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How often will we come across drinking water? Sizes of water bottles??

Camino(s) past & future
I plan to do my first Camino this year
#1
Hi all,
We are getting close to our Camino - SJPP to Pamplona.

I’m wondering how often we will come across drinking water on this section?! Trying to figure out what size water bottles to carry- balancing the weight of them vs my need to drink lots of water and stay hydrated!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#2
Kind of depends how much you like to drink ;)
I tend to carry 2 x 500 ml. Maybe a spare one over the Pyrenees, although you can top up at Roland's Fountain.

I generally do about 10 kms per litre....
If you are from the US, you'll have to work out what that is in MPG yourself :oops:

Are you using a guide book? Water fountains are generally marked on those.
You'll be passing through lots of villages too, with cafes...
Water is not really a problem on that section.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
#3
Water is a frequent topic in the forum. See this thread for example.
Basically, the only section without refilling options (fountains, bars) is the 17 km section after Carrión de los Condes.
As for size of bottles, it depends on your particular needs and the season.
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#4
Water is a frequent topic in the forum. See this thread for example.
Basically, the only section without refilling options (fountains, bars) is the 17 km section after Carrión de los Condes.

At this time of year that may be true...but in the Winter months there were several areas where we could not find water easily. So if anyone decides to Go off season check ahead.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
#5
Hi Caminopeep,

Like @Robo says it kind of depends. I'm a big guy and I sweat a lot. On a hot day walking from SJPdP over the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles I drank over 6 litres of water. This meant I was carrying as much as 2kg of water at any one time. On the other hand for someone much smaller on a cool easygoing day you just wouldn't want that extra weight.

There are plenty of refilling points along the section you're doing, I can't remember any stretches of more than about 7km without a tap, shop or bar but I would still recommend at a bare minimum having a litre and filling up whenever you get the chance, dehydration is not fun and can creep up on you.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 
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Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
TBD (2019)
#6
I carried a one-litre bottle on that section and there were enough places to fill up that I can't remember feeling that I needed more, even though it was hot.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
#7
Hi,
usually I carry 2 of those 0.5 l plastic bottles, refilling them whenever possible. On the Camino Frances there are only few sections which offer no opportunity to refill or buy new water over a longer distance. When my guidebook mentioned a section of more than 10 km without a village (e. g. between Villamayor de Monjardín and Los Arcos, between Villafranca Montes d'Oca and San Juan de la Ortega or the 17 km after Carrion de los Condes) I took some additional water with me.

BC
Alexandra
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#8
Hi all,
We are getting close to our Camino - SJPP to Pamplona.

I’m wondering how often we will come across drinking water on this section?! Trying to figure out what size water bottles to carry- balancing the weight of them vs my need to drink lots of water and stay hydrated!!
Every couple of kilometers. In Spain tap water is 99% (or even more) safe for drinking. If the sign by the tap says "No potable" that means you don't drink it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#9
I carry ONE 8 ounce bottle and fill it up at every fountain.
There is drinking water all along the route.

Exceptions:
Watch for "NON POTABLE" signs. This means the water is not treated or not safe. Joe once drank from a "non potable" fountain. When he realized his mistake, we made a beeline to the nearest bar where he downed a few shots of whiskey. He was fine.

If it is raining so hard that the streams are "running brown" then I do not use the fountains, but rather will buy bottled water. That has only happened twice in all my years of walking.

The only route I've walked where water was an issue was the Via de la Plata, and I tried walking it in August (stupid, stupid, stupid!). The fountains listed in the guide books were often dry and we were rescued once by some nice firemen who brought us bottles of water so we could make it to the next village. But the Camino Frances is flush with good drinking water, so no worries.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2015, St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos
2016, Burgos to Ponferrada
2017, Ponferrada to Atlantic Ocean
#10
Food and water are essential to good health. It's always better to have too much. Too little can result is serious health issues.

If you are concerned about weight, leave something else out of your pack, but keep plenty of food and water.


-Paul
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Fisterra-Muxia (Sept/Oct 2017)
#11
I went the same time as you last year. I carried two 16oz plastic disposable bottles. Granted they were not full at all times and I’m very good about dumping water to save weight when I know I’m approaching civilization that I know I can refill. No regrets and I’ll do the same again next year with my then wife. (Yes, I am a water hog. No, I don’t like being dehydrated while moving my body). I recall passing a few water fountains that I wouldn’t let my dog drink out of and was glad I didn’t desperately need to refill.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Hice el camino francés hace 20 años (1999). Ahora quiero cruzar el del norte. (2019)
#12
One solution is to drink from the public fountains in the smaller towns and villages. Carry a 'bota'.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#14
I know that this might seem a queer question but can anyone tell/show me the 330-500ml bottles of water that they sell in the supermarket/grocery store in SJPdP?

I need a certain type of bottle shape in order to attach it to my backpack straps. This is the idea I’m following

So anyone know what water bottles are sold generally in SJPdP? Is it Evian or Volvic or some other brand? A picture would be great? Tks a mill
 
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Stacyv

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminó francés (2017)
Planning Caminó portugués (2018)
Planning Lycian Way (2018)
#15
I know that this might seem a queer question but can anyone tell/show me the 330-500ml bottles of water that they sell in the supermarket/grocery store in SJPdP?

I need a certain type of bottle shape in order to attach it to my backpack straps. This is the idea I’m following

So anyone know what water bottles are sold generally in SJPdP? Is it Evian or Volvic or some other brand? A picture would be great? Tks a mill
My suggestion would be to bring your own bottles that you know fit, and fill them up along the way. Bottle variety changes as you travel through the regions.
 

Gcmacrae

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#16
Hi all,
We are getting close to our Camino - SJPP to Pamplona.

I’m wondering how often we will come across drinking water on this section?! Trying to figure out what size water bottles to carry- balancing the weight of them vs my need to drink lots of water and stay hydrated!!
With the exceuof a few legs, 1 litre is all you need. When villages are spaced at 5 - 10 km, that’s all you need to carry and at that, you’ll find it to be more than eough even when trekking in July and August. There sre a few sections with no serviced for 15+ km so you can take a couple of extra bottles
 

Tobym1973

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
French Way, San Jan to Estella 2018 plan to continue it in 2019 or do the Portuguese Way
#17
I found two 500ml bottles at either side of my bag were the best and easier to reach, i bought them here before I left in Lidl, my friend brought a hydration pack and ended up ditching it two days in as they are heavy, you cant tell when they are nearly empty, not as quick to fill and the water gets warm as its up against a hot body.... Keep topping up as you go along we went Valcarlos route first day and ran out about 4km to the end, we did see a water tap close by but it wasnt ok to drink . Buen Camino :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#18
My suggestion would be to bring your own bottles that you know fit, and fill them up along the way. Bottle variety changes as you travel through the regions.

Yep-that make completes sense. Your right. Why not take out the guess work and get it sorted beforehand?
Janey, I feel as if I’m trying to control everything before I leave. I’m planning for everything I can think of before I leave. Is it excitement or just a “need” to control?? I hope I don’t act like this on the Camino when I start in 3 weeks. I’m excited to plan now but
I have to remind myself to be flexible when I walk and be gentle with myself.

Oh wow....stop meandering there Paddy and accept that things mightn’t go always to plan. And if not, then who cares? Can I accept a “failure”? God, I sound really hard on myself.....I must be so..

Anyway, Tks for reading. I’ll be grand. Sorry for the moan
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#19
I stop in Cisur Menor, buy two bottles of Aquarious, and refill at every fountain that is potable (drinkable). No fuzz. I have a space in both sides of my backpack for such bottles. Easy.
 

Tobym1973

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
French Way, San Jan to Estella 2018 plan to continue it in 2019 or do the Portuguese Way
#20
Yep-that make completes sense. Your right. Why not take out the guess work and get it sorted beforehand?
Janey, I feel as if I’m trying to control everything before I leave. I’m planning for everything I can think of before I leave. Is it excitement or just a “need” to control?? I hope I don’t act like this on the Camino when I start in 3 weeks. I’m excited to plan now but
I have to remind myself to be flexible when I walk and be gentle with myself.

Oh wow....stop meandering there Paddy and accept that things mightn’t go always to plan. And if not, then who cares? Can I accept a “failure”? God, I sound really hard on myself.....I must be so..

Anyway, Tks for reading. I’ll be grand. Sorry for the moan
im so jealous that you are going, youl do fantastic and youl have the odd moan there too but the positives and the lols youl have will so outway them, its an amazing experience :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#21
I stop in Cisur Menor, buy two bottles of Aquarious, and refill at every fountain that is potable (drinkable). No fuzz. I have a space in both sides of my backpack for such bottles. Easy.
Yep, the Aquarious bottle looks like it has the grooves I need. Perfect. Tks a mill. Are these available in St Jean too?
 
Camino(s) past & future
2015, St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos
2016, Burgos to Ponferrada
2017, Ponferrada to Atlantic Ocean
#22
I strongly recommend a drink tube for easy access to water while walking. This eliminates stopping and/or taking your pack off to access water.

Whatever you do for water, I recommend trying it out at home on multiple 4 hour hikes to see if it works for you. Don't wait until St. Jean to find out if your solution is too awkward to use. Revise and refine from every practice walk.

-Paul
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances planned for October 3-mid November (2018)
#23
I strongly recommend a drink tube for easy access to water while walking. This eliminates stopping and/or taking your pack off to access water... Revise and refine from every practice walk.

-Paul
Great advice. Whatever you choose must work for you. I am terrible at drinking water so the hydration bladder is a constant reminder with the "in my face" tube. My plan is to rinse it out and fill it up with two liters of fresh h20 every evening and then when I encounter water on the way, drink from the crumpled plastic bottle I'll be carrying from home. I will be drinking as much as I can from my "trash" plastic bottle at each stop. The 2 liters in the pack will get me through any dry spots and I won't have to worry about what's left as I'll start fresh with 2 liters each day. The people who complain about not knowing how much is in the hydration bladder and it being a "pain to get to in order to fill up" could easily employ this method for only the extra weight of a crumpled up half liter plastic bottle stuck in an easy to get to side pocket instead of throwing plastic away every day or carrying a heavier water bottle relying on refilling at every stop.

Just thought I would share what works for me. Regardless hydration is so important.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#24
I usually carry a litre bottle that is continously filled and re-filled, and if I know I'm eating a picnic lunch or know I'm walking more than around 12 km before the next refill, I add another 1/2L.

I also have a full, unopened 0.2L bottle that I carry in reserve, pretend isn't there, and keep hidden in my backpack. The couple of times I've run out over the years it was worth every gramme, and I'm not a packing minimalist.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#25
I strongly recommend a drink tube for easy access to water while walking. This eliminates stopping and/or taking your pack off to access water.

Whatever you do for water, I recommend trying it out at home on multiple 4 hour hikes to see if it works for you. Don't wait until St. Jean to find out if your solution is too awkward to use. Revise and refine from every practice walk.

-Paul
Yeah tks Paul. I might give this a go
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean - Finisterre (August 2014)
Pamplona - Burgos (January 2015)
Bilbao - Santander (May 2015)
St Jean - Sahgún (2nd Sept - 20 Sept 2015)
León - Sarria (26/12/2015 - 04/01/2016)
Lisbon - Tomar (02/04/16 - 10/04/16)
Pau - Pamplona (August 2016)
#26
I go to a Spanish supermarket on arrival and buy a 40 cent (or as cheap as possible) 1 litre bottle - or a couple depending on the time of the year and heat, or a couple of smaller bottles. They are strong, reusable and easy. SJPdP to Pamplona - stacks of water and bars.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#27
Great advice. Whatever you choose must work for you. I am terrible at drinking water so the hydration bladder is a constant reminder with the "in my face" tube. My plan is to rinse it out and fill it up with two liters of fresh h20 every evening and then when I encounter water on the way, drink from the crumpled plastic bottle I'll be carrying from home. I will be drinking as much as I can from my "trash" plastic bottle at each stop. The 2 liters in the pack will get me through any dry spots and I won't have to worry about what's left as I'll start fresh with 2 liters each day. The people who complain about not knowing how much is in the hydration bladder and it being a "pain to get to in order to fill up" could easily employ this method for only the extra weight of a crumpled up half liter plastic bottle stuck in an easy to get to side pocket instead of throwing plastic away every day or carrying a heavier water bottle relying on refilling at every stop.

Just thought I would share what works for me. Regardless hydration is so important.
I have a two liter hydration bladder, but I rarely ever fill it - water is heavy! I normally put about one to 1.5 liters in it in the morning, and I also carry a small partially filled "emergency" water bottle, in case the hydration bladder runs dry.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances planned for October 3-mid November (2018)
#28
I have a two liter hydration bladder, but I rarely ever fill it - water is heavy! I normally put about one to 1.5 liters in it in the morning, and I also carry a small partially filled "emergency" water bottle, in case the hydration bladder runs dry.
I have a fear of running out of water - whether it's a 5 mile hike or a 20 mile hike. I also look at water opportunities like I do bathroom opportunities. Never let an opportunity pass you by :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#29
I have a fear of running out of water - whether it's a 5 mile hike or a 20 mile hike. I also look at water opportunities like I do bathroom opportunities. Never let an opportunity pass you by :)
I'm right there with you on the bathroom opportunities. I've walked 3 Caminos and never have had to resort to going off trail.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
#30
Am I right to think that a water bladder is expensive? Say about 60-70 euro for a deuter 40+10 backpack?

I’d prefer the “bottle system” as it’s what I’m used to but I’m not sure it’s going to work out for my camino. I’m struggling to find the right bottle in Ireland that’s suited to be used as per the video above.....
 

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