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Pillow or pillow case?


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Does one need to bring their own pillow or pillow case? Just really wondering as I like a clean pillow!!
Thanks...interested in hearing from anyone!
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Most albergues have pillows but your own pillowcase is useful. Mspath

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Don't forget pillows vary in shape. Your case may not fit. We take those ?rayon? sarongs which weigh very little to wrap around what ever is available. Also useful for decent returns from the shower without having to put clothes over damp skin. Another solution is to use a T-shirt as a pillow case.


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I don't usually get involved in equipment questions, but, I take a small soft "bolster" type pillow (rounded - like) which tucks into the hood of my sleeping bag. When I had back problems last year I stuffed it into the bit between the small of my back and my backpack. I used it to sit on watch the fireworks in SDC, and driving home slid it behind my neck for that long way back to southern Spain. By the time I got back it had taken on sacred status!
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I take an old threadbare pillow case left over from when the children were young (now 38 and 39) -so yes, they are old, but dry very quickly. They never fit the pillow properly. Sometimes I slip it over as much of the pillow as possible, sometimes I just put it over the top of the pillow. However, I wouldn't go without some pillow covering (a sarong or an Arabic keffieh can also do the trick). Anne
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Best bang for your buck - a sarong. You know where it's been.:

1. Pillowcase (wrap around your other clothes)
2. Wear coming out of the shower or when ALL your clothes are being washed
3. Shawl in the evening when it's cool
4. Skirt with a t-shirt for a really dressed up look for dinner :wink:
5.Tablecloth for a picnic lunch

Versatile, doesn't weight much. IMO



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it's been a couple of years now, so my memory might be faulty, but I don't remember finding many pillows at all in the albergues. I usually used my fleece jacket as a headrest...
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There are pillows everywhere, so you don't need that. But they are often kinda icky looking.

However, I do think a pillow case is good. It means your head is on something (relatively) clean, and it is also good for keeping valuables safe while sleeping(passport, ipod, wallet, etc), as well as a flashlight so as to be ready for the next day. And since it is a bag, you don't have to worry about those things falling out in the night. A pillow case takes up so little room/space that I think it is worth it given the benefits.
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The sarong is a great idea, Lynn.

When I'm sleeping, I keep my valuables (passport, money) deep in the footbox of my sleeping bag. If I get up to go to the toilet, my valuables go with me. NEVER leave them... never.


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I walked the Camino Ingles and Camino Finisterre in Apr, and there were pillows, with disposable pillowcases and sheets in all the Xunta albergues, as well as in the couple of private albergues I used.

I carry two very light (~25gm each) packing cells, and add to the pillow height by filling these and placing them under the pillow. At other times I have used a combination of clothes and packing cells, even boots, to get a comfortable 'pillow'arrangement.


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Yes, on the brief time I was on the Camino, pillows were provided. Sometimes with cases, sometimes without. When without, I would use my liner as a cover.

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