Category Archives: Getting Ready

Things I’m glad I packed

Apart from a few things mentioned here I used everything I carried in my pack. I’ve already noted some of my favourite pieces of kit but there are some other essential items I’d like to highlight. Deodorant crystal This salt crystal, with a … Continue reading

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Things we posted home, threw out or never used

Fi thought I was carrying too much. I didn’t think so and hardly noticed once my pack was on my back but to show solidarity with Fi’s efforts to down size our packs I came up with a few items to … Continue reading

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Two things I wish I had packed

There was one thing I hadn’t thought of before leaving that would have been good to have – a small bottle of olive oil. We met a pilgrim who carried a sealable plastic bottle of olive oil and there were several … Continue reading

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My top pieces of kit

After more than 42 days living out of a pack, these are the pieces of kit that I grew to love on the Camino. I’ve put them in a rough reverse order, saving the best until last! Portable battery. For … Continue reading

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Not bitten by the bug

Bed bugs Proactive treatment I’ve treated our sleep sheets, sleeping bags and packs with Permethrin to stop bed bugs – I used Equip Debugger purchased from Paddy Palin in Sydney. Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide and repellent derived from Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum) that does … Continue reading

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A bigger and lighter pot

Full of surprises, Fi came back one evening with a pot recommended to her by a colleague – the Sea to Summit XPot The pot weighs 340 grams and holds 2.8 litres, a bowl is 120 grams and a cup is 85 … Continue reading

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Straight Walk

I was thinking about the aches and pains walking can bring on and a conversion I had with someone about to set off on the Camino sprang to mind. He had mentioned the Foot Alignment Clinic and how they analyse your … Continue reading

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Fortune smiles

With only two months before we leave, Fi starting feeling a pain around her ankle while walking. She had developed tendinitis from over use. Fi was walking about 15km a day. Our physio advised her to rest it up. So … Continue reading

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Walking in the 21st Century

My smartphone and my Kindle are coming with me. Whether it’s taking pictures, shooting video of great vegetarian cooking or lovely scenery, counting my steps and distance travelled for the day, practicing my Spanish, staying in touch with my family … Continue reading

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Food from home

There are some foods that I don’t know I will be able to find in the Camino that I think are worth taking with me. Nutritional Yeast is one of them, it’s very healthy and it’s light to carry. You can … Continue reading

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Trail Mix

Some ideas on what is good to munch on! From http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fennel-seeds-to-improve-athletic-performance/ and of course nuts, but which nuts? from http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-best-nut-2/ from http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-peanut-butter-good-for-you/

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Six months to go!

Started walking with my pack loaded up!

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Keep your powder dry

We are going to get rained on at some point during the weeks of walking the Camino. Some people prefer poncho’s to stay dry while walking in the rain because they cover you and your backpack. I’ve decided to use … Continue reading

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When is a lemon not a lemon

Water containers for walking Deciding between hydration packs/bladders or water bottles to carry my water my descision was swung by how easy it would be to squeeze a lemon into my water. I have a water bottle with a wide neck so … Continue reading

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Booking flights

If you need specific dates flights can be booked 10 months in advance of your return date. However, our travel agent informed us that specials come out a while after the first seats are released so it can be worth waiting … Continue reading

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