- Camino(s) past & future
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I actually filled 50 tiny, tiny zip locks (made for earrings) - available at craft stores) with all of my pills for each day. That way I don't have to open and close every bag a couple of times a day. Took me 40 minutes.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....
I do the same. I actually weighed the little baggies before I filled them and compared them to the weight of larger baggies to hold the pills and it was an ounce or two that I was willing to carry for the convenience of just grabbing a little baggie each day. And if course every one that I used made my pack lighter.I actually filled 50 tiny, tiny zip locks (made for earrings) - available at craft stores) with all of my pills for each day. That way I don't have to open and close every bag a couple of times a day. Took me 40 minutes.
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!
Oh my...I thought I'd pretty well nailed the 'travel light' thing...until reading the replies to this thread. I'm such an amateur! We're a weird bunch us LDWs (Long Distance Walkers) but you gotta love us. I meticulously weigh everything; that's 18gm...but THAT one is only 17gms...winner! Now...to saw the handle off my toothbrush... Thanks for laughs everyone..& to you NomadBoomer for raising the topic.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 have been known...wait for it...to take the pully bit off zippers leaving just the slidey bit... Yes, sad & desperate, but true In my defence, some them are over-sized & unnecessarily weighty...I get the impression that the ultralight wilderness hikers have us peregrinos beat by a longshot when it comes to obsessing about weight. There are some “ultralight” packing tips circulating in the pilgrim community which they would consider boat-anchor heavy.
For a very entertaining guide to that subculture’s notion of ultralight, I recommend this book.
Lighten Up!: A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
by Don Ladigin
The only problem with 'buy as you go' is you can pretty well guarantee when you need something, you'll only be able to get it in mega sized-jumbo-family pack Been there, done that!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.
I've often paid the price for my committment to 'the cause', with many a cut & bloodied fingers...some of those pully thingys are on to stay on!I have been known...wait for it...to take the pully bit off zippers leaving just the slidey bit... Yes, sad & desperate, but true In my defence, some them are over-sized & unnecessarily weighty...
In my packing I had initially packed a lot of things that I would need in certain situations. Like people on here say, I packed my fears. At the last minute I removed all those things and didn’t miss a single one of them. I removed : sink stopper, extension cord, bar of soap (I used shampoo bar for all washing), nylon chord, binder clips (I thought I might need these to hang clothes on the line if there were not enough clothes pins and I brought safety pens instead, which I did use to pin my socks to my backpack and other things, guidebook (I just used the wise pilgrim app). My pack was 6k not counting water and snacks.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.
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