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Sleeping bags?

We are a couple of elderly folks (late 60s) who try to travel light and plan to do away with bulky sleeping bags as we intend to spend each night in private accom with a bed under our weary bodies.
Is it possible to find private accom at all stops and if not, is it possible to stay at the rufugio without sleeping bags?
We will start our walk on May 19th and if need be have to rush off and buy the bags right away.


Hi wichanee, 60 here.

I have a sleeping bag that's light/small enough to fit on the palm of my hand, been using it for a couple of years and it's worked out fine.

Is it possible to find private accom at all stops? Not at all stops, wichanee.

bpossible to stay at the rufugio without sleeping bags? Absolutely, but not recommended mostly for hygenic reasons. Some albergues will have bedclothing others not.

I'd suggest u seriously consider getting the sleeping bags and trying them out before you go. And do give albergues a try. Staying in them is an important part of the pilgrimage as u get to break bread with fellow-pilgrims from diff corners of the planet. I do like to stay in hotels/pensiones every few days, but mostly it can be a very memorable experience when u stay at a really nice refugio with an hospitalero/a + pilgrims that u will connect with.

Best, xm 8)


spursfan, the problem then would be that as u know there r places where there's no choice, unless they plan their journey in such a way where there r althernatives all the time. I've never planned my walks with this in mind, it should be interesting to fing out how it could be done. Best, xm 8)
I was trying to do some latitude by confirming that it's perfectly possible not to carry sleeping bags, especially if they're planning to stay in private hostels rather than refuges

They just need to give up a little flexibility by aiming to stop at places with private hostels (not found everywhere but very frequent) but bring a silk sleeping bag liner just in case they need to stay in a refuge once or twice

You may want to look at the ultralight sleeping bags. I just purchased a mummy style down bag that compresses into a bag the size of a football and weighs a mere pound. It is temperature rate to 32 degrees.


Hi spursfan, staid thinking about ur remark re: "in case they need to stay in a refuge once or twice." If ur talking about walking (any of the) Caminos am familiar with, I can't see how u will only be staying at an albergue "once or twice." It definitely will have to be many more times than that, unless the pilgrims in question do a careful planning where they walk from private acomm to private acomm. That's if they're walking, which am assuming they r. If not, no prob. Best, xm 8)
xm and all,
Thanks for your kind advice.
I read somewhere on this board that you may be able to overnight at private accom almost all the way so I asked the vital question for me and my husband whether we pack the sleeping bags or not. To be on the safe side, I have now decided to take the ultralight ones with us.
We are leaving Bangkok for New York tonight so no time to source it from home. Will be in NYC a week before flying off to Madrid. Any advice from New Yorkers here on the board where should I go to get the ultralight sleeping bags?
If you happen to see a pair of senior citizens with identical backpacks and identical walking boots starting the walk from Roncesvalles on May 19, give us a shove on the right direction towards SdC.
Will report back from time to time.
Wichanee & David


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spursfan, I was thinking...I believe u can do the C Portugues from private to private acommodations, no prob. Dunno about the other ones to what extent. Best, xm 8)

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