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First Camino Frances

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Hello Everyone,

I have my first Camino Frances coming (and first Camino) up next month. I'll be flying into Biarritz and then taking a cab to Bayonne, then a train or bus into SJPP. I fly into Biarritz on Tuesday, May 21 in the late afternoon, and plan on starting the Camino Frances the following morning on the 22nd. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on my packing list or advice that you would like to share with me? I have been planning and preparing for some months now and have been training more since the weather is acting more like Spring lately. I took these pictures today and last updated my packing list today. Currently sitting around 12 lbs, or 5.40 kg as a baseweight with no food or water. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Oops! I guess I can't attach a packing list on here in Excel or Word! If someone wants, I could email or message it to you though. Thanks again!
 

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Juspassinthrough

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
You didn’t say when next month but you could probably lose the gloves and cap. I can’t tell from the photo what the bulky blue item next to your trekking poles is but if it’s a down jacket, I would say no to that. I walked the Camino May 18- June 22, 2017 and day 1 to Roncesvalles was a little cold with some rain/sleet, walking uphill kept me plenty warm. Most of the next month was warm to hot, 40/104 the day I walked in to Villafranca.

Good luck, Buen Camino, when do you expect to arrive in Santiago?
 

Juspassinthrough

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
Sorry, sleeping pad too unless you plan on camping.
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Hi Juspassinthrough! Thanks for your reply! Yes I have the synthetic jacket, light cap and light gloves which have been on the fence to be left behind. The pad is just a sit pad for sitting anywhere and not getting a wet butt. I have used it quite a bit on the Jacobsweg here in Germany, as well as pretty much everything in the pictures one time or another. I don't really have an end goal in mind, and didn't buy a return ticket so I can take things as they come. You had some hot days! Thanks for the advice!
 

Juspassinthrough

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
TankerTim, thanks for your service. Yes, we had many hot days, far more than cool. I brought a sleeping bag, used it in St Jean, Roncesvalles and Zubiri. Mailed it to Santiago from Burgos and never missed it.

I’m walking the Inglés in early June and then León to Sarria from June 7-15. Maybe our paths will cross. Enjoy!
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Thanks for your Support! I had thought about a light sleeping bag, but went with a sleeping bag liner instead. Have fun walking the Inglés! Perhaps we'll run into one another!

Buen Camino!
 

Bob from L.A. !

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Hey "Tanker"

Congrats and good luck. You'll enjoy it.

My rule of thumb is to make sure everything has a minimal of a dual purpose that you pack. It has always worked well for me and keeps my pack light.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hello Everyone,

I have my first Camino Frances coming (and first Camino) up next month. I'll be flying into Biarritz and then taking a cab to Bayonne, then a train or bus into SJPP. I fly into Biarritz on Tuesday, May 21 in the late afternoon, and plan on starting the Camino Frances the following morning on the 22nd. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on my packing list or advice that you would like to share with me? I have been planning and preparing for some months now and have been training more since the weather is acting more like Spring lately. I took these pictures today and last updated my packing list today. Currently sitting around 12 lbs, or 5.40 kg as a baseweight with no food or water. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I don't know if this will help out, Tim, but here is an updated list of my camino load out.

55493
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Hi Bob from L.A.,

Thanks for the response. I have been using that rule and it has helped reduce what I started out with (over 20 lbs) to where I am now. I think I might leave my inflatable pillow and a few other things. I trimmed down my guidebook, and have considered leaving it and using an app, but have always liked having paper maps and something physical in my hands (still might leave it though. I like the thought of having it since it's my first Camino, but it weighs quite a lot). My iPod is definitely a comfort item. I'm looking now to see if I can get my music library (over 30+ gigs of music) onto my phone, which would save a lot of weight. I'll have to keep you guys posted on what my final load out is.

Thanks again!

-Tim
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Hi Davebugg,

Thanks for your reply. I've seen you just about everywhere I've looked on this website, on numerous forums, so it means a lot to hear your advice. It looks like I could cut my pack weight in half by upgrading (currently have an Osprey Stratos 36L, which fits great but is a little large for what I think I'll need) to something lighter. Since my Camino is so close, and it isn't in my budget, I will stick with the pack I have for now (perhaps on a later Camino I can upgrade, since from everything I've heard and read, this will probably not be my last). Looking at leaving my iPod and perhaps my guidebook and inflatable pillow to shave off some more weight. Have you found that most Alburgues have pillows? I thought about a pillow cover, but if I needed one I could always use my extra T-shirt.

Thanks again Dave!

-Tim
 

Dave C.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
Hi Davebugg,

Thanks for your reply. I've seen you just about everywhere I've looked on this website, on numerous forums, so it means a lot to hear your advice. It looks like I could cut my pack weight in half by upgrading (currently have an Osprey Stratos 36L, which fits great but is a little large for what I think I'll need) to something lighter. Since my Camino is so close, and it isn't in my budget, I will stick with the pack I have for now (perhaps on a later Camino I can upgrade, since from everything I've heard and read, this will probably not be my last). Looking at leaving my iPod and perhaps my guidebook and inflatable pillow to shave off some more weight. Have you found that most Alburgues have pillows? I thought about a pillow cover, but if I needed one I could always use my extra T-shirt.

Thanks again Dave!

-Tim
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Everywhere I have slept on the Camino in the past three years has had a pillow. I do take my own pillow case though.
I still carry a guidebook. Gives me a good visual on the next day.
Enjoy your Camino!!
Dave C.
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Hi Dave C,

Thanks for the reply. I'll more than likely leave my pillow behind then. How about puffy jackets? I know that there are some areas where there is significant elevation, as well as getting up and going early in the morning or being out and about later at night, but would a puffy be necessary in late May through June? Maybe my rain jacket would be sufficient as another layer?

Thanks again!

-Tim
 

Dave C.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
Hi Dave C,

Thanks for the reply. I'll more than likely leave my pillow behind then. How about puffy jackets? I know that there are some areas where there is significant elevation, as well as getting up and going early in the morning or being out and about later at night, but would a puffy be necessary in late May through June? Maybe my rain jacket would be sufficient as another layer?

Thanks again!

-Tim
I walk in April. For my layers I have:
SS Tshirt/lightweight fleece/med weight fleece/rain jacket. And lightweight bottoms (have only worn to sleep), zip off hiking pants and rain pants.
I have never wished for a puff jacket. I do own several, but would only take if attempting a winter camino.
I have never been cold, except for my hands. So I take gloves for the cool mornings.

But that is my experience. Others swear by a jacket, I prefer layers as it gives me more options.
Any other questions let me know.
Fellow Pilgrim and US Veteran,
Dave C.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
As far as the guide book, the app, the posted signage, the throngs of people and the locals to ask questions of you should no problem navigating your way from one point to another.

Buen Camino !
 

Karihughes

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2019
I know you didn’t ask about this but we are taking a shuttle directly from the Biarritz airport to SJPP on May 8th. I’m curious about the taxi and train plan. The shuttle company is Express Bouricotte or something very close to that. It takes about an hour. I can look for the link. The cost depends on the number of riders.
 

Karihughes

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2019
I know you didn’t ask about this but we are taking a shuttle directly from the Biarritz airport to SJPP on May 8th. I’m curious about the taxi and train plan. The shuttle company is Express Bouricotte or something very close to that. It takes about an hour. I can look for the link. The cost depends on the number of riders.
This also my first Camino and I couldn’t be more excited. 😊
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
Thanks Bob from L.A.! May just trim the guide even more so I have just a few maps instead of the whole thing. Might also trim it along the way.

Thanks Karihughes! I hadn't thought about that option!
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hi Davebugg,

Thanks for your reply. I've seen you just about everywhere I've looked on this website, on numerous forums, so it means a lot to hear your advice. It looks like I could cut my pack weight in half by upgrading (currently have an Osprey Stratos 36L, which fits great but is a little large for what I think I'll need) to something lighter. Since my Camino is so close, and it isn't in my budget, I will stick with the pack I have for now (perhaps on a later Camino I can upgrade, since from everything I've heard and read, this will probably not be my last). Looking at leaving my iPod and perhaps my guidebook and inflatable pillow to shave off some more weight. Have you found that most Alburgues have pillows? I thought about a pillow cover, but if I needed one I could always use my extra T-shirt.

Thanks again Dave!

-Tim
I am glad if I have been of any help, Tim. I use a stuff sack with some clothing for a pillow if one is needed. Feel free to contact me by PM if there is anything you think I might be able to help with later on :).

Keep in mind that you are only doing a walk from town to town, and that can help you sort out what is not really needed vs what you are carrying as a 'just in case' item.

My backpack weight when doing a 10 day trip in the Cascades, Rockies, or Sierras will weigh a total of 23 pounds (food, fuel, cooking gear, tent, air mattress, etc). One of the wonderful things about Camino is that this amount of weight goes down to just below 11 pounds total weight (base weight, plus snack and water).
 

TankerTim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Late May to June 2019
That's a great idea with the stuff sack. I'll keep that in mind.

That's very true that this is very different from camping, since you don't need to carry your food, shelter and cooking equipment along with you the whole time. I'll let you know if I have any other questions.

Thanks Dave!
 

Evvie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
That's a great idea with the stuff sack. I'll keep that in mind.

That's very true that this is very different from camping, since you don't need to carry your food, shelter and cooking equipment along with you the whole time. I'll let you know if I have any other questions.

Thanks Dave!
Following all of this, Tim. I'm doing my first Camino, solo, Sept-Oct 2019 and am curious about the down jacket and whether I'll need it at that time of year.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Looking at leaving my iPod and perhaps my guidebook and inflatable pillow to shave off some more weight. Have you found that most Alburgues have pillows? I thought about a pillow cover, but if I needed one I could always use my extra T-shirt.
I only came across one albergue that didn't have pillows - the oft recommended albergue in Grañon.

Some albergues provide (or sell for a euro) disposable sheets that include a disposable pillow cover. I found that my sleeping bag liner (which I took in place of a sleeping bag) had a pocket at the end that you could put the pillow into, so it functioned as a pillow cover.
 

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