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Trent L.

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Hello, I'm 18 and from Texas. I will be walking the Camino Frances this June-July solo. I'm used to hot weather, however I am still very pale skinned and get burned up easily even with sunscreen. I've read some articles saying that there was little shade along the walk, so I'm concerned in that regard. I plan on wearing a bucket hat with a cover on the back neck. Do I still need to wear long sleeve shirts and pants every day?Also how many sets of clothes should I pack, and are there washing and drying machines in the towns?
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Go to Academy and buy some long sleeved synthetic fishing shirts and convertible (long pants to shorts via zippered legs) fishing pants.
Columbia is a good brand for those.
Actually, Academy has all the stuff you need to walk the Camino.


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As far as washing clothes goes - most people wash at least their underwear and socks daily, and every few days you can go in with other pilgrims on a load of wash in a machine, usually no need to machine dry, because they come out of the washing machine so dry that when you hang them up they are completely dry in an hour or so if the sun is out - especially in the summer.
Lots of people, me included, like merino wool shirts because they are naturally wicking, and don't get stinky like synthetics. They are expensive though. Look for Smart Wool and Icebreaker brands. It might seem crazy to wear wool in the summer, but believe me, when you are wearing lightweight merino it works.
Basically you bring two sets of clothes, one to wear, and while those are washing/drying you put on your other set. I do recommend an extra pair of socks so that you can change into dry socks during the day.
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At risk or making sure everyone keeps their distance when I walk the Camino next year, as I may be relegated to the 'stinky or smelly' Columbia and Eddie Bauer are in most of the outlet malls and they sell long sleeve shirts and trousers which have a high SPF factor. I tend to use Eddie's shirts and they are SPF 50, which should be enough unless global warming accelerates geometrically next year or the sun goes nova!

jo webber

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This might sound odd, but here goes.
At 5ft tall and 110 lbs, I buy large or x-large, long sleeve, men's fishing shirts.
I want it very loose when it's hot out.
I can wear a t'shirt, jacket or whatever over it if I need warmth.
The long sleeves keep the sun off my arms.
The long sleeves can be used to cover my hands if they might burn.
The long sleeves (worn as a base layer) can be tucked into my gloves.
The long tail, or length of the shirt helps keep my bum warm when it is cold. :)
Fishing shirts have a high UV protection system, are vented and light weight.
They are white and will get dirty, stained and look awful by the time I reach Santiago. I don't care.


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If you burn easily even with sunscreen, I would advise long trousers and a long-sleeved, loose shirt.
I bring shorts (or a long sundress) for the evenings but choose to walk in a long skirt that protects the back of my legs.
Choose the lightest (in weight) that you have.
All the albergues have hand-washing facilities and hanging lines. There are more and more washing machines available too, you can share a wash with another pilgrim (cost is about 3€ and it includes washing powder).
In June/July, you only need two sets of clothes, the one you washed will be dry by the morning.
Socks: I bring 3 pairs.
Also bring something for chilly mornings or evenings (a light fleece?) and something to protect you (and your pack) from the rain.
Buen camino :)

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