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Packing list for Camino Primitivo in May 2017

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
 

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
Best new tip ever (and surprised hadn't thought of it or heard it before)...bandana for toilet paper. Wonderful.
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
I love your list, but even more so for your reasoning. Also it made me smile! I, of course, carry different, and reason different, because we are different. However, I bet you change something on your list yet! Thank you for sharing, and Buen Camino!
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I love your list, but even more so for your reasoning. Also it made me smile! I, of course, carry different, and reason different, because we are different. However, I bet you change something on your list yet! Thank you for sharing, and Buen Camino!
I won't take that bet because I'm sure you're right :)
 

elleley

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Aug 2016-Oct(2016); Leon-Sarria, Ourense to SdC May (2017)
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
Have you hiked much in the rain skirt? Sounds like a cool product and I am wondering if it makes more sense than the poncho I planned to bring. Have a good rain jacket and pack cover. Also will be bringing the Purple Rain hiking skirt, so looks appealing to pair with that.
thanks for sharing!
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Have you hiked much in the rain skirt? Sounds like a cool product and I am wondering if it makes more sense than the poncho I planned to bring. Have a good rain jacket and pack cover. Also will be bringing the Purple Rain hiking skirt, so looks appealing to pair with that.
thanks for sharing!
Ponchos are like walking in a sauna. But some people really like them. A waterproof rain jacket and pack cover is all we've ever needed. Even backpacking in Nepal during the beginning of monsoon season. Nothing got wet. So what if the pack straps get wet. I've never found that a problem. But newbies seem to worry about that.
The rain skirt is fabulous. It has enough movement to let me take long strides or climb stairs. It pairs well with the Purple Rain skirt, hiking pants, shorts, and even with nothing else under. I opted for the shorter version so that I didn't have it coming down to my ankles where it would get muddy or possible impair my stride.
Plus going to the bathroom is easier than having to tug down rain pants AND hiking pants/shorts.
It folds up and fits right into the side pocket on my Osprey Kyte. That's a pocket that is long but kind of shallow. I can fit the rain skirt and my short gators in there. My rain jacket always (for 20 years) has gone in the brain pocket on top. So my rain gear is all in places that don't require opening the main compartment of the pack. Plus I have bungee cord laced into the little loops on the back of the pack and I can always just hang the jacket or skirt through that to dry.
If I get over my video phobia I might make a video of my pack and it's contents. How I've adapted traditional wilderness backpacking techniques to the Camino walk.
 
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irishgurrrl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2012
Camino Finisterre Oct 2012
Le Puy Route (Le Puy-en-Velay to St Jean Pied de Port) April/May 2014
[Kilimanjaro Sept 2014]
Le Puy Route (Le Puy-en-Velay to St-Chely d'Aubrac) May 2015
[Stevenson Route, France - April 2016]
The Way of St Francis (Sansepolcro to Assisi) May 2016
[The West Highland Way, Scotland - Sept 2016]
[The Kerry Way, Ireland - March 2017]
Next up:
Camino Primitivo (Oviedo-Lugo) end April-mid May 2017
[Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal -- October 2017]
Have you hiked much in the rain skirt? Sounds like a cool product and I am wondering if it makes more sense than the poncho I planned to bring. Have a good rain jacket and pack cover. Also will be bringing the Purple Rain hiking skirt, so looks appealing to pair with that.
thanks for sharing!
I made my own rain skirt for hiking back in the day when rain skirts didn't exist for hikers. I really dislike wearing heavy or clammy rain pants but wanted to protect the top half of my hiking pants from getting soaked in rain. Plus I wanted the benefit of wearing a technical rain jacket that was breathable while benefiting from the length of a poncho. So I just cut off the bottom half of a good quality Altus poncho (sorry Altus!) and sewed in an elasticated waistband. Teamed with eVent gaitors they work really well in most climates. I use it on all my hiking trips apart from up on exposed mountains where exposure /hypothermia may be an issue. Love my rain skirt or rain squirt as I affectionately call it.
 

Susan Pio

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Aug-Oct 2012
Santiago-Finosterre Oct 2012
Primitivo Aug 2015 -incomplete broke ankle
Primitivo May 2017
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
Thanks for your list of essentials. It is always interesting to learn what others need. I leave Oveido on th 9th May to start the Primitivo by myself. My 83 year old father will be ahead of me. Susan
 

handzondeck2

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (x2); VdLP (x4); Portuguese (x2); Madrid (x2); S/Salvador, Primitivo, Ingles ('17) Camino 19 tba
Thanks for your list of essentials. It is always interesting to learn what others need. I leave Oveido on th 9th May to start the Primitivo by myself. My 83 year old father will be ahead of me. Susan
Hi Susan I'm walking from Madrid on 17th April and I'llbe on the Primitivo three days ahead. See you out there. :)
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
We arrive in Oviedo late on May 11th. Start walking on May 14th.
 

Paddington Bear

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
Great list.
I have pants just about exactly the same but made by Helly Hansen. So comfortable and easy to wash and dry. I can't wear zip off pants because my knees knock together and they would rub. I couldn't imagine how anyone could wear something so uncomfortable until I started taking notice of people walking and not everyone's knees knock together. :rolleyes:

I take toilet paper and a lighter. Your idea is probably much more environmentally sound. :cool:
 

MauraO

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances & Camino Portuguese
Hi Alaskadiver,
I love your list. I had never heard of a rain skirt and am now looking in my wardrobe with the same idea as Irishgurrrl!
Could you tell me where you got your shorts, are they for sleeping in? I have been looking for a while now and am unable to find something cosy, in a cotton material, (something like a man's boxer shorts only for a woman's fit?)
Also what weight is your pack?
Thanks
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Hi Alaskadiver,
I love your list. I had never heard of a rain skirt and am now looking in my wardrobe with the same idea as Irishgurrrl!
Could you tell me where you got your shorts, are they for sleeping in? I have been looking for a while now and am unable to find something cosy, in a cotton material, (something like a man's boxer shorts only for a woman's fit?)
Also what weight is your pack?
Thanks
I list the weight of my pack in the blog. Just shy of 13 lbs without water. I plan to carry 2-3 liters of water in my bladder since it's going to be very hot for me while I'm there and I drink a lot of water when I carry a pack.
My boxerbriefs are Men's ExOfficio. I could sleep in them but their primary use is for hiking in my Purple Rain skirt.I state the reason why on my blog as well :) Makes it easier to use the Pibella to pee standing up.
 

jaws101

Member
I've just been in the north of Spain and if the weather conditions continue you'll not need any wet weather gear! Still got to carry it tho! Enjoy. I hope to walk the Primitivo, possibly next year.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I've just been in the north of Spain and if the weather conditions continue you'll not need any wet weather gear! Still got to carry it tho! Enjoy. I hope to walk the Primitivo, possibly next year.
I noticed that in the weather updates I've been looking at. Very hot (for me) too. Thanks for the "on the ground" assesment appreciate it!
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
If the weather continues the way it is now, I'm going to be removing my silk long johns from my list. Way too hot for them. Depending on the long range forecast the day I leave, I may take out my rain skirt too. Mild drizzle doesn't bother me. I am taking this rain skirt for persistent downpours. If it looks like only occasional showers, then they will be left behind and just the jacket will come with me. But I'm from a tougher climate than 90% of you and never wear rain pants when temps are this high :)
Can't wait to see what the weather predictions look like!
 

Willigsu

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2018
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
On the way to REI for their fall sale to stock up for our CF next Apr-May. Can't thank you enough for your input!!!!!
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
On the way to REI for their fall sale to stock up for our CF next Apr-May. Can't thank you enough for your input!!!!!
Glad it was helpful :) My only equipment fail was going with hiking shoes instead of my trusty Vasque boots. I never did need the silk long johns as temps were in the 70s and 80s. I also never needed the long sleeve hiking shirt. It was just too hot to hike in anything but a t-shirt. It's a great shirt and have used it frequently here in Alaska for colder hiking.
Hope you had fun buying stuff :)
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
Wow @alaskadiver , I just had a look at your packing list and it is so detailed, something that'll be very useful for newbies(and not so newbies) I'm sure. Well done to have taken the trouble to comment post-Camino, too!
Your rain skirt sounds great, I too hate rain pants. Bought some for walking in the UK but felt like a sauna.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
alaskadiver, I was trying to read your blog, but couldn't seem to get rid of the panel on the left that wouldn't allow me to see the whole page. Is there a way to get rid of that?

If any one has time or the inclination to checkout my blog, My latest post is my packing list for our mid-May Camino Primitivo walk. You can leave comments on the blog or here if you like. It's easier to just look at the post than having to cut and paste stuff here. Especially since the blog post has pictures.
I'm not changing anything on the list at this point, so this is more of a list for anyone looking to get ideas. My husband and I are both very experienced backpackers and the items I chose are based on what I know works for ME. There are things on the list that some will like and others will hate. I also didn't include the items that my husband is carrying like the tiny ultra-light camping stove and Titanium cup to make me soup or whatever. He's insisting and that's that. I may have left out some minor things like reference to a guide or my passport, etc. Stuff that I normally carry on international trips. But if you think that I should add them for the sake of newbie readers, then please tell me. Thanks in advance for anyone who provides positive and friendly feedback.

http://www.musingsfromthelastfrontier.com/packing-camino-de-santiago/
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
alaskadiver, I was trying to read your blog, but couldn't seem to get rid of the panel on the left that wouldn't allow me to see the whole page. Is there a way to get rid of that?
I haven’t heard of anyone having this problem. Are you viewing it on a computer or phone?
It might be your settings on you display. The website is optimized for smartphones and computers. There is no reason for the side bar to be covering the post.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Curiosity sent me to have a look. I too see the panel but not how to get rid of it. I am viewing on an ipad. I will have another try. Images look so impressive!
Still the same.
And by the hokey, your attention to detail is, as my Canadian family members say, awesome! A wonderful resource.
 
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alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Curiosity sent me to have a look. I too see the panel but not how to get rid of it. I am viewing on an ipad. I will have another try. Images look so impressive!
Still the same.
And by the hokey, your attention to detail is, as my Canadian family members say, awesome! A wonderful resource.
There is no way for the end user to get rid of it. It is part of the design of the page. I just viewed it on my iPad and it was fine after I resized the main content part. Pinch and zoom in on the context section. You might have your iPad set up for larger text. But I could easily see the page in full. If you can get me a screen capture it will help me figure out what the issue is.
Thanks!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
There is no way for the end user to get rid of it. It is part of the design of the page. I just viewed it on my iPad and it was fine after I resized the main content part. Pinch and zoom in on the context section. You might have your iPad set up for larger text. But I could easily see the page in full. If you can get me a screen capture it will help me figure out what the issue is.
Thanks!
Thanks for that, but you know, it’s not essential, a flick every so often isn’t the end of the world. Have to run, being collected now to attend a meeting.
 

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