I have spent another couple of half-days faffing about with my camino packing. But however many times I weigh all the various items, I can’t seem to make them any lighter.
I’m trying some new ideas this year. I’ve made a new pack cape (as reported in this recent post) which is a little heavier than the previous version, but only by 30 grams.
Instead of two pairs of walking pants, this year I am taking one pair and have made a hiking skirt which I can wear alone on warm days and when it’s cold I will wear a pair of runner’s tights under the skirt. This combination is heavier than the trousers by around 60 grams, but the tights can multi-task to keep me warm in the evenings and if necessary I can sleep in them.
The last home-made item is a rain kilt. I am expecting to encounter a fair amount of rain on the Norte – the region doesn’t get to be so green without a reliable watering system. If it works efficiently it will be well worth its weight (242 grams), but I haven’t tested it other than wandering around the garden on a stormy day. If it isn’t efficient and comfortable, it will be getting jettisoned and I will be getting wet legs. Some people take waterproof trousers for rainy weather, but they are a bit fiddly to get on and cause a lot of sweaty condensation.
So, here are a few photos to show just how much will fit into a 34 litre backpack.
First aid / prevention items – gauze, steri-wipes, iodine (in eye drop bottle), adhesive tape, compeed (only because I already had it – I wouldn’t buy it again), ENGO patches, toe caps, scissors and knee braces.
Toiletries – Lush shampoo bar (for hair and body), muslin face cloth, home-made body lotion bar (made with coconut butter, almond oil and beeswax), tissues, loo roll, Lush toothpaste tabs, ear plugs, face serum, face wash, moisturiser, cleanser/tonic (may get jettisoned), foot cream, deodorant, hair oil, tweezers, nail clippers, miniature perfume, cotton buds and pads, hair ties & comb, hair serum
Walking clothes – Hiking skirt with yoga waistband, zip-off pants, short sleeve merino T-shirt, sleeveless merino T-shirt, 2 x smart wool hiking socks, 1 x merino liner socks, 2 x merino underwear, sports bra, runner’s tights
Relaxing wear – Merino cardigan, cotton skirt, cargo pants, 2 x tops, 3 x underwear, bra
Rain wear – rain jacket, pack cape, rain kilt
Miscellaneous – Buff, infinity Buff, spork, gloves, microfibre towels, arm warmers, waist pack, hikers’ wool, visor
Sleeping gear – silk liner (new white one so I can easily see if I have any visitors), pre-treated bedsheet, down quilt/sleep bag, tote for carrying valuables in the evenings. The liner, quilt and my backpack have all be sprayed with permethrin.
Technology – mini tripod, USB hub, iPhone & cable, ear phones, iPad mini & cable, folding keyboard, camera and cable, spare camera cards, power bank & cables. All marked with hiviz tape so that no-one will accidentally or intentionally take my stuff.
And last, but not least my backpack, with hydration system, boots (alas, not the ones that were meant to be), and pacer poles – all adorned with copious amount of hiviz tape
Not photographed, but will be coming along for the ride, are my crocs for the evenings, a piece of yoga mat to sit on, a magnifying mirror for plucking eyebrows, ultralight down jacket, silk scarf to wear and use as pillow cover, sun glasses, sun screen, spare insoles, passport & credential, debit card, medical card & cash, washing line & pegs, laundry powder, food bags, tiny cable ties, a few rubber bands.
And I am pretty sure that is absolutely everything that I am taking. And it weighs around a kilo more than last year, which is a bit of a blow. But I have been more thorough about including every last item on the list this year. I haven’t done any practice walks wearing my pack, I am saving that experience for the first day when there is some serious elevation to tackle. When I have remembered how to post my packing list I will do so.
In the meantime, I have just checked the weather forecast for the first few days and guess what? My rain gear will be getting an early trial – rain, rain and more rain, oh yes, and plenty of wind to go with it.