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CWBuff

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
 
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When I used to fly a lot internationally (pre-pandemic), I will fly with my comfy lightweight sandals from Under Armor.

They are perfect for inflight use with my comfy workout clothes for the long flight. Because the lavatory floors may be wet, I prefer them as I can slip them off when I return to my seat. They also wash easily and dries quickly.
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davebugg

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I only take one pair of footwear, which are currently my Hoka Bondi, so the footwear I wear on the plane is the same pair that I will be walking a camino with. I keep the laces a bit looser than when walking, though. They are comfortable for the hours I walk, and comfortable to just relax in or when strolling around.

You have the Lowa Renegade boot? I can understand why you would prefer something else on the plane. When I do late fall, early winter season backpacking and need to fly to where the trail begins (Rockies, Sierra Nevadas, etc) I will wear my Lowa Camino boots for the hike. I do not find them uncomfortable to wear on the plane for extended flights, although, again, I really loosen the laces to the point that I can nearly slip them off and on.
 
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I always wear my trail runners or boots onto the plane. Why? They are bulky and heavy and don't fit in my pack as well as my sandals! For the Camino - I will be wearing my trail runners and some comfy socks (my merino wool socks for the flight). While seated, I do kick my shoes off and leave my socks on. Nothing worse than sitting on an overseas flight with shoes on! But I do always leave my socks on. If you want to, you could always remove your evening footwear (usually a pair of sandals of flip flops) and keep them under the seat in front of you in case you need to run to the bathroom mid flight - but for me - my trail runners aren't hard to get on and off while seated in a plane so I don't bother.
 
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jeanineonthecamino

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Just wear your hiking sandals:) Wearing your Renegades won't give you enough foot room for swelling - which invariably happens to many of us on long overseas flights.
But if your boots/shoes can't handle the swelling that takes place on the plane, how can they handle the swelling that takes place when hiking 20+km/day for 100-800 km? Seems to me that if swelling is the issue, you probably should size up a bit more.
 

CWBuff

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But if your boots/shoes can't handle the swelling that takes place on the plane, how can they handle the swelling that takes place when hiking 20+km/day for 100-800 km? Seems to me that if swelling is the issue, you probably should size up a bit more.
I absolutely agree with the thought here, however IMHO the difference would be that while walking on the Camino one is not so much stationary as when sitting in the plane seat for 8.5 hours. Yes of course there is always that "get up, stretch, move about the cabin"...but sometimes it is not as easy to do based on various circumstances. plus..i've seen people put their feet into a stream or pur some cold water from the bottle on them while taking a break.... dont think the flight attendant will appreciate the latter and THANKFULLY there shall be no former :p
in a weird way my mind works, I am reasonably prepared to deal with swelling while walking...but I just don't want to deal with it while flying.
 

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I have a time honored tradition for this. During training, I will wear out socks and shoes. One pair of old socks, and shoes, are pardoned from the trash can, and receive the honor of being my travelling pair. I wear these until I reach the trail head. Then their pardon expires, and they go in the trash can before I start.
 
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While you are seated for 8.5 hours take your shoes off. Slip on shoes or sandals when you get up to use the restroom or walk around the cabin.
 

jeanineonthecamino

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I absolutely agree with the thought here, however IMHO the difference would be that while walking on the Camino one is not so much stationary as when sitting in the plane seat for 8.5 hours. Yes of course there is always that "get up, stretch, move about the cabin"...but sometimes it is not as easy to do based on various circumstances. plus..i've seen people put their feet into a stream or pur some cold water from the bottle on them while taking a break.... dont think the flight attendant will appreciate the latter and THANKFULLY there shall be no former :p
in a weird way my mind works, I am reasonably prepared to deal with swelling while walking...but I just don't want to deal with it while flying.
Except swelling while seated on a plane doesn't cause painful blisters making it difficult to walk. If your feet start swelling and you have to walk continue walking to the next town in shoes/boots that are now too small... that could ruin your Camino. And if your feet are swelling while you are walking - that doesn't always go away with dipping your feet in cold water. For many, the swelling just gets worse with time. Therefore - size up! (Our local podiatrist who walks the Camino regularly suggests 1 1/2 sizes larger for a long distance walk/hike). BTW, if you are worried about swelling on the plane - take compression socks!
 

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I usually wear my Crocs or slip on Birkenstock sandals in case I have to slip them off for TSA screening. Same with my husband, but we have our walking shoes accessible to switch because my feet get cold on the plane.
 

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I usually wear my walking shoes with compression calf sleeves/compression socks to prevent swelling. On my first Camino from Idaho to SJPdP my ankles swelled badly, at that time I was only wearing sandals. I did travel a long way that day, up and down on several flights, taxi and a train. Now I wear something that will support my feet and always compression sleeves.
 
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Only eight or so hours! I dream of being that close. Well not really, I do enjoy living in Australia and don't plan to change that, but with 16-17 hour flights now the norm, your question about flight footwear is germaine.

In the past I have always worn my hiking footwear - they didn't fit into my pack easily. I would also wear compression hosiery, and kick off my boots, and put on my boots if I was going to stretch my legs, go to the toilet, etc.
 
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davebugg

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Only eight or so hours! I dream of being that close. Well not really, I do enjoy living in Australia and don't plan to change that, but with 16-17 hour flights now the norm, your question about flight footwear is germaine.
I have a lot of sympathy for our Mates in the 'down under'. I remember the travel time from the departing station in Oakland California to Vietnam (and then back) at around 16 hours one-way when I was 19 and 20. I cringe at the thought of having to fly to Europe from Australia or New Zealand to walk a Camino at my age today.
 
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As soon as the plane has been flying for about 10 minutes, I take my hiking shoes and put them under the seat-in front of me when I fly tourist class. I bring disposable, (environmentally friendly) paper booties which I wear over my slippers on the plane. The bathroom floors of airlines on long flights become raunchy during a long flight and I don’t wish to pack up my slippers at the end of the flight with those germs.
 
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I have a lot of sympathy for our Mates in the 'down under'. I remember the travel time from the departing station in Oakland California to Vietnam (and then back) at around 16 hours one-way when I was 19 and 20. I cringe at the thought of having to fly to Europe from Australia or New Zealand to walk a Camino at my age today.
Me too, Dave! I would have to save my pennies or miles to upgrade ay my age.
 

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Whatever shoes I am walking the Camino with, but as soon as I can I untie the shoelaces and tuck them down the sides. Also I now wear knee high compression socks on long flights, anything over two hours. I have found them to make quite a difference for me. I also walk with them occasionally on the Camino.
 

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I have a lot of sympathy for our Mates in the 'down under'. I remember the travel time from the departing station in Oakland California to Vietnam (and then back) at around 16 hours one-way when I was 19 and 20. I cringe at the thought of having to fly to Europe from Australia or New Zealand to walk a Camino at my age today.
I love living in NZ, but agree with dougfitz. Its a really looonngg plane trip. We will spend over 24 hours in the air to get to Paris. The first leg is 17 hours, so the second one at 7 or 8 seems almost trivial.
By the time I get to Europe I am so over wearing the compression socks.
 

Roland49

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My walkingboots. On the transfer between CDG and ORY, too. Ok, that were 2 flights of 2,75h in total.
If you don't have sweaty feet, get rid of your boots / shoes and walk in socks (but not to the restrooms, there you should walk in shoes).

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nathanael

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I wear Renegades myself, for years, and have had no problem wearing them for long flights.

Usually, I just untie them after I settle into my seat then loop the laces around my ankle before tucking the remainder down into the boot.

This approach is serviceable enough (for me!) for any walking around the cabin.

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With the price of bringing another bag that would have to be put in the baggage compartment, it pays to weather your hiking boots. I have bought my ticket for May 19th and Air Canada wanted 150.00 to have an extra bag that needs to be stored in baggage so I will just carry my backpack on the plane which is allowed as long as it fits over luggage on the plane. Just think of the clothes I can buy in Madrid for saving the 150.00. Bueno Camino
 

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
We ware the same shoes we're going to be living in for the next month. More shoes is more weight. It doesn't make sense to buy a pair of shoes and then throw them away when she get off the plane.
 
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lt56ny

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I always wear my trail runners. Just have those and some super lightweight Toms that I wear at night.
My next door neighbor was a pilot. At dinner one night when my family and I were traveling to Europe he told us to always wear shoes or sneakers on a plane and never wear any clothes that may stick to your skin in extreme heat. He is a pilot and stresses safety but he says in case of an emergency and you have to depart a plane quickly you never know what is on the floor or how hot it will be. Of course this is an extremely rare occurrence but you never know. Also for women he says you should always wear flats.
 
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Also for women he says you should always wear flats.
I always wear my pair of walking Camino trailrunners on the plane and my lightweight flat sandals for after showering go in my pack. I seriously never bring three pairs.😉
Also, I always wear comfy flats on other touristy travels for walking through huge airports and city sightseeing. Heels?...no longer for me. That ship has sailed!
 
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Former ER nurse here……..vascular surgeons recommend Ted socks or compression socks for flights over 4 hrs. They are light weight, easy to wash and store, and can be valuable for any related foot, ankle, shin swelling along the way. It’s a simple solution, but whatever you wear remember to stand and stretch and do foot exercises often while seated for a prolonged time. Silly foot flexion and figure 8 exercises are worth the life threatening inconvenience of a blood clot. Buen Camino friend….and yes I was the perigrina with the funny Ted socks drying on her backpack in 2017 and 2019.
 
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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
I bring two pair of shoes. My walking Altra lone peak 5’s and my plastic Birkenstocks that weigh next to nothing. I usually wear my shoes then once in the airplane I switch to my Birks. It makes for easy slip on off to go to the washroom etc.
 

J Willhaus

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I always wear my pair of walking Camino trailrunners on the plane and my lightweight flat sandals for after showering go in my pack. I seriously never bring three pairs.😉
Also, I always wear comfy flats on other touristy travels for walking through huge airports and city sightseeing. Heels?...no longer for me. That ship has sailed!
My lightweight sandals are crocs that can be worn in the shower and in the evening as well. Lightweight and I can walk in them a long way if I need to.
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J Willhaus

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I bring two pair of shoes. My walking Altra lone peak 5’s and my plastic Birkenstocks that weigh next to nothing. I usually wear my shoes then once in the airplane I switch to my Birks. It makes for easy slip on off to go to the washroom etc.
I also have a pair of these Birkenstock sandals which I have had had since my first Camino in 2016. I still wear them at home, but they are not as comfortable to me as the crocs for longer walking.
 
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Going former ER nurse here……..vascular surgeons recommend Ted socks or compression socks for flights over 4 hrs. They are light weight, easy to wash and store, and can be valuable for any related foot, ankle, shin swelling along the way.

Thank you, diterry! This had not occurred to me before but it sounds like great advice. I have leg problems on long flights anyway, so I will definitely get a pair of compression socks for my Camino trip in May. 🙏
 

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
The shoes I will walk in.
 

Kathy F.

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Some of us may sit at a computer for 8 hours a day, with intermittent stretching and walking, and not suffer any long term side effects. Some of us get to sleep for 8 hours a night, with intermittent stretching, and make it through the night. I suggest that an 8 hour flight may not be as stressful as you expect*.
I am a veteran of many long, long distance flights and, dare I admit it, I’m also an old lady😎.
Imho:
  • I would not bring 3 pairs of footwear. That’s one too many.
  • I wear my boots/main walking footwear on the plane - the weight and space in my backpack is too valuable to spend on an item that will never wind up in my pack for the rest of my journey.
  • I wear a nice, new, cushy pair of socks for the plane; I take off my boots, stash them under the seat.
  • If I’m squeamish, I sometimes bring along a very cheap pair of slip-on slippers for the flight (airplane toilets, ugh, am I right??). Slippers like the kind hotels give away for free to guests.
  • Relax and enjoy the last bit of enforced relaxation you will get for a while.
Buen Camino!

*of course, if you have a medical condition, always follow the advice of your physician!
 
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I have a lot of sympathy for our Mates in the 'down under'. I remember the travel time from the departing station in Oakland California to Vietnam (and then back) at around 16 hours one-way when I was 19 and 20. I cringe at the thought of having to fly to Europe from Australia or New Zealand to walk a Camino at my age today.
And yet, (as I say to my family in Texas who refuse to visit me in Oz, "because it's just so far away"), and yet, here I am visiting you in Dallas! But, nowadays, forget Dallas, I will fly non-stop 14 hours, then another 6 or 7, to walk a Camino/Chemin - and feel privileged to do so. And, definitely wear compression socks during those flights!
 

davebugg

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And yet, (as I say to my family in Texas who refuse to visit me in Oz, "because it's just so far away"), and yet, here I am visiting you in Dallas! But, nowadays, forget Dallas, I will fly non-stop 14 hours, then another 6 or 7, to walk a Camino/Chemin - and feel privileged to do so. And, definitely wear compression socks during those flights!
I cannot stand compression socks :)

On flights, I do ankle and leg exercises periodically while seated to keep my circulation going and edema from occurring. I will also stand and walk to the forward or rear bathroom areas and do some squats and toe raises. I do the same at home if I have to sit for any length of time.

For those concerned about DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), from prolonged sitting while traveling, these are some recommended things that can help:
  • wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • do calf exercises at least every half hour – raise your heels, keeping your toes on the floor, then bring them down 10 times. Then raise and lower your toes 10 times
  • walk around whenever you can
  • drink plenty of water
  • do not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills
The current medial advice is to not use aspirin for it's purported anti-clotting properties unless it is already a physician prescribed therapeutic.
 
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I cannot stand compression socks
I have helped my brother put on his compression socks a few times when I've visited him and it is difficult, akin to wrestling pigs.🙄 I think I lack patience for using them unless I personally had a health situation which required their use.
 

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I travel by Emerates and they fly from New Zealand to Dubai, which usually takes 18 to 19 hours. Then after a two hour stopover it is just a quick hop of 7 to 8 hours to a European destination. No sweat, Kiwis are used to it, get over it is the attitude. I do not take any shoes other than my trail runners and sandals. I wear the trail runners on the plane but mostly I take them off and just wander around in my socks. It is most comfortable.
 

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That's not water on the bathroom floor.
Take your shoes off at the seat, put them back on for the bathroom. Flight attendants- love ya, but the galley is the only place large enough to stretch. I respect it is your office, but health is important too. I'll try not to stick my butt in your face and will wait until meal service is over.;)
 

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
I only go with walking boots/shoes (depending on time of year/Camino) and flip flops for evening, I always wear the walking gear on the flight a d just undo the laces.
 
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Yes Bookgirl, I do put my shoes on for the toilet (that is what it says on the door, maybe your planes have rooms with baths). I do not clutter up the galley. The big planes that Emerates use (I think they are an Airbus something and carry about 500 passengers) have enough space right down the back (you can tell I am in the cheap seats) next to a couple of toilets and the entrance to the crew's quarters. There is a window on each side and I often spend time standing there looking out of the window. You can get right up to it and look almost straight down. One clear moonlit night we flew along the Himalayas with Everest and K2 lit up and looking fabulous.
 

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I always wear my trail runners. Just have those and some super lightweight Toms that I wear at night.
My next door neighbor was a pilot. At dinner one night when my family and I were traveling to Europe he told us to always wear shoes or sneakers on a plane and never wear any clothes that may stick to your skin in extreme heat. He is a pilot and stresses safety but he says in case of an emergency and you have to depart a plane quickly you never know what is on the floor or how hot it will be. Of course this is an extremely rare occurrence but you never know. Also for women he says you should always wear flats.
I cannot stand compression socks :)

On flights, I do ankle and leg exercises periodically while seated to keep my circulation going and edema from occurring. I will also stand and walk to the forward or rear bathroom areas and do some squats and toe raises. I do the same at home if I have to sit for any length of time.

For those concerned about DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), from prolonged sitting while traveling, these are some recommended things that can help:
  • wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • do calf exercises at least every half hour – raise your heels, keeping your toes on the floor, then bring them down 10 times. Then raise and lower your toes 10 times
  • walk around whenever you can
  • drink plenty of water
  • do not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills
The current medial advice is to not use aspirin for it's purported anti-clotting properties unless it is already a physician prescribed therapeutic.
Agree! I too, exercise on the plane. One of the best times (at night) to exercise going East on transatlantic flights on UA in Tourist class is when the flight attendants use those reserved seats in the back of the plane with the curtain around them. Most passengers are unsuccessfully attempting to sleep in the darkened cabin then. The galley in the back is often unsupervised at that time and I can really stretch for a good 15 minutes without interruption.

I always reserve an Isle seat so I can get up frequently and walk. Sitting, I do toe raises, slight calf raises, ankle rotations, neck rolls, and shoulder rolls almost every hour, unless I doze off. In the galley, I step in place, swing my arms extending them over my head, and to the sides shifting weight from foot to foot. I do bend…hand to toes, thigh lifts, toe lifts, and other low impact stretching for as long as I am able to without interruption. Then, I get a glass of juice and return to my seat.
 

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I wear compression socks on the flight for that. They're not that fun to wear, but they do work.
Absolutely. I didn't wear them on my way to Spain for the Camino, and my ankles swelled up--for six weeks! Horrible pain, but I made it. I even wear them on domestic flights now. Why take chances?
 

lt56ny

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Agree! I too, exercise on the plane. One of the best times (at night) to exercise going East on transatlantic flights on UA in Tourist class is when the flight attendants use those reserved seats in the back of the plane with the curtain around them. Most passengers are unsuccessfully attempting to sleep in the darkened cabin then. The galley in the back is often unsupervised at that time and I can really stretch for a good 15 minutes without interruption.

I always reserve an Isle seat so I can get up frequently and walk. Sitting, I do toe raises, slight calf raises, ankle rotations, neck rolls, and shoulder rolls almost every hour, unless I doze off. In the galley, I step in place, swing my arms extending them over my head, and to the sides shifting weight from foot to foot. I do bend…hand to toes, thigh lifts, toe lifts, and other low impact stretching for as long as I am able to without interruption. Then, I get a glass of juice and return to my seat.
I always get an aisle seat also but I spend extra to get an exit row aisle seat for more leg room. It is an 11 hour flight to Madrid and I am 6'2" (1.89) and I barely have room to sit and if the person in front puts their seat back I am dead.
 
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First world problem. But whatever. You wear shoes to walk through the airport, railway station, port, yes? Then to walk your camino, yes?
So just do what you would do on arrival at your nights lodging. Change into your lightweight shoes or hut boots or whatever.
If you end up going down a slide then they will work for that, but "ahem" it's not really that likely.
Just remember to change into the walking shoes before landing.
 

Mycroft

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Its the one thing I dread about my Camino is the long haul flight from Australia. I take my Keens off and wear the free airplane socks to walk about the cabin. Dump them at the end.
Your airline gives you some thing for free???????? Which airline is it--I wanna sign up!
 

Mycroft

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Hmmm... perhaps i should invest in the compression socks. never entertained the idea before but may have a merit
Best when putting on compression socks is to have your feet/legs elevated for 10 minutes or so, and then without swinging your legs below your heart, roll on the socks. You don't want to trap any edema around your legs and feet.
 

Mycroft

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
I, too, do not want to take up space in my pack with boots, so I wear those when traveling to the plane, wearing thin socks. Once we are underway, I remove them and pop on my flip flops (which I wear around the albergue), wearing the socks to keep my feet warm. As mentioned by others, there's no way I would go barefoot or in socks on a plane or in its loo.
I only take carry-on luggage--years ago I heard a travel expert say there are two kinds of luggage: carry-on and lost. Wise advice, I still think. So my pack (7 kg) is the same as what I carry on my Camino, plus a small waist-pack for my book, pen, loo paper, etc.
 

Walton

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2016 Sjpp to Sdc. 2018 Lisbon to Sdc to Finisterre. Next up hopefully VDP or Del Norte.
I only take one pair of footwear, which are currently my Hoka Bondi.

Hi Dave

Are your Bondi's the leather upper or mesh upper version?

The reason I'm asking is uncertainty on my part over which Hoka's to choose.

Thanks

Graham
 
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camino07

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Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Your airline gives you some thing for free???????? Which airline is it--I wanna sign up!
Yes, with Qatar and Emirates everyone gets a cute bag with socks, eye mask ,earplugs and small toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothbrush is a good size to take on the Camino.
 
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Tassie Kaz

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2023?
Yes, with Qatar and Emirates everyone gets a cute bag with socks, eye mask ,earplugs and small toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothbrush is a good size to take on the Camino.
Don't forget the Qatar pack of goodies also has the little tube of lip balm...perfect size for Camino-carrying! 🤗
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mjal

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CF : stages 2008, 2017, 2018 ; completed.
Yes Bookgirl, I do put my shoes on for the toilet (that is what it says on the door, maybe your planes have rooms with baths). I do not clutter up the galley. The big planes that Emerates use (I think they are an Airbus something and carry about 500 passengers) have enough space right down the back (you can tell I am in the cheap seats) next to a couple of toilets and the entrance to the crew's quarters. There is a window on each side and I often spend time standing there looking out of the window. You can get right up to it and look almost straight down. One clear moonlit night we flew along the Himalayas with Everest and K2 lit up and looking fabulous.
The "space down the back" sounds just like the Air New Zealand Boeing 747s around 1999-2002.
I spent considerable time standing/stretching in that area on several flights from the UK to NZ (via LA at that time) while in Economy Class.
I have to confess that my final return flight to Britain was in Business Class on Thai Airways...
 
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William Clune

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OK...did a bit of the search but did not find any previous posts so here it goes:
What footwear do you wear on the plane flying to Camino?
Coming from US on a 8+ hr flight I dont think I'd be very happy having my Renegades on
I am also bringing hiking sandals and "albergue slippers" .... so would the former be a good contender for the task?
I REALLY do not wish to bring any other pair footwear and I don't prescribe to "use and throw away" mentality (i.e. buy a cheap pair of... wear it on the plane... toss it once arrived)
So, esteeemed Members - your thoughts and personal experiences\preferences?
Merci beaucoup
Hahaha, if one cannot wear their walking shoes on the plane for 8 hours, they are the wrong shoes for walking 8 hours.
 

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