Equipment List: Camino de Santiago

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I only noticed when I collected it all together for this picture, but I have a color theme going on. Everything matches! 100% unplanned.

Here is the final gear list for El Camino de Santiago.  When I return I plan to revisit this list and write about what worked, what didn’t, and if I’d add or remove anything.  But for now, here it is.

Backpack
Rain Cover
Hiking Shoes
Sandals
2 Water Bottles
Water Purification Tablets
Sleeping Sack

Clothes
– 2 Pairs of Shorts
– 2 T-Shirts (one hiking, one sleepwear)
– 1 Tank Top
– 1 Pair Yoga Pants (sleepwear)
– 1 Light Fleece Jacket
– 3 Pairs of Underwear
– 3 Pairs of Socks
– 2 Bras
– 1 Bandana

Toiletries
– Quick-dry Adventure Towel
– Toothbrush & Toothpaste
– Facewash
– Shampoo
– Contacts + Solution
– Glasses
– Earplugs
– Sunblock

Electronics
– Cell Phone & Charger
– Bluetooth Travel Keyboard*
– Headphones
– Camera
– Fitbit & Charger

Personal
– Journal & Pen
– Knee Brace
– Wallet & Passport

A few hair ties and barrettes, a keychain flashlight, and that’s it. Let me know what you think – if you think I’m forgetting anything essential, what worked for you if you’ve walked the Camino, or what you would leave behind. Buen Camino!

*I know the keyboard is a real non-essential item. However, I want to blog and keep an electronic journal and I really dislike typing on a tiny phone keyboard for extended writing. I am okay with this.

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Countdown to El Camino de Santiago

Only one day left before we leave for Spain! Crunch time. The plan, for me, is to leave for Rhode Island tomorrow morning and visit with some family, then hop on a bus Saturday to ride into Boston to meet up with my fellow walkers, Rebecca and Joanne. And then it’s a long flight, a not so long train ride, a good night’s sleep and we’re off and walking!

If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram you might have noticed something missing from my latest gear picture:

Old Blue, as I've been calling it.

Old Blue, as I’ve been calling it.

 

Sadly, on my last practice trek Old Blue sprung a leak. I knew that there was fraying on the ‘corners’ of the pack (most likely caused by taking it in and out of the stroller repeatedly on my walk across America), but upon closer inspection I noticed that those frayed areas had gone through and evolved into actual holes. Enter a new last minute addition to my gear list – a new pack!

packIt’s not something I planned for, and it meant sacrificing some other planned purchases, but I do so enjoy shiny new adventure gear. I’ve spent the last day packing and repacking this thing, trying to whittle down the weight. I’ll post a final gear list in a separate post, but my final weight as of right now is just under 15lbs. My goal was a max limit of 15lbs so I’m still meeting that self imposed limit, but I was hoping for a bit less than that honestly.

We’ll see how it fares when I’m actually off and walking.

If you’d like to read about her packing list or a more detailed post about our planned route (which I realize I haven’t really talked about at all), head on over to Rebecca’s site: From Wanderland

Gearing up for the Camino de Santiago

It’s been awhile since my last announcement and the big trip to Spain is coming up fast now!  Only a couple of more weeks and I’ll be off. I am brimming with excitement to get back out there and on another walk.

These past few months have been spent going on hikes and long walks with Anna to get back into walking shape, and slowly collecting what gear I’ll need.

Honestly it’s been good motivation to get out and explore the Richmond area. I’ve explored quite a few local parks and hiking trails that I might have otherwise put off going to. Weather permitting, I’ve been taking Anna on at least one good hike per weekend.

Anna waiting for me to catch up on our Saturday morning hike.

Anna waiting for me to catch up on our Saturday morning hike.

As for gear….  A lot of the gear I used on both my Erie Canal walk and my walk across America I either already had or bought used. Which means five additional years down the road and I’ve really worn everything out.  So I’ve been slowly collecting new gear. Thankfully while this is a long walk I won’t actually need all that much.  Not all of this is new, but here’s what I’ve gathered so far:

Gear
– Backpack*
– Hiking Shoes
– Sleep Sack
– Pillowcase
– Flashlight
– Towel
– Water Bottle x2
– Knee Brace
– Solar Charger
– Plug Converter/Adapter
– First Aid Kit

Clothing
– Hiking Socks x3
– Hiking Shorts x2
– Long Pants x1
– Tank Top
– T-Shirt
– Long-Sleeved Shirt
– Bra
– Underwear
– Swimsuit
– Bandana

Personal Items
– Phone & Charger
– Journal & Pen

And then of course Toiletries and other odds and ends like sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

What I still need to gather:
– Water Filter/Treatment
– Rain Jacket
– Rain Cover
– Travel Wallet
– Earplugs
– Camera
– Sandals
– Random stuff like dry shampoo, clothes pins, etc

I will of course update with a final gear list before I leave.  Hopefully I should have everything by next weekend.

*I really really wanted a new pack. Mostly because I love camping/backpacking gear and would love to collect them all. And it’s been awhile since I bought a pack. However it’s not in the budget and while it’s quite a bit larger than what I need, I do actually have a perfectly serviceable pack:

Old Blue, as I've been calling it.

Old Blue, as I’ve been calling it.

It’s a little stretched out and faded now, but Old Blue here has been with me for every adventure so far. On my back along the 400+/- miles along the Erie Canal and pushed along in a stroller for the 4000+/- miles across America.  It might be bigger, bulkier, and heavier than what I need, but it’ll join me for at least one more adventure across Spain.

Equipment List: Walk Across America

Making an equipment list for my walk across the US was a lot harder than making the one for walking the Erie Canal.  For one, I used a lot more gear (400+ miles vs 3000+ miles). And then what gear I had was always changing and adapting.  I’d enter different climates with different demands (winter gear for mountains) or I’d mail home gear I ended up not needing (extra clothes) or stuff that didn’t work out.

Here I’ve put together a basic list of all my gear. I’ve tried to put notes with gear that didn’t work out or stuff that I didn’t need until later. Hopefully this helps some people out while planning their own adventures. If you have any questions about gear, feel free to email or comment here.

Stroller (I had an older version of this stroller.)
Backpack
Clothes
– 1 pair of jeans (later thrown away)
– 1 pair of conversion pants
– 2 pair shorts (one for sleepwear, mailed other home in PA)
– 1 pair long cotton pants (sleepwear)
– 1 long sleeve shirt
– 2 t-shirts (1 cotton, 1 hiking)
– 2 tank tops
– 5 pairs of underwear
– 5 pairs of socks
– 2 bras (by Ohio I had only 1 for the rest of the trip)
Cold Weather Gear (gathered as I hit the Rockies)
Winter Jacket
Fleece Jacket
– Winter hat
– Winter gloves
– long underwear
– heavier winter socks (mostly to sleep in)
Shoes (New Balance trail runners)
Sun hat
Rain jacket + rain pants
Sleeping pad
Sleeping bag
Tent
Odor-proof bags
Bear Vault (added in Colorado)
Cooler (given away in Colorado)
2 Nalgene bottles
Knife
Flashlight/emergency radio
Rope
Clothes pins
Journal + pens
First Aid Kit
Stove & Cookware (both added later, and only used a handful of times)
Toiletries
– quick-dry adventure towel
– toothbrush
– toothpaste
Noxzema wipe thingies (once the first pack was gone I didn’t buy more)
– face cloth
– contacts + solution
– glasses
soap
Electronics
cell phone
netbook
– mp3 player
– digital camera
– Kindle
Solar Charger

Anna’s Gear
Anna’s Pack
-dog food
-treats
-travel dog bowl
-poop bags
-vet papers
shoes (added in Utah)
-spare collar
sleeping pad (cut in half)
-blanket to sleep on

And that’s it. I think. I had other bits and bobs – hair ties, spare batteries, lip balm, sunscreen, etc – that I didn’t include, but that’s all the major stuff. Unless I’ve forgotten something, which is completely possible.

Oh, and I also had a small ziplock bag always within reach, which carried a small notebook, pen, a bunch of my business cards, and (as time went by) business cards and notes that people I met would give me along the way.

Like I said above, if you have any questions or want a more in depth review of something, feel free to comment here or email me at Ameranth (at) gmail .com