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Leaving for my first Camino Francés this Monday, here's the stuff I bring

Druuf

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015
#1
I am pretty excited, this will be the first major trip completely on my own (24 male).
So I wanted to share the things I bring: http://i.imgur.com/XXoOjRz.jpg
  1. Backpack (50l) - Water (1,5l) - Cap
  2. Poncho - Sleeping bag
  3. 2 TShirts, 1 long sleeve shirt (wear one)
  4. 3x Underwear (wear one), 3 pair of socks (wear one)
  5. Boots, Sandals
  6. Long pants (2 in 1)
  7. 2 Towels (big and small), Fleece jacket
  8. Sun lotion, Lipstick, 2x Salve, Safety Pins, Painkiller, Band-Aids (for blisters), Ear plugs, Nail care set, Knife, Lighter
  9. Notepaper (with tickets etc.), Pens, Guidebook, Book, little Dictionary (spanish)
  10. Zip Bags, Tissues, Batteries, Flashlight, Charger (mobile phone)
  11. Washcloth, Comb, Toothpaste, Soap, Toothbrush, Pocketknife (with spoon and fork), small roll of Ducttape
  12. Wallet, Mobilephone, Camera (not in picture obv)
Including some small things to eat it will weight close to 10 kilos, a little bit to much I think. Probably going to cut some of the stuff, mainly the second towel, depends on how tough it is to carry.

As I'm writing this, I am packing it all together and head outside for a little training hike.
Appreciate all comments, greets
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#2
Druuf,

Your list looks good! To save weight many pilgrims carry a single small sports towel which dries quickly. I carry just a simple cotton dish towel (!) to use after showering. It quickly dries and weighs almost nil. Imodium might be a useful addition to you medical kit. Of course you can buy it in Spain but if you need it you need it fast. Best be prepared!

Good luck with your packing and Buen camino!

MM
 
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Jodean

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Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago (2018)
17.09-31.10 CF (2018
#3
Your flashlight looks really big and heavy. Can you find a smaller one?
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#4
I agree, leave the flashlight and the 2nd towel, perhaps also the Opinel, but do bring a second pair of pants in case what you have washed does not dry over night, which in the fall may happen, especially on rainy nights. Also, bring less sunblock, you only need enough to cover exposed bits on super sunny days/hours. BTW, yes to Herman Hess!
 

SunnyCat

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances August 2015, SJPDP to Fin
#5
I am pretty excited, this will be the first major trip completely on my own (24 male).
So I wanted to share the things I bring: http://i.imgur.com/XXoOjRz.jpg
  1. Backpack (50l) - Water (1,5l) - Cap
  2. Poncho - Sleeping bag
  3. 2 TShirts, 1 long sleeve shirt (wear one)
  4. 3x Underwear (wear one), 3 pair of socks (wear one)
  5. Boots, Sandals
  6. Long pants (2 in 1)
  7. 2 Towels (big and small), Fleece jacket
  8. Sun lotion, Lipstick, 2x Salve, Safety Pins, Painkiller, Band-Aids (for blisters), Ear plugs, Nail care set, Knife, Lighter
  9. Notepaper (with tickets etc.), Pens, Guidebook, Book, little Dictionary (spanish)
  10. Zip Bags, Tissues, Batteries, Flashlight, Charger (mobile phone)
  11. Washcloth, Comb, Toothpaste, Soap, Toothbrush, Pocketknife (with spoon and fork), small roll of Ducttape
  12. Wallet, Mobilephone, Camera (not in picture obv)
Including some small things to eat it will weight close to 10 kilos, a little bit to much I think. Probably going to cut some of the stuff, mainly the second towel, depends on how tough it is to carry.

As I'm writing this, I am packing it all together and head outside for a little training hike.
Appreciate all comments, greets
I am currently in Pamplona-- if you want to start hiking early in the morning to beat the heat (before 7 am) you will need a head lamp.
 

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Druuf

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015
#6
Your flashlight looks really big and heavy. Can you find a smaller one?
Yeah, you guys are right on this one, but I already bought so much stuff that I can't force myself to replace things I actually own (see the big sleeping bag).

I agree, leave the flashlight and the 2nd towel, perhaps also the Opinel, but do bring a second pair of pants in case what you have washed does not dry over night, which in the fall may happen, especially on rainy nights. Also, bring less sunblock, you only need enough to cover exposed bits on super sunny days/hours. BTW, yes to Herman Hess!
There is actually a second pair of pants in the picture, right under the socks: it's a pair of short jogging pants. But you are right about the sunblock, going to find a smaller one.
And yea, Hesse got .. something. I read DEMIAN a while back in the train and it is really time for more
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#7
Buen camino Druuf! Your list looks just fine to me except maybe for the 2 towels (one is enough). If you feel fine carrying 10 kgs then you're all set :)
Have a wonderful time.
 

Druuf

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015
#8
Thank you all.
Yea, I will leave the small towel at home, since the bigger one is even drying faster.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in Spring 2016
#10
While you still can, get a smaller, lighter sleeping bag. It's 500 miles to Santiago... Long way to carry that big and probably heavy bag. Also they sell batteries in Spain... And pens. you seem to have 4. Your list also shows 2 knives.
Every ounce counts.
Buen Camino
 

Druuf

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015
#11
True, I will get rid of some of the smaller stuff.
And yes, I already surrendered and bought a new sleeping bag, couldn't fit this monster anywhere comfortably on the pack. Cost a few Euros more but cut the weight of it in half, which will be more than worth it.
Thanks for the Tips
 

Alan Pearce

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones 2008, del Norte 2009, VdlP 2011, Ingles 2014, Camino de Madri 2015, Frances 2017
#12
I did not see a corkscrew in the list. Nothing worse than having a bottle of wine and being unable to open it, and not all albergues will have one.

Alan

Be brave. Life is joyous.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in Spring 2016
#13
Corkscrew! NOW you're talking! Probably on the 'pocketknife'? Maybe not. Like Santa Claus: check it twice. Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in Spring 2016
#14
Surely your mobile phone takes photos? Skip the camera. My phone can also be :
Flashlight, book, bible, compass, English-Spanish dictionary,
Map, guidebook, diary/journal, watch/alarm clock,
and also works really well as a communication device!!! Bit like a telephone ...(remember them)
Or, you could, as Brierly suggests, leave the phone at home and immerse yourself in pilgrimage. Has anyone done that recently, I wonder?
Go enjoy.
 

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