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Were the pilgrim tips or packing list from books useful?

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CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
I mostly collected information from web sites by searching "camino de santiago" or some friends read books in advance. What was your case?

Example book: https://amzn.to/2UbdX1o
 
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Northern Laurie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Way (2017)
I read a selection of different pilgrims books as well as this forum. Most of them repeated the same information and yes, it was generally useful. The most important message that was clearly transmitted was “keep the weight down”and “you don’t need as much as you think you do”. Some ideas on how to live with less were also useful in figuring quantities (eg three pairs of socks to ensure a dry pair every morning,)

Some things I wouldn’t have thought of like safety pins fortunately made it into my bag. And some helpful things made it into my bag because of reading forum discussions and just generally and obsessively shopping in outdoor gear stores. I had months to plan so each purchase was a delicious reminder that I would be going soon.

Everyone changes the content of their pack over the course of the journey-things that aren’t helpful get left behind. If you are forgetful like me, helpful things also get forgotten unintentionally. Stuff that isn’t working as well as something else could gets replaced. And some things develop an unusual importance.
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
S. Yates wrote a book about what to take and what not take. In hindsight many useful advise.
 

JamesVT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
I learned what to take from reading the Forum and from talking with my wife, who was also a pilgrim. Useful advice was to wear low cut trail runners for shoes and good wool Sox with liners. Also, the admonition to not carry more than 10% of your body weight can be, I think, misleading. That rule should be understood to be an upper limit, not a recommendation that carrying that much weight is advisable. On the Camino, one finds abandoned clothing, equipment, and foot ware that were left behind pilgrims who were tired of carrying so much weight and “things” that they found they didn’t need. It is surprising how little is required to walk the Camino. And whatever one needs can usually be purchased at shops along the way.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
I am a backpacker. So naturally I cut camping equipment, I like sleeping on beds. Most of my research I did on YouTube.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Also, the admonition to not carry more than 10% of your body weight can be, I think, misleading. That rule should be understood to be an upper limit,
I think that 10% should be a guideline, not an upper limit. A lot depends on your own weight. For example, a fit 120 pound woman can probably carry more than an out of shape 175 pound woman, who is already carrying excess body weight.
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
Initially, as I was planning to walk, this forum gave me all the info I needed and then actually walking the camino further refined my packing knowledge for future caminos.
I agree This forum is gigantic in terms of data base. 🥰
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
I read a selection of different pilgrims books as well as this forum. Most of them repeated the same information and yes, it was generally useful. The most important message that was clearly transmitted was “keep the weight down”and “you don’t need as much as you think you do”. Some ideas on how to live with less were also useful in figuring quantities (eg three pairs of socks to ensure a dry pair every morning,)

Some things I wouldn’t have thought of like safety pins fortunately made it into my bag. And some helpful things made it into my bag because of reading forum discussions and just generally and obsessively shopping in outdoor gear stores. I had months to plan so each purchase was a delicious reminder that I would be going soon.

Everyone changes the content of their pack over the course of the journey-things that aren’t helpful get left behind. If you are forgetful like me, helpful things also get forgotten unintentionally. Stuff that isn’t working as well as something else could gets replaced. And some things develop an unusual importance.
Right. Simple is the best. I sometimes need a book or web site because too much information make me confused, too. :):):). Trials and errors seem to work by packing over and over 🥰🥰🥰
 

gerip

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
CF, Burgos to Santiago, May 2019
Ingles, Sep - Oct 2019
S. Yates wrote a book about what to take and what not take. In hindsight many useful advise.
Especially about the sarong. One thing I would NEVER leave behind.

But you can't know what you need as an individual until you've actually walked. That's when you can really begin pare thing s down to the bare minimum.

I've watched YouTube videos of other peoples' Caminos as well as AT/PCT/CDT hikes and taken a lot of hints from their suggestions and especially mistakes. I think that's where I've gotten 90% of my information about what gear to take, etc.
 
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Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Especially about the sarong. One thing I would NEVER leave behind.

But you can't know what you need as an individual until you've actually walked. That's when you can really begin pare thing s down to the bare minimum.

I've watched YouTube videos of other peoples' Caminos as well as AT/PCT/CDT hikes and taken a lot of hints from their suggestions and especially mistakes. I think that's where I've gotten 90% of my information about what gear to take, etc.
Yes the Sarong is since forever a faithful companion on my travells. Curtain tent
-piece sun sail cover blanket dress shorts turban scarf. Make shift wound dressing. So instead of PJ evening dress sleeping back liners towel one pice of cloth. And it’s pretty too.
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
There is really so much free information now avaiable on this and other sites, including Gronze.com that one probably does not need books to do the various caminos.
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
There is really so much free information now avaiable on this and other sites, including Gronze.com that one probably does not need books to do the various caminos.
I gotta check Gronze.com, too. Yep. 21st century. Internet is a revolution~
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Digital media is all fine and dandy, but I took some self made laminated mini map plus list of albergues with address , Emergency contacts with me. Your phone can run out of juice or land in water or no reception. So oldschool helps, plus map reading skills.🕵️‍♀️
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
I am a backpacker. So naturally I cut camping equipment, I like sleeping on beds. Most of my research I did on YouTube.
I believe we can have better sleep on beds unless bed bugs bother us like my cases. 3 times happened to me. 😥😥😥
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
I learned what to take from reading the Forum and from talking with my wife, who was also a pilgrim. Useful advice was to wear low cut trail runners for shoes and good wool Sox with liners. Also, the admonition to not carry more than 10% of your body weight can be, I think, misleading. That rule should be understood to be an upper limit, not a recommendation that carrying that much weight is advisable. On the Camino, one finds abandoned clothing, equipment, and foot ware that were left behind pilgrims who were tired of carrying so much weight and “things” that they found they didn’t need. It is surprising how little is required to walk the Camino. And whatever one needs can usually be purchased at shops along the way.
So true! We had too much in our bag and also too much in our mind. 🥰🥰🥰🤩🤩🤩
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
I didn't buy a guidebook prior to my Camino.
I read two forums, this and a german based, at that's it.

I combined the tips they offered and was very fine with it.
Personally I think actually you don't need a book anymore, if you have access to the internet.

I lowered the weight of my backpack down to 5.2kg w/o giving up some of my comforting extras. At the end of my Camino the b/p weight was 5.5kg (some extra medical products and a t-Shirt bought in SdC.)
 

CollinSK

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I walked French way in 2016
I didn't buy a guidebook prior to my Camino.
I read two forums, this and a german based, at that's it.

I combined the tips they offered and was very fine with it.
Personally I think actually you don't need a book anymore, if you have access to the internet.

I lowered the weight of my backpack down to 5.2kg w/o giving up some of my comforting extras. At the end of my Camino the b/p weight was 5.5kg (some extra medical products and a t-Shirt bought in SdC.)
5.5 kg. Wow. My backpack weighed 10kg +-. I am pretty sure the lighter, the better. 🥰 🥰 🥰
 

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