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As noted, lots of good info in the earlier thread.
Thankyou I was trying to look for past threads but couldn’t find it
Save money use industrial rubble bags! At the end of the camino you can also use them for your worn out trail runners and other rubbish.
I use dry sacks because they are just that, dry. It rained over 10 days out of 35 on one of my Caminos. I never had to worry about anything being wet.I use mesh bags, like you use for produce or delicate laundry. Light, small, and I can see what is in the bag. They also do not make any noise when packing.
Dry bags keep the dry in and the moisture and bugs out. They are great to take your stuff to the shower and stay dry. They make a great’purse’ in a pinch. You can strap them in the outside your pack and know your stuff is protected. They act as compression bags. I use the utra light sea-to-summit and ultra light osprey bags.
Most light weight dry bags are made by a few Chinese factories that provide custom labeling. I have a variety of sizes in different colors to distinguish gear (sleeping bag/blue) Because they have roll-tops and compress I get the next larger size so they stuff easily and then squeeze and roll.
I use mesh bags too. I think the ones I use are called ironing bags. I may be wrong. But I have 4 that I organize into my backpack.I use mesh bags, like you use for produce or delicate laundry. Light, small, and I can see what is in the bag. They also do not make any noise when packing.
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I use dry bags as they squish down better. A mixture of brands and colours and generally 2 or 3 litres in size.
Eagle Creek makes some ultralight packing cubes in different sizes. I use 2 ultralight pack liners- one for my down sleeping bag and one for the rest of the pack. I use 2 small ultralight packing cubes, one is for first aid stuff and the other for charging cords and miscellaneous items. I have a separate toiletry bag with toothbrush, etc. that hangs up in the shower.
I use dry bags for larger item like sleeping bag, but all my clothes are in normal large kitchen zip lock bags. I like to do my best to make sure my stuff inside my pack remains dry, should it get left in the rain by mistake, so whatever works.
Exactly what I do, too. No need to worry about things not staying dry because I use a sturdy white trash compactor bag to line my backpack. I take two of these smallish mesh laundry bags. If there is excess room in them, I roll them up on themselves, and there is no need to squish items as any air releases without pressure. They also weigh nearly nothing.I use mesh bags, like you use for produce or delicate laundry. Light, small, and I can see what is in the bag. They also do not make any noise when packing.
One gallon?P.S. The times when I bring my sleeping bag, it goes in a special compartment in my pack, accessible outside separately with its own zipper. Instead of wrestling to get it back in to the tight fitting stuff sack it came in, I prefer to fold it loosely so it fits easily into a one gallon plastic zip lock bag and I sit on it to squeeze out excess air before zipping it shut(a whoopee cushion of sorts); far less frustrating and takes less time.
This is the first time I've heard about sometimes needing to leave backpacks at the front door....how often is this the case on the Frances? This will definitely change how I'm organizing if it's more than just occasionally.Weigh. Everything. Including. The Bags.
It amazed me how heavy the traditional Eagle Creek cubes were, so I shifted to a mix of other containers. In some lodgings, one must empty the pack, leaving it at the front. So be prepared. Different colors, shapes, and sizes will help you find what you want quickly.
It can’t be common as I don’t recall ever being asked to. Poles and shoes, yesThis is the first time I've heard about sometimes needing to leave backpacks at the front door....how often is this the case on the Frances? This will definitely change how I'm organizing if it's more than just occasionally.
I have only encountered this in Salamanca on the VDLP, but have heard of it happening in places in France.This is the first time I've heard about sometimes needing to leave backpacks at the front door.
Yes, it was common on the Le Puy, and on the Norte I recall putting our packs in the large plastic bags once or twice.It was very common on the Le Puy route to leave your pack in the foyer/entrance and be given a plastic basket to put your gear in to take to your room. A few times we were given large plastic bags to put our pack in.
Happened to me last year in the albergue in Alpriate on the Portuguese. Not at the door but just inside. As I use a waterproof liner for my pack and not individual stuff sacks all I did was take it out with all my contents and take it upstairs to the dormitory, leaving the empty pack downstairs.This is the first time I've heard about sometimes needing to leave backpacks at the front door....how often is this the case on the Frances? This will definitely change how I'm organizing if it's more than just occasionally.
Poles and shoes - often. But I did collapse my poles and attach them to my pack before entering the albergue and often was permitted to keep them with meIt can’t be common as I don’t recall ever being asked to. Poles and shoes, yes
Good point. I use trash "compactor" bags. In the US they always seem to be in the standard white and are extra robust. I've used the same one for my last three Caminos and it never has had any holes. Plus the dimensions (being longer and narrower than regular garbage bags) work well inside most backpacks.Whatever you choose to use don’t get black ones; hard to see inside a rucksack or under an albergue bunk at dark o’clock in the morning.
All of my experiences had our packs left "inside" the front door; probably for extra protection from potential weather and thieves.And I had heard about leaving them be the front door before - just not sure where this is more likely to happen.
That looks interesting. Is there a size you prefer and why?I really like the Osprey Straightjacket for my clothes.
My clothes that I'm not wearing fit into the 8 liter size, but I don't take anything bulky like hiking pants. If I did the 12 lier size might be better.That looks interesting. Is there a size you prefer and why?
Sea to summit ultra dry sil roll top bags (I have used them for years and they are lightweight so I didn't mind paying extra for these) and a compression dry bag for my sleeping bag. ALL bags waterproof and I will bring a big black trash bag in case I encounter a lot of rain. Double bagged zip locks (2) for my money, passport, Brierley book.
I also use ziplock bags of various sizes for almost everything I carry. Larger ones for clothes (one for each set - I carry two) and one for my fleece, and smaller ones for toiletries, electronics, fist aid kit, and important documents.One gallon?