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2019 Camino Trek Alone But Which Route

Discussion in 'The Camino Portugues' started by BelindaSBrown, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. RJS

    RJS Well-Known Member

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    Hi again Amy

    I would also say that including Walking Pole(s) in your kit is (Almost) essential – I have used one on all of the Caminos that I have walked (+ most of the other long distance paths + trekking in Nepal) and like a wise old Cumbrian Farmer once said to me when talking about walking with a Stick “It’s like having a third leg” :)

    The only problem that I see with including them in your kit list is transporting them to and from the starting point of your Camino.

    And here, I should now declare that I have an interest, as I might have a solution to this problem ethically made in Nepal.

    If you choose to take them in your hand luggage, you should be aware, that different countries have different restrictions on what you can carry as cabin luggage, and although trekking poles might well be acceptable as cabin luggage in the US, they aren’t in many European countries such as where I live, the UK – You can see this on the UK government website at https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/sports-equipment where is stipulates that Walking/hiking poles are not allowed as cabin luggage. So if you are transiting via the UK, you should be prepared to check them in, and as the UK (Still) follows European rules, the probability is that you could also run into issues in other European countries – Therefore you might like to have something like a “Trekking Pole Pro-Tector” so that. If necessary, you could check your trekking poles into Hold Luggage.


    You might prefer to check in your backpack to hold luggage, and if this was the case you might want to consider using a Rucksack Pro-Tector” - The smallest Trekker size would probably suit your needs and would both help ensure that your rucksack got safely to your Camino starting point, then could be used in its second function as a water resistant liner for your Rucksack on the walk, and if you have it transported ahead, you can then lock it to help prevent any petty pilfering – Just an idea as I have sold quite a few of these to other pilgrims walking Camino’s :)

    If you wish, You can read more about both Rucksack Pro-Tector’s and Trekking Pole Pro-Tector’s on my website at https://www.pro-tector.co.uk/

    The biggest problem with checking in luggage is that sometimes it doesn’t arrive at your destination airport and there have been quite a lot of discussions on this on here as IF this were to happen it would cause massive problems – I checked out the statistics and, unfortunately it looks as though “In the United States, an average of 1 in 150 people have their checked baggage misdirected or left behind each year” according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_luggage

    But thankfully this appears to be an improving situation :) https://apex.aero/2017/05/04/sita-baggage-report-2017-lost-luggage-technology

    With mobile phones, have you considered utilising things like WhatsApp and Messenger – I use these all of the time to chat with my friends all around the world – and the Big Advantage is that, It’s FREE – OK, you need Wi-Fi, but these days there are so many free Hot Spots that, at last most days, this won’t be a problem :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

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