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Sleeping bag a MUST in October?

Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2018
#1
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Camino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra weight at home if possible.
 

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KinkyOne

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#2
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Camino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra weight at home if possible.
Welcome to the forum!

I didn't walk in October but knowing the terrain on CF for first two weeks (rather hilly in the beginning) I would say bring a sleeping bag if you plan to stay in albergues. Of course it depends how cold is cold for you and what kind (temps/weight) of sleeping bag you want to bring.
But if you plan to stay in private accommodation then don't bring it.

Buen Camino!
 
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#3
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Camino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra weight at home if possible.
You need something to sleep in. Most albergues don't provide bedding beyond a disposable bottom sheet and pillowcase. Many people bring just a silk liner and rely on albergue blankets for warmth. However, not all albergues supply blankets, and some look pretty iffy. I bring a silk liner and very small down blanket that I tuck inside the silk liner for warmth. I've needed to use the blanket in July, so I'm sure that you'll nerd something in October. My sleep gear weighs just 12 ounces.
 

Marbe2

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#4
We are leaving on Oct 3 From SJPDP and heading for Santiago. We are staying overnight in Orisson and we may need a sleeping bag as well. By the time we get to Leon we will need sleeping bag for sure. I would at least bring a liner...mine is silk. I am bringing a lite sleeping bag -1lb. If you have a liner, you can always pile all your clothes on at night in the liner. I do not like to wear so much at night so the sleeping bag or a lite blanket as trecile suggests would be sufficient. If you only stay in private rooms sleeping gear won’t be necessary!
 
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Del Norte Sept 2018
#5
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Camino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra weight at home if possible.
I’m on the Camino Del Norte and most places have some type of bedding but my sleeping bag is .7 pounds. Better to have because not all places have bedding. Plus controls bed bugs
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2018
#7
You need something to sleep in. Most albergues don't provide bedding beyond a disposable bottom sheet and pillowcase. Many people bring just a silk liner and rely on albergue blankets for warmth. However, not all albergues supply blankets, and some look pretty iffy. I bring a silk liner and very small down blanket that I tuck inside the silk liner for warmth. I've needed to use the blanket in July, so I'm sure that you'll nerd something in October. My sleep gear weighs just 12 ounces.
Love this idea a silk liner and a small down blanket (I already have). I’ll have to try it out at home first and see if I stay warm enough. Thanks!
 

jozero

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#9
Shoulder seasons can be very tricky to pack for. One year October can be the end of summer with sunny blue skies where the next year it is the beginning of winter with snow on the ground. I used a down quilt with a +2C spec in April/May and was happy to have it as it was cold many nights. For the few extra ounces/grams I know I would take a decent quilt or bag with me as getting a good, relaxing night of sleep is a top priority for me.
 
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#11
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Camino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra weight at home if possible.
I always bring a sleeping bag. A light one. The weather can vary greatly and even at the height of Summer I have been cold in some places.
Unless you can be sure you only sleep in hotels, then I’d say bring one. If you don’t mind the cold, then it can only be a ‘liner’ bag... But you will need something!
 
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April/May 2019
#12
I wouldn't go without. In fact my really good light sleeping bag got lost moving so I just got a new one at 680 grams for less than 20£. Saving weight does not have to be costly, especially as one only needs a one season bag sleeping indors all the way...
Can I ask what brand you purchased and would it suffice in April do you think?
 
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#14
Hello!

I’m new to this forum but have found a wealth of information here. I’ll be walking the Cat saidmino from St. Jean beginning 10/2 for two weeks. I know the weather can be tricky this time of year but I’m wondering if it’s absolutely necessary to bring a sleeping bag. A friend told me I don’t need one. (?!) Do most places have bedding or would I need to stay in hotels each not (and I know they’re not in every town). Your thoughts are appreciated. Would love to leave the extra s at home if possible.
A sleeping bag is not necessary in October. The weather that time of the year should be mild. That said, if you encounter cooler climes, alburgues have warm blankets if needed. You also have the option of staying in pension's which are generally very comfortable (think private bathroom and shower) and affordable. If I were you, I would take a silk liner and leave the bag and weight behind.
 

hotelmedicis

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#15
Do you like to be warm at night, cozy in bed? If so, then take a lightweight (500g) sleeping bag. Not all places have blankets, and believe me, some of the blankets I've seen I wouldn't want touching my body. And Spain is second only to Switzerland for mountains and on the CF you'll be spending the night in some places over 900 meters in elevation. Chilly! I walked in July one year and I was almost frozen in my fleece sleeping bag liner. Never again.
 

tpmchugh

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#16
Welcome to the forum!

I didn't walk in October but knowing the terrain on CF for first two weeks (rather hilly in the beginning) I would say bring a sleeping bag if you plan to stay in albergues. Of course it depends how cold is cold for you and what kind (temps/weight) of sleeping bag you want to bring.
But if you plan to stay in private accommodation then don't bring it.

Buen Camino!
I walked from St Jean starting in September with last two weeks in October. It was fine weather and my fleece liner was sufficient. The last two days in Santiago were quite chilly so if I had been in an albergue it could have been cold enough for a bag. But then weather can be a strange thing. The previous year I walked in April and it was unseasonably warm. Got into May and it was freezing at nights. Apart from Xunta and parochial albergues, many had blankets available. Some I was not sure about using but most were OK. I would say a sleeping bag would be sensible. A light weight one with a liner. If the weather is great you can leave it behind somewhere, if not so good, you will be sorry you did not bring it
 

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