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Packing list: October 100km walk

Camino(s) past & future
October 2018?
#1
Hello :)

I am embarking on my first Camino on October 2nd 2018. I have read lots of packing lists, and done copious amounts of research to narrow mine down as much as possible. The reason I am posting it here is that I am yet to purchase several items on my list (these items are bolded) so I would like to be sure they are worth the money I plan to spend. A few notes before the list:
  1. I am very sensitive to the cold. I know that I will not be able to enjoy my walk (or my sleep) if I am not warm, so this is my main priority. I also really, really want to stay dry because I am miserable if I am wet!
  2. I have a 30L pack, and I am only walking the last 100ks from Sarria to Santiago (6-8 days). I am approx 59kgs, so I'm aiming for nothing heavier than 6kgs on my back.
  3. I will be purchasing some items here in Australia, and some in either Lisbon or Barcelona pre-Camino.
  4. I know not all of my items are fancy quick-dry heroes but I would prefer not to spend money on things like t-shirts if I can get away with cotton - but I am very open to advice, so if you really think it's worth the $$ please let me know.
Here is my list:

1) Sleeping
  • sleeping bag ($85 Decathlon)
  • pillowcase
  • noise cancelling earplugs ($15 HEAROS Xteme)
2) Clothing
  • 1 pair wool hiking socks ($25 Smartwool?)
  • 1 pair sock liners (??)
  • 1 pair cotton socks (for sleeping)
  • 2 pairs microfibre undies ($15 Bonds)
  • 1 bra
  • 1 Nike sports bra
  • 1 pair quick dry pants (Columbia Cascades Explorer Pants $35 or Helly Hansen HILD QD Pant $80)
  • 1 cotton t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve cotton top
  • 1 fleece jumper
  • North Face rain jacket
  • Rain pants ($19 Decathlon)
  • MacPac puffer jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots (Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Amped Leather Boots $150 - half size larger)
  • Jandals (aka flip flops aka thongs)
  • Beanie
  • Thermal long sleeve top (100% polypropylene)
  • Thermal leggings (100% polypropylene)
  • 1 pair shorts
3) Toiletries
  • Toothbrush + cover
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dr Bronner’s soap (shampoo, body wash, laundry soap)
  • Fash wash (travel size)
  • Tissues (car pack)
  • Comb
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline ($5)
  • Deodorant
  • Microfiber towel
  • Moisturiser (travel size)
  • Hand sanitiser
4) First-Aid
  • Safety pin
  • Band-aids x 3
  • Ibuprofen x 5
  • Compeed or moleskin (buy on Camino?)
  • Prescription medications
5) Electronics
  • Earphones
  • iPhone
  • Adaptor
  • Portable charger
  • Portable charger cord
  • Phone charger cord
6) Miscellaneous
  • Water bottle (300ml) (buy a second one?)
  • Pegless clothesline ($2 Kmart)
  • Ziploc bags for waterproofing + trash
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel umbrella
  • Small journal + pen
  • Backpack rain cover ($10 Decathlon)
  • Snack bars or trail mix
7) Valuables
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Pilgrim credential
Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom!

Sinead
 

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#2
Hello :)

I am embarking on my first Camino on October 2nd 2018. I have read lots of packing lists, and done copious amounts of research to narrow mine down as much as possible. The reason I am posting it here is that I am yet to purchase several items on my list (these items are bolded) so I would like to be sure they are worth the money I plan to spend. A few notes before the list:
  1. I am very sensitive to the cold. I know that I will not be able to enjoy my walk (or my sleep) if I am not warm, so this is my main priority. I also really, really want to stay dry because I am miserable if I am wet!
  2. I have a 30L pack, and I am only walking the last 100ks from Sarria to Santiago (6-8 days). I am approx 59kgs, so I'm aiming for nothing heavier than 6kgs on my back.
  3. I will be purchasing some items here in Australia, and some in either Lisbon or Barcelona pre-Camino.
  4. I know not all of my items are fancy quick-dry heroes but I would prefer not to spend money on things like t-shirts if I can get away with cotton - but I am very open to advice, so if you really think it's worth the $$ please let me know.
Here is my list:

1) Sleeping
  • sleeping bag ($85 Decathlon)
  • pillowcase
  • noise cancelling earplugs ($15 HEAROS Xteme)
2) Clothing
  • 1 pair wool hiking socks ($25 Smartwool?)
  • 1 pair sock liners (??)
  • 1 pair cotton socks (for sleeping)
  • 2 pairs microfibre undies ($15 Bonds)
  • 1 bra
  • 1 Nike sports bra
  • 1 pair quick dry pants (Columbia Cascades Explorer Pants $35 or Helly Hansen HILD QD Pant $80)
  • 1 cotton t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve cotton top
  • 1 fleece jumper
  • North Face rain jacket
  • Rain pants ($19 Decathlon)
  • MacPac puffer jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots (Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Amped Leather Boots $150 - half size larger)
  • Jandals (aka flip flops aka thongs)
  • Beanie
  • Thermal long sleeve top (100% polypropylene)
  • Thermal leggings (100% polypropylene)
  • 1 pair shorts
3) Toiletries
  • Toothbrush + cover
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dr Bronner’s soap (shampoo, body wash, laundry soap)
  • Fash wash (travel size)
  • Tissues (car pack)
  • Comb
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline ($5)
  • Deodorant
  • Microfiber towel
  • Moisturiser (travel size)
  • Hand sanitiser
4) First-Aid
  • Safety pin
  • Band-aids x 3
  • Ibuprofen x 5
  • Compeed or moleskin (buy on Camino?)
  • Prescription medications
5) Electronics
  • Earphones
  • iPhone
  • Adaptor
  • Portable charger
  • Portable charger cord
  • Phone charger cord
6) Miscellaneous
  • Water bottle (300ml) (buy a second one?)
  • Pegless clothesline ($2 Kmart)
  • Ziploc bags for waterproofing + trash
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel umbrella
  • Small journal + pen
  • Backpack rain cover ($10 Decathlon)
  • Snack bars or trail mix
7) Valuables
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Pilgrim credential
Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom!

Sinead
Duplicates long sleeve cotton shirt and thermal long sleeve. Fleece jumper and puffy jacket? Swap cotton socks for second pair of wool.Consider lighter shoes as leather boots won’t dry. Travel umbrella? Good list, ultreya
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2019)
#3
Hello :)

I am embarking on my first Camino on October 2nd 2018. I have read lots of packing lists, and done copious amounts of research to narrow mine down as much as possible. The reason I am posting it here is that I am yet to purchase several items on my list (these items are bolded) so I would like to be sure they are worth the money I plan to spend. A few notes before the list:
  1. I am very sensitive to the cold. I know that I will not be able to enjoy my walk (or my sleep) if I am not warm, so this is my main priority. I also really, really want to stay dry because I am miserable if I am wet!
  2. I have a 30L pack, and I am only walking the last 100ks from Sarria to Santiago (6-8 days). I am approx 59kgs, so I'm aiming for nothing heavier than 6kgs on my back.
  3. I will be purchasing some items here in Australia, and some in either Lisbon or Barcelona pre-Camino.
  4. I know not all of my items are fancy quick-dry heroes but I would prefer not to spend money on things like t-shirts if I can get away with cotton - but I am very open to advice, so if you really think it's worth the $$ please let me know.
Here is my list:

1) Sleeping
  • sleeping bag ($85 Decathlon)
  • pillowcase
  • noise cancelling earplugs ($15 HEAROS Xteme)
2) Clothing
  • 1 pair wool hiking socks ($25 Smartwool?)
  • 1 pair sock liners (??)
  • 1 pair cotton socks (for sleeping)
  • 2 pairs microfibre undies ($15 Bonds)
  • 1 bra
  • 1 Nike sports bra
  • 1 pair quick dry pants (Columbia Cascades Explorer Pants $35 or Helly Hansen HILD QD Pant $80)
  • 1 cotton t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve cotton top
  • 1 fleece jumper
  • North Face rain jacket
  • Rain pants ($19 Decathlon)
  • MacPac puffer jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots (Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Amped Leather Boots $150 - half size larger)
  • Jandals (aka flip flops aka thongs)
  • Beanie
  • Thermal long sleeve top (100% polypropylene)
  • Thermal leggings (100% polypropylene)
  • 1 pair shorts
3) Toiletries
  • Toothbrush + cover
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dr Bronner’s soap (shampoo, body wash, laundry soap)
  • Fash wash (travel size)
  • Tissues (car pack)
  • Comb
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline ($5)
  • Deodorant
  • Microfiber towel
  • Moisturiser (travel size)
  • Hand sanitiser
4) First-Aid
  • Safety pin
  • Band-aids x 3
  • Ibuprofen x 5
  • Compeed or moleskin (buy on Camino?)
  • Prescription medications
5) Electronics
  • Earphones
  • iPhone
  • Adaptor
  • Portable charger
  • Portable charger cord
  • Phone charger cord
6) Miscellaneous
  • Water bottle (300ml) (buy a second one?)
  • Pegless clothesline ($2 Kmart)
  • Ziploc bags for waterproofing + trash
  • Sunday
  • Travel umbrella
  • Small journal + pen
  • Backpack rain cover ($10 Decathlon)
  • Snack bars or trail mix
7) Valuables
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Pilgrim credential
Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom!

Sinead
One thing to consider is what you will wear when your clothes are drying. I would definitely bring at least two pair of hiking socks and liners. I like the Smartwool PhD medium cushion hiking socks. They don’t dry quickly though. I also think only one pair of pants is cutting it too fine. It can get cold in October. If your pants are hanging on the line all you’ll have is a pair of shorts to wear about town. Also, I’d invest the extra money to get quick dry t-shirts, long and short sleeved. If you don’t want to be wet and cold, then cotton is not your friend. I’d ditch the umbrella. You’ve got rain gear and the sun is not that intense in October. Finally, a I’d also forget the clothesline. It is not necessary.
 

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#4
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  1. I know not all of my items are fancy quick-dry heroes but I would prefer not to spend money on things like t-shirts if I can get away with cotton - ...

Cotton in October = high risk of hypothermia when wearing cotton and getting wet! Fancy fast drying t-shirts are not expensive anymore, just look of no-name items / Decathlon etc.

Buen Camino, SY
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
#5
Hi there, I got my brand name hi quality light weight quick dry clothing at liquidation stores in Canada I predominantly shopped at Winners (Marshalls) I also got a Tilley hat there (not what I would normally wear but it sure helped in the Sun/Wind/Rain and snow) . You do not have to spend a fortune on what you are bringing, You can easily carry 6 kg as I did and even then I could have dropped close to another kilo for things I found I didn't need. I would also bring some moleskin from home as it's there when you need it as opposed to after you needed it.
 

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Sarria - Santiago 2016 Camino Ingles Oct 2018
#6
I did Sarria - Santiago in Feb 2016. Rained for 4 out of 5 days, but it was a great experience.

Just a few small things jumped out from your list. The boots look like overkill. Hiking shoes or trail runner are all you need, but get whatever is most comfortable. Maybe the most comfortable for you will be the boots. Just give yourself time to break them in.

I don't think you need the umbrella if you have rain gear. I would think that it's one or the other. I only went with rain gear, which worked well.

Finally your water bottle(s). I just bought water at 7-11 or a grocery store and reused those bottles.

Have fun!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean
2014, 2016 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
#7
Hello :)

I am embarking on my first Camino on October 2nd 2018. I have read lots of packing lists, and done copious amounts of research to narrow mine down as much as possible. The reason I am posting it here is that I am yet to purchase several items on my list (these items are bolded) so I would like to be sure they are worth the money I plan to spend. A few notes before the list:
  1. I am very sensitive to the cold. I know that I will not be able to enjoy my walk (or my sleep) if I am not warm, so this is my main priority. I also really, really want to stay dry because I am miserable if I am wet!
  2. I have a 30L pack, and I am only walking the last 100ks from Sarria to Santiago (6-8 days). I am approx 59kgs, so I'm aiming for nothing heavier than 6kgs on my back.
  3. I will be purchasing some items here in Australia, and some in either Lisbon or Barcelona pre-Camino.
  4. I know not all of my items are fancy quick-dry heroes but I would prefer not to spend money on things like t-shirts if I can get away with cotton - but I am very open to advice, so if you really think it's worth the $$ please let me know.
Here is my list:

1) Sleeping
  • sleeping bag ($85 Decathlon)
  • pillowcase
  • noise cancelling earplugs ($15 HEAROS Xteme)
2) Clothing
  • 1 pair wool hiking socks ($25 Smartwool?)
  • 1 pair sock liners (??)
  • 1 pair cotton socks (for sleeping)
  • 2 pairs microfibre undies ($15 Bonds)
  • 1 bra
  • 1 Nike sports bra
  • 1 pair quick dry pants (Columbia Cascades Explorer Pants $35 or Helly Hansen HILD QD Pant $80)
  • 1 cotton t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve cotton top
  • 1 fleece jumper
  • North Face rain jacket
  • Rain pants ($19 Decathlon)
  • MacPac puffer jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots (Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Amped Leather Boots $150 - half size larger)
  • Jandals (aka flip flops aka thongs)
  • Beanie
  • Thermal long sleeve top (100% polypropylene)
  • Thermal leggings (100% polypropylene)
  • 1 pair shorts
3) Toiletries
  • Toothbrush + cover
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dr Bronner’s soap (shampoo, body wash, laundry soap)
  • Fash wash (travel size)
  • Tissues (car pack)
  • Comb
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline ($5)
  • Deodorant
  • Microfiber towel
  • Moisturiser (travel size)
  • Hand sanitiser
4) First-Aid
  • Safety pin
  • Band-aids x 3
  • Ibuprofen x 5
  • Compeed or moleskin (buy on Camino?)
  • Prescription medications
5) Electronics
  • Earphones
  • iPhone
  • Adaptor
  • Portable charger
  • Portable charger cord
  • Phone charger cord
6) Miscellaneous
  • Water bottle (300ml) (buy a second one?)
  • Pegless clothesline ($2 Kmart)
  • Ziploc bags for waterproofing + trash
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel umbrella
  • Small journal + pen
  • Backpack rain cover ($10 Decathlon)
  • Snack bars or trail mix
7) Valuables
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Cash
  • Pilgrim credential
Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom!

Sinead
Definitely not cotton. Wool or synthetic. The boots of whatever make need to be broken in. I train for weeks which is the time to do so. Don’t be fixated on 6 kg as an extra 1 kg will be ok if you have done the training with the backpack on and loaded. I must have waterproof gloves. Hard to get light weight good ones. SealSkin ones work but are expensive.
You will get help along the way so don’t be too anxious.
Happymark
 

Mark McCarthy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
#8
30 litres means you will be tight for space. Most Albergues have blankets. If you pm me I can give you a list of recommended Albergues on this section. So for space rather than weight reasons I would go with the decathlon silk liner plus Albergue provided blankets. In terms of boots, if they feel good spend the money, it is your feet that get you there; treat them well. In terms of cotton versus synthetic go synthetic; I agree with Sybille, it is worth every cent. Similarly good earplugs are worth the money. I have not tried them myself but flare earplugs are meant to be the best. A backpack rain cover is essential although hopefully you will never need to use it. I hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Najera Sept. 2017; Najera to Leon (Sept. 2018)
#9
I would definitely advise to avoid cotton. It doesn't wick moisture from your body when walking, it takes forever to dry and it's heavy. So, no cotton shirts or socks. Wool, wool, wool! For blisters, I used a wonderful product called Hikers Wool from New Zealand. At the first sign of any discomfort on my feet, I wrapped a little bit over the affected area and it prevented blisters. I did end up with one blister because I didn't wrap it right away but once wrapped, it healed nicely with no messy bursting etc. Sounds like you are all set! Buen Camino!
 

Bblake

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (Sept 2018)
#10
I’m walking Sarria to Santiago starting Sept 18th. I’m packing significantly lighter such as no coat or gloves. For those who have walked at this time do you think this is fine?
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#11
I’m walking Sarria to Santiago starting Sept 18th. I’m packing significantly lighter such as no coat or gloves. For those who have walked at this time do you think this is fine?
Santiago is in Galicia. Its gonna rain in Galicia! Chances are you will need some form of waterproof, jacket or poncho. Ive seen pilgrims get rid of their raingear after the Pyrenees only to regret it later. Gloves up to you though.

Davey
 

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
#13
Certainly to each their own. And I understand the comfort of not feeling panicky about missing something you might need. You will learn for yourself just what you need. But I read your post and thought "wow, what a lot of stuff!!" I.e. two long sleeve shirts plus a sweater plus two different jackets!

Certainly no benefit to a pair of cotton socks. Better with two pair of hiking socks. You can wear one of those to bed.

Umbrella + rain pants + rain jacket + pack cover seems maybe overkill. Don't need a clothesline.

I wouldnt personally bring a hat and gloves. In the unlikely occasion i needed them , I'd stick socks on my hands and put my hood up.

That said...you won't be carrying that bag long so the extra weight may not seem as difficult as for a longer walk.

Enjoy!
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#14
Forget the water bottle. Buy a bottle of water in Sarria and replace it every day or two.

Bring only one bra...it is enough for the time you are there. With layering some of us skip the bra while walking.

BTW...5 dollars is a lot for vasoline?

In the mornings in October it can be cold so you might need the gloves.

Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#15
Bring only one bra...it is enough for the time you are there. With layering some of us skip the bra while walking.
Buen Camino!
Nah, bring two bras. You get sweaty, even when it rains...(Especially when it rains!).
It is nice to have clean underwear to start the day.
Unless you’re happy to walk without one.... I did once, when I lost one of mine lol
Replaced it quickly in Burgos though.

Buen camino!
 

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
#16
Forget the water bottle. Buy a bottle of water in Sarria and replace it every day or two.

Bring only one bra...it is enough for the time you are there. With layering some of us skip the bra while walking.

BTW...5 dollars is a lot for vasoline?

In the mornings in October it can be cold so you might need the gloves.

Buen Camino!
I literally just returned from the store, shopping for a sports bra, where I said to myself, as I bemoaned trying to house the DD's, 'I envy anyone who doesn't need to bother with a supportive bra'. Walk without?!?!!? Good heavens.

I may, however, consider walking without underwear. I just can't find the right ones and they're also a source of nuisance!
 
Camino(s) past & future
October 2018?
#18
Thank you everyone for all your wise advice!
  • Your resounding "DON'T TAKE COTTON" has been duly noted, and I now plan to spend a little on some quick dry/merino wool gear.
  • I've also purchased (after several days of agonizing decision-making) the Teva Arrowood Lux Mid boot. They're lightweight and waterproof and will hopefully serve me well before and after my Camino walk.
  • I've ditched the clothesline, umbrella and puffer jacket, added an extra set of socks, another pair of hiking pants and will be taking some lambswool leftover from my dancing days for blister prevention.
  • Will continue to research and consider silk liner + (potentially bed bug infested) albergue blanket vs. sleeping bag.
Thanks again for all your wisdom and suggestions! :)
 

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