Should I take an umbrella for my Camino de Santiago?

umbrella

The question was:

I’m tempted to take an umbrella. I’ve found them useful in the past when it is raining – especially for evenings/rest days. I also wondered – for this trip – if one might be useful on those bits where you have to walk in the sun and there is no shade?

. . . but – even though mine only weighs 138g – it’s still 138g more than I really want to carry . . .

What do people think?

Read the conversation on umbrella on the Camino de Santiago here.

Jacket and Poncho or just Poncho?

Jacket and Poncho or just Poncho?

The question was:

I’ve got a long ‘altus type’ poncho (a thinner one), and was thinking of taking a cheap rain jacket as well to wear to keep the wind off and if it’s cold but not actually raining. I can’t imagine walking around in the long poncho unless it’s raining, and I don’t think it would be very warm. What do you think? Is two too much?

Read the good answers regarding ponchos and rain jackets in our forum.

Poncho for the Camino de Santiago

Jacket and Poncho or just Poncho?

Ponchos have been recommended in the Camino forum since they give the protection fro the rain, but also let air flow underneath so the heat your body produces can get out.

I have always preferred using a rain jacket and trousers to a poncho. In Late August we set off from Roncesvalles in torrential rain. The rain ran down my back, between jacket and pack cover, it poured down my trouser legs into my boots and I ended up drenched. We bought a ‘raincoat-poncho’ which is a combination of poncho and raincoat. It is a long rain coat with sealed seams, ventilation flaps in the front which zips up and has velcro stays; long sleeves with velcro to tighten around wrists, a snug hood with a peak and an adjustable ‘hunchback’ at the back to accommodate a backpack. It really was the answer in the rain. Better than a regular poncho which can blow up in the wind and which wide open sleeves don’t keep your long sleeves dry.

More in the Camino de Santiago forum.