• Missing the daily forum e-mail? Subscribe again.
  • All Wise Pilgrim Guides now come with a free Finisterre/Muxia Guide.
    Order online or pick one up at Casa Ivar in Santiago if that is easier.
A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

What's the craziest thing you have done to save weight?

NomadBoomer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (September 2017), Vdlp (April 2018)
#1
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
 

Advertisment

Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances, Norte, Ingles, Primitivo, Aragones, Vasco, SanSalvador, Fisterre, Muxia - more than once
#3
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
YES! I did the same with the shampoo and hair balsam. :p And I left home my trainers... Actually I always leave them at home.
 

Advertisment

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#6
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.

1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#7
My doctor says I am the only patient where the critical factor in deciding between two different medications was the weight of the pills and the packaging.
LOL! I always found comfort in that each day my load was lighter by a few pills...lol
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#12
We can quit now. We already found the winner.
I know of a woman, who at the very last minute, went out to shop for 'hipster' cut panties to replace 'briefs' because she thought a few inches of fabric on the panty height would save some added weight...LOL

...and another story of a woman from Holland who was so obsessed by the dang 10% rule, and purposefully put on weight to allow her to carry more ! She was absolutely sincere in revealing this.
Sadly, I don't think I'm the winner of the craziest title :(
 

CdnDreamer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2015 & 2018) San Salvador (2018)
#14
I took my kitchen scale into an outdoor store and proceeded to weigh the shoes before trying them on. If they were not under 300 grams I wouldn't even try them on. I eventually found my evening shoes that weighed 200 grams and fit.

When I was in REI in the US I asked them to weigh two pairs of trousers that I liked. They had a postal scale in the back, and I bought the lighter pants.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Finisterra-Muxia 2017; SK Camino Kosiče-Levoča Oct 2017; El Norte March 2018; Ingles (Nov 2018)
#16
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
LOL GREAT! I too cut short my toothbrush and comb handles, photograph as much as possible but still carry my paper guidebook, cut labels etc. Mostly I buy as needed which is in my opinion the BEST way to save weight and learn what I really need.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#17
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
Left the husband at home!!
 
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
#18
Cut down finger- and toenails, and remove all body hair.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#19
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
Tried most of the tips on this post

Just try explaining all this to non Camino walkers
Impossible isn't it?!
They just don't "get it"
And can you blame them really!
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#22
On our first Camino we shleped 25kg each over the Pyrenees before a massive slash of stuff in Palermo. We had packed like we did for a normal NZ tramp, our packs empty weighed over 5kg and I wont tell you how much our boots weighed. Learnt our lesson, these days my pack weigh around 10kg fully loaded. Yes we brought lightweight gear, but generally we carry less stuff, but more water. I did shave my head once (not a problem for Scott) but this was more of an issue of maintenance on an isolated route. I don't worry so much about weight now, it's more an issue over having the right gear to cope with the conditions.
 

JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
#23
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
I didn't take soap.
I didn't take shampoo.
I didn't take a toothbrush.
I didn't take toothpaste.
I didn't take a change of socks.
I didn't take a change of underwear.
I didn't take a change of trousers.
I didn't take a change of tops.
I didn't take a comb.

I didn't make many friends and ate alone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, a lot;)

Buen (not taking too-much) Camino
 
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
#26
Instead of taking full bottles of wine I opted for half bottles, also left the glass at home;)
Exactly! 2 half bottles.
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#28
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
Some excellent tips...definately like the pill bags idea
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#29
If you just follow the many packing list guidelines posted on this forum by people who have COMPLETED the Camino, you'll see what you need to pack. Just leave the "what if" stuff at home and you'll be fine. You should end up around with about 16 lbs / 7 kg on average. Some of the extreme backpacker types shave that down some, but if your pack weighs much more than that you've got too much stuff.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
#31
I didn't take soap.
I didn't take shampoo.
I didn't take a toothbrush.
I didn't take toothpaste.
I didn't take a change of socks.
I didn't take a change of underwear.
I didn't take a change of trousers.
I didn't take a change of tops.
I didn't take a comb.

I didn't make many friends and ate alone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, a lot;)

Buen (not taking too-much) Camino
:D I think I found myself near to you in O Cebreiro.
 
Last edited:
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP (Sept 2015)

CF SJPDP-SdC+
(Sept/Oct 2018)
#32
#34
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol

:D:D:D
You sound like my partner on a Mountain Marathon about 30 years ago!!!
 
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
#36
My rule: If I know I need it, it goes in my pack. If I think I need it, it stays home. But these days, after many Caminos, I pack on reflex, and I always end up with a pack of 6.5-7 kgs. It's all OK.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances {2016}, Portugese {2017}
#37
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
Many of the same but a caveat to 1) I also drilled small holes in the handle.
 
#41
No-one has talked about drilling holes in their spoons, cutting handles off knives and forks. That should save a bit! Seriously, though there's a Swiss army knife the size of a credit card, with all the trimmings and weighs about the same.
I keep mine (20 years old) in my bag.
It has everything I need ... scissors took a bit of getting used to, though :rolleyes:
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#43
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
You've given me a few new ideas, but some of them are just plain too crazy! Lol!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#44
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
Some truly amazing ideas here!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
#46
I downsized from my 2.258 oz Victorinox Swiss Army Compact Pocket Knife to a 0.74 oz
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife. I am giving up the corkscrew (there were plenty around on my last trip), and the scissors and the blade are a lot smaller (almost too small), but I am saving about an ounce and a half!
¡Buen Camino!
Yep!!! It was taken away from me by the "friendly" TSA agent - fortunately, on my way home. But, I have a new one. NECESSARY, and cute!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014
#48
I learned this trick here, but don't see it mentioned above. Take a sheet of wax paper, put 80 dabs of toothpaste on it and let them dry. When dry, roll the half-pea sized dabs between your fingers and drop them into a tiny zip-top plastic bag (like that from a piece of jewelry) with a bit of baking soda. Every morning and eve you can brush your teeth by chewing up a little ball of toothpaste, then brush with the wet brush.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés April/May 2006, Camino Fisterre May, 2006, Camino Frances - Oct/Nov 2017
#49
I'm pretty ,such a minimalist so find many ways to be reasonable but firm out what goes with me. I never carry a shell! I don't put labels/decals/badges on my pack. Also believe the losing a few pounds before departure is a good strategy!!!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#51
Not so strange I suppose, but it just reminds me.

In 2015 I became known as 'the handbag'. For reasons left to St James I ended up walking to Santiago with a group of very young pretty girls (German two French and Danish) all under 22 years old. I was 51. We shared packed lunches on the trail. One would say "oh i fancy peanut butter" they would buy a large (glass) jar of the stuff and after lunch put it in MY pack. Then a glass jar of honey. Bottles of wine. Tomato Sauce. Lots of chocolate and a jar of chocolate spread. And on it went. I was carrying 16 kilo's before I met them at Roncesvalles, and by Sahagun I was being crippled by added weight.

They got a bit distraught when at a rest stop I announced THEY could carry it. The pleading from them that ensued brought much laughter from fellow pilgrims!

Never saw honey, chocolate spread or peanut butter again on the Camino funny enough!

Davey
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#53
LOL GREAT! I too cut short my toothbrush and comb handles, photograph as much as possible but still carry my paper guidebook, cut labels etc. Mostly I buy as needed which is in my opinion the BEST way to save weight and learn what I really need.
"buy as I need' hasn't worked out that well for many I've walked with...Some of the smaller villages will not have stores with supplies other than a few food items, so planning days ahead before running out of some necessity is advised so you can have a better chance looking in a larger city. Also note, that the times of operation of these little stores in Spain are not really conducive to the passerby, opening late, closing for siesta, opening late again, closing early, closing on weekends, closing on holidays, closing for family events...lol My companion's needs always presented when the supplies were not available...so wait it out, or walk without. Secondly, in the larger markets, we had difficulty finding any small or sample sized anything...shampoos were family sized jugs, soaps often sold in packs of 3 bars...so there was a lot of overspending and waste as they refilled tiny bottles, but left much behind in the trash, not finding another pilgrim who wanted to take the free share. I personally cannot leave shopping for hygiene supplies up to fate as I have many many allergies and skin sensitivities and know I won't find my suitable brands from home while abroad. The one time I needed to buy a face cream to sooth burned skin, I had to resort to a farmacia and paid a crazy amount of money for a tiny tube. It would be grand to simply buy as you need...but it comes with a few twists for some :)
 

TatiLie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for first Camino (2019)
#54
I learned this trick here, but don't see it mentioned above. Take a sheet of wax paper, put 80 dabs of toothpaste on it and let them dry. When dry, roll the half-pea sized dabs between your fingers and drop them into a tiny zip-top plastic bag (like that from a piece of jewelry) with a bit of baking soda. Every morning and eve you can brush your teeth by chewing up a little ball of toothpaste, then brush with the wet brush.
As a dentist, I really appreciate your effort in keeping your oral health! I wonder the looks you got from airport security, though!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF, June 2012
CF, July 2012
CF, September 2016
Camino Primitivo, May 2017, followed by Camino Frances, late May, 2017
#57
Not including my backpack or water, my entire load for my May, 2017 Camino weighed approximately 5 pounds, 2.25 kilos. Some tips:
- I agree with bringing your scale to the store. I did that to weigh shirts, socks and shorts. Again, the lightweight camping gear is great. Super light and dries in a flash.
- The absolute lightest sneakers or trail runners you can find will suffice for your second pair of shoes. I found a pair of Asics that weighed about 90 grams total. I used them in the shower as well. Remember, you are only using them to rest your feet at the end of the day or emergency backup shoes.
- Never bring anything "just in case". One pair of clothes and a spare is more than enough.
- Silk is your best friend. A super lightweight silk long sleeve shirt and silk balaclava can help you pass cool temperatures easily
- Call the albergues ahead of time to determine which offer blankets. By not taking a sleeping bag and only a silk sleep sack, you can save quite a bit. BTW, I found you won't need it anyway from late May through mid September.
- Several months before I left, I measured out precisely how much soap, detergent, toothpaste and other essentials I would need. I took nothing more.

You would be shocked to see how well you can manage with so little. Remember, you are not in the wilds. There are stores should some need arise. Also, your fellow pilgrims and the albergues are incredibly helpful.
 

Martin64

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2nd 2017
#58
Getting ready to fly out and start walking tomorrow (yeah :)) This morning I decided that the smallest toothpaste tube I could get at the supermarket was too bulky and heavy so I spent several minutes fiddling around to partially fill a smaller empty tube I found.

I found myself thinking I can't be the only crazy one and wondering what other folks have done.
Lost weight!. Actually not that crazy though but definitely works.
 

MoniRose

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(5/28-7/4, 2012) Camino Frances - SJPP to Santiago
(7/22-8/2, 2013) Camino Finesterra
(?) Camino Le Puy
#63
I started with 18lbs. Once I began walking: I quickly used up all my bandaids. That lightened the load. ☹️ And I had little food/water going across the Pyrenees. I posted anything I could to Santiago when I got to Puente la Reina. I was a hot mess for five days but five pounds lighter than the day I started!
I met a young man in Roscesvalles who had three full sized tubes of toothpaste! He pitched them all that night!
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#64
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
OMG!! I think you and I must be twins separated by the universe!!! I have a spread sheet and weigh everything in grams!! I've been known to sit with all my undies and weigh them to find the ones that are the lightest!! Socks...even if the same style etc...one might be a few grams lighter!

Last year I started to try (and use and love!) dried toothpaste!! It works! For the hubs and I I believe it came to 9gs for the three weeks of toothpaste!! Plus way way cheaper than the stuff at LUSH or any other pre done stuff out there. Also allowed me to use my specialty toothpaste (Sensodyne) as i have serious sensitivity issues.

Ahh the madness of it! :)
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#65
I learned this trick here, but don't see it mentioned above. Take a sheet of wax paper, put 80 dabs of toothpaste on it and let them dry. When dry, roll the half-pea sized dabs between your fingers and drop them into a tiny zip-top plastic bag (like that from a piece of jewelry) with a bit of baking soda. Every morning and eve you can brush your teeth by chewing up a little ball of toothpaste, then brush with the wet brush.
Done it!! I'm actually lazy enough that 80 dabs was more work than I wanted to do....so try using foil, put a long line of toothpaste down...or several and then put it in the oven overnight (I have a gas oven and the pilot light keeps it a bit warmer!). In the morning if they are "done" to your liking, use a sharp knife and chop it into little pieces. Finito!! Whole process sans drying time was about 10 minutes if that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
#67
1) Sawed off 1/3 of toothbrush handles
2) Removed all tags from EVERYTHING
3) Pulled solid deodorant out of plastic container and put in a sandwich bag
4) Pulled pages out of guidebooks that I thought weren't necessary
5) Removed the 'middles' of double tipped Q Tips...lol leaving only about an inch on each end
6) Cut emory boards in half
7) Pulled out plastic or cardboard rolls from KT Tape, Leukotape, Doggy Waste bag rolls...
8) Use tiny pill bags for medications instead of bottles ( but photo the labels on my phone )
4) Have used neon spray paint (taped off in stripes ) to mark poles instead of the actual weight of the reflective tape...lol

I get crazier with every camino...but hey, My walk, My way...lol
I'm not saying you are crazy... but, that's some focused attention to cutting weight!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#68
Done it!! I'm actually lazy enough that 80 dabs was more work than I wanted to do....so try using foil, put a long line of toothpaste down...or several and then put it in the oven overnight (I have a gas oven and the pilot light keeps it a bit warmer!). In the morning if they are "done" to your liking, use a sharp knife and chop it into little pieces. Finito!! Whole process sans drying time was about 10 minutes if that.
But what were the before and after weights?
 

steve 217

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances planning via del la plata
#69
I once cut a toothbrush in half to save weight i thought iwas v clever until i saw another chap at a sink in a albergue he' d done the same but then drilled holes in it to make it even lighter !
 

Tawny

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future
#70
I learned this trick here, but don't see it mentioned above. Take a sheet of wax paper, put 80 dabs of toothpaste on it and let them dry. When dry, roll the half-pea sized dabs between your fingers and drop them into a tiny zip-top plastic bag (like that from a piece of jewelry) with a bit of baking soda. Every morning and eve you can brush your teeth by chewing up a little ball of toothpaste, then brush with the wet brush.
That is a totally great tip! Thanks!
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#71
But what were the before and after weights?
I forgot to weigh before drying, but I just checked a small tube of toothpaste. Tube and all it came in at 22g. My dried stuff including the bags I believe came in at 9g. I can't quite remember now if that was both of ours. Had some computer work done and lost that file...oh the horror!! ;-)
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#74
OMG!! I think you and I must be twins separated by the universe!!! I have a spread sheet and weigh everything in grams!! I've been known to sit with all my undies and weigh them to find the ones that are the lightest!! Socks...even if the same style etc...one might be a few grams lighter!

Last year I started to try (and use and love!) dried toothpaste!! It works! For the hubs and I I believe it came to 9gs for the three weeks of toothpaste!! Plus way way cheaper than the stuff at LUSH or any other pre done stuff out there. Also allowed me to use my specialty toothpaste (Sensodyne) as i have serious sensitivity issues.

Ahh the madness of it! :)
W
OMG!! I think you and I must be twins separated by the universe!!! I have a spread sheet and weigh everything in grams!! I've been known to sit with all my undies and weigh them to find the ones that are the lightest!! Socks...even if the same style etc...one might be a few grams lighter!

Last year I started to try (and use and love!) dried toothpaste!! It works! For the hubs and I I believe it came to 9gs for the three weeks of toothpaste!! Plus way way cheaper than the stuff at LUSH or any other pre done stuff out there. Also allowed me to use my specialty toothpaste (Sensodyne) as i have serious sensitivity issues.

Ahh the madness of it! :)
WE ARE TWINS! I use Sensodyne too! LOL I have to add that I actually ENJOY finding ways to shave weight off and research things that work. I have the time, I'm well organized and I find it a fun part of planning my walks...something to do. Having said that, I've recently found myself with a big knee issue at 21 days out from my next walk. Have had to make all kinds of peace with doing some modified version and am now busy with medical appointments and physical therapy along with 'modifying' my clothing to fit a knee brace...will be a very interesting 14 days...but my Sensodyne is packed! lol
 

Damienw

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#75
The South Koreans and Japanese
pilgrims, together with the cyclists and campers who travelled in small groups
were very organised and would actually share the burden of the cooking pots and foodstuffs. I saw one pilgrim who shipped a huge 4 wheeled suitcase of foodstuffs and pans from one municipal to the next but he got caught out when the municipal in Logrono refused to accept delivery of the suitcase and he had to limp to the depot to retrieve it and then had to limp back to the depot when he had finished using it for the next day’s journey. Of course when we got to Galicia he was in his element as he was the only one equipped to use the kitchens as all the Albergues as a matter of petty Provincal policy, had removed all the cooking pans to discourage any self catering !!
 

holhum

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for 2018
#78
Losing 10kg of ME....not walking till May but I have spent the last year doing a lot more exercise (not walking yet, just yoga and a bit of gym) and cutting out sugar. I am hoping that will make the biggest difference even if I bring a full length toothbrush! Oh and I don't have long hair now either...pixie cut!
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#82
Pill bags are crazy???? You mean the hours I sat and filled my pill bags was crazy??? :eek:
I most certainly did not spend hours filling pill bags...lol Just dumped an entire bottle of Tylenol, or Motrin, etc into bags. Not filling daily bags of pills...lol Those tiny pill bags are great for all kinds of things...sawed off Qtips, safety pins, thread and needles, spices....
 

MikeyC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
#85
Left the husband at home!!
Ahh... But taking one's spouse means that you can share many items and both carry a lighter load. Although I think the wife put those "many items" in my pack. Hers seemed suspiciously light!
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#86
Ahh... But taking one's spouse means that you can share many items and both carry a lighter load. Although I think the wife put those "many items" in my pack. Hers seemed suspiciously light![/QUOTE
Our spouses must be related. The hubs kept asking for "the" toothpaste, "the" shampoo etc. He'd not brought any...just his pills!! And so this is why I usually walk alone :eek:
 
Last edited:

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#87
Walk. Run. Work out with weights. Eat more nutritionally. Push away from the dinner table. All before you walk the Camino.
In regards to personal gear in your backpack, I found that leaving stuff on a donativo table in an alberque cuts down on weight considerably.
 

MMcA

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP - Los Arcos (2012)
- Burgos (2014)
- León (2015)
- Villafranca (2016)
- SdC - Fisterra (2017)
#89
I had printed bus and train tickets for the return journey to Mardrid on A4 paper but cut off the superfluous parts of the sheets that only contained ads. That must have saved 0.01g!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#90
This is all soooo funny!
I’m guilty too, don’t worry, I actually weigh my T-shirts and most stuff and only take the lightest! Even if the difference is 0.01g :D:D Regardless of colour :oops::D
 

AZ Hiker

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
#91
I head to Spain in 9 days and one thing I did, not particularly crazy, but I cut the width of my Costco down throw down by 1/4 which eliminated about 4 oz. And I’m leaving my comb at home. My fingers work almost as well.
 

OLDER threads on this topic



A few items available from the Camino Forum Store



Advertisement

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 8 1.1%
  • February

    Votes: 4 0.6%
  • March

    Votes: 32 4.6%
  • April

    Votes: 106 15.2%
  • May

    Votes: 172 24.7%
  • June

    Votes: 51 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 14 2.0%
  • August

    Votes: 10 1.4%
  • September

    Votes: 200 28.7%
  • October

    Votes: 85 12.2%
  • November

    Votes: 10 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 5 0.7%
Top