I have been working on this blog for a few days, I was going to do it before I left but I thought its better to see how it goes before I recommend what to take or indeed what not to take.
I have got a deuter 34 litre backpack and it is working VERY well for me. I bought it in Spain at a mountaineering shop and tried it on for fit. I tried a few others on but didnt have the same ‘click’ with them. I really recommend buying one from the shop and not on the internet. I met a girl on the Camino del Norte who was on her 2nd rucksack and had paid to send her first one home as it was not a good fit and the one was STILL not a good fit so she was planning to swap again! Even if you pay a bit extra, it really is so important to get one that fits. I just knew this was mine, it felt right.
It has lots of zips and clips for practical reasons. Its has a water section for a camel sack and it has a reinforced back which helps with air circulation. I didnt want to get anything bigger than 40 litre as then I would be encouraged to overload, 34 litres is a perfect size.
This is so important to get right and again, I have limited the size so I dont take lots of unecessary toiletries. I am very happy and impressed with my washbag- its a little bag of survival and luxury. The bag itself splits into 2 sections so one one side I have everything I need for washing and showering and on the otherside I have all sorts of odds, sods and hidden gems.
- Emergency shower gel sachets, I picked these up from a hotel and they come in handy.
- Soap in a packet – more freebies from holidays in the past! I knew they would come in handy one day.
- Razor- just incase I get the chance to have silky smooth legs!
- Travel toothbrush
- Pot of shower gel- I haven’t bothered with shampoo or conditioner. I’m going for the one pot does all method- including washing my socks and knickers!
- My homemade magic cream. So easy to make, it contains shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and frankincense oil. It is fantastic for everything; face, body, cuts, athletes foot, dog paws, cuts, sores, rubbing burns and sunburn. It is moisturising, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. I have filled a pot to the brim!
- Flannel- love my flannel, It stays damp in the bag. I have even used it in the hot sun on my face for a quick refresh.
THE ODDS, SODS AND HIDDEN GEMS
- More backups of soap and showergel- I need lots of back ups if I am camping out.
- Deodorant- I don’t like using deodorant so I use my frankincense cream but I have a feeling I will be using this as I don’t want to be a stinky pilgram.
- Comb and hairbands- lots of hairbands as they have multiple uses.
- Ylang ylang essential oil is my favourite smell in the world and It is so comforting.
- Myrrh essential oil is a fantastic backup toothpaste and mouthwash if mixed with water. Its brilliant for oral hygiene and will last forever and weigh very little. OK I just realised I have got myrrh oil, frankincense cream and a gold ring! Fantastic for a pilgrim!
- Pure Aloe vera gel- fantastic for any skin irritation or sunburn. I can’t praise this product enough.
- Jojoba oil with cinnamon oil is brilliant as a disinfectant or any other emergency situations like cuts, bites and rubs etc.
- Nail clippers
- Tick remover- best 2€ I have ever spend and I would never recommend going anywhere in rural Spainwithout one. Lymes disease is a killer and this beauty is so effective at its job. I had already used it on the dog on day 2 on the Camino!
- Earplugs I got from Williams work!
CAMPING AND COOKING GEAR
- My tent is a one man lightweight bivy bag kinda thing
- Lightweight sleeping bag
- Lightweight air matt
- 2 lightweight pans and a cup. The big one is for a doggie water bowl and I keep it attached to the outside of my pack
- 2 cannisters of gas
- Lightweight cooker
- Olive oil with a generous teaspoon of sea salt for cooking.
- Washing rag for pots and pans
- 2 lighters
OTHER ODDS AND SODS
- 2 litre camel sack, brilliant for drinking on the go. Definately recommend. Stopping to take your rucksack off everytime you want water can be a right pain
- Paracord bracelet with flint and steel, compass and whistle. Mainly for a bag up emergency dog lead, you never know though, the other bits may come in handy too
- 2 way USB charger. This means I can charge 2 things with one plug
- 2 USB to mini USB wires
- Back up battery pack
- 2 phones; one for photos, one for net
- Camino Frances guide book
- Passports, credential books for me and the dogs
- Merino wool socks, only one pair. I will treat myself to more pairs as they are fantastic.
- 4 pairs of normal cotton socks.
- 5 knickers
- 2 sports bras
- One pair of leg warmers
- 1 leggings
- 1 yoga pants which I wear while walking, they are quick to dry and really comfy
- 1 lightweight skirt- its nice to have something to wear in the evenings
- 1 loose cotton shirt
- 2 spaghetti tops
- 1 shrug to cover my shoulders and arms
- 2 snoods/Buffs. 1 with fleece section and one summery one. Never go anywhere without my snoods
- Flip flops
- spiral tether thing, this means I can tie them to the ground at night
- Doggie passports and pilgram passports. Yes you heard it right, the dogs not only have their own passports but they have their own doggie credential books too! They are even entitled to get their own credential. My Spanish teachers dog was the first dog to get a compostella! How mad is that! So she gave me the books for them. Even if we don’t go to Santiago I still am getting them as many credentials as possible.
- Travel water bowel
- Dog lead that attaches round the waist keeping hands free
- Spare dogs lead
- Ridiculously heavy packet of biscuits
- My passport, driving licence, medical card, bank card and cash
- Tiger balm- I don’t know how this ended up in here but it has haha. Very handy for insect bites and muscle ache
- Wet wipes and toilet tissue
- A spare soap bar
- Opiniel knife