Ready to go…

Can’t believe that in less than a week we will be in Porto, Portugal, preparing to walk the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Today was our last training walk. Just a short 2 mile round trip to our favorite watering hole, Books and Brews.

Some of you have contacted me asking what I’m taking on the trip. As a rule, I travel very light, and this trip is no exception. But given that we will be walking for 161 miles, we do need to make sure we have adequate clothing for a variety of weather conditions. Since we will be sleeping in pilgrim hostels, we don’t need sleep bags, tents, or other camping gear. I finished packing today. I’m using a 24L Osprey pack with a 2L bladder. Final weight, 14 lbs. (including 2L of water).

Below are the items included in my pack and what I’m wearing on the flight over to Porto.

Camino guidebook, buff, REI rain jacket, hat, 2 tee shirts, sleep sack, 2 pair of underwear, cloths line, long sleeve base layer, long yoga pants, shorts, 4 pairs of socks, two bottles of prescription medicine, passport, towel and lush bar, 2 pair of ear plugs, eye mask, extra shoe laces, 2 safety pins, toothbrush and toothpaste, small hair brush, face cleanser and moisturizer, Vaseline, foot glide, Off bug spray, 2 pack straps, notebook and pen, moleskin and blister cushions, mosquito repellent pouch (for pack), small sack for daily shopping, cords for phone and watch, headphone, electronic adapter, power bank, sandals

On the plane, I will wear a long sleeve front button shirt, cargo pants, trail runner shoes and socks.

The heaviest item is the power bank, but I need to ensure that my cell phone is charged as it will serve as my camera and only means of communication throughout my journey. I will not be taking my iPad or computer.

It is said that you return from the Camino a different person. Many say they return renewed with a fresh sense of being. I look forward to what the Camino has in store for me and my husband. Buen Camino.

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