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Useful Items from the Dollarstore to take with ? On a budget

Salty

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#1
I am planning our 1st Camino and are looking at costs and our budget. So far I am thinking to get the right gear per adult will be about $900 CAD. I plan on buying an Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack and the best, most comfy shoes and socks I can find. I do love the Dollarstore. What items can I pick up from there to help my budget please ? So far I have bought laundry mesh white bags to put clothes in ( as a clothes organiser and to wash clothes in, when sharing the washing machine with other ) and a small Tupperware type of plastic container to carry with me to put fruit and food in that might get squashed otherwise. I will have enough room in my backpack for a light weight small container.
 

Salty

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#4
Thank you for all the useful tips. I appreciate. I am also thinking of a sink plug / stopper, a buff / scarf / sarong , packing cubes, Vaseline ( to prevent blisters) and a hairband to tie up my hair. How about the cheap poncho's from the Dollarstore ? Will they hold up when you hold them down with some tie downs perhaps ? Dental floss for repairs to your pack, boots, clothing, and use it as a clothes line, and maybe keep your teeth sparkling as well. Also Dollarstore might have some cheap lightweight nylon shoulder bag to use as carry on and to the shower and to do grocery shopping with.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#6
I love the Dollar Store! I have purchased many of the items listed above. I also love their super cheap twin sheet sets, only $5.50 US. I take the bottom fitted sheet sprayed with Permathrin and the pillowcase (not sprayed). These weigh very little and fold up small. They make me feel clean in any albergue bed and extra protection from the bedbugs. Also have purchased bandanas, $1, used as a face washcloth in the morning, then tie on my backpack to dry.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#10
Spork, USB charger with two or three ports, maybe a small insulated cooler bag to keep food in. Ziploc-style plastic bags (always come in handy) and perhaps some wet wipes. Cheap flip-flops for the shower?
Might be better to buy a European charger in the Spanish equivalent the Tienda Chino? Cooler bag? How long do you intend to carry the food? :)
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#11
Thank you for all the useful tips. I appreciate. I am also thinking of a sink plug / stopper, a buff / scarf / sarong , packing cubes, Vaseline ( to prevent blisters) and a hairband to tie up my hair. How about the cheap poncho's from the Dollarstore ? Will they hold up when you hold them down with some tie downs perhaps ? Dental floss for repairs to your pack, boots, clothing, and use it as a clothes line, and maybe keep your teeth sparkling as well. Also Dollarstore might have some cheap lightweight nylon shoulder bag to use as carry on and to the shower and to do grocery shopping with.
Don't forget - you buy it, you have to carry it!
 

KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#12
I walked ten Caminos with my 20 y/o Kilimanjaro backpack (maybe it was 50€), with old cotton socks which I throw away when they get holes, ordinary boxer undies, cotton T-shirts for 1€ (until I got tech ones in albergue donativo boxes), cotton hat for 2€, chinese sleeping bag from Hofer for 9,95€, shorts from chino store for 3€, walking poles for 8€ and still working after 15 years, I admit I bought a poncho for 20€, but my fleece jacket is 10 y/o and was a present, I bought all of my shoes/boots (always Salomon) on season sales for not much more than 35€ and I could go on.
Go ahead and spend a fortune for something that will maybe be just an episode in your life. Camino IS my life but I don't need much. Or to put it more correctly I rather spend the money on beer and food ;)

Anyway happy planning and Buen Camino @Salty !
 
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Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#13
Sounds like you are going to manage your budget just fine! It took me till my third camino to think of the net bags...buen camino
I love those net laundry bags and only $1.20 US. They make absolutely no noise, you can still see inside and since I line my pack with a trash compactor bag they do not need to be waterproof.
 
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Camino de Santiago
#20
I am planning our 1st Camino and are looking at costs and our budget. So far I am thinking to get the right gear per adult will be about $900 CAD. I plan on buying an Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack and the best, most comfy shoes and socks I can find. I do love the Dollarstore. What items can I pick up from there to help my budget please ? So far I have bought laundry mesh white bags to put clothes in ( as a clothes organiser and to wash clothes in, when sharing the washing machine with other ) and a small Tupperware type of plastic container to carry with me to put fruit and food in that might get squashed otherwise. I will have enough room in my backpack for a light weight small container.
Hi we picked up much the same kind of stuff. White laundry bags etc. small bottles to put olive oil. Basaltic, Salt container. By taking a few condiments you can save a fortune on lunch.( Buy you own roll with cheese and Tomato) Get a knife with gold out blade. Cut tomatoes. Just don’t go crazy in dollar store. Cheap ziplocks are cheap for a reason. You will be using each item everyday cheap crap fails. A cheap recharging cord can fray. Poncho no way pretty sure it will tear. It’s cheap for a reason. Ok for back up. For blisters but Compeed when you get to Europe. Better range.
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte for April (2019) possible Primitivo
#24
Might be better to buy a European charger in the Spanish equivalent the Tienda Chino? Cooler bag? How long do you intend to carry the food? :)
Definately agree. I bought one in Europe a couple years ago has 3 USB ports..I was able to charge more than one thing at a time and share with others
 
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El Norte 2016
#25
I am planning our 1st Camino and are looking at costs and our budget. So far I am thinking to get the right gear per adult will be about $900 CAD. I plan on buying an Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack and the best, most comfy shoes and socks I can find. I do love the Dollarstore. What items can I pick up from there to help my budget please ? So far I have bought laundry mesh white bags to put clothes in ( as a clothes organiser and to wash clothes in, when sharing the washing machine with other ) and a small Tupperware type of plastic container to carry with me to put fruit and food in that might get squashed otherwise. I will have enough room in my backpack for a light weight small container.
Forget the expensive back pack buy a Rolser 4 wheel trolley with thermos pack at the front for €60, it will carry 35kgs with nothing on your back. You can put two peoples needs inside and when it’s tough on the Camino both of you can pull it together. Makes light work of the Camino and you can even have space for a tent, thus solving the problem of overcrowded Alburges and it lets you live the experience in comfort.
 
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I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
#27
I walked ten Caminos with my 20 y/o Kilimanjaro backpack (maybe it was 50€), with old cotton socks which I throw away when they get holes, ordinary boxer undies, cotton T-shirts for 1€ (until I got tech ones in albergue donativo boxes), cotton hat for 2€, chinese sleeping bag from Hofer for 9,95€, shorts from chino store for 3€, walking poles for 8€ and still working after 15 years, I admit I bought a poncho for 20€, but my fleece jacket is 10 y/o and was a present, I bought all of my shoes/boots (always Salomon) on season sales for not much more than 35€ and I could go on.
Go ahead and spend a fortune for something that will maybe be just an episode in your life. Camino IS my life but I don't need much. Or to put it more correctly I rather spend the money on beer and food ;)

Anyway happy planning and Buen Camino @Salty !
So Salomon boots are the biz!
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#28
So Salomon boots are the biz!
For me @Telboyo . You have to find it out for yourself ;)

But I do have some rock climbing and mountaineering experience and roughly I know what to expect from different brands. Pretty soon I came over Salomons (was on Scarpa and La Sportiva for climbing shoes, Merrell and some local brands for boots) so I guess I was lucky.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#29
Forget the expensive back pack buy a Rolser 4 wheel trolley with thermos pack at the front for €60, it will carry 35kgs with nothing on your back. You can put two peoples needs inside and when it’s tough on the Camino both of you can pull it together. Makes light work of the Camino and you can even have space for a tent, thus solving the problem of overcrowded Alburges and it lets you live the experience in comfort.
I'm trying to figure out if you're being serious here :) I'm also trying to imagine hauling a shopping bag on wheels down the slope from the Sierra del Perdon or from Reigo into Molinaseca and just can't see it working.
 
Camino(s) past & future
El Norte 2016
#30
I'm trying to figure out if you're being serious here :) I'm also trying to imagine hauling a shopping bag on wheels down the slope from the Sierra del Perdon or from Reigo into Molinaseca and just can't see it working.
So far I have completed el Norte and parts of VDLP over 1,000km, with my Rolser 4 wheel shopping trolley. My own needs amount to 12kg, which leaves so much room to help others. Especially those who have blisters and burnt shoulders. I carry on a good day three bottles of vino blanco, cheese and biscuits to share at lunch and also someone else’s back pack. The wine stays cold, the bag is water proof and the happiness I spread is palpable. When it’s tough with your backpack, it’s tough with the shopping trolley, the rest of the time I am streets ahead. Relaxed and laughing. I am from Tasmania.
 
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Northern Way (2017)
#31
I got a hand-me-down backpack, but65L size... super comfy but on the big side. So my dollar store purchases:

-two packing cubes(rectangular bags for packing clothes). Made for brilliant mornings and nights cuz nothing fell to the bottom of the back pack.
-toothbrush
-mini ziplocks for pills, bandaids, blister care stuff. I could use the first aid stuff from home, but not take more than I wanted.
-freezer ziplocks (2) as back up for squeeze tubes. In case they popped open.
-bar of soap
-synthetic fabric rags/face clothes. Two different colours. Handy for drying benches wiping down my sweaty forehead.
-a glorious and ridiculous “straw” hat with flowers. It made me smile and kept sun off my very pale skin.
- dental floss
-squeeze tubes. Which failed the leak test when I tried it at home. They got left at home.
-safety pins.
-cheap notebook and pen. Which died. But the notebook was fine.

I bought a camp towel from an outdoor store. The towel was fine but speedy. The little drawstring satchel it came in ended up being perfect as my bathroom bag. It held a little bottle of shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. It made it a little easier so I didn’t have to carry the bag with the other “in case I need it”.

I would bring a hook and a better way of storing soap (I hate slimy soap).

Do test anything that you want to hold liquids. I have had bad (and good) experiences with water bottles and the aforementioned squeeze tubes. You don’t want to discover a poorly sealing container when you open your pack at the end of the day.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#32
So far I have completed el Norte and parts of VDLP over 1,000km, with my Rolser 4 wheel shopping trolley. My own needs amount to 12kg, which leaves so much room to help others. Especially those who have blisters and burnt shoulders. I carry on a good day three bottles of vino blanco, cheese and biscuits to share at lunch and also someone else’s back pack. The wine stays cold, the bag is water proof and the happiness I spread is palpable. When it’s tough with your backpack, it’s tough with the shopping trolley, the rest of the time I am streets ahead. Relaxed and laughing. I am from Tasmania.
Amazing! Keep up the good work :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Casino del Norte 2015 in part, Camilo del Norte 2016 finish in 2017.
#33
Thank you for all the useful tips. I appreciate. I am also thinking of a sink plug / stopper, a buff / scarf / sarong , packing cubes, Vaseline ( to prevent blisters) and a hairband to tie up my hair. How about the cheap poncho's from the Dollarstore ? Will they hold up when you hold them down with some tie downs perhaps ? Dental floss for repairs to your pack, boots, clothing, and use it as a clothes line, and maybe keep your teeth sparkling as well. Also Dollarstore might have some cheap lightweight nylon shoulder bag to use as carry on and to the shower and to do grocery shopping with.
Don’t skimp on rainwear. In a downpour for couple of days you need gear to hold up. Get Gortex. Pricey but will last. Get the Pak Towel in sports store or the chami from an auto store. Definitely a Swiss Army knife. Mine is always with me home or away next. Buen Camino.
Orford Girl.
 

Salty

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#34
Thank you for all the very useful tips. I am making lists of all the good suggestions and ideas. I cant wait to get to the Dollar stores, I visit several different ones and now have a new shopping list, so to speak. This is very exciting ! Planning for our Camino and seeing so much support and fantastic useful info on this message board.

I am planning on prepping food for us for breakfast and lunch most days, I read about the yummy breads and fresh fruit along the way. I am now thinking to pick up from the Dollar store a lightweight plastic dinner plate to prep food on and that made me think , maybe I should pick up one of those thin plastic see through cutting boards for prepping as well. I plan on cutting the cut board smaller, it does not weigh much and can be useful. If not I can always donate it at the alberque. We plan on only carrying small back pack each day with food, water, extra pair of shoes and socks and will be sending our bigger bags ahead. What is your advise on bringing a plastic plate and cutting board please ?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#35
Buy a backpack that will

1) pass as carry-on and suits you well.
2) It will serve you 2 purposes: You do not have to wait in the baggage line, wasting time, and you will not pack thing you really don't need.
3) If you know nou will need it, bring ig on. If you tyhink you'll need it, leave it at home.
 
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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#36
We plan on only carrying small back pack each day with food, water, extra pair of shoes and socks and will be sending our bigger bags ahead.
Is there a reason why you can't carry your backpacks? Since you are on a budget you can save a lot of money by not paying to have them sent every day.
 

Salty

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#37
I plan on buying an Osprey Kestrel 38 which is carry on size and I will be very careful with weight and things I will pack. I just dont know what is available in a alberque kitchen mostly, and with the Dollar store stuff so cheap, I am thinking to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Hence sending the big bag everyday ahead :)
 

Salty

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#38
Is there a reason why you can't carry your backpacks? Since you are on a budget you can save a lot of money by not paying to have them sent every day.
LOL I am so afraid that I will have a hard time with my feet and carrying my bag. My plan is at least for the 1st week to send the bag ahead. If by week 2, I am still alive and not whispering "Buen Camino" through my clenched teeth, I might carry the bag.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#39
I am thinking to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Hence sending the big bag everyday ahead :)
Don't. Spain is cheap. Learn what you need, and buy it along the way. Spain is a VERY civilised country. Learn by experience, and take it easy the first 4-5 days.

I plan on buying an Osprey Kestrel 38 which is carry on size and I will be very careful with weight and things I will pack
Wise.
 
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KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#40
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I am planning on prepping food for us for breakfast and lunch most days, I read about the yummy breads and fresh fruit along the way. I am now thinking to pick up from the Dollar store a lightweight plastic dinner plate to prep food on and that made me think , maybe I should pick up one of those thin plastic see through cutting boards for prepping as well. I plan on cutting the cut board smaller, it does not weigh much and can be useful. If not I can always donate it at the alberque. We plan on only carrying small back pack each day with food, water, extra pair of shoes and socks and will be sending our bigger bags ahead. What is your advise on bringing a plastic plate and cutting board please ?
Why don't you bring a tupperware (of desired measurements/volume) and use the lid to cut fruits, chorizo, bread etc. All of this you can store while walking in that same tupperware. Also you can use it to heat up the food in microwave ovens.

I did it on all my Caminos and I still didn't managed to cut through the lid ;)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#41
Thank you for all the very useful tips. I am making lists of all the good suggestions and ideas. I cant wait to get to the Dollar stores, I visit several different ones and now have a new shopping list, so to speak. This is very exciting ! Planning for our Camino and seeing so much support and fantastic useful info on this message board.

I am planning on prepping food for us for breakfast and lunch most days, I read about the yummy breads and fresh fruit along the way. I am now thinking to pick up from the Dollar store a lightweight plastic dinner plate to prep food on and that made me think , maybe I should pick up one of those thin plastic see through cutting boards for prepping as well. I plan on cutting the cut board smaller, it does not weigh much and can be useful. If not I can always donate it at the alberque. We plan on only carrying small back pack each day with food, water, extra pair of shoes and socks and will be sending our bigger bags ahead. What is your advise on bringing a plastic plate and cutting board please ?
I took a thick plastic plate (not see through) and loved it. Worth its weight in gold imo and no cutting board needed. It was great for picnicing; cutting your bread, and cheese, (if buying better quality cheeses) to make bocadillas, etc. Ofcourse you need a knife. Lol.
 
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future
#43
I got a hand-me-down backpack, but65L size... super comfy but on the big side. So my dollar store purchases:

-two packing cubes(rectangular bags for packing clothes). Made for brilliant mornings and nights cuz nothing fell to the bottom of the back pack.
-toothbrush
-mini ziplocks for pills, bandaids, blister care stuff. I could use the first aid stuff from home, but not take more than I wanted.
-freezer ziplocks (2) as back up for squeeze tubes. In case they popped open.
-bar of soap
-synthetic fabric rags/face clothes. Two different colours. Handy for drying benches wiping down my sweaty forehead.
-a glorious and ridiculous “straw” hat with flowers. It made me smile and kept sun off my very pale skin.
- dental floss
-squeeze tubes. Which failed the leak test when I tried it at home. They got left at home.
-safety pins.
-cheap notebook and pen. Which died. But the notebook was fine.

I bought a camp towel from an outdoor store. The towel was fine but speedy. The little drawstring satchel it came in ended up being perfect as my bathroom bag. It held a little bottle of shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. It made it a little easier so I didn’t have to carry the bag with the other “in case I need it”.

I would bring a hook and a better way of storing soap (I hate slimy soap).

Do test anything that you want to hold liquids. I have had bad (and good) experiences with water bottles and the aforementioned squeeze tubes. You don’t want to discover a poorly sealing container when you open your pack at the end of the day.
Regarding the slimy soap, I brought 2 small net bags with gathered tops into which I put the bar of soap after showering. I then hung the bag somewhere on the bunk using a carabiner to let it dry overnight. The hardest part is not forgetting it the next morning. My solution to that was to attach one of those pink strings one of the backpack transport companies used for the envelopes (I'd have used red but I couldn't find a red one at the time I needed it). I didn't have to buy anything as I had all that at home. The 2nd bag was just in case I forgot the bag somewhere - even before I left, I realized that would be the biggest challenge - lol!
I also used the mini-ziplocks for lots of small lose-able items.
 
#45
Laundry bag? Carried it until I realized that I never used it. The same thing happened with the Buff I purchased. Also, it had only one use. It is important to use one thing for many things, if at all possible. That is how pack weight can be drastically reduced and make every step that much easier. Just the essentials.
 

iWander

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
March (2019)
#46
Laundry bag? Carried it until I realized that I never used it. The same thing happened with the Buff I purchased. Also, it had only one use. It is important to use one thing for many things, if at all possible. That is how pack weight can be drastically reduced and make every step that much easier. Just the essentials.
Buffs can be worn multiple ways. That's the point of them. Check youtube for demonstrations
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#49
Buffs can be worn multiple ways. That's the point of them. Check youtube for demonstrations
On my first Camino in mid April 2015 I contracted a cold and one of the most painful sore throats with phlegm I've ever had, after my 3rd night in an albergue. The weather was still quite chilly, so I used my BUFF around my neck, but pulled up over my nose so I didn't have to breathe in the cold air. It felt quite cozy and soothing, and used it that way for at least a week.
 

SusanMB

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012)
Camino Portuguese (2014)
Camino Via de la Plata (April/May2016)
Norte (2017)
#50
I'm trying to figure out if you're being serious here :) I'm also trying to imagine hauling a shopping bag on wheels down the slope from the Sierra del Perdon or from Reigo into Molinaseca and just can't see it working.
Exactly and nor will it work on the Norte.
 

Tobym1973

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
French Way, San Jan to Estella 2018 plan to continue it in 2019 or do the Portuguese Way
#51
a bum bag
power bank
repellent
anti septic
anti histamine
Ibuprofen (the camino drug :p )
Sandals
plastic bags and ziplock bags
Buen Camino;)
 
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El Norte 2016
#52
Exactly and nor will it work on the Norte.
Glad to see you are so certain about the shopping trolley not working on el Norte. So my Camino from San Sebastien to Santiago with my trolley carrying two packs (my friend was 74 then) using el Norte was a dream and didn’t happen. Just checking, asking for a friend.
 

SusanMB

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Camino Frances (2012)
Camino Portuguese (2014)
Camino Via de la Plata (April/May2016)
Norte (2017)
#53
For me the Norte is a beautiful camino. However it involves many up hills, down hills, walks on the beach, narrow tracks in parts, road walking in parts. We are 73 and 78 so a lightweight backpack is far easier to manage than any form of pulling and/or pushing a trolley.
 
Camino(s) past & future
El Norte 2016
#54
For me the Norte is a beautiful camino. However it involves many up hills, down hills, walks on the beach, narrow tracks in parts, road walking in parts. We are 73 and 78 so a lightweight backpack is far easier to manage than any form of pulling and/or pushing a trolley.
I am trying to figure out why you make a declaration that one size fits all and that ‘not will it work on the Norte’. I made it up and down those hills, along the beaches and narrow tracks. As I pointed out when it’s hard for the backpacker it’s hard with a trolley. Some folks like to walk 40kms a day some folks 5kms a day, is that a problem? Personally I wonder about why some people are so judgemental of change, differences and innovation. I enjoy my trolley, it’s cooling thermos pack, the quiet without the clack clack clack of unnecessary walking poles, it’s steadying Zimmer frame handles, the cup holder, it’s cheapens my travel by euros per day and the fact I can have a bruise free, blister free and I don’t have to judge anybody to make myself feel better.
 

domigee

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CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#55
I am trying to figure out why you make a declaration that one size fits all and that ‘not will it work on the Norte’. I made it up and down those hills, along the beaches and narrow tracks. As I pointed out when it’s hard for the backpacker it’s hard with a trolley. Some folks like to walk 40kms a day some folks 5kms a day, is that a problem? Personally I wonder about why some people are so judgemental of change, differences and innovation. I enjoy my trolley, it’s cooling thermos pack, the quiet without the clack clack clack of unnecessary walking poles, it’s steadying Zimmer frame handles, the cup holder, it’s cheapens my travel by euros per day and the fact I can have a bruise free, blister free and I don’t have to judge anybody to make myself feel better.
I am glad it works for you :cool: it does sound great.
I must add, to be fair, that I met three ladies who walked with trolleys (on the CF this Summer) and .. by Larrasoaña they just couldn’t cope with them anymore. I learnt they had arranged to send them ahead after that.
You obviously made it work, not everyone does. I wish those three ladies had met you! :)
 

Jodean

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22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
#58
Mesh bags to keep my clothing organized and plastic clothespins. I like these better than safety pins as your stuff doesn't slide down the line. At 4gr. each, this is a reasonable weight.
 
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Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
#59
Mesh bags to keep my clothing organized and plastic clothespins. I like these better than safety pins as your stuff doesn't slide down the line. At 4gr. each, this is a reasonable weight.
@Jodean
I prefer clothespins too. But use safety pins for all very light items, or the wind may carry away lighter items when the clothespins don't attach them as firmly. I lost some underwear.
 

Salty

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Planning : Camino Frances - Sept 2019
#60
- Shoe Foot insert liners - I bought all the types the Dollar Store has ( they even sell Dr Scolls ) to insert into my Crocks and I added some glue on the bottom. Works like a charm inside Crocks for a much softer comfortable step.

- Baby Face Cloths - They come in packets of 4 and are the size of a mans hand and thin. Will be very helpful early mornings to attach to my pack on the front to help with a runny nose and/ or sweat later in the day. Can we washed every night.
 
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Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#63
I prefer large safety pins to clothespins as the item stays put on the line in any wind, they take up no room in the pack, and never get taken by others who sometimes assume all clothespins are owned by the albergue. They do have two negatives; the clothes can slide on a sagging line, and they can sometimes put a snag in wicking fabrics if not carefully placed. Clothes pins often break or get taken by others.
 
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Camino Del Norte for April (2019) possible Primitivo
#64
I prefer large safety pins to clothespins as the item stays put on the line in any wind, they take up no room in the pack, and never get taken by others who sometimes assume all clothespins are owned by the albergue. They do have two negatives; the clothes can slide on a sagging line, and they can sometimes put a snag in wicking fabrics if not carefully placed. Clothes pins often break or get taken by others.
Agreed and a good idea I read in another post you can use the pins to pin your waist pack or money belt on your waist band in case someone cuts the straps. It’s secure it further and you would feel if someone pulls on it
 
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#65
I prefer large safety pins to clothespins as the item stays put on the line in any wind, they take up no room in the pack, and never get taken by others who sometimes assume all clothespins are owned by the albergue. They do have two negatives; the clothes can slide on a sagging line, and they can sometimes put a snag in wicking fabrics if not carefully placed. Clothes pins often break or get taken by others.
I like pins too. The lines are usually some kind of threaded twine and if you push the pins through, they'll stay in place and won't slide.
 
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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#67
Never thought of that. Good idea!
I ran into a lot of plastic coated clotheslines, which you can't stick a safety pin through. I prefer to use regular clothes pins (pegs) if there are some already on the line. I carry mini clothes pins from the craft store to use if there are no others available.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#68
I ran into a lot of plastic coated clotheslines, which you can't stick a safety pin through. I prefer to use regular clothes pins (pegs) if there are some already on the line. I carry mini clothes pins from the craft store to use if there are no others available.
You also can't use safety pins on the drying racks that many albergues set up.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#69
Agreed and a good idea I read in another post you can use the pins to pin your waist pack or money belt on your waist band in case someone cuts the straps. It’s secure it further and you would feel if someone pulls on it
I also use them to hang clean wet socks (or whatever) from my backpack to dry if they are still wet in the morning.
 

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Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#71
Thank you for all the useful tips. I appreciate. I am also thinking of a sink plug / stopper, a buff / scarf / sarong , packing cubes, Vaseline ( to prevent blisters) and a hairband to tie up my hair. How about the cheap poncho's from the Dollarstore ? Will they hold up when you hold them down with some tie downs perhaps ? Dental floss for repairs to your pack, boots, clothing, and use it as a clothes line, and maybe keep your teeth sparkling as well. Also Dollarstore might have some cheap lightweight nylon shoulder bag to use as carry on and to the shower and to do grocery shopping with.
BE CAREFUL WITH VASOLINE! The brandname is tested for purity, but petroleum jelly made in foreign countries and sold in the dollar store may have toxic components in them. I would not buy any medications or personal hygiene items in a dollar store.
 

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