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One Pilgrim's Sure Fire Cure All Bullet Proof Camino Packing List

Discussion in 'What equipment should you use and take' started by HuskyNerd, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. anaon

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    Thank you so much folk for the really useful packing info. I was getting a bit worried as I went down as I couldn't see any ladies packing info. Leaving 10th May.
     
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    Just another quickie....... When I walked from Sarria to Santiago in 2011 all the albergues handed out disposable pillow covers and mattress covers. Do they not do that all along the way?
     
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    Hello @Judi. I think it is just the albergues in Galicia that hand out disposable sheet and pillow case. The rest of the route you don't get that service.

    Regarding the original post, as someone with absolutely no experience of hiking and with no gear whatsoever, I found @HuskyNerd 's thread a particularly useful starting point. I have now walked two full caminos and have refined my pack I list with my new-found experience.

    If you are looking for a pack list from a (mature) woman's point of view you may like to take a look at my pack list and assessment of clothes and gear (links below). I hope it is helpful.

    Packing list

    Assessment of clothes and gear

    Edited...December 2016 - have now walked four caminos and have posted a new link to my updated packing list and assessment below.
     
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    Magwood thank you so much for the reply. Really useful and I will be using your tips. x
     
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    Magwood Super Moderator Donating Member

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    You're very welcome @Judi. I notice you are from Devon. Did you know there is s group of pilgrims who meet regularly in your area? If not let me know and I will find contact details for you.
     
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    Oh, @Magwood that would be lovely. Thank you. It would be brilliant to be able to be in contact with more peregrinos/as.
     
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    @Judi here is a link to the thread on the "other" forum where the arrangements are made for meetings, usually in Exeter. I'm not sure about the etiquette of posting threads between forums but on the assumption that we are all pilgrims together, I hope that Leslie doesn't mind. And if he does, can he please let me know for future reference :rolleyes:

    It seems you have missed out on a meeting in early March, which is a shame. I also meet with a couple of pilgrims occasionally in Worle, a small town near Weston super Mare, when I go to visit my daughter. It is incredible that three of us are so closely geographically linked.

    What amazing places these forums are!
    Buen camino!
     
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    @Magwood would love the link. Might there be a meet up early April? Thank you @Leslie.
     
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    Magwood Super Moderator Donating Member

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    @Judi , just click on the word 'link' in my post above. I don't know how often they meet, but probably not as frequently as monthly.
     
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    @Magwood North Devon is a bit far for me. No car . Have now got packing sorted. Thank you for the extra tips. The next few weeks will be spent getting my mental prep sorted. Adios.
     
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    I've been reading through many of the older posts since joining the forums recently. What a wealth of information. Thanks to Leslie for providing this great outlet. i walked from Aire sur l'Ardur to Pomplona Sep/Oct 2015 and almost immediately knew I had to return and complete my Camino. I'd prefer to start in SJPdP and recross the Pyrenees again, but it's beginning to look like starting in Pamplona. looks like start date is September 8, 2016, taking 33-34 days to Santiago.
    Anyway, I've been working on a packing list based on all the good info here.

    First query: Do I really need a sleeping bag? I have a silk liner that I was hoping would be sufficient. My bag is a 3 season so I would think too warm and frankly don't want to buy a new one.

    I walked in shorts every day last time even the one rainy day. I have 3 pair of hiking pants with zippered legs. Two are very light, one heavier. I thought I'd take the two lighter pair, but remove the legs from the second pair since they are interchangable. Enough?

    My main backpack I've used here for mountain trips in the Sierra is an Osprey Exos 46, which fits well and is light. I've been doing training walks/hikes using a 30L day pack, but I think it will be too small, i can get everything in it but sandals and the sleeping bag, while the Exos is slightly too big. Thoughts?
     
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    Based on reading all the great info posted throughout this forum I have decided to keep the Exos 46, take a sleeping bag, use a poncho for rain, and pack minimally.

    Today I laid out everything I plan on taking (not that I'm getting antsy or anything with 189 days to go!) and packed everything. There's room left over which is ok as long as I don't fill it. Without snacks or water it was 12 pounds (5.44kg) I'm pretty happy with that. I'll go through it several (lots I'm sure) more times to be sure I have everything I need and nothing I don't.

    My 24 oz. water bottle adds 1.5 pounds, but while I'm carrying that now on training hikes, I won't have that much water to actually carry on the Camino. Last year I carried a 12 oz. bottle that never ran dry.

    Now I'll do my training with this pack rather than the day pack I was using with 17 pounds on board (a couple small dumbbells and water.)

    Buen Camino
     
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    Hi Randy

    That sounds ideal – But don’t be tempted to fill the available space you have left with “Just In Case” items, instead use it for taking some Good Spanish Wine back home with you :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Probably some good (isn't it all) Rioja!!
     
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    To be Honest Randy, It is difficult for me to recall a bad one, especially after 30k of walking in the heat / rain ;-)

    There is a Good saying that goes something like “El Vino Tinto es el gasolina del peregrino” that I Have to agree with :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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    And NZ wool!!
     
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    Having now got four full caminos under my belt (probably should be under my boots!) I have written an updated assessment of clothes and gear, including a link to my packing list. Anyone interested can see it here.
     
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    Loved reading your lists and am very impressed with the detail but oh dear so much stuff. I walked last year with a 6kg backpack and that was plenty. When I go again I will attempt to lighten it a little. Congratulations on your persistence with your lists and reviews. Buen Camino
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey Magwood - Very helpful and informative list. Could you tell us what your loaded pack weighs?
     
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    Hey @Wily. Too much! A link to my pack list is here including the weight of every item. My pack weighed 7.7 kilos, but I also carried a waist pack weighing 1.7 kilos. The above included 1.7 kilos of tech items which most people would not want to bother with. I am strong and can manage the weight, but will definitely be leaving a few items behind next year.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey Magwood - I walked with a very similar weight of 8.2 kgs. For my liking, that was a bit too much, and like you, I will be leaving a few items behind when I walk again in the spring. Anything that didn't come out of the pack is definitely being left home. Like many first time pilgrims, I did have the "what if" mindset, so I carried some non-essential items. But, more importantly, I learned from the experience itself what was really necessary and what wasn't. Experience once again turned out to be a great teacher! So, even though I, too, was strong enough to carry the weight I took, I'd still prefer to walk with a lighter rather than a heavier pack. "To walk far, carry less."
     
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