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Walking Without Rain Gear

witsendwv

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My husband and I are walking the Camino Ingles from 24 Sept to 30 Sept. I am watching the weather and can't decide whether or not to take full rain outfits. According to Accuweather the forecast changes daily, but still looks like nice weather for that week. My hesitation is that we are staying in Spain for another four weeks after walking and we will not need rain wear then. What ever we do after the camino an umbrella will suffice. Not carrying a rain jacket and pants will certainly decrease the weight and volume of things in our packs. I do not mind getting wet while I walk especially if it is warm. We walked the Coastal Portuguese in Nov/Dec a few years ago, and while it was not cold it was so rainy that we were wet both inside and outside our rain gear.
 
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@witsendwv, Perhaps instead of 'full rain gear' you might consider just a poncho & the umbrella you're already taking...that's all I ever carry.
A poncho is lightweight, squashable & offers coverage for you & your pack.

You're obviously concerned about not taking anything or you wouldn't be asking...so maybe a poncho is the solution; insurance, options & peace of mind.
Happy trails!
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J Willhaus

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@witsendwv, Perhaps instead of 'full rain gear' you might consider just a poncho & the umbrella you're already taking...that's all I ever carry.
A poncho is lightweight, squashable & offers coverage for you & your pack.

You're obviously concerned about not taking anything or you wouldn't be asking...so maybe a poncho is the solution; insurance, options & peace of mind.
Happy trails!
👣 🌏
It does rain a lot in Galicia.
 
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Having walked the Ingles, and been rained upon for a good number of hours, I suggest at the least that you get a really good cover for your rucksack. I have a poncho that weighs little and I carry it no matter what. I zip off the legs of my trousers in the rain. My legs are waterproof. Enjoy the Ingles Camino, it is well worth doing.
 

RRat

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My husband and I are walking the Camino Ingles from 24 Sept to 30 Sept. I am watching the weather and can't decide whether or not to take full rain outfits. According to Accuweather the forecast changes daily, but still looks like nice weather for that week. My hesitation is that we are staying in Spain for another four weeks after walking and we will not need rain wear then. What ever we do after the camino an umbrella will suffice. Not carrying a rain jacket and pants will certainly decrease the weight and volume of things in our packs. I do not mind getting wet while I walk especially if it is warm. We walked the Coastal Portuguese in Nov/Dec a few years ago, and while it was not cold it was so rainy that we were wet both inside and outside our rain gear.
Not a problem. You can always buy something there if you need rain gear. Or make it a rest day. Worse case you'll get wet, I doubt you'll melt. Make sure to bring ziplock bags for your credential, passport, and important papers.
 

henrythedog

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On the Frances September through March I’ve carried and used full waterproofs; although I tend to walk in shorts 28 days is a long enough time to get miserable.

On the Ingles in October I took a light ‘paclite’ jacket and a pack cover which was sufficient.

As J says, above, it does rain quite frequently in Galicia.

Make the decision nearer the time?
 

kitepuppet

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"Did it rain six days ago or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is Galicia, one of the wettest most rain prone parts of Europe and could soak you straight to the bone, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya?"

Apologies to Dirty Harry!
 

norfolk-keith

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My husband and I are walking the Camino Ingles from 24 Sept to 30 Sept. I am watching the weather and can't decide whether or not to take full rain outfits. According to Accuweather the forecast changes daily, but still looks like nice weather for that week. My hesitation is that we are staying in Spain for another four weeks after walking and we will not need rain wear then. What ever we do after the camino an umbrella will suffice. Not carrying a rain jacket and pants will certainly decrease the weight and volume of things in our packs. I do not mind getting wet while I walk especially if it is warm. We walked the Coastal Portuguese in Nov/Dec a few years ago, and while it was not cold it was so rainy that we were wet both inside and outside our rain gear.
Hi pilgrims The forecast is very changeable at the moment but very rarely will you get two continuous days of rain and ad you’re only walking the week it’s really not worth the additional baggage and weight. Go with your gut feeling and just enjoy your walk. Keith from Norfolk Buen Camino
 
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trecile

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Hi pilgrims The forecast is very changeable at the moment but very rarely will you get two continuous days of rain and ad you’re only walking the week it’s really not worth the additional baggage and weight. Go with your gut feeling and just enjoy your walk. Keith from Norfolk Buen Camino
If they only have a limited number of days to walk it seems that they won't be able to take an extra day to wait out the rain.

I don't know what "full rain gear" is for the OP, but I would take something for the rain that would enable me to keep walking and stay on schedule.
 
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jeanineonthecamino

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My husband and I are walking the Camino Ingles from 24 Sept to 30 Sept. I am watching the weather and can't decide whether or not to take full rain outfits. According to Accuweather the forecast changes daily, but still looks like nice weather for that week. My hesitation is that we are staying in Spain for another four weeks after walking and we will not need rain wear then. What ever we do after the camino an umbrella will suffice. Not carrying a rain jacket and pants will certainly decrease the weight and volume of things in our packs. I do not mind getting wet while I walk especially if it is warm. We walked the Coastal Portuguese in Nov/Dec a few years ago, and while it was not cold it was so rainy that we were wet both inside and outside our rain gear.
At a minimum - make sure your pack has a cover. You don't want all of your gear to be wet. That said - what will the temps be at that time? I know in the summer I can take or leave the personal rain gear and allow myself to get wet and dry as I walk after the rain stops. You can do that as long as you have dry gear to change into (thus reinforcing the need for a good pack cover). Personally I bring a pack cover and a lightweight rain jacket. My rain jacket I brought this past summer was very lightweight and great for light rain - but in heavy rain that lasted a while I still got soaked. Last summer I brought a heavier rain jacket and it kept me dry in all rain - but it was also too hot to wear too long in rain (even with pit zips). I don't bother with rain pants - just wear shorts or quick dry pants. Again - they dry quickly once the rain stops. But if it is going to be cold - then more rain gear is necessary.
 

MichelleElynHogan

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I see that the Camino Ingles takes an average of 7 to 8 days. In September, there are rainy days, usually. It is your Camino, doing what you want to do, carrying what you want to carry, and need to carry.

For me, rain gear, in what ever form that may be, is always a need over a want. I always have an umbrella in my vehicle, just in case. If not, be prepared to become wet. I see no further alternatives.

Either way, do enjoy your Camino!
 

Angus Strongbear

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In warm weather, carrying an umbrella is quite pleasant.
Are umbrellas allowed in "Carry-on" packs within the aircraft cabin? I have heard that they might be on a list of items that could be used as a weapon. Has anyone here had one confiscated by the airport security folks?
 

trecile

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I see that the Camino Ingles takes an average of 7 to 8 days
More like five days. It's just over 100 km from Ferrol.
 
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Are umbrellas allowed in "Carry-on" packs within the aircraft cabin? I have heard that they might be on a list of items that could be used as a weapon. Has anyone here had one confiscated by the airport security folks?
Ask your airline. But there are umbrellas and there are umbrellas! My small collapsible one has travelled with me often.
 

Adelina

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We had the same dilemma in May on the coastal as we were remaining in Europe an extra 3 weeks. I took a large plastic bag and when it started pouring in vigo, poked head and arm holes and remained drier than some with ‘waterproof ‘ gear!
 

Jeff Crawley

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Are umbrellas allowed in "Carry-on" packs within the aircraft cabin? I have heard that they might be on a list of items that could be used as a weapon. Has anyone here had one confiscated by the airport security folks?
You can buy very nice umbrellas in Spain. On a four day jaunt to Valencia one spring the first thing I did after checking in to my hotel was buy an umbrella in El Corte Inglés.
I needed it, it rained solidly for the whole trip.
On leaving I presented it to the receptionist at the hotel - a shame, I had grown fond of it but didn't want to risk having it confiscated.
I'd checked the weather week before I left and it had been unbroken sunshine and 23 degree plus temperatures.
Spain, eh?
 

TrvlDad1

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My husband and I are walking the Camino Ingles from 24 Sept to 30 Sept. I am watching the weather and can't decide whether or not to take full rain outfits. According to Accuweather the forecast changes daily, but still looks like nice weather for that week. My hesitation is that we are staying in Spain for another four weeks after walking and we will not need rain wear then. What ever we do after the camino an umbrella will suffice. Not carrying a rain jacket and pants will certainly decrease the weight and volume of things in our packs. I do not mind getting wet while I walk especially if it is warm. We walked the Coastal Portuguese in Nov/Dec a few years ago, and while it was not cold it was so rainy that we were wet both inside and outside our rain gear.
I took only an emergency poncho this past March from Burgos to Rabanal. It was ripped in multiple places walking from Castrojeriz to Leon due to the consistent rain and intense wind. But it was large, and I managed to keep it wrapped around most of me and never felt hopelessly wet. That’s now my plan, it’s adequate but not excessive and virtually weightless, my two criteria. Good luck whatever rain gear you chose.
 
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I took a rain cover for my pack and a rain jacket. It has worked for 2 Caminos on the CF in the spring - that first one was a VERY wet Camino.

I don’t like ponchos because I find them to be difficult to put on, without help, in sudden wet weather. I have had to help several pilgrims (gladly) put on their ponchos in the windy rain.

I keep my rain jacket in the top flap of my backpack or wrapped around my waist. When it suddenly starts to rain, I take care of my backpack first, then put on my jacket.

No rain pants, no waterproof boots.

No problems.
 
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witsendwv

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More like five days. It's just over 100 km from Ferrol.
We are walking short stages and will take 7 days. We are not in a hurry!
 

witsendwv

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Having walked the Ingles, and been rained upon for a good number of hours, I suggest at the least that you get a really good cover for your rucksack. I have a poncho that weighs little and I carry it no matter what. I zip off the legs of my trousers in the rain. My legs are waterproof. Enjoy the Ingles Camino, it is well worth doing.
Thankfully our Ospreys have built in pack covers, and a large black trash bag just in case!
 

witsendwv

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At minimum take an emergency poncho. It wouldn't suffice for a full day of walking, but would (hopefully) give you enough protection to get to shelter.

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Excellent suggestion. I just found in our stash two IKEA ponchos that will do the job. They should keep our upper halves dry until we can find shelter, and our packs have attached rain covers. I think this will be enough for the time we are walking. (There are taxis back and forth if necessary). They are also bright red so we can't lose each other in a case of a downpour. This will free up a lot of space in our packs for the rest of the trip. Thanks for the great suggestion!
 

witsendwv

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If they only have a limited number of days to walk it seems that they won't be able to take an extra day to wait out the rain.

I don't know what "full rain gear" is for the OP, but I would take something for the rain that would enable me to keep walking and stay on schedule.
Thankfully no schedule as we are walking at the beginning our a trip so we can be flexible. We do have some reservations in other parts of Spain that can't be changed, but we have a lot of days built in so we can just wander. Full rain gear for me here at home is a rain jacket, rain pants and gaiters. I'm not sure we have had a day without rain to walk here this summer. I am hoping for less rain while we are in Spain. :)
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Excellent suggestion. I just found in our stash two IKEA ponchos that will do the job. They should keep our upper halves dry until we can find shelter, and our packs have attached rain covers. I think this will be enough for the time we are walking. (There are taxis back and forth if necessary). They are also bright red so we can't lose each other in a case of a downpour. This will free up a lot of space in our packs for the rest of the trip. Thanks for the great suggestion!
I’d suggest testing your IKEA ponchos before you go. Mine was an utter failure and soaked thru in minutes. Luckily I had a disposable plastic poncho as well….
 

witsendwv

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I’d suggest testing your IKEA ponchos before you go. Mine was an utter failure and soaked thru in minutes. Luckily I had a disposable plastic poncho as well….
We have used them before. They'll work well enough in anything less than downpours, and if that is the case we'll just stop, have a coffee and wait for a taxi. 🙂
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Thankfully our Ospreys have built in pack covers, and a large black trash bag just in case!
I also have an Osprey with a provided rain cover, but for some reason it is only partially-effective even though it is properly fitted. I suspect the water enters the pack in the gap between it and my back. I am fortunate that I have yet to walk in persistent heavy rain, but I might forgo the pack cover for a lightweight poncho in future.
 

auburnfive

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We have used them before. They'll work well enough in anything less than downpours, and if that is the case we'll just stop, have a coffee and wait for a taxi. 🙂
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I’ve used my IKEA poncho for a few years, last time out it seemed to have lost its waterproofing. I gave it a treatment with some waterproof spray, and it’s good to go. In the pouch it doubles as a pillow on the plane, or as a pad if sitting on the ground.
 

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