sillydoll said:"Shower with your clothes on - that way you get to clean yourself and your clothes at the same time
WolverineDG said:I did this at the convent albergue in Santo Domingo. Mixed showers, no room to change in private, very good water pressure. Worked like a charm.
It was actually my original plan to use safety pins - a tip I had read on the forum, and I had taken some with me. And there definitely were occasions when I pinned my socks to dry on my pack during the next day's walk. However, I found they didn't hold the clothes firmly enough on the line, and things like t-shirts etc would end up all bunched up, and would take longer to dry. The plastic pegs I bought weighed little, and for practicality they were a weight I was perfectly happy to carry.Whalleyranger said:Instead of clothes pegs why not use safety pins? They take up less space and can also be used to pin your wet socks to your backpack, so they'll dry in the sun on the next day's walk.
Lynn52 said:I am going to walk the Via Podiensis from Le Puy starting on the 1st Sept. It will be my first time on the camino and I am very much looking forward to it (and walking everywhere at the moment!) I was thinking about a soap bar ...
Also I am trying to decide between walking boots - potentially too hot for me, and walkers - not necessarily goretex but similar. Is the path likely to be very muddy at places?
HI Lynn, I am starting from Le Puy on 22nd of August. I have walked the Camino Frances in boots and shoes and the Austrian Camino in boots and shoes. Both boots and shoes have their pros and cons depending on the terrain which is very varied. I have not managed to complete either track in the same pair of shoes/boots as there was always something which created problems and I needed a change. Main thing is to have good support around the heel, good roll off from the sole and a really good grip on your sole and cushioning, for hard surfaces. Make sure if you have things like inverted ankles, the shoes correct that. Make sure they don't rub under the arches. I had a pair of fantastic Solomon shoes, but the ortholite sole irritated my arches and I ended up with Plantar Fasciitis.
If it is muddy boots are better and who knows what the weather will be like. The Massive Central is a high plateau and anything can happen. I am taking Womens Teva Ossagon boots this time. They are light leather with waterproof lining and all the other benefits I mentioned.
Re soap, I have used Kathmandu packsoap which washes everything from hair to body and clothes, but did not find it great for washing clothes. You can use sunlight soap for hair and body and clothes. I have bought a shampoo and body bar and I am taking a little bag (snaplock variety) of detergent. Most of the gites have washing machines where you can share a load with others and share the cost, often also driers. They have laundry powder there, so I only need some occasionally when I handwash clothes. For clothes I am taking a long Gortex Jacket, then either a fluffy Merino Possom sweater and very lightweight fleece or a heavier windfleece and longsleeved merino skivvy. Can't quite decide on what is better. Regards, Gitti
Thats the stuff I can't find available in the UK.falcon269 said:
Sansthing said:A bar of ordinary toilet soap works perfectly well for washing yourself and clothes. It's cheap, easy to carry, won't spill and is available everywhere.
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