Category Archives: What’s in the pack

What am I taking

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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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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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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Poles apart

I hadn’t ever considered using walking poles until I started reading posts from people who had done the Camino and raved about them. Anything that can help spread the load as I walk and take pressure off my knees, especially over a … Continue reading

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Slip, slop, slap

In Australia everyone knows about protecting yourself from too much sun – slip on a long sleeve top, slop on sun screen and slap on a hat. It’s not so obvious if you come from a not so sunny country. … Continue reading

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Cooking with gas

My goal is to be self sufficient when it comes to preparing food on the Camino. Many albergues have kitchens (see useful stuff) but I’ve read that they are not always well equipped and like many vegetarians I prefer to cook with … Continue reading

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Laundry List

Two things I’m taking to help make the everyday task of doing the laundry easier. A peg-less clothes line (35 grams). Made from intertwined elastic with suction cups and clips at both ends. A Scrubba bag (145 grams). So there will … Continue reading

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Wicking Wear

Since I have started walking regularly I have come to appreciate the importance of quick drying and wicking clothes. In case you are not familiar with what “wicking” fabrics are – they draw moisture (sweat) from your body to the exterior … Continue reading

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Footwear and Foot Care

Getting the right footwear and taking care of your feet are surely the first steps to take on the Camino. Footwear Finding a vegetarian pair of boots can take some shopping. I practiced with 3 different pairs of boots before I … Continue reading

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Weighing it up

I read that as a rule of thumb my pack should weigh about 10% of my body weight. It’s easy to pack a lot and the weight soon adds up. So I got onto eBay and purchased an electronic weighing scale … Continue reading

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