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Sleeping bag needed if staying in hotels rather than alberques?

gertrong415

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Hoping for summer (2020)
Will be walking from September 7-19 and due to COVID, have decided to stay in hotels rather than albergues. I am thinking I might not need to bring a sleeping bag. I wonder what experienced pilgrims think.
 
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In hotels I suspect you won’t, myself…I love my light bag, and would rather have it and not need it , etc. etc.
My concern would be if you needed to change plans for any reason you have limited your options . However, we used to say in the military…”Travel light, freeze at night”.
So afraid I have been of no value to you at all, except to say have a fantastic time!
 
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henrythedog

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You will categorically not need a sleeping bag.

I, being aged, well funded and not (according to Mrs Henrythedog) sufficiently house-trained to share a room with, always use private accommodation. Sleeping bags are not needed.
 

gertrong415

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Hoping for summer (2020)
In hotels I suspect you won’t, myself…I love my light bag, and would rather have it and not need it , etc. etc.
My concern would be if you needed to change plans for any reason you have limited your op. However, we used to say in the military…”Tavel light, freeze at night”.
So afraid I have been of no value to you at all, except to say have a fantastic time!
Will probably take a sleeping bag liner as emergency back up. Only a 2 week adventure in early September. Hopefully will not actually freeze. 🤪
 
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Albertagirl

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Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I would say that, if you have all your accommodation booked and none of it is albergues, you will definitely not need a sleeping bag. But if you have not made bookings you might find that some locations with few accommodations are full when you arrive or attempt a last minute booking. Most of us in this forum, whoever can travel, seem to be going to walk caminos in September.
 
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Bedding has always been available. Same with Casa rurals. The pillows can really suck sometimes, though. :)
Yes, pillows-can suck. I always bring a pillow case to stuff with dirty clothes. This separates clean from dirty in your pack and can be repurposed as a pillow(but with clean clothing).
 

davebugg

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2019
Yes, pillows-can suck. I always bring a pillow case to stuff with dirty clothes. This separates clean from dirty in your pack and can be repurposed as a pillow(but with clean clothing).
On more than one occasion i have used a stuff sack that contains my extra clothing :)
 
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Kathar1na

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Will probably take a sleeping bag liner as emergency back up. Only a 2 week adventure in early September. Hopefully will not actually freeze. 🤪
I carried a silk sleeping bag liner in my backpack over large sections of the Camino Frances - I walk sections, like you apparently do this time. I don't avoid albergues but I avoid shared dormitories whenever and wherever I can and, in Spain at least, I always managed to sleep in private rooms in albergues, casa rurales and hotels. I never needed to pull the liner out of its small bag but on occasion I needed blankets for more warmth which were always available, either in the room or upon request. However, this may have changed due to Covid-19 related hygiene measures. So I think your decision to take a liner is a wise one. Buen camino.
 
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Will be walking from September 7-19 and due to COVID, have decided to stay in hotels rather than albergues. I am thinking I might not need to bring a sleeping bag. I wonder what experienced pilgrims think.
If you are only staying in hotels then the sleeping bag is completely unnecessary.
 
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My wife and I stayed in private albergues / casa rurals during our 2019 camino. Every place provided bed linens and towels, so not necessary. Same with soap and shampoo. We have confirmed reservations for private rooms with private bathrooms for our camino beginning mid-Sept. Bob
 
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Planning on the pilgrimage 2015
Will be walking from September 7-19 and due to COVID, have decided to stay in hotels rather than albergues. I am thinking I might not need to bring a sleeping bag. I wonder what experienced pilgrims think.
I'm a big fan of bringing a light sleeping bag. I used mine almost every night while staying in allergies. Buen camino
 
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Walking the French Way Sept.-Oct. (2017)
I walked the Frances route in September, October of 2017. Because I have sleep apnea, I required a power source each night for my sleeping apparatus. It would not be easy to find a bed in the albergues with a power outlet, so I arranged accommodation for the entire trip. I did not need a sleeping bag. I did carry a silk liner but never used it. If you are staying in hotels, you will not need a sleeping bag. A heavy backpack is a burden you want to avoid. Only take items you need, not those you might need. You can always purchase those items on the trail. Buen Camino.
 

lt56ny

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2021
Will probably take a sleeping bag liner as emergency back up. Only a 2 week adventure in early September. Hopefully will not actually freeze. 🤪
If you are walking in early September you will without a doubt NEVER need a sleeping bag in a hotel. I have never been in a hotel/pension that not only had blankets/towels/linens but didn't have extra blankets in a drawer or closet. I have spent many months in Europe over the years, on and off the Camino and have never encountered anything different. I would never take a sleeping bag if I was walking and finishing anytime before the end of October. I would just use my sleep sack and those few days that may be chilly just wear extra clothes.
 

jltheobald

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2021
We walked in the Fall of 2019 and stayed principally in hotels, Casa Rurals, etc. We each carried a .43 kg sleeping bag and used it on several occasions, especially in October as we approached/entered Galicia. One contributing factor is that we are desert dwellers and prefer things a bit warmer. Another contributing factor is that most of the hotels have their heaters on timers and the rooms were simply not warm enough for us (I.e., in the 16-20 C range). It really depends on the individual and what they're used to. Unless I am walking in July or August (not likely), I'll still carry the lightweight bag.
 
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TinaB

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From Leon to Santiago
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Planning on walking in September 2019
Will be walking from September 7-19 and due to COVID, have decided to stay in hotels rather than albergues. I am thinking I might not need to bring a sleeping bag. I wonder what experienced pilgrims think.
The first time I walked the Camino I ended up posting my sleeping bag back home to lighten the load as I stayed in hotels and Casa rurals after Orisson. The second time I bought a very light fleece type bag which folded very small for Orisson and just in case. Buen Camino.
 

2ndCaminho

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2018
just added on to this, then , a question from me, is a sleeping bag even required in the albergues.

walked the frances in 2018 and carried a bag. pulled it out once to use as a blanket but otherwise used my own liner and the provided blankets.

are blankets provided in portuguese albergues at all / usually / not at all?

planning on the nascente in april 2023 - so far away but still in lockdown here in Australia!
 
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Inglese 2021
Definitely not. I just walked the Camino Ingles and booked private rooms. I did find my silk sleeping bag liner useful for the warm nights, because it was lighter than the hotel sheets.
 
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