Well, almost packed.
I’ve been working intently on The Book all month (that’s a mild way of saying I’ve been up until 2 or 3 every night for at least two weeks), but yesterday I finally let it go, sending it off to a group of beta readers.
And while they’re reading, I’ll be re-living Chapters 11-13. I leave in just over 36 hours for the airport, and Camino 1.3!
Time to put the computers away and start packing.
The last time I packed for a Camino, there was still snow in the ground in places. This time, I’m planning for lots of sun and temperatures in the 80s most days. That means I can cut back on the wool shirts and scarves.
But still, when it’s all spread out like this it doesn’t feel like a minimal trip. What IS all this stuff?
My 2017 Summer Camino Packing List:
- Backpack: Gregory Jade 38L
- Sleeping Bag: REI 55 Sack
- Travel pillow: ThermaRest small (Read: Ode to a Travel Pillow)
- Travel towel, 24×48”
- Guidebook: Brierley’s A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago (my 2015 review)
- Water bottle: 750 mL
- 1 trail tank (Sierra Designs)
- 1 roll-up pants (Columbia Saturday Trail)
- 1 Buff (headband or neck wrap)
- 1 sunhat (OR Sol)
- 2 pair socks (SmartWool)
- 1 pair boots (Salomon X Ultra Mid) with Powerstep inserts
- 1 dress (NorthFace Getaway)
- 1 Vionic Dorrin backstrap sandal
- 3 pair underwear
- 2 merino sports bras (Ibex)
- 1 merino zip-up shirt/jacket (SmartWool )
- 1 pair merino leggings (Ibex)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 tanktop
- 1 raincoat (REI Rhyolite)
- 1 pair sunglasses (plus case)
- 1 lightweight scarf/sarong
- Digital watch with alarm
- 3 mesh laundry-style bags for organizing clothes
- REI travel case
- Soap in a quick-dry mesh bag
- Travel-sized folding toothbrush
- Travel-sized toothpaste
- Travel-sized deodorant (1.2 oz)
- Travel bottle hair conditioner
- Travel-sized body lotion
- Travel-size hairbrush
- Safety pins
- Hair elastics
- Eyeliner pencil
- Camino credential
- Small billfold
- Small nylon cross-body purse
- Camera (Canon Powershot Elph)
- Book: Paulo Coehlo’s The Pilgrimage
- Cell phone
- Journal and pen
- Chargers and European outlet adapters
- First aid kit: Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, needles and thread (for blisters), disposable lighter (for sterilizing needles), massage ball
- Bottle of Ibuprofen tablets
- Variety of Zip-Loc style plastic bags (for storing food, keeping books and electronics dry)
- Tall kitchen trash bags (to use as liners inside the backpack if it rains)
Whew, that is a lot. I haven’t decided yet whether to weigh it…the number seems arbitrary, if this is what I’ve decided I want/need.
I’ve got another day to figure out what I’m missing. Any suggestions?