Camino Gear (Packing List)

Packing List for the Camino de Santiago (September-October)

UPDATE June 2012: As this is the most viewed webpage on my blog, I thought I would wish all who come here Buen Camino! May your journeys on the Camino and in life bring you the adventure, and peace, you seek. 

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
–Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)

Experienced pilgrims suggest that your Camino backpack should weigh about 10% of your body weight. That sounds great, but it is a bit ambitious for most first-time pilgrims. It’s okay if you overpack; there is usually a Correos (post office) in every town where you can box up extra items and mail them to yourself at the Santiago de Compostela post office.

It took me about three weeks on the Camino to figure out what I truly needed, versus what was extraneous. Part of what made the decision tough was the weather changing from summer to autumn.

Below is my final packing list for walking the Camino in September and October 2008. I have made notes next to each item about its usefulness:

Backpack (65L Osprey women’s pack): My backpack was too big. It was nice to have the extra room to carry food, but adding food meant more weight. Next time I would try to find a smaller pack.

Waterproof sack for clothes: Yes, very handy!

2 pairs of convertible pants: I wore one pair walking and one pair at night, while the walking pair dried on the laundry line

1 travel skirt (Macabi): Great in theory, and would be good in the warm, summer months. However, by the end of September it was getting too cold to wear the skirt at night. I ended up mailing it.

3 short sleeve shirts: I walked in one shirt and wore another shirt at night while doing laundry and going to dinner. I mailed the third one.

1 long sleeve shirt: Because the weather was colder than expected, I ended up wearing my long sleeved shirt while walking, and had to buy a second one to wear in the evening while the first one dried.

Long underwear bottoms: Used a couple of times. Would take again, just for peace of mind.

Underwear: I actually took too many pairs and ended up mailing a few back. I would stick with 4-5 pairs.

Socks: Smartwool, 4 pairs. Ended up working out okay. One pair got messed up because of Compeed, but I still wore them. I wouldn’t take fewer than four pairs. It usually took about 2 or 3 days for each pair to dry, unless you found a secadora/dryer.

Shorts & t-shirt to sleep in: Perfect for me.

Fleece zip-up jacket, no hood: Yes, wore almost every day.

Rain jacket: Yes. Try to get as lightweight as possible, because you don’t want too much weight in the pack. If it is cold and raining, you can just layer up with your other shirts.

Poncho: I thought my poncho was going to be the love of my life and I ended up really detesting it. The most use I got out of it was using it as a ground cloth when we stopped to take rest breaks. If I were to go again, I would invest in a high quality rain cover for my backpack, instead of a poncho.

Sun hat: Very helpful, especially on the meseta where there is little shade. Also became useful in the rain, keeping water off my face. Make sure you get a WIDE brim.

Knit cap: Yes, very useful in the early morning and nighttime cold.

Hiking boots: I wore Vasque waterproof boots and they failed me twice. There were two rainy days where my feet got soaked. One thing I think would have made a difference: Rain Pants. I think rain pants would have kept water from running down my legs onto my socks, which then would have kept my feet dry. Make sure you have good waterproof boots and rain pants. Even if it only rains one day, you will save yourself from one day of misery.

Extra laces for boots: Most brilliant thing I took with me because they were so useful as a laundry line. Even though I didn’t need them to replace the ones in my boots, it was nice knowing I had them with me, and they weigh next to nothing.

Merrill shoes: Perfect shoes to wear at the end of the day. Light weight and kept my toes covered.

Sleeping bag – down, 3-season:. PERFECT. Most alburgues are warm enough at night that you don’t need a heavy bag. When it got colder, alburgues offered blankets.

Toiletries
Shampoo/conditioner, small bar of body soap (YES)
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss (YES)
Contacts, contact solution & cleaner, glasses, eye drops, sink stopper (YES. Especially the sink stopper. We used it a lot for sink laundry.)
Ear plugs, comb, hair bands, safety pins, chapstick (Yes to all. Also wished I have brought 6 laundry pins with me.)
Advil, Cold Ease, water tablets (YES to Advil or your pain medication of choice. No to cold ease and water tablets. Most water is potable, and if you get a cold you can find medication at a Farmacia along the way. Not worth the weight.)
Toilet paper (travel size), tissues (YES.)
Travel towel & washcloth (Yes)

Other
Sunglasses (YES)
Headlamp (3 AAA batteries) (YES)
Camera, USB cable, camera charger, adapter for Euro plugs (YES)
Money Belt – Wallet, Passport, copies of important papers (YES)
John Brierley Camino guide (The Confraternity of St. James also offers a useful guide.)
mini New Testament w/ Psalms
Journal, pens, mechanical pencil
Calendar, sponsor info

Platypus water bladder (fits into backpack): I LOVED my water bladder and would definitely use it again. I also carried a plastic water bottle with me, which was mostly kept empty, as it was useful to have every once in a while.

Trekking poles (DEFINITELY)
Cane (for visual impairment)

Things I did not take that I wished I had for walking in September and October:
-A second long sleeved shirt. I ended up buying one in Fromista.
-A high quality rain cover for my backpack instead of a poncho
-Rain pants. They are worth their weight in your pack, even if it only rains one day.
-A pillowcase. I ended buying one in Estella. Almost every alburgue has a pillow on the bunk bed. It was nice to have our own pillowcase to put over potential bed bugs. (And yes, people did get nasty bed bug bites in some of the alburgues.)
-6 laundry pins. Not necessary, but would have been useful on a couple of windy days.
-Small pocket knife. My friend had one and it came in handy for slicing cheese, bread, fruit when we ate lunch along the trail. Not necessary, but occasionally helpful.

Things I am GLAD I Did NOT Take:
-Sleeping pad. In the autumn, most alburgues always had room. I debated long and hard about whether or not I should take one, and I am glad I did not. I never would have used it.
-Light weight silk sleeping sack. I do not think I would have used it.
-Bandaids. If you need them, buy Compeed in Spain. The trick to Compeed is to warm up the bandage in your hands before applying it. Trust me, it works much better when you do this.

Questions? Feel free to email me at luciwalks @ gmail.com (no spaces).

Last updated June 23, 2012.

60 Responses to “Camino Gear (Packing List)”

  1. Clea Says:

    Thanks Luci, most helpful. Want to try and get it right! Setting off mid September so very apt,
    Besos

  2. Christine Minch Says:

    So helpful! Did the alburgues and hostales provide hair dryers? Did you not need lotion or sun block?

    • Luci Says:

      I did not see any hair dryers on the Camino. I think most people went with the natural, wind blown look. :) My friend, Ann, brought sun screen and I used that a couple of days, but most people just wore hats to cover their head/faces if they sunburned easily.

  3. jmeyersforeman Says:

    thanks, my husband and I were having the rain poncho debate! so we will go with good rain gear, and cover for our packs! leaving on our journey mid september!

    • Luci Says:

      Awesome! I hope you have a good – and dry! – Camino! :) You will love walking in September and October and seeing all the harvests going on. The vineyards will be beautiful! Buen Camino!

  4. sully Says:

    wayyyy to much stuff….women! *chuckle*

    • Luci Says:

      LOL – Fair enough, Sully. Most men could probably get away with taking half the things on this list. So, what’s on your packing list?

  5. Capt. Buddy Says:

    Thanks, Luci. Your list is confirmation that we have planned correctly. My wife and I are only able to do the Sarria – Santiago stages this year. But see it as a warm up for the full Camino Frances. We have been concerned about getting the right gear for late September, and your list is just what we needed.

    • Luci Says:

      Glad I could help, Capt. Buddy! I hope your trip went well!

      • Capt. Buddy Says:

        It was the best thing we have ever done. The irony is that we sent most of our gear ahead via mail, to one of my Spanish cousins. When we arrived in Spain, we learned that the Spanish customs would not allow our packages in without paying an import duty.
        So our first Camino challenge was to re-outfit ourselves as best we could. And it turned out well. We missed our hiking gear, but would not trade our experiences for anything in the world.
        Buen Camino

  6. Gail Says:

    Your list is very help, as I’m going from Sept 20 onwards. I’m wondering: a) what was the temperature range on your 3-season bag; and b) do you recommend a heavier fleece overjacket or a thinner fleece sweater-like garment? I have a 10 C bag (~50 F) and a silk liner to add warmth, but my experimental overnights in it suggest that it could be quite cold if the temp really did fall to 10-15 C. My fleece jacket is a lot heavier than a light fleece sweater, so don’t want to take it unless I’ll freeze in the light fleece (also have a light breathable rain jacket). Thanks.

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Gail,

      Please accept my sincere apologies for not responding to your comment sooner! I hope your Camino went well and that you stayed warm! Did you find you took the appropriate clothes?

      For anyone else reading this, my suggestion would be to take a light fleece jacket and then a separate light rain coat. Between those two thing, and your tshirt, long sleeved shirt, and knit cap, you can layer to stay warm. Not sure the temperatures my 3-season bag covers, but there was only one night I was cold and that was when I actually slept outside. In that case, the refugio had a wool blanket I used over my sleeping bag.

      Again, I hope your Camino went well!

      Luci

  7. Lisa Offner Says:

    I browsed your blog Luci. I pray God brings you that man that is the desire of your heart. I am inspired by you. Keep living!

  8. Betzabe Orozco Says:

    Thank yu so much for your list. It was really helpfull and pretty close of my “list”. I´m doing my Camino on May 2013 and I´m really excited!

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Betzabe! I’m so glad I could help. I bet you are excited! Just remember, “the camino begins the moment you decide to go on it”… so, in a way, you have already begun. May the road rise gently beneath your feet! -Luci

    • Pauline Says:

      I too am doing it starting May 2 2013. If you see a Gregory Jade backpack with Canadian Flag, pls approach. Im a reiki master,therapeutic practitionet and reflexologist. I am walking out of SJPP on May 3. I enjoy meeting people from everywhere so say hello.

      Also I want to hook up with friends to walk with each day. I will be offering reiki to friends in pain.
      Pauline from Canada

      • Valerie O'Hare Says:

        Dearest Pauline,
        I will be trekking and tent camping the El Camino with my sixteen year old and twelve year old daughters leaving around 26 May 2013. We are from Alaska. Please feel free to Facebook us and perhaps we will meet towards the end of our journeys. We,too, love meeting folks from all over. We will have an Alaskan flag on one of our packs and will be easily identified as my 16 yr daughter is 6 fee tall and is planning to buzz cut her hair for her journey. Valerie- Eagle River
        P.

        All other pilgrims wishing to share tips, plans, excitement before, during, and after, feel free to email us.
        subject May Camino 2013. We are sooooooo excited!!!
        PSS: Thanks for the great list, Luci! Happy Trails!

  9. Delinda Says:

    Thank you for this information. My husband I leave to do the Camino on April 17, 2013 and we are so excited beyond words. Your list is very helpful. I am just hoping to keep my pack weight really low.

  10. caitlinliz Says:

    Very helpful! My boyfriend and I are planning on doing the Camino this July which will not be as rainy/chilly as your time there in the fall. I can’t wait!! My biggest worry is packing too much or packing the wrong things, so this helped me a lot. Thank you :)

    http://caitlinliz.com

    • Luci Says:

      Hi caitlinliz! Thanks for the comment. I just briefly skimmed your blog and love it! Sounds like we have a lot in common. I can’t wait to follow you on your Camino journey. Let me know if you have any other questions. Buen Camino!

  11. Carole T. Flounders Says:

    Carole Flounders says:

    My husband and I are planning to go the last week of September and the first two weeks of October. Your packing list was perfect for us to follow and saved a lot of guessing work. We are both 67 years old and very active and planning to do our first walk – the final 130 kilometers of the walk. Does anyone know if it is flat or hilly?

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Carole! Congrats on deciding to walk the Camino! You will not regret it. Yes, the final 130km is hilly, but not mountinous. It is in Galacia, which is beautiful and green. Enjoy!

    • Laurie Says:

      Thanks, Luci – very helpful!

      Carole T: That’s about the exact time I’m walking the Portuguese route (Porto-Santiago). Perhaps I’ll see you & you husband in Santiago! I have a unique shell – a real shell – that a friend painted for me and put it on a leather band.

      Buen Camino!

      Laurie B.

  12. Sarah B. Says:

    Thank you so much for this list. I am finding it very helpful. I’ll be going Sept 11th, 2013. I have just started a blog for my friends and family, so I’ll try to find out how to link yours onto it once I figure out all its functions. There is a sea of information out there, and I found this list to be a solid place to look for reference.

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for the comment. I’m happy to know my list is helpful. I think you’re starting on the same day I did – fun! You will love it. :)

  13. Newfoundland Traveller Says:

    Perhaps you can keep your pack down to 12 pounds. I ended up sending home 3.5kg of stuff..the rain pants,down vest,leg braces,heavy socks, gaiters,sleeping bag liner and other items. I gave away the binoculars and camera case and some first aid items. I also sent home a skirt which was not flattering and too heavy. I had to purchase a fleecy and Altus ponch as my poncho was rotten and ripped and I was cold.

  14. Jan T. Says:

    What size sink stopper do you recommend taking on the Camino?

  15. Newfoundland Traveller Says:

    Just received this way too late! Hope your trip was amazing. How did the girls enjoy it? Any problems? I arrived in Santiago on June 3 so I dont think we could have met up.

  16. David Koveleski Says:

    Hello,
    Im am david I learned about this pilgrimage in my seinor year of high school a year ago. I have dreamed of doing the trip. Any tips on preparing my body for the hiking and camping?

    • Luci Says:

      Hi David,

      First – Please accept my apologies for not responding sooner!

      The best way to prepare your body for the Camino is to start walking. A lot. :) Preferably wearing your hiking boots and backpack.

      My friend and I would take practice hikes in the months leading up to the Camino and gradually lengthen the distance of the walk and add to the weight of the pack. You’ll want to know what your body can handle before heading out the first day on the Camino, so that you don’t risk walking too far and potentially injuring yourself.

      If you have the time and means, I also recommend simply walking as much as possible in your daily life, leading up to your departure.

      I hope this helps! Buen Camino!
      Luci

  17. Nextpilgrim Says:

    Thank you so much for this list! It´s one of the most complet I read! I found the same backpack as you here http://www.peregrinoteca.com/tienda/mochila-osprey-ariel-azul-gris-p-18018.html I purchase in the same shop an altus atmospheric poncho , John Brierley Camino guide and a shell, of course ;) I have decided not to buy my shoes there, but a tip for choose your boots or trekking shoes is write in the advanced search the word “Camino” for seeing ideas of the most suitable models http://www.peregrinoteca.com/tienda/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=camino&search_in_description=1&inc_subcat=1&page=2 Thank you! I will start in April…Can´t wait,
    Regards
    XoXo

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  19. Deena Says:

    I heard you need a skirt to go in the churches…is that true?

    • Newfoundland Traveller Says:

      Sent my skirt home…I just wore my hiking pants at all the churches. I know a friend who had two lightweight dresses with her and she actually walked in them some days. If you have a lightweight skirt, why not? I bought a pair of shorts in SJPP and only wore them twice. This May I am doing the Camino Portugues and I have the North Face convertible pants. Good luck and buen camino!

  20. Deena Says:

    Thanks for your response…leaving March 23…hoping it isn’t too early.heard Orrisson doesn’t open until March 31. Buen Camino to you!

  21. Ivan Loredo Vidal Says:

    Hello Lucy, just finished reading your “El Camino” pre-autumn kit blog kit list.

    Thanks for sharing it. I´m about to embark on my first Camino pilgrimage from the end of April til the begining of June and I do suffer from a bad back so taking the essential is of paramount relevance for me.

    I´m trying to determine the rainfall forecast (for post spring – pre summer), perhaps you know of a reliable site I can check.

    I was wondering if you had any info on whether or not to take a sleeping bag for said dates. From what you wrote I assume a matress is unnecessary.

    What about ATM´s on the way…are they available on every rest stop at night (as are cyber places)?

    Hope you can shed some light on the subject.

    Cheers.

    Ivan.

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Ivan,

      Sleeping bag – I would much rather be too warm than too cold and shivering, so I would take a 3-season, down sleeping bag. They are lightweight, and compact very well.

      ATMs – You will have no problems finding ATMs on the Camino Frances. They can be found just about anywhere.

      Weather site – I`m partial to accuweather.com, but I`m not sure how accurate their long-term rainfall forecast is.

      I know the details can seem overwhelming before you start the Camino – a lot of unknowns! But, I truly believe the hardest part is simply starting. Once you start walking, you will quickly adapt and discover what works and what doesn`t. I wish you well on your journey! :)

      Luci

  22. Newfoundland Traveller Says:

    I did my first camino last May so I can answer your question about ATMs and internet cafes. I took 500 euros with me andas I had a limit of 500 Can. on my debit card I took out 240 euros every week at the bigger centers-Estella, Ponferrada, etc. You see many of the ATMs on the outside of buildings. I allowed for about 30 euros a day. It is a lot more if you are not using the albergues. Ive heard of pilgrims taking 2000 euros with them. That is a lot of money to lose to thieves,if robbed. As for using the internet, there is wiifii in many albergues,hotels and cafes. There are computers in many albergues, 20 minutes costing one euro. Buen camino!

  23. stella Says:

    Hello people, pilgrims. I am walking the traditional way, starting in may of this year. I am wondering what shoes and sleeping bags you like and would recommend.
    Thank you in advance,
    Stella

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Stella,

      I love, love, loved my 3-season, down sleeping bag. It was perfect for me when I walked in the autumn. Since I haven`t walked in May, I`m not sure what the night temperatures would be like. Perhaps someone else who sees this can advise if a 3-season bag would work for spring as well…?

      As for shoes – I would definitely advise wearing hiking boots that help stabilize your ankles because most of the walk is on gravel surfaces. Waterproof boots are essential. Other than that, just make sure your boots are comfortable to you and that you spend as much time as possible wearing them and breaking them in before you start the Camino.

      Buen Camino!
      Luci

  24. Izayana Navas-Garcia Says:

    Hello! This was a wonderful list and definitely helped me add some last minute necessities. I’m walking Mid May – Mid June 2014 starting from SJPP so if anyone wants to give a shout, feel free to add me on facebook to meet up on the trail!

  25. Dawn Says:

    I’m prepping for the walk in sept/oct 2014. Thank you for posting such a specific list. It is by far the most helpful I have found.

    What was the average temperature when you walked? Did you encounter snow or exceptionally cold temperatures at the higher elevations?

    I”ll be wearing my Vibram’s five fingers and I’m trying to decide if I need to buy another pair designed for snow. The one’s I wear now are perfect for trekking thru mud, rivers, and rugged trails.

    Dawn

    • Luci Says:

      Hi Dawn! I did not encounter any snow on my walk between Sept-October 2008. And, unfortunately, I don’t know the exact temperatures we encountered. Here’s what I can tell you…

      When we started in Roncesvalles, Navarra, I would start the day in a t-shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it and pants. After walking an hour or so, I would shed the long sleeved shirt and be fine in the short sleeved shirt. At nights, during the first two-three weeks in September, it was warm enough to wear a skirt and t-shirt, and sometimes I needed a fleece.

      Around the beginning of October, I would wear the long-sleeved shirt over my t-shirt longer into the day, and opted for pants (not the skirt) at night. By mid-October I was wearing my t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, and fleece in the mornings and shedding the fleece once the noon day sun peaked. I also relied on my knit, winter hat to help regulate temperatures during the early morning and evenings.

      The warmest weather was probably mid-80’s. There were really only one or two days in mid-September when I thought I would pass out from the heat/walking. If you encounter this, keep drinking water and listen to your body!

      The coldest weather I experienced was probably in the 40’s, and always at night or early morning. I probably wore my long underwear under my pants two or three times, at most. Again, no snow, just cold temps and sometimes rainy. Refugios would offer blankets once the cold weather hit.

      As for your footwear, I trust that you are used to walking long miles in your Vibram’s. One thing I would mention is when I walked in 2008, we walked on a LOT of gravel. And not the small, friendly, pebble kind of gravel… We’re talking golf ball sized, ankle-twisters. Perhaps the route has been paved more in the last six years…? Maybe someone else reading this can tell us. Assuming it is the same though, I would make sure your ankles can handle that kind of walking in your Vibram’s.

      I’m so happy you found my list and that it was helpful to you! It was fun for me to take a few minutes out of my work day to reminisce about my journey. I sincerely wish you a happy Camino!

      Luci

  26. Dawn Says:

    Luci,
    Thank you for taking time to reply. It is extremely helpful. You have given me a clear idea on what to pack. I’ll be following your list and advice closely. 😊

    I’m very use to Vibrams, since they are all I wear. Today I walked over 10 miles in my casual ones. The day before I did 9 miles in the sport pair. I’m testing to see which pairs to bring. So far, I have happy feet, zero blisters.

    I went ahead and ordered the Vibram Lontras, which are designed for snow/cold weather. They have good ankle support, which my other of Vibrams lack. With the gravel you described ankle support sounds necessary. 3 pairs of Vibrams weigh less than one pair of Nikes and squish down even smaller. So I can safely bring multiple pairs without weighing down my pack and switch shoes in accordance to terrain.

    I’m bringing a hammock (weighs 7oz). Although, I plan on spending most nights in albergues, I thought the hammock would be nice for taking breaks during the day or occasionally camping at night. Did you see many trees/places to hang hammocks or was it mostly open fields?

    Thanks again for your help. 😊

    Dawn

  27. Lynwood Says:

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Thank
    you for providing this info.

  28. Sandi Smith Says:

    Just a quick reply to Dawn. I’m also walking Aug/Sept 2014. Leaving SJPdP on Aug 24. I hope we meet up.

    I have a question for you Luci- I’m packing most of what you mention but I’m torn about the sleeping bag. I can’t afford a down bag so I was thinking of taking my silk liner with a thin coolmax blanket. If I wear my base layer pants with a warm long sleeved top, do you think it might be alright?

    • Dawn Says:

      Hi Sandi,
      Hopefully we’ll meet on the way. I’ll probably head to SJPDP around September 5th. If you see a brunet wearing a baseball cap sporting a blue backpack with a bright yellow smiley face, that’d be me. 😃

      Buen Camino

  29. Kiwi Says:

    Thank you for this! I am walking Leaving St Jean on the 1st of September and needed to figure out a packing list. Going to use yours as a starting point.

  30. Lynn Says:

    Really helpful post! My husband and I are starting 8th September from SJPP and I have read tons of posts but this thread has been very helpful and reassuring. I plan on carrying about 7.5k and we have been training up to a replica of the height gain and length of the first couple of days over the Pyrenees. I am a bit apprehensive as I turned 60 three weeks ago but more excited than nervous, just thinking ‘bring it on’ now.

  31. Newfoundland Traveller Says:

    Just back on June 6 from my second camino, Camino Portugues, and wanted to comment on weight of pack. Once again I took 20 lbs of stuff, and once again sent home 3 kg of stuff I really didn’t need. I sent home a skirt, a top, my Kobo reader, reflecting bands, an extra bag for shopping for food, small light, and some first aid items. Next year I’m doing Primitivo and I’m taking 10 lbs only. I will take my sleeping bag, only one change of clothes, light sandals for evenings, camara, guide, new lightweight poles(Black Diamond z poles..only 13 oz), small amt of personal care items and first aid items. I’ve packed the smaller knapsack Asolo. Check out my ebook about my first camino, Camino Frances, at http://www.smashwords.com. It is called Strong Camino Woman. Buen camino!

    • Mark Says:

      Since your Canadian I thought I’d ask, did you take a phone? I have an unlocked phone and use it for email, maps, compass, phoning home etc and was wondering if you have any advice on buying a sim card. Brands, costs, if I buy it in France will it work in Spain? Will it cost me a arm and a leg to phone home?
      thanks

      • Newfoundland Traveller Says:

        I took a phone both times. I bought a package for $45 which included 60 min of calls and unltd incoming texts and 200 outgoing texts. I paid $20 extra for more calls at fifty cents a minute. Wifi is available so no trouble sending or answering emails. I left my ipad home but my friend used hers.

  32. Dawn Says:

    If you have a smart phone there are many free apps you can download that will enable you to make free (or a few cents a min) phone calls to any country, from any country, when connected to wifi. It even works when calling landlines. You can even send text messages to other smart phones.

    A good version of this app for iPhone is called WePhone. I used this app a lot when I spent 4 months traveling across South East Asia. I often made calls from both my iPad and iPhone.

    There are lots of similar apps out there for different wifi enabled devices. You will have frequent access to wifi along the Camino. Food for thought…

  33. Mark Says:

    Thanks Dawn ……great tip!

  34. Teresa Says:

    Leaving, God willing, mid September for 5-6 pilgrimage, age 70, both hesitant and determined after yearning for this quest for over 20 years. Robust health, tricky knees at times, north-country conditioned. Pray for me.

    • Dawn Says:

      Hi Teresa,
      I am arriving in SJPP on the Sept. 5th and beginning my trek over the the Pyrenees on the 8th. I am waiting for my friend to arrive.

      I too have a tricky knee. I injured my left ACL a few years back and it
      gets a bit unstable during long walks with or without carrying a backpack. I have recently started wearing a Neo G knee strap around my knee to lend it stability. It’s a thin band (less than 2″ wide) but seems to help a lot, and only it weighs 1.2 oz. I bought it on Amazon.com for $12.99. Mueller makes a similar knee band that also works well.

      By the way, Your age is inspiring! I hope to see you out there. 😃

      Buen Camino

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