Here are the three small hacks I made to my Camino packing, based on the advice of pilgrims who went before me, that made a world of difference almost every day. … More 3 (Almost-Weightless) Camino Packing Hacks
One year ago today, late on the night of April 4, I posted this on the American Pilgrims of the Camino Facebook page: We leave in 16 hours. The bags are too heavy. I don’t know the languages, and I’m told my accents are atrocious. I have barely trained. The house-sitting/pet-sitting plans are held … More One year ago…
In 79 days on the #CaminodeSantiago we slept in 75 beds. But we never saw a bed bug. Why? … More Bed bugs? What bed bugs?
“What would you do differently?”
I get this question a lot when I talk about my Camino walk. And I have a quick answer.
What does one carry on a pilgrimage across Europe? According to a scale of questionable accuracy in Aubrac, my pack, with water, weighed about 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds. That’s way more than what most ultralight backpackers would recommend, but it was never so much that I couldn’t carry it. My luxuries were small and carefully considered. … More My Camino Packing List
If you spend any time at all in the pilgrim discussion boards and Facebook groups, you’ll discover that many of those who have walked the Camino have very strong feelings about how much everyone else’s backpack weighs. My pack was 6.4 pounds WITH WATER. Yeah? Well, I shaved off the handle of my toothbrush, wore only … More Ode to a Travel Pillow