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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Topics' started by revrenjen, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. revrenjen

    revrenjen Member

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    As I get ready for my first El Camino in May and June of this year, I need some help from the wise women of the forum.

    Undergarments--
    What sort of bra did you wear? I'm thinking a lightweight sports bra. And I certainly hope you don't have to buy the expensive, high-tech, super-duper wicking underwear I saw in a sports store, and that comfy panties of good quality, quick-drying synthetic are fine.

    Skin Care--
    At almost 60, I am in what I fondly call the high-maintenance stage of life. I use a variety of cleansers and moisturizers every day. I plan to leave them all behind (along with my make-up!), but am wondering what to use instead. What do you use to cleanse and moisturize your face? Just sunscreen and soap? Or something more? Any brand recommendations?

    Going au naturel--
    I can't think of a delicate way to put this--do you shave your legs when you're walking--and how on earth do you manage in a shared bath with a long line of folks waiting to get in the shower?

    Clothes--
    Having looked over the many excellent packing lists, I see some folks say 2 changes of clothes are plenty, while others insist it's better to have 3. What do you all think?

    Extras--
    Is there some little extra that you took that was especially appreciated and was totally worth the extra few ounces? I'm thinking especially of something a woman would appreciate.

    Thanks so much!
     
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  2. Rebekah Scott

    Rebekah Scott Camino Busybody Donating Member Donating Member

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    I am a minimalist, but I carry soap, shampoo, and a sunscreen-and-moisturizer on every camino. Travel-size. I do my laundry with the shampoo, and I top-up my supplies when I stay at a hotel or hostal room that provides them.

    The clothes decision depends on how long you are on the road, and what season it is. You do not need Everest-worthy sporting goods, no matter what people tell you -- but quick-drying, seamless, and lightweight fabrics really are a godsend when it´s raining for days. When something gets too manky (and they will!), go to a store in a larger town and replace it with a new one. As you go along, you will realize what you need and what you don´t. You will also become stronger, able to bear the extra weight that comes with that newly purchased tube of sunscreen or heavy-duty poncho, or a third pair of socks.

    You will be amazed at how little you can live with. Only you know what little things you are not willing to give up... I always carry a little squish-able travel pillow, because I can´t sleep without it!
     
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  3. Anniesantiago

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    Here are my answers:

    Undergarments--
    a lightweight sports bra - yes!
    comfy panties of good quality, quick-drying synthetic are fine - YES!

    Skin Care--
    I did nothing. I washed my face with soap and after 2 or 3 days, the oils adjusted and my skin was fine. I'm 58.. 59 this year? How old am I? old! lol

    Going au naturel--
    do you shave your legs when you're walking - not even once!

    Clothes--
    I took ONE change of clothes and was fine. Anything extra you need, you can find in a "free box" or purchase in Spain.

    Extras? My feminine urinary device which allows a lady to pee while standing up! Came in handy many times in the woods, dirty toilets, etc. Weighs near to nothing.
     
  4. kaylfrazer

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    Strangely, after a month on the road, with only a little soap and oil of olay and tiny bit of a shampoo bar, my skin and hair were better than usual. I also found that my hair didn't grow as fast.. Usually it needs cutting every 5 - 6 weeks but this time I was able to wait a little longer. I did try waxing my legs before my first camino, thinking it would last longer than shaving .. my first and last time ever, as it was more painful than anything I met on the camino! In fact I wore zip off pants and never actually zipped the the bottoms off so it wasn't too big an issue.

    As for clothes.. yes to a light sports bra. I also took a very light sarong that I was able to wear as a skirt in the evening (as well as use as a pillowcase, shower curtain, picnic rug, curtain from my bunk etc). I am trying to find another one now for my next camino only to discover that they have vanished from the shops.. I may have to make one.

    For my first camino I had read somewhere that silk underwear would be breathable and comfortable and dry easily. Unable to buy any, I sewed some only to find that they did not stand up to daily hand washing and had to be replaced by Burgos.

    My camino luxury is a tiny sliver of really good soap. It won't last and I will probably lose it anyway but it is nice to start with! One suggestion, if you have any creams that you are not sure whether to take or not, you can put a small amount into a tiny ziplock bag and it will probably be OK and if you find you can live without it , it is easy to dispose of.

    Kay
     
  5. jl

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    I use a moisturizer and sunblock in one (Nivea). I take a small shampoo (hotel giveaway size) and I take a small soap. I never use anything on my face other than water in the shower (at home and on the Camino) and then I put the moisturizer on. I then top up the moisturizer at an appropriate time in the day for sun protection. I hike in shorts and so I do the same with the legs once the sun is up.

    Be carefull that the elastic in the legs of the undies will not cause chaffing - you could be a sorry girl if that is the case! I always get them with the elastic covered by a hem (triumph sloggi's - if that means anything to anyone) - avoids any catastrophes! Cheers, Janet
     
  6. Canuck

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    Do I shave my legs?
    No, I don't even shave ma face!

    Oups! Sorry, I don't belong here. :oops:

    Jean-Marc
     
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    Hi here is my packing list with rationale for each item, refined again and again after 3000 km on mainly pilgrim trails in mainly early summer and late summer conditions. At times it was cold in the mornings and evenings, down to frost even, but warmed up during the day, there were a few rainy days and a few days of cold wind with temps around 5 to 8 degrees C and what I took was totally perfect in every way. Cheers, Gitti
     

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    gittiharre Veteran Member

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    I use Neutrogena, there is a moisturizer with about 70 SPF and I put it on my legs and hands as well.
    Cheers Gitti
     
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    gittiharre Veteran Member

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    I had my legs and underarms waxed before I left, regrowth was slow. No makeup, washed face, hair, body and clothes with pure olive oil soap, Neutrogena 70 SPF for face and exposed skin, mini deo, that was it really.
    I did not wear a bra under my loose sunprotection long sleeve day time shirt. In the evening I wore a thing called a bodywrap, which is a one piece somewhat supporting garment with a lightweight merino t shirt over it. The lava lava is essential for me too. I wear it to the shower, get changed under it, wear it as a shawl, skirt in combo with fleece, while everything else gets washed.....it is useful as a pillow case also or a lightweight cover on a hot night, it can even be tied in a creative way to make a swimsuit.
    Anyway, the rest is in my packing list, which I posted earlier. Regards, Gitti
     
  10. Hobbes

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    Two things to consider.. One is hair and nails grow less while on the camino because your food intake may not be as high and your calories expended are higher. So your body decides where to focus it's repair and growth just as it decides what fuel to burn (sugar vs. fat) based on the intensity and duration of your physical activity.

    The other thing is soap.. I make a soap that I use as soap, shampoo, and shave cream. It has Olive and other moisturizing oils, raw silk melted into it for hair conditioning, a bit of clay for razor glide. One bar lasts the camino (as long as you don't leave it in the shower). Less to carry which is always a good thing.
     
  11. Nandy61

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    My one splurgy purchase for my camino was a couple of pairs of those spendy high-tech Ex-Officio underpants. And I can say they were brilliant. They were always dry the next morning despite the damp, wet and cold weather that we encountered the first few days of our Camino walking out of StJPP. I can say the same for the high-tech, quick drying shirts I bought. Those however, I bought at bargain basement prices on Sierra Trading Post, so they weren't expensive. I was given a pair of North Face zip-off hiking pants that also were a godsend. Dry every morning and very light weight. I would not have purchased these myself beforehand however; at $89 I felt they were too expensive. Seeing how well they wore and performed, I'm not sure I would hesitate in the future. I brought more than two changes of clothing, big mistake, and ended up sending stuff forward to Santiago. All you need is clothes to walk in and then clean clothes for after your shower. So two pairs of ___x___. My bra was not a sports bra as I wasn't sure it would dry as well as my synthetic underwire everyday one.

    Moisturizer with SPF in it was all I took, and I used only water or maybe a little soap in the shower on my face. I had a big bar of glycerin soap that I would use to shower with and to clean my clothes with. I kept it in a ziplock bag. (I brought extras of those btw)

    I brought a disposable razor and had no problem shaving in the showers.

    the little extra thing that I brought, though i never saw it on this forum, was a bungy cord. I used it everyday. I would stretch it head-to-toe under the bunk bed (I slept on the bottom bunk) and would hang my quick drying towel on it every afternoon/night (or my other items if it was raining outside) It gave me a little privacy from at least one half of the room and made it very convenient to find all my clothes in the morning darkness. In fact, if my clothes were mostly dry by the time I went to bed, I would bring them in and hang them from it as well, for convenience. My comrades were quite jealous of my little arrangement, and would often try to squeeze their socks or undies on it if needed.

    Best of luck! Jealous of your upcoming travels!!
     
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    I think we are all more or less on the same wave length here! However, I'll reply in order of the questions:
    Bra - sports bra bought in a supermarket.
    Panties - Sloggies (as Janet mentioned) - they are extremely comfy and dry quickly.
    Skin care - #50 sun proctector for face and #20 for hands & arms. I use the same in the afternoon after a shower. So far, I've never taken a moisturer cream (I'm nearly 69), but I might this year.
    Hair - those sachets or little plastic bottles of shampoo that you find in hotels. I use a hair conditioner, which I decanter some into one of these mini bottles, leaving the big bottle at home. In fact, try and buy your sun protector, etc. in TUBES instead of bottles - they weigh less and are handier to slip into a side or trouser pocket. Oh yes, I use a lip protector - Labello.
    Take a ladies plastic shaver if you want to shave your legs - it hardly weights anything!
    Clothes: 2 pairs of zip-off light weight pants, 3 T-shirts (I like to have a better looking one for Mass), 2 pairs walking socks, plus one lighter weight pair for afternoons/evenings if it gets cold. Rain hat, gloves (if you walk in October), rain cape, fleece, jacket and a micro fiber towel. My only other item, which I take everywhere with me, is my large, square, light weight Arabic head scarf, which "does" for soooo many things. I use it primarily for wrapping around my neck to avoid sun burn, over my head when it gets too hot, as a curtain on my bunk bed sometimes, as a sheet to sit on in the fields, etc. etc. Anne
     
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    Lydia Gillen Active Member Donating Member

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    Hi
    Great advice from everyone. One thing not yet mentioned. Bring about 8 or ten safety pins for hanging up your washing. There are always outdoor clotheslines but pegs are a rarity.

    I'll be walking in May and June too. we may meet up

    Buen Camino
    Lydia
     
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  14. CaminoGen

    CaminoGen CF May-June 2011; Oloron to Fisterra Sept-Oct 2013

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you--for your wisdom and your generosity in sharing it.

    Rene
     
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    I'll second that Nandy, we each took a twisty two ply 'no pegs clothsline' these not only dried out our undies but also secured loose rain covers to packs, acted as belts for over excited ponchos and even provided a basic security device. The best euro I've ever spent.
    If you wear cotton undies and the seams prove a problem try wearing them inside out (cut the labels off so it's not too obvious), I do this with socks to, and it really works.
    I have to have at least factor 50 and need to reapply thoughout the day so those pocket sized squashy sachets with nozzles worked best for me. Frances brought a small tube of moisturiser but we only used it when the front of our legs got abraded by cold winds crossing the Meseta.
    As to shaving.... the air tramped by body hair provides a vital layer of insulation you'll be glad of in cold/wet weather :lol:
    Nell
     
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    Jean-Marc I'm afraid the penalty for trespassing on this post is an all over man wax :shock: ......with the funds donated to an appropriate charity :lol: .
    Nell
     
  18. Tia Valeria

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    Lightweight, quick drying layers of clothes (t-shirt/vest; long-sleeved T- pyjama top/lightpullover; polyester, thin longjohns - pyjama bottoms/cold evenings; thin polyester bra - the sports ones here were like boards!; hi-tec pants with flat seams; fleece; zip-off trecking trousers; socks). Basically two of everything but 3prs of pants is a good idea. Last year was so cold, in May, we had to buy a second fleece each so this year will be taking both. Cue for a heatwave :lol:
    The elastic washing line plus either 3 or 4 plastic pegs and a round piece of rubber from an old inner tube as a plug (5cm diameter) and a small piece of soap was laundry equipment.

    I took a mini bottle of shampoo, which doubled as shower gel, and a disposable razor. Keep all hair short or shaved as appropriate.
    I didn't 'do' my legs again, on our partial Camino, last year but probably would on arrival in Santiago this coming year. My hair is short anyway but I will have a 'Camino haircut' again and it should be a nice length for the whole trip. I like to keep shaved under-arm as it feels less sweaty.

    We are also taking an extra shirt each for 'best' when we reach Santiago, but they are very lightweight. The longjohns earned their keep in the evenings and as pyjamas, but I wouldn't choose to walk in them. If it is that cold early morning it is easier to wear waterproof trousers, you can get them off when it warms up!
    Buen Camino
    Tia Valeria
     
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    So much depends on when you are walking. You are planning May-June so it will be moving from warm to warmer. This is good and cuts down on what you need to plan for in the way of layers. It also means your laundry is likely to dry efficiently and effectively. Also a big plus. I took a pair of quick-dry shorts and a pair of zip-offs. I also took 2 quick-dry tees, a long sleeve quick dry shirt, and a lightweight fleece jacket and microfleece pants. I also made a sarong out of lightweight cotton. And I carried an Altus poncho and a wide brimmed hat. That way I could layer up and also get some sun protection when I needed it. I walked September into October so the weather gradually got colder and boy, did the rain fall! There were some evenings when I put on anything that wasn't hanging on the clothes line because I was chilled.

    As far as undergarments, I used Barely There--purchased on sale at Kohls for something like $2 a pair and took 3 at 1.1 oz each. I took two bras--both quick drying at 3 oz each. I think the major difference with sports bras over regular (which I took) is the modesty factor. The sports bras tend to be more opaque and thus a little less revealing when dressing, etc. in mixed company. There were several times when laundry either didn't get done because of arrival time or it was raining and NOTHING dried. I was very glad to have a spare dry set of panties. I hate putting on wet ones!

    I carried a disposable razer, Liggett shampoo bar, a small bar of Dove--it works well on my skin (used a used bar from home), and a very small tube of body lotion and chapstick. I cut a bar of Naptha soap in half with another pilgrim and used that for laundry. That's it.

    I am walking the Portuguese this fall and am carrying the same things I took on the French--the only thing I didn't use was my first aid kit--other than sharing the contents with others who needed compeed, etc. Needless to say, I will carry it again. Everyone's needs and wants are different. You can either start with stuff that makes you feel prepared and leave things you find you don't need behind in hiker boxes or start out and purchase for the gaps. If you are starting in SJPP, the first place you can find shops of any size is Pamplona. By then you will have a fair idea of things--what you need and don't. By Burgos, definitely!

    Buen Camino!
     
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    Och, some of this advice is getting pretty detailed and shows that it's really painful being a modern woman. Let's just remember you have to carry this stuff and a layer of road grime is going hanging off you and everything you own for much of the trip. And your never far from a farmacy on the camino.

    Sunblock moisturiser, foot cream, tampons, layers of quick drying clothes a must - hair brush and bra optional - razer and makeup, well thats probably going a bit far.

    Having completed the Portuguese Way in late Autumn last year I'd make sure you have good wet weather gear and don't expect to dry stuff overnight as most places don't have heating.
     
  21. Kitsambler

    Kitsambler Jakobsweg Junkie

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    Bra: - I actually used one of my regular ones; the sports bras have extra layers of fabric, meaning they take longer to dry, and the shoulder straps were uncomfortable under the pack. Your mileage may vary, so be sure to test all your clothing (and rain gear) during your training walks at home. Think of them as Shakedown Cruises.

    Undies: One more vote for ExOfficio. I am a high-sweat exerciser, so I found their absorbancy/wicking qualities (not to mention quick drying) to be admirable. Frequently available on sale at one-third off from the usual vendors.

    Condiments: I tried the dry sheets of leaf soap, which were a disaster. Next walk, I'll be going back to Dr. Bronner's instead. Since I frequently stayed in hotels, I pilfered their shampoo containers, and I had just enough for the trip.

    Razor: Took a lightweight disposable, used it once a week on general principle.

    Nightwear: The technical T-shirt with undies was very comfortable and sufficiently modest.

    Something special: one of those tiny one-LED flashlights was excellent for finding one's way around dark towns, dark halls, and dark packs.
     
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    Thank your for such a useful and comprehensive list. What was the total weight that you carried?
     
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    Hi Jennysa, it was 6.5 kg including water, cheers, Gitti
     
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    Instead of a bra, I used shelf-tank tops. It was good and provided an extra layer of clothing that I could also sleep in. Granted, I don't need *trying to think of a way to put this delicately* a lot of support. :oops:

    The underwear... ex-officio (?) sells a great pair of underwear. I think next time, I will make sure my underwear is black or darker in color, because sooner or later, you will be literally airing out your dirty laundry or having someone launder your clothes and then hold up your underwear asking "who does this belong to?" and you want to claim it without much embarrassment especially after you've been wearing it for weeks.

    I only packed one pair of shorts and two pairs of pants, so I think I shaved my legs every 4 or 5 days, but honestly, I didn't worry about it much.

    Skin care -- My mom sells Mary Kay, so I had a lot of small tubes of things. I also had facial wipes (dove/ponds) that worked well too. There's tinted moisturizer on the market that I've used in place of a foundation a few times. I know I'm not the only women to masque my face either. I had bought a little "trail size/travel" kit from H2O that worked well.
     
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    Vaseline! At first i only used it on my feet to avoid blisters, but later on I applied a thin layer on my face before sleeping. Perfect moisterizer! Enjoy!
     
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    I used a sports bra and took a normal bra for wearing in the evenings.

    Without being too personal but giving and honest answer I don't wear underpants as I find them too uncomfortable and they just annoy me. So I didn't have that problem on the Camino. I just wore winter runners tights. I took two pairs and washed them every second day or so.

    I took a razor but didn't shave often probably one twice.

    Took Nivea but didn't use it much.
     
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    Cheap sports bra, sloggis pants - easy to dry - don't buy bright colours unless you want to be stared at as they dry on your rucksack/panniers! Take a few nappy pins for washing line or rucksack drying.
    Ecover washing up liquid - a little goes a long way - use for mug/dish, shower and hair, washing clothes (in bottom of shower - just keep walking on 'em)
    2 sets of clothes are good - but if you can bear the weight - either waterproofs (can be worn when everything else is minging) or a sarong (wear or use as privacy shield - or even as towel)
    Sun protection essential - I left mine off one day and ended up with a face like elephant man...
    I make my own moisturiser - just decanted some into a small, light plastic pot.
    #Micro towels are brilliant, as are Tilley hats, as are hipflasks....
     
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    Hahaha! I laughed when I read this. It's an old post because I took a standing-up pee device.
    I've long since discarded that thing!

    Here's my latest answer based on many Caminos:

    Undergarments--
    Boy cut cotton underpants
    Comfortable sports bra

    Skin Care--
    Nothing. I use olive oil or butter on the trail.

    Going au naturel--
    Never do I shave underarms or legs while walking. Forget it!

    Clothes--
    I take ONE change of clothes.

    Extras--
    I do take my tiny travel pillow. It is down and squishes to about the size of my phone.
     
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    Hey, Annie, I'm glad you clarified your non use of the peeing devise! I've been curious about them for a long time and was going to PM you with more specific questions! Guess I won't bother with that now! Apparently, they're not as "good as gold"!
     
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    Anniesantiago Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Well, after trying it and peeing down my leg a few times, I tossed it.
    Now I wear my Macabi skirt and just squat! lol! :p
     
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    Kanga Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    I use a Pibella - after reading the reviews on OutdoorGearLab. I've tried a couple of others and had the same experience as Annie, but the Pibella works. You need to understand the instructions, but once you do, the thing is foolproof. Well, me-proof anyway.
     
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    I just looked at their website pictures. There is one picture that shows about 5 different brands and shapes layed outside by side. The Pibella is the narrowist of all, which would be great for ease of packing, but leaves me wondering if it's harder to place in the correct, ahem...area, thus more prone to leaks. Is that what you mean by getting used to it? Are you sure your big yellow funnel isn't more foolproof? :)
     
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    Love this women's thread. Love that it has a zillion views, probably half from 'intrigued' guys.

    For me it's a very fine line between being a sunkissed earth goddess and a wild woman of Wongo. I do carry a razor, and like a few feminine touches to keep me in touch with my womanliness, like my sequinned flip-flops for the shower. I love love love Neutrogena sunscreens too but we can't buy them retail in the UK, never seen them in Spain either. I love stretchy boy shorts from Pure Lime (they call them hipsters), and nice running tops. Love a cropped trouser or a buttoned tab turnup (zipoffs make me feel like a clown in hooped trews). Always have footbalm, shampoo bar and mooncup. Never used a she wee - nothing wrong with squatting behind a bush! Love my little floppy hat. Sometimes I pin a silk scarf to the back of it, Foreign Legion style. Silky bed sheet and pillowcase.

    For me the life changing luxury is a SWIMMING COSTUME AND GOGGLES. Secret: many many small Spanish towns and even villages have an outdoor pool in summer (June to Sept). Often hidden away and not signposted at all. Always cheap and sometimes free. You just have to ask around. [O Pedrouzo has one of the biggest and most beautiful, in case you need to wash off some road dust before entering the holy city.]
     
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    I brought a P Style stand up peeing device, but it was the only thing in my backpack that I never used. I always managed to find a real toilet when I needed one. But I'll bring it again this year, and hopefully it goes unused again. I did test it out at home, and it worked well.

    I brought a disposable razor last year, and will bring one again this year.

    I don't like pulling a tight sports bra on over my head when I'm still damp from the shower, so both the bras I bring hook in the back. I have one like this from Jockey that doubles as a bathing suit top, and I bring bathing suit bottoms that double as extra underwear, because there's nothing like a dip in a pool after walking on a hot day.

    I walk in my homemade merino wool dresses, which keep me cool and comfortable in hot weather, and add merino leggings underneath for cooler weather
     
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    Surprisingly no, I'm not going into detail here, but the design of the Pibella actually works much better than the big yellow funnel.
     
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    Thanks, Kanga, that's all I really need to know!
     
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    I use a couple of drops of rosehip oil on my face every day after washing with water. So I take it with me on the camino. Sometimes - especially after windy days - I needed a little more than at home!
     
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    I've never heard of rosehip oil.
    Now I have to Google it!
     
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    No-one has mentioned hand cream! Your hands will get quite sore with hand washing your laundry every day. Just as important as sunscreen.
     
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    Yes a lava lava is a Sarong or Sulu.
     
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    The rosehip oil works a treat for that too ;-)
     
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    No, it's easier than those ridiculously large funnels. Seating it in place is easy and fool proof. I have one in green that I use on the boat and I plan to take it with me on my Camino.
     
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    We need a new thread: Fanny Funnels - Ladies Only. That would get plenty of views.
     
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    I made the horrible mistake of wearing cotton panties once during a long backpacking trip. Way too sweaty and too long to dry. Never again. I now wear only synthetic one. ExOfficio and Patagonia make very good ones.

    Same thing for a bra. I wear the ExOfficio Crossover Bra. No support but I only use it for hiking, not running. Dries super fast and I barely feel that it's on. Perfect for a bit of modesty under light colored shirts.

    I absolutely will not be seen in public with hairy legs or under arms. That's just me. I have certain standards that are too easy to maintain, even on long hikes, that I won't lower. I wax and that takes care of things for 2 weeks. After that I use a razor for new growth. I don't care what other women do. To each their own.

    I'm taking a small tube of hand cream and tiny sample size of face cream.
     
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    Is yours the Pibella brand or another?
     
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