, with some other supplies, to be at Santiago waiting for my arrival.

Hope this helps...
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
If you have access to Costco either on line or walk in they sell excellent over the glasses sunglasses that also shade perrifial vision. I forget the SPF factor but it is good. I use them all the time now after my first camino. I bought clip ons and combinrd with a sweaty nose the wait was enough to keep them sliding down my nose. The Costco ones fit tightly, come with a silky bag and a string to hang around your neck when you dont need them
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 (Sept/Oct): CF: SJPdP-->Fisterra-->Muxia (solo)
2019 (late Sept): CF: SJPdP-->Leon (honeymoon!)
I did CF-Fisterra-Muxia mid-September thru October and used my sunglasses almost every day.
 

kaixo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012
Camino del Norte 2012
Geneva/Le Puy/SJPP/Bilbao 2015
Prague/Geneva ?
Most people are aware of how harmful UV radiation is to the skin. But we don't realize that UV radiation can harm the eyes as well. My optometrist recommends that everyone, even children, wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful solar radiation.
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
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Absolutely ? No.

But the answer as to whether YOU need them or not is in your eyes, not this forum.

Most people can get by with a brimmed hat against the sun (and rain), but anyone with delicate eyes will need more than that.

Listen to yourself and to those in your life who love, live with, or care for you directly, not to anyone with whatever opinion in here. You cannot afford to subject a medical question to the opinion of unqualified random strangers on the internet, though we do collectively I think wish the best for you.

One's necessaries on the Camino should most certainly not be bypassed.
 

Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
Most people are aware of how harmful UV radiation is to the skin. But we don't realize that UV radiation can harm the eyes as well. My optometrist recommends that everyone, even children, wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful solar radiation.
I agree with this - I live in sunny San Diego and wear sun glasses all the time I am out doors - even on the rare cloudy days.
 

HeidiL

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2004-), Portugués, Madrid, 4/5 Plata, 1/8 Levante, 1/8 Lana, Augusta, hospitalera Grado.
The older I get, the more I feel I need sunglasses in addition to my hat. The pupils take longer to contract, and I sometimes feel sore-eyed after a long day's walk.
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
I would not even be able to open my eyes outside without sunglasses in the daytime.. I wore sunglasses on the Camino (I went in May/June and Sept), but then I wear them at home as well. I have light sensitive eyes, regardless of whether I'm looking into the light or not.
Whether or not you need sunglasses will be an individual thing - but I would go prepared if I was you. You can buy cheap but quality fit-overs, they are light and wont break the bank. And no-one cares what you look like on the Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
I'm among the minority that does not wear sunglasses. I did not take any with me, and I did fine. I get my eyes checked regularly, and they are fine too.
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
I wear sunglasses that fit over my prescription glasses.
So I think you have had a vast assortments of replies, jsmck2!
If you don't normally wear sunglasses, don't bother.
But remember - you can buy sunglasses that simply fit over your normal glasses: they are very inexpensive - about 3 Euros.
Buen camino!
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
I wouldn't go anywhere without my sunglasses because I hate glare. However if you have managed without sunglasses until now, you will probably be fine with a wide brimmed hat, or wrap around glasses like other forum members have suggested.
 

Scott54

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2018
I bought clip-on sunglasses through Amazon for my glasses (see the profile pic) for about $10 US. Easily put on in bright sunlight, or removed in the evenings and morning.
 

jsmck2

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Thanks so much for all your replies - really appreciate it!! I've purchased some prescription sunglasses, which I ended up getting at half-price. Am now just hoping they arrive before I leave! They're expected to arrive within a few business days, but it can take longer than expected and there's no guarantee.
 

Oddyspapa

My soul is staying on the way, always.
Camino(s) past & future
Full CF (May/Jun of 2014, 2018 )
Full CF+Finisterre (2016 May/Jun)
Will go again 2020
It depends on you because everyone has different eyes.

If below case, YES, you may need.
You need sunglasses on normal daily life.
You are a slow walker, so you may still walk after 2pm most of days.
Otherwise, NO, you may not need it.

I walked Camino Frances two times during middle of May to Jun. I got sunglasses but I couldn't feel that I need it. I think sunglasses over your eyeglasses is more uncomfortable than without sunglasses.
I will start walk this May again but still sunglasses is not important consideration of me. Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
I need sunglasses in Australia but just take my prescription glasses with transitional lenses on the Camino.
 

MoniRose

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(5/28-7/4, 2012) Camino Frances - SJPP to Santiago
(7/22-8/2, 2013) Camino Finesterra
(?) Camino Le Puy
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
Nope. I wear glasses. I broke contacts but broke my sunglasses on Day 2 and never replaced them. This was in 2012 during a heat wave. My sun hat worked fine.
 

John Garrett

Tincéir
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2007)
Del Norte (2016)
Primitive 2018
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
If you have 99.9% protection in your prescription lenses you are probably safe.
 

John Garrett

Tincéir
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2007)
Del Norte (2016)
Primitive 2018
A wide brimmed hat is not a solution. A lot of eye damage is caused by reflected UV light not just from water but from stones glass and white washed walls. If your clear prescription lenses are as you said 99.9% UV protection then you should be OK. The wrap around UV protective designs sound like great idea.
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
At this writing, I am 26 days from cataract surgery on my left eye and had a minor bleed in my right eye 5 days ago. (It will need cataract surgery after I return home from the CF some time mid Summer). I have protected my eyes all my life and will never stop doing so. Sight is one of the greatest gifts we have been given and definitely worth protecting. I wear sunglasses even on cloudy days.

In this case, jamck2, consider the "over the glasses," or, "flip up / down," type to ensure safety. It is a long time to spend outside under the Sun, every day for more than a month.
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
I had the cataract surgery some years ago, it was a miracle. However my eyes are much more light sensitive than they were. Sunglasses are are a necessity, unless its actually raining.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
No sun classes for me only sun protection for your neck . ( walking from east to west ) :cool::cool:
Wish you well , Peter .
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I got transition lenses for my prescription glasses, so they darken in the sun and act as sunglasses. They aren't cheap but they have changed my life. No more having to carry extra sunglasses and no more lost sunglasses. When I go to bed, my glasses go next to the bed. When I get up, I reach over and put on my glasses and I'm good to go. If it gets bright out, my lenses darken and I look even cooler than I normally do!
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco(2017) Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(2019) CF
Most people are aware of how harmful UV radiation is to the skin. But we don't realize that UV radiation can harm the eyes as well. My optometrist recommends that everyone, even children, wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful solar radiation.
I need to agree with you...well, because I've learned this the hard way. I developed severe cataracts within a 5 year span that necessitated surgery in both eyes just last month. I always thought cataracts was an 'old persons' issue. As my eye surgeon said, it isn't so much attributed to age, than it is to sun exposure. ( obviously, the older one gets, the more exposure over time ) Very young people, especially those in sunshine sports, get cataracts at early ages . In my case it was walking the camino ( and the training beforehand ) for months and months in the sun without sunglasses every year for the past 7 years. Hard lesson learned.
 

steve 217

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances planning via del la plata
Absolutely wear sunglasses the harm that can be caused by the sun even in moderate climates is worrying i always carry sunglasses and i am a weight obsessive id rather have my sunglasses then gloves.
Please be careful even when using a hat but then im fair skinned and have very light sensitive eyes. Good luck
 

Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
I got transition lenses for my prescription glasses, so they darken in the sun and act as sunglasses. They aren't cheap but they have changed my life. No more having to carry extra sunglasses and no more lost sunglasses. When I go to bed, my glasses go next to the bed. When I get up, I reach over and put on my glasses and I'm good to go. If it gets bright out, my lenses darken and I look even cooler than I normally do!
My husband Mike wears transition lenses in his prescription glasses and they were what he wore on his one and only Camino in June 2018. We live in San Diego Southern California where we have sun 90 percent of the time. I wear sunglasses but that is what transition lenses are for... so you don’t need sunglasses.
 

RennieArchibald

New Member
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
I bought a pair of the flip up sunshades to attach to my regular glasses. Works fine
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
My wife and I had a long conversation with an internationally renowned eye surgeon a couple of years ago. He gave us his top two pieces of advice for eye heath: eat a ‘rainbow’ of vegetables ever day and wear good quality sunglasses outdoors every day. He said that the the latter was especially important if your eye colour was anything other than brown. I don’t know why, but I take his advice. I don’t know the HMRC tax code inside out, but I do what my accountant says. The eye advice is more important IMHO.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (09/2019)
Wide brimmed hat such as Tilley and end of last year I carried, my fourth camino I convinced myself that my Raybans would come in handy. I wore them with hat walking over Pyrenees and kept removing them to talk to people, who said eyes are windows to soul. I was concerned that I might drop them, leave them behind so I placed them in my pack and they never seen light of day after France. If not wearing hat or hat with narrow brim then yes but no as trusty Tilley kept sun Uv and rain at bay plus can't attach my pins to my sunnies 🤠
 

DwainS

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances(2020)
I'll be doing the Camino Frances throughout the month of June, but will be leaving overseas in a week. I stupidly didn't think of the necessity of sunglasses until now. The problem is that I wear prescription glasses and so can't just buy a pair of sunglasses - would need to get prescription ones and won't be able to get them in time. I'd also prefer not to buy prescription sunglasses anyway because they would be very expensive for me - just my lenses by themselves cost $500... (Incidentally, I could've gotten prescription sunglasses at half price a few weeks ago when I purchased a new pair of prescription glasses, but stupidly didn't think of it at the time.)

I'll have a hat and my glasses have lenses which feature an anti-reflective coating and provide 99.9% UV protection.. So I'm really hoping I won't need sunglasses..

How many people on the Camino where them?
I think its like walking poles and phones, there nice to have but not necessary. It's the individual, whether they think its essential or not.
 

hecate105

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
You can get 'over' sunglasses which you put on over your prescription ones.. They sell them for driving and fishing - very good anti glare and strong protection. So that might be worth a try... Available online in usual tax-avoiding stores!!
 

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
I don't like wearing sunglasses while walking on camino (or any type of hiking), but I bring them for afternoon exploring.
 

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