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The stuff we carried.

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Donante Vitalicio
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Camino Infinito
#2
Thank you Mrs. Susan and Mr. Rene for the information. I have read your blog entry. We have the same type of backpacks [Sirrus and Stratus] but without the water bladders. I like to carry individual water bottles. I don't leave home without the moisturizing cream for the feet (this is in reference to one of your comments in the blog entry). Again, thank you, y que Dios los Bendiga (God Bless you).
 
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Camino Le Puy Fall 2015
#4
What did you use for a towel?
Hi ScooterB,
We had a very small quick dry towel which we never ended up using. Our accommodation was private rooms in gites, bed and breakfasts and some small hotels. We choose to rent towels where we knew we wouldn't be provided a towel with the basic room rate.
Overall it was a bit more expensive than staying in communal gites and carrying a towel but it was the way we chose to travel.
Susan and René.
 
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I have visited the Cathedral in 2011, but not in a pilgrimage. I plan to go within the next 3 or 4 years by my 50th birthday.
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please see signature
#6
Our accommodation was private rooms in gites, bed and breakfasts and some small hotels.
Susan and Rene, thank you

I am absolutely fascinated by your blog as I intend to start for Le Puy in the first week in April. Your signature photo is stunning.

I looked in vain at your pack list for a sleeping bag. Then I recalled your accommodation arrangements and suspect you had tops sheets and/or blankets as required.
 

Ahhhs

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SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
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#7
I did not carry "shower shoes" or flip flops for the shower. Never missed them and rarely saw anyone else wearing footwear in the showers.
 

Janet P

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April ('16)
#8
This forum was a wealth of information as we planned our trip October 2015 for the Le Puy route.
I wanted to share our packing list.
Also the blog entry that we created for packing with pictures:
http://renesusan2015.blogspot.ca/2015/09/preparation-packing.html
Susan and Rene.
Thanks so much for sharing. 2 questions: if you don't mind me asking, what were the daily pads for, and you didn't take any shower shoes/flip flops. I am trying to decide about Tevas because I thought they would be good for shower shoes and to wear in the evenings, but I am worried about being cold with the low due to be around 40F.
Thanks!
 
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Camino Le Puy Fall 2015
#9
Hi Janet,
Thank you for reading our blog!
We didn't bring flip-flop/shower shoes because of our choice of accommodation: private rooms in gites, bed and breakfasts and small hotels.
Wet Tevas take a while to dry. Also they are quite heavy.
The daily pads are for feminine cleanliness. We found that there were very few toilets on the Le Puy route and so I mostly urinated outdoors (away from the trail). If you use toilet paper, then it should be carried to the next garbage or toilet. This requires a plastic bag. I wasn't willing to use toilet paper and carry it out, nor was I willing to litter (there is so much toilet paper on the trail), so I used a daily mini pad. I have lots of outdoor experience and I've found that this way works best for me.
Susan.
 
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Spring 2016
#12
This forum was a wealth of information as we planned our trip October 2015 for the Le Puy route.
I wanted to share our packing list.
Also the blog entry that we created for packing with pictures:
http://renesusan2015.blogspot.ca/2015/09/preparation-packing.html
Susan and Rene.

Hi! How did you resupply small necessary items--like Kleenex, handiwipes, TP, hand lotion, Advil, etc. ? Do shops/stores carry little travel sizes of everything, or did you have to purchase larger quantities, keep what you needed, and toss the rest? Or, should I just plan to carry what I need for the whole trip, knowing my pack will lighten along the way? Thanks for any advice!
 
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Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#13
Hi! How did you resupply small necessary items--like Kleenex, handiwipes, TP, hand lotion, Advil, etc. ? Do shops/stores carry little travel sizes of everything, or did you have to purchase larger quantities, keep what you needed, and toss the rest?
Yes, stores have those things - after all, 250,000 pilgrims pass through those towns every year! Shopping in a foreign store is part of the travel adventure. I like to carry enough for a week at a time.
 
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Spring 2016
#14
Yes, stores have those things - after all, 250,000 pilgrims pass through those towns every year! Shopping in a foreign store is part of the travel adventure. I like to carry enough for a week at a time.

Thanks! This will definitely help me with my planning. I leave in just a few months!
 
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Wet Tevas take a while to dry. Also they are quite heavy.
The daily pads are for feminine cleanliness. We found that there were very few toilets on the Le Puy route and so I mostly urinated outdoors (away from the trail). If you use toilet paper, then it should be carried to the next garbage or toilet. This requires a plastic bag. I wasn't willing to use toilet paper and carry it out, nor was I willing to litter (there is so much toilet paper on the trail), so I used a daily mini pad. I have lots of outdoor experience and I've found that this way works best for me.
Susan.
BRAVO!!!!! On both counts, but especially on not using loo paper for the little peedrops. Plus if you get blisters on tje bottom of your feet they help for comfort and gathering liquid.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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Hi! How did you resupply small necessary items--like Kleenex, handiwipes, TP, hand lotion, Advil, etc. ? Do shops/stores carry little travel sizes of everything, or did you have to purchase larger quantities, keep what you needed, and toss the rest? Or, should I just plan to carry what I need for the whole trip, knowing my pack will lighten along the way? Thanks for any advice!
You do not need kleenex, or hand wipes. That is what your clothes are for. o_O Hand lotion? This is the camino. Leave kt at home and drizzle a few drops of olive oil at linch and dinner. Painkillers? The most common shop in Spain is the drugstore, often without a prescription and at ridiculous prices. This being said, apparently the "advil" in Spain in
3 times the dosis it is in the US, so watch your tummy.
 
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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#18
You do not need kleenex, or hand wipes. That is what your clothes are for. o_O Hand lotion? This is the camino. Leave kt at home and drizzle a few drops of olive oil at linch and dinner. Painkillers? The most common shop in Spain is the drugstore, often without a prescription and at ridiculous prices. This being said, apparently the "advil" in Spain in
3 times the dosis it is in the US, so watch your tummy.
I agree with everything you said!
I do carry a handkerchief for peeing and wash it out each night.
 

Ahhhs

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SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#19
You're lucky you didn't come home with a nasty gift of fungus. lol!
Nope. I've traveled a lot and camped a lot and it's never happened to me or any of my traveling companions. How common is this problem?
 
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Camino Le Puy Fall 2015
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Hi! How did you resupply small necessary items--like Kleenex, handiwipes, TP, hand lotion, Advil, etc. ? Do shops/stores carry little travel sizes of everything, or did you have to purchase larger quantities, keep what you needed, and toss the rest? Or, should I just plan to carry what I need for the whole trip, knowing my pack will lighten along the way? Thanks for any advice!
Hi Dee Bright,
We had planned on carrying everything we needed so we made a small kit of essentials. We used very little of some of it: Purel once, 2 Tylenols, a couple of band-aids, toilet paper once. We did not use the duct tape, safety pins, sewing kit, alcohol wipes, or packs of tissues (although we're glad we had them with us). We used up the rest: shampoo, toothpaste, floss. We had brought too much sunscreen but we used a surprising amount of it given that it was October.
I did not plan for face cream but I bought a small tube of it in Le Puy just before we left. Not a beauty issue, a dryness issue.
I agree with C clearly, it is fun to shop in foreign stores. In smaller towns in France the little grocery store is very well stocked with whatever you may need.
As for buying larger quantities and tossing the rest: yes. Just don't thrown it in the garbage, find someone to give it to. I left something with one of the volunteers at the abbey in Conques and she said she'd put it in the first aid/emergency kit.
Susan and René.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#21
Nope. I've traveled a lot and camped a lot and it's never happened to me or any of my traveling companions. How common is this problem?
It's very common, especially in dorm showers where they may not be sanitized after each use:

https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/athlete-s-foot-how-to-prevent

It is also NOT simple to get rid of once you have it.
It is a fungal infection and is a type of ringworm.
If you haven't picked it up, you are just lucky, imo.
 
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