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nili

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hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
 
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Wondering if you need the thermal clothing and not understanding "
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels " are you bringing that many shoes?

My bag is a 28L Greagory Jade and holds everything for a 3 months stay. On my last Camino I walked with maximum 12 lbs. My back and knees thanked me.
 

nili

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camino franch 2020
im going to be there in may so thought it will be cold as well
sneakers and one of flip flop or zero shoes off course not all of them
 

NorthernLight

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
It shouldn’t be cold enough for all that heat system. The thermals may be good for sleeping in and for the higher altitudes. But if you have these, perhaps a sleeping liner would be better than the sleeping bag. I’d weigh the combinations.

I’d reconsider the down jacket.

Weigh your second shoe/sandal option and whatever is lightest, ask yourself if you can wander around town in those for a couple hours.

Flashlight ... the days are long in May. If you are also bringing a smart phone (and cables), does it have a flashlight built in?

It looks like a good list.
 

nili

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camino franch 2020
I don’t know about the sandals will have to try
Will not take a flash light or maybe a really small one .
U think it is better to give up the sleeping bag and just take liner and thememals?
And no down jacket ?
What about smart wool shirt
Thanx a lot
 

NorthernLight

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Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Part of your answer depends on how cold or hot your body likes it. Personally, I carry a lightweight quilt and liner, but even in November I didn’t bring thermal under-clothing. I have thin merino shirts that I use. If cold, everything gets layered on. You’ll likely be down to a t-shirt of some sort while walking. You are sleeping indoors with some body heat being generated by the others in your room. Your smart wool shirt and fleece can be slept in if necessary. Your rain jacket can (if dry) be used as a blanket over your legs. I think in May, you would be fine with the fleece and rain jacket.

I’d personally skip the thermals and the down jacket and keep the lightweight bag. But someone else may prefer the thermals and a liner.

If you need more after you’ve started, check the albergue’s box of abandoned items before heading to a store.
 
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Hi Nili, welcome to the Forum. Personally I would not take more than two of any clothing item. You are wearing one set and have another for the next day. I agree with NorthernLight you don't need the thermals, the down jacket, the wool shirt or the sleeping bag(take a liner instead) in May. Two long sleeve quick dry shirts to walk in should be enough after all you have the micro fleece. Does it pack small? They can be bulky.
I usually have a headlight type flash light, very handy for walking in the morning before the sun is up or finding your gear in the dark.

Buen Camino
 

AlwynWellington

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@nili , gidday

Have you included all/any tech including chargers?

Excluding what you will wear and excluding water and allowing a nominal 1.5 kg for a pack what does your list weigh?

Others make the excellent point of wear one carry one, except only one pair of walking/running shoes and one hat / umbrella. Wash no more than every second day.

And no more than some (liquid) soap and towel / face cloth, until you get home.

Shouldn't need a sleeping bag or liner - in my experience Camino Frances hostels have blankets on a table or available on request.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 

steve392

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Frances, September 2016
Fisterra, July 2018
Frances, March 2020
One thing I would recommend that you take is Hydralytes. Even if it's enough for just the first few days. Replacing lost minerals is essential if you've been sweating all day. They can help you recover after a long days walk much quicker than drinking water alone and are a lot cheaper than constantly buying a bottle of smart water of something similar.
 

ZaneWilliams

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plan to watch the French way 2020 april
ive just this minute gone through my bag list too, still tossing up on a sleeping bag but its fairly light weight so will probably take it. I have a Osprey Talon 44. already done a trial run on all my gear im walking with and its just shy over 6kg including my sleeping bag. I guess whatever suits you wont suit other people, beauty about the camino is you can make it your own. im leaving St Jean on the 26th of april ( coming from New Zealand) so im prepared for all weather. but as people keep saying you can always buy things on the trail if you need them. Happy trails :)
 

KathleenJLS

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April (2020)
Wondering if you need the thermal clothing and not understanding "
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels " are you bringing that many shoes?

My bag is a 28L Greagory Jade and holds everything for a 3 months stay. On my last Camino I walked with maximum 12 lbs. My back and knees thanked me.
Ingrid your response makes me happy. I have a 28L Gregory, and I am thinking I would not ever have enough room for all of Nili's stuff, if that is what I need to have.
 
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I'm also in the process of sorting out my own packing list for my first Camino this spring and have found LighterPack.com to be a super helpful tool. It lets you create a packing list that you can organize and fine tune by category and (especially) weight of each item so you know exactly what you'll be carrying - and since keeping weight down is pretty much the whole point of making a packing list, it allows you to easily see what you're carrying too much of so that you can make adjustments/deletions accordingly. (I'm thisclose to getting my base weight, including pack, down to my 7 kg total goal ... wish me luck!)
 

FooteK

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SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
Have you weighed what you have planned, so far?
I walked in May and, just glancing at your list, I would not bring the down jacket.
What do you plan to sleep in? Plan on washing one set of clothes when you arrive at the albergue each night, a second set to wear while the first is drying, and one set to wear when sleeping.
Besides toiletries, a small, very practical aid kit of your own making might be handy (besides the safety pins, duct tape, baby scissors, cord, etc).
Pack a kit for emergency rest stops along the way, where there aren't any rest stops, if you catch my drift. If not, I can spell it out.
I used a lightweight flashlight (from Decathlon) that ran on solar and clipped onto my backpack - came in handy for me.
Guidebook/map.
Make sure your backpack has a rain cover.
Decathlon equipment and clothing are terrific!!
I usually try to bring too much stuff out of fear (what if I get cold? what if I get hot? if I get wet? dry? lost? hungry???? etc). Then I get rid of things reminding myself that : a) Spain is a first world country and just about anything I need, I can get, and, b) the Camino will provide.
I'm soooo excited for you!!! Buen Camino!
 
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2 Camino Frances, next: April 2020 Primitivo
U think it is better to give up the sleeping bag and just take liner and thememals?
I would have a light sleeping bag in May, specially if you are usually cold. The houses can be cold, even there is already warm outside. I had a sleeping bag in last May, it weighs 600 g and can be used as blanket too. Perfect! Buen Camino 🙋🏻‍♀️
 

steve392

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Frances, September 2016
Fisterra, July 2018
Frances, March 2020
I'm going to throw a spanner in the works now and be controversial. :eek:
Firstly, let me just say that I am a very experienced walker and have trekked in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions and this is what I do.
Right here goes. Don't over think and get obsessed with weight for the Camino. Yes it's important but it's not the end of the world if you take a couple of extra t-shirts, underwear, pants etc. Chances are that they are light weight and you won't notice they are there anyway.
On my first Camino I took only 2 t-shirts, a light weight fleece and 2 sets of underwear and then spent most of my time doing laundry at the end of each day. On my second one I took 5 t-shirts, a long sleeve top, 5 sets of underwear and a fleece and did laundry once a week. The fact is it only added maximum of 2kg. Big deal. Chances are that you will end up carrying a couple of extra kg anyway once you include water and food that you are bound to pick up. If you feel capable of carrying it, take it. Just don't over do it.
Whatever you take make sure that it has a use and isn't a 'just in case' item.


10.......9.......8........
 

NorthernLight

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Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
At the end of the packing, whatever we pack we have to carry. It’s entirely up to each to decide what they need and want to carry. Albergue donation boxes are a testament to the fact that our opinions on what we need changes after hauling it for a while.

I travel to the camino in clothes that I plan to donate before I even start walking. If in doubt about an item, make sure you won’t mind leaving it behind somewhere (or taking the time to mail it forward).
 

Geodoc

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CF 2018 (across Pyrenees, then Sarria to SdC), CF 2019 (SJPdP to Finisterra & Muxia), CI 2019
I did portions of the Camino Frances in May, the low route over the Pyranees and from Sarria to SdC, and I can tell you, it gets cold!

DSC00441.JPG

I definitely recommend layering. I've put my suggestions in red.

hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag and liner (I prefer silk)
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt I used merino wool and found it better (and less stinky).
thermal pants/long johns I used silk bottoms, but if I were to do it again, I would go with merino wool.
micro fleece micro fleece what?
You might wish to consider a puffy vest

marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves you might want to include glove liners - I wore silk liners and fingerless ragg wool gloves and that worked out (mostly) fine, even in the wet weather.
small day bag Sea-to-Summit makes a great one - lightweight and rolls up into a very small size.
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork
earplugs
toothbrush and paste (others will love you for it)
dental floss (not just for teeth)
I also recommend a means of carrying water. Some people like a water bladder (I don't as it takes up space inside the pack that can be used for other things). I used regular water bottles and rigged up a tube to sip water from them while they were in my pack outside bottle pockets. See my post about things I learned along the Camino.
Another "essential" for me was a Swiss Army Knife with a corkscrew. You can get a really nice with (with a Camino logo) at the backpacking store in SJPdP



thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
 

mmmmartin

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Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
Forget gloves.
Take a 3 metre cable to charge your phone
Also a small battery pack so you can leave it charging in the albergue while you go out. Can charge the phone from that later if needed.
 
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Vol Pilgm office 15
CF 16+17
Vol Pilgm House 18
Kerry&Ingles 19
Portuguese( ? 2020)
Don't forget a journal to record where you stayed, the people you meet and memorable events and sights. It is so easy to forget the little delights. I reconstructed a travel log from my credenciales after I got home. It would have been so much easier to keep a daily log/diary/journal.
 

mmmmartin

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Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
Don't forget a journal to record where you stayed, the people you meet and memorable events and sights. It is so easy to forget the little delights. I reconstructed a travel log from my credenciales after I got home. It would have been so much easier to keep a daily log/diary/journal.
This is really good advice. I found that sitting in my bunk and writing up the day was great way to put it all in perspective. Then I'd have a siesta. Then some wine. Life doesn't get much better than that, mate.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I'm with those who say, don't overthink. Hard to abandon the desire for perfection I know only too well.

What works for you and what works for others may be quite different. A lot depends on the weather, and that is so unpredictable. You really won't know until you are there, and the weather can vary a lot. So, my advice is, don't spend too much money. Look through the clothes and equipment you have got. If you think you need anything more, check out the offerings from places like Costco, Aldi, Target, Uniqlo, Decathlon, before the expensive specialist hiking shops. Then, if you do want to abandon stuff on the way, it does not matter too much. The cheaper version of things may not be the best, but usually good enough.
The first couple of my caminos, I took too much stuff and I think that is almost inevitable. I finished up by abandoning things or sending them on to Ivar in Santiago - a good option for stuff I you want to take home, and I still do it. But generally, now I'm more likely to take too little, and buy things in Spain.
 

DwainS

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances(2020)
I'am leaving for my Camino Frances Sept/October 2012. I have never used a backpack in my life. Always stayed at hotels, all inclusive holidays and or had a car for trips. That being said I was a little concerned about backpack weight as being a newbie to this form of travel. After reading many forums about not packing to much because of weight, I began watched countless hours of Camino Frances Vlogs on YouTube. On these vlogs I've seen people pack there phones as well as cameras, tripods, hard drives for backup some even laptops because they do some form of work well on the trip. None of them seem to have a problem with this extra weight. Male and female alike. Some people even carry guitars and other strange things for 800 km with seemingly no problem. Parents with kids have loaded down packs with no problem. I'am only worried about weight for carryon purposes, but when I get there and start the trip I won't hesitate to buy anything I think I need. Just my observation at watching all the you tube videos a few grams here a few ounces there won't make or break your trip.
 

Michael-FL

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Caminho Portugues (2017)
Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2021)
hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
This is a very timely thread for me, as well, since I am planning a start at SJPdP on 18 April. I think your rain jacket with layering for cool mornings should be fine, so maybe ditch the down jacket? I have started assembling my gear and setting it aside. The impression I’ve gotten is mid-April may be cool and wet. A new rain jacket was a priority, so I got a lightweight Goretex one from REI. While it may get cool, I’m guessing it won’t be cold enough for thermal undies. Just planning to pack two long sleeved merino tees and convertible pants. Going with the Salomon ultra 3 gtx mid boots, since I just don’t want my feet getting wet. I admire you and other posters sticking to smaller packs. Me - I just can’t. I’ll strive to keep the weight down, but I’ll also be carrying camera gear and tablet, so volume-wise , I may be maxed out. Sleep-wise, even for an April trek, I’m gonna chance it with just a sleeping bag liner and silk liner. Headlamp with a red light option is also a good idea.
 
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Vol Pilgm House 18
Kerry&Ingles 19
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I always have a length of narrow shock cord, that stretches to 3 meters or so, for hanging the clothes I wash in the evening. Safety pins of various sizes are a good idea. The large diaper pins are very useful for pinning your clothes to communal clothes lines at albergues, both for keeping them on the line and hopefully stopping someone from accidentally removing your clothes along with their's.
 

RRat

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Planning 2017
hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
Try that quick dry towel at home. I tossed mine and replaced it with a medium cotton towel. Hard case for eye glasses, don't always have a safe place to place them while you're sleeping.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Vol Pilgm office 15
CF 16+17
Vol Pilgm House 18
Kerry&Ingles 19
Portuguese( ? 2020)
RRat is correct, do try out the quick dry towel at home. They are different than a cotton towel. I got mine from a marine friend who got it at the exchange at 29 Palms Marine base. It was larger, lighter weight and cheaper than anywhere else.
 

nili

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Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
I did portions of the Camino Frances in May, the low route over the Pyranees and from Sarria to SdC, and I can tell you, it gets cold!

View attachment 69972

I definitely recommend layering. I've put my suggestions in red.
I did portions of the Camino Frances in May, the low route over the Pyranees and from Sarria to SdC, and I can tell you, it gets cold!

View attachment 69972

I definitely recommend layering. I've put my suggestions in red.
hey thanx for the info:
so you think i should not take a sleeping bag? because u said it is very cold in may
so merino wool for sleeping not for walking instead of thermals?
unfortunately we dont have sea to sumit only decahthlon israel is soooo expensive.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
hey thanx for the info:
so you think i should not take a sleeping bag? because u said it is very cold in may
so merino wool for sleeping not for walking instead of thermals?
unfortunately we dont have sea to sumit only decahthlon israel is soooo expensive.
I wear merino wool for walking
 

nili

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Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
hey . trecile what is the diffrence between 200 merino 150 and all that? im still so confused with what clothes to take any gives?
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
hey . trecile what is the diffrence between 200 merino 150 and all that? im still so confused with what clothes to take any gives?
It comes down to the weight/thickness of the fabric. For warm weather I like 150-160 gsm (grams per square meter)
 

Geodoc

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2018 (across Pyrenees, then Sarria to SdC), CF 2019 (SJPdP to Finisterra & Muxia), CI 2019
hey thanx for the info:
so you think i should not take a sleeping bag? because u said it is very cold in may
so merino wool for sleeping not for walking instead of thermals?
unfortunately we dont have sea to sumit only decahthlon israel is soooo expensive.
I took a silk sleep sack and a lightweight sleeping bag (summer bag), which was sufficient. You can layer up in clothing while you sleep to keep warm.

I wouldn't even bother with thermals - just merino wool. Thermals stink after a couple of days - merino wool does not. Plus, if you get wet, it retains heat (unlike most synthetics).

Order the sea-to-summit stuff from another retailer that can ship it to you (such as Amazon), or find something similar. https://seatosummit.com/product/ultra-sil-daypack/

Regarding the difference in merino, the bigger the number, the heavier/thicker the merino wool cloth. For example, 150 is light, 200 is slightly heavier/thicker/warmer, and 250 is even more heavy/thick/warm. I used 150 t-shirts and a 250 hoodie.
 

nili

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camino franch 2020
so u think for walking : 2 merino 150 shirts short or long 2 pants
for sleep merino 250 with merino pants 250
light micro fleece jacket and rain jacket im good to go?
 

Marie_pri

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 Camino Frances
I only took my Solomon hiking shoes and hiking sandals. Don’t pack more than that. I did not take flip flops i used hiking sandals in shower. But think I will buy foldable flip flops for next Camino. You have packed too many shoes. Clothing depends on what time of year you are walking.
 

nili

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camino franch 2020
I only took my Solomon hiking shoes and hiking sandals. Don’t pack more than that. I did not take flip flops i used hiking sandals in shower. But think I will buy foldable flip flops for next Camino. You have packed too many shoes. Clothing depends on what time of year your walking.
hey as i explained i will take my salomon shoes and one more thing flip flops or one sandels or whatever
 

nili

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camino franch 2020
I only took my Solomon hiking shoes and hiking sandals. Don’t pack more than that. I did not take flip flops i used hiking sandals in shower. But think I will buy foldable flip flops for next Camino. You have packed too many shoes. Clothing depends on what time of year you are walking.
and i also wrote i am walking in may thank u
 

Geodoc

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CF 2018 (across Pyrenees, then Sarria to SdC), CF 2019 (SJPdP to Finisterra & Muxia), CI 2019
so u think for walking : 2 merino 150 shirts short or long 2 pants
for sleep merino 250 with merino pants 250
light micro fleece jacket and rain jacket im good to go?
It depends on how hot you sleep and how warm you get hiking.

I wore the Icebreaker Tech Lite Long Sleeve Crewe 150 Merino wool shirts in May, and Icebreaker Cool-Lite 130 Merino wool t-shirts in the summer (picked one up at Decathalon for about 20 Euros in SdC after somebody stole my really great teal one at an albergue. I also had a WoolX Switchback Hoodie 230 Merino Wool (which I lost and now isn't made) I carried two long-sleeve tops, the hoodie, and one silk bottom in the spring, and the two t-shirts and hoodie in the summer.

Temperatures got down to 0 C in the winter, but between layering and walking, I was comfortable (even in the rain). In the summer, temperatures got over 40 (I think 45 at one point), but even then I was relatively comfortable with just the t-shirt and shorts.

As to the pants, I wore silk bottoms with quick-dry pants and carried a spare pair of quick dry pants. Once in an albergue at the end of the day, I stripped out of the wet pants and bottoms and put on dry pants, hanging the wet stuff to dry overnight (they always did).
 

Jodean

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22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
Personally, I like having my own sleeping bag. Besides, not every albergue has blankets and those that do, they aren't ones I would want to have touching my skin. Not a germ freak at all, but ewww.

Also cannot sleep in my clothing. My nightgown weighs 125 grams and I am comfy at night.
For 3 Caminos, my pack has weighed between 6.5-7kg. without water. Very happy with what I have and will pack the same for the next Camino, hopefully this fall if our budget can stand it.
 

Lady M

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September - October (2019)
hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
I didn’t take a long sleeve shirt. Instead I bought “sleeves”. They kept me as warm as a long sleeve shirt and were very easy to remove as the day warmed up. I also had some stuff sacks so that every thing in my pack (38L) was also in its own stuff sack. This made organization very easy. I also took an external battery. I felt safer recharging my battery in public places rather than my phone. If I left behind the battery I could easily replace it but not so much the phone.
 

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AlwynWellington

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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what is the difference between 200 merino 150 and all that?
In many ways the weight (150 or 200 grams per square metre) will come down to your own body.

I have difficulty with hot days and tolerate cool nights quite well.

Thus, my three merino tops (2 short sleeve and 1 long) are all 150 gsm.

If I start to feel the cold I just put more layers on. In my case the 4th layer is an Altus rain/wind coat.

For the reasons above I do not carry a fleece (whether of the sheep's back or made from recycled PET bottles)
as I would have limited use - it would over-heat me at the best of times.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 

Ricardo Moretti

Camino Frances x 2: Apr./May 2018 & Apr./May 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Two Camino Frances:
April-May 2018
April-May 2019
hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
[/QUOTE]
packing list
  • back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
  • Optional: lightweight sleeping bag – DEPENDS on WHERE YOU STAY. May is warm enough to forego bag. Most if not all Albergue offer blankets. Worst come to worst, you sleep in your clothes for one night.
    ? pouch
  • 3 quick dry underwear
  • 3 inji liners
  • 3 merino wool darn tough (light wool for summer conditions)
  • salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers – Great choice – this is what I used on my last Camino
  • flip flops /zero shoes/birkinstock sandels Flip Flops are lightest and allow your feet to air out and can be used in the bathroom/shower.
  • light hiking pants north face
  • runing quick dry shorts OR Another pair of pants with zipper legs
  • quick dry t-shirt
  • long sleeve hiking shirt
  • quick dry towel
    smart wool long sleeve shirt
    thermal long sleeve shirt
    thermal pants/long johns
  • micro fleece
    marmot highlander down jacket
    dekathlon rain jacket
  • Instead of rain jacket - get rain gear that fits overs backpack and is extremely lightweight or a rain poncho but one that you can tie the edges
  • hiking poles - STRONG RECOMMENDATION
    buff
    gloves
  • small day bag
    flashlight
    6l dry sack
  • sunhat
  • sunglases
    small note pad and pen USE YOUR PHONE
  • safety pins
  • blisters kit
  • dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
  • spork Knife, small swiss knife would be more useful.
  • ADD: Water container
 

zakosdad

CaminoWalkers
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2013 CF Sept (2019?)
hey guys so after million of hours on this forum and on the web i have a packing list draft ,i really need help i know it is personal but i would love support, doing the camino frances in may ,please tell me what u think ,im usually a person that gets to cold,..
so :
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
 

zakosdad

CaminoWalkers
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2013 CF Sept (2019?)
Good list - took a spork - never used it
 

nili

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
I've been following this thread and everyone's feedback/suggestions with interest - as well as with a grain of salt, since packing decisions can be highly subjective and personal. To use a few items in the latest post as an example:



My pair of bare-bones cheapie Old Navy flip flops - which offer practically zero cushion or arch support - weighs 256 grams. My pair of waterproof EVA Birkenstock Arizona sandals weigh 276 grams and offer enough support to be used as walking / evening wear sandals as well as in the shower. That 20g difference in weight is more than worth it for me.

I'm a fan of hiking poles when I'm walking in the backcountry. I'm not convinced that I'll need them for my Camino, and am instead planning to use either a single pole or a good old fashioned lightweight walking stick to help me up and down the hills and mountains that require them. So that's something that will likely end up saving me a few grams and packing room.

And while I'll be using my phone for a lot of note taking as well as storing my guidebooks and maps on, my Field Notes notebook and a pen weigh about 50g total and come in handy for jotting down phone numbers and email addresses of people I meet, leaving messages for new friends or intentions at roadside altars, sketching when inspiration strikes me, and even taking the occasional note when I don't feel like interfacing with my phone. Again, a small weight expenditure that makes a big difference for me.

I'm not saying any of this to criticize what works for other people. Just pointing out that asking for feedback is always going to elicit a wide range of responses, some of which might be contradictory. Ask yourself what is truly useful for *you* as an individual and pack accordingly. You can always leave behind expendible items you end up not wanting to carry, and ship ahead the irreplaceable ones. And as many who hae gone before us have pointed out, you will have no problem finding just about anything you need in Spain if you leave it off your packing list and hae a change of heart once you start walking.
hey yes i know this as many of u keep saying this but what people right helps me decide and also choose what i think will work for me ,i might add that is kind of annoying to me that people keep writing this because it is clear that it is personal but it does help with the overwhelment of this journey for me anyway
all the best
 

nili

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
packing list
  • back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
  • Optional: lightweight sleeping bag – DEPENDS on WHERE YOU STAY. May is warm enough to forego bag. Most if not all Albergue offer blankets. Worst come to worst, you sleep in your clothes for one night.
    ? pouch
  • 3 quick dry underwear
  • 3 inji liners
  • 3 merino wool darn tough (light wool for summer conditions)
  • salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers – Great choice – this is what I used on my last Camino
  • flip flops /zero shoes/birkinstock sandels Flip Flops are lightest and allow your feet to air out and can be used in the bathroom/shower.
  • light hiking pants north face
  • runing quick dry shorts OR Another pair of pants with zipper legs
  • quick dry t-shirt
  • long sleeve hiking shirt
  • quick dry towel
    smart wool long sleeve shirt
    thermal long sleeve shirt
    thermal pants/long johns
  • micro fleece
    marmot highlander down jacket
    dekathlon rain jacket
  • Instead of rain jacket - get rain gear that fits overs backpack and is extremely lightweight or a rain poncho but one that you can tie the edges
  • hiking poles - STRONG RECOMMENDATION
    buff
    gloves
  • small day bag
    flashlight
    6l dry sack
  • sunhat
  • sunglases
    small note pad and pen USE YOUR PHONE
  • safety pins
  • blisters kit
  • dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
  • spork Knife, small swiss knife would be more useful.
  • ADD: Water container
[/QUOTE]
packing list
back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
lightweight sleeping bag
pouch
3 quick dry underwear
3 inji liners
3 merino wool darn tough
salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers
flip flops/zero shoes/birkinstock sandels
light hiking pants north face
runing quick dry shorts
quick dry t-shirt
long sleeve hiking shirt
quick dry towel
smart wool long sleeve shirt
thermal long sleeve shirt
thermal pants/long johns
micro fleece
marmot highlander down jacket
dekathlon rain jacket
hiking poles
buff
gloves
small day bag
flashlight
6l dry sack

sunhat
sunglases
small note pad and pen
safety pins
blisters kit
dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
spork


thanx for whoever has time to read and reply
nili
packing list
  • back pack 30-40 liters -will buy once i have all the stuff
  • Optional: lightweight sleeping bag – DEPENDS on WHERE YOU STAY. May is warm enough to forego bag. Most if not all Albergue offer blankets. Worst come to worst, you sleep in your clothes for one night.
    ? pouch
  • 3 quick dry underwear
  • 3 inji liners
  • 3 merino wool darn tough (light wool for summer conditions)
  • salomon ultra x 3 hicking sneakers – Great choice – this is what I used on my last Camino
  • flip flops /zero shoes/birkinstock sandels Flip Flops are lightest and allow your feet to air out and can be used in the bathroom/shower.
  • light hiking pants north face
  • runing quick dry shorts OR Another pair of pants with zipper legs
  • quick dry t-shirt
  • long sleeve hiking shirt
  • quick dry towel
    smart wool long sleeve shirt
    thermal long sleeve shirt
    thermal pants/long johns
  • micro fleece
    marmot highlander down jacket
    dekathlon rain jacket
  • Instead of rain jacket - get rain gear that fits overs backpack and is extremely lightweight or a rain poncho but one that you can tie the edges
  • hiking poles - STRONG RECOMMENDATION
    buff
    gloves
  • small day bag
    flashlight
    6l dry sack
  • sunhat
  • sunglases
    small note pad and pen USE YOUR PHONE
  • safety pins
  • blisters kit
  • dr bronners soap bar and other toiletry
  • spork Knife, small swiss knife would be more useful.
  • ADD: Water container
[/QUOTE]
thanx ricardo i think u just saved me some money of things i thought to buy.... i will bring a small notepad just because i prefer real paper and battery issues, also already bought 3 pairs of micro crew darn tough u think if i walk from may to june i will be too much?
 

nili

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
I only took my Solomon hiking shoes and hiking sandals. Don’t pack more than that. I did not take flip flops i used hiking sandals in shower. But think I will buy foldable flip flops for next Camino. You have packed too many shoes. Clothing depends on what time of year you are walking.
hey as i already replied this was a draft and iam taking walking shoes and one of these options
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
Try that quick dry towel at home. I tossed mine and replaced it with a medium cotton towel. Hard case for eye glasses, don't always have a safe place to place them while you're sleeping.
I have tried a lot of those quickdrying traveltowels, and ended up bringing two small microfiber kitchentowels. Works better, dries quicker, weighs less.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (May-June 2020)
hey yes i know this as many of u keep saying this but what people right helps me decide and also choose what i think will work for me ,i might add that is kind of annoying to me that people keep writing this because it is clear that it is personal but it does help with the overwhelment of this journey for me anyway
all the best
Annoying? So much for trying to help. Good luck with your packing.
 

nili

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino franch 2020
Annoying? So much for trying to help. Good luck with your packing.
sorry it is just that this point have been said many times so it just made me frustrated ,sorry anyways anything more will be just lost in translation ,so thanx and sorry if i offended u
 
Camino(s) past & future
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Portuguese( ? 2020)
Buen Camino nili, I think you have more than enough information about packing to make good choices.
After all the preparation and you are on your way you will learn for yourself what works for you and what doesn't.
 

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