We’ll be out the door in an hour and I should be researching a place to stay in Madrid. However, this post takes priority. I suspect that I will not be able to post here as often as I would like, while on the Camino. If I post a lot, it will likely be because we are lounging in a comfy hotel somewhere, having abandoned the walk!
Packing light truly is a fine art. I have been somewhat obsessed with trying to reduce my load but still have more than I’d like, at 6.1 (13.5 lb). A common guideline is to carry no more than 10% of one’s body weight in a back pack. My s-i-l (sister in law) N is carrying a kilo more – I couldn’t talk her out of the umbrella. But she weighs a bit more so is allowed to carry more! I did fatten myself up slightly in the last month but not enough, haha.
With a November trip, a sleeping bag is necessary since some accommodations may not be very well heated. Rain gear and warm things are necessary. The back pack to carry it all, is also necessary. That adds up to over 2 kg already. Half a litre of water is (as you science-literate readers will know) 500 g.
Various weight-cutting measures are implemented. I used an Exacto knife to cut out half of the guide book since we are not walking the whole route. I cut out the inside of a winter toque (winter hat for the non-Canucks) so it is just a single layer. I have a bar of hard soap for washing my body and clothes, instead of liquid soap which is heavier per lather effectiveness. I have weighed every one of my included items and picked the lighter of alternatives and rejected many nice-to-haves outright. I am allowing myself an extensive collection of ear plugs in a little bag because they only weigh 8 g. Had to cut back on spare pencils and pens.
Here is my complete list for the few of you who share my fascination.
|Wear||Cards: Credit, bank, medical||25|
|Wear||Passport, money, pouch||55|
|Wear||Boots – walking||800|
|Wear||Jacket – light waterproof breathable||310|
|Wear||Pants – Thermal long||125|
|Wear||Socks and underwear||70|
|Wear||Top – Long-sleeved medium weight||180|
|Wear||Top – Base layer long sleeves||120|
|Wear||Visor to keep rain off glasses||90|
|TOTAL WEARING (Typical walking day_||2055|
|Basics||Water 500 mL||500|
|Basics||Sleeping bag in case||1090|
|Misc.||i-phone, case, charger, earbuds, adaptor||190|
|Clothes||Scarf – silk, in case I need something dressy for the opera||25|
|Clothes||Shoes – plastic slip-ons for evening and shower (interesting fashion contrast for the opera)||175|
|Clothes||Socks – 3 spare pairs, various weights||105|
|Clothes||Top – Fleece jacket zip front||300|
|Clothes||Top – Medium weight long sleeve zip neck (200 g)||230|
|Clothes||Top – long sleeved base layer||130|
|Clothes||Pants – base layer long||145|
|Clothes||Underpants (2 spares)||55|
|Clothes||Cloth bag for clothes/pillow||60|
|Misc.||1/2 guide book||160|
|Misc.||2 garbage bags (1 inside pack, 1 for outside)||70|
|Misc.||Notebook, pens, pencils, eraser||75|
|Misc.||Nylon shopping bag||35|
|Misc.||Rain cover for pack||75|
|Misc.||Towel in plastic bag||85|
|Misc.||Misc. supplies: Pencil, eraser, duct tape, spare glasses, elastic bandage, ear plugs, twist ties, bandaids, wipes, samplings of various over-the-counter medicines )||170|
|Toiletries||Day-use bag (35g): Antiseptic wipes (67g), kleenex (21), t.paper (28g), spork (10), knife (20), safety pins (5), handkerchief (20), lipgloss (10), light (40), sewing (5), vaseline for feet (45)||295|
|Toiletries||Night-use bag (55g): Tooth brush (8g), paste (30g), floss (15 g), comb (16), Advil (20), medication (15), shampoo (42), lotion (37), scissors (19), tweezers (8), clothesline and safety pins (20), hair gel (17), earplugs (7), q-tips (3), soap (41)||375|
|Toiletries||First aid – blister care, bandaids||50|
|TOTAL IN BACKPACK 13.5 lb.||6122g|
5 thoughts on “We’re off and walking (to the bus stop, for the airport, on a camino)”
Hi, good luck on your journey. my husband and I walked from St. Jean Pied la Port to Santago Sept/Oct of this year. Packing light is essential, but just in case you have a bad day (I did get sick, and was down for a couple of days, and after that while I could walk the extra weight mad it difficult) I thought I would let you know that there is a luggage service http://www.jacotrans.com which we used several times. it was a big help! again good luck with your journey – it is an amazing trip.
I remember the various iterations of your perfect packing plan for your 1965 trip to Vancouver.
You exaggerate my history, Anonymous !
I see you left the lipstick at home.
Can you tell?
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