I'm still umming and ahing about whether to do the Camino or not. If I decide to do it, it's going to have to be mid February (anyone else going around this time?) I'm going to buy the John Brierley guide, I'm hoping this will get me thinking about the planning of how I'm going to walk it, where I'm going to stay etc. I was looking at backpacks and footwear today at one of those outdoor equipment stores, there's so much choice (too much in fact), it's bewildering. Any recommendations of backpack makes to get, what size? With the footwear I think I'll get a trail trainer rather than a boot, again, any makes you recommend? What about when you weren't walking, did you pack some gear to wear for the evening, another pair of trainers? Some flip-flops to wear when you took a shower? How did you dry your clothes, are there areas to hang it up? Are there pillows at the albergues? Did you sleep in a sleeping bag on top of your bed? Do you have to spray the bed first in case of bed bugs? Are breakfasts always provided at albergues? How much spending money did you carry on you? Will most albergues have heating and hot water in February?