What was the SINGLE smartest “unexpected” item you included in your backpack?

Earplugs for the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

OK peregrinos, this first-time pilgrim (leaving SJPdP on May 19) hopes to learn from your experience. What was the SINGLE smartest “unexpected” item you included in your backpack? Keep it to one item, please, and (may I suggest?) skip the basics. I hoping for examples of items I would NEVER have considered taking! Maybe even little “luxury” items that weigh essentially nothing but that greatly enhanced your Camino experience. Be creative, now!

Read the list of items that you might not have thought of bringing on your Camino de Santiago here.

9 Replies to “What was the SINGLE smartest “unexpected” item you included in your backpack?”

  1. My silk inner for my sleeping bag!! It was so hot, I did not use my sleeping bag that much.

  2. a sarong-can be used as a pillow cover, threaded thru my t-shirt sleeves if its really hot in the sun-and to cover from sunburn, a skirt, a towel, a mat to sit on if fancy a siesta in a field-highly recommend

  3. Safety pins to hang your clothes on the line. If your socks don’t dry, just pin them to the outside of your pack as you hike the next day.

  4. A multiple socket adaptor to allways have my cellphone charged (For emergencies, for reading, to take photos,…)

  5. Find a small plastic refillable spray bottle, take off and out the thin tube which helps you reach the bottom. Fill with clean, scented, or slightly antiseptic water, turn upside down and spray bum after doing the paperwork – whalla! Your very own portable bidet. Squeaky clean and confident.

  6. Inflatable beach ball ~ large or medium. Endless uses, but the best is on airplanes, airports, camping, just anywhere you’re going to sit, or lie down for any length of time.
    *Inflate about 1/4, use as a lower back pillow; it will form to your body. Ahhhhh……
    *Slip in a pillow case & use as a pillow.
    * inflate a bit more & use as a raised foot rest on the airplane ~ that helps immensely on long hauls to avoid deep vein thrombosis. Do toe and heal raises regularly!!!
    *For your aching back ~ inflate about 3/4 or more, sit on floor, put behind you, lean backwards over ball & roll around to stretch and sooth back muscles.

    *Inflate all the way, get outside, throw & play games w/ all your buddies & great way to make new friends!
    I AM A RETIRED 40 YEAR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANT, TRAVELED ALL OVER THIS GLORIOUS PLANET, GIVEN THIS TIP TO FRIENDS & STRANGERS & IT’S THE BEST TIP YOU WILL EVER GET!!! YOU’LL BE THANKING ME FOREVER FOR THIS ONE! HAPPY TRAVELING TO ALL!

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