A few more items bought…

Today was fun, all Camino related. I spent the morning in Dublin city centre at a Spanish class devouring the future tense (not something I am common with) before taking a trip to my favourite outdoor store to purchase last-minute Camino items. Thank you Christmas vouchers!

1 ) Columbia full zip fleece – I have a number of fleeces but am not comfortable to bring them on Camino, so I decided to take another visit to town and buy a fleece that I had worn previously. Columbia is a great brand and I wore this type of fleece for my 2012 to 2014 Caminos, although a different colour. Not a bad price too.

2) Tried and tested – Concentrated soap – I have been using this since 2012 to wash my clothes. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. I see no reason to change for my upcoming Camino. The Lifeventure soap is a great price, it’s handy and you can use it for everything. Great for washing clothes, yourself and everything else for that matter. It is sold in a 200ml size also if your trip is longer.

3) Superfeet insoles – Another tried and tested item. I have been using them since I returned from Sarria in 2012. That year, I suffered from plantar fascia and blisters and when I got home, I was advised to get these soles. I haven’t looked back since. I buy a new pair every couple of years. I just haven’t got around to buying a new pair of soles since I bought my new pair of Salomon trail shoes.

So that’s it. You can find my check list here.

Is there anything I am leaving out? Do you think I am bringing too much? Let me know in the comments below.

Buen Camino!

Up-to-date Packing List

It is quite normal to change your packing list if you are one to return to the Camino frequently. There may be items that just don’t work for you or a better item might be available for sale. So I’m just going to post what I have scribbled down for my Camino in September. I weighed this at 7kg last week, the lightest pack I have brought so far. This is without water and snacks.

Pack – 33 litre Osprey pack

North face microfleece 1/4 zip
Craghopper shirt
Craghopper trail trousers
Bridgedale socks
1 under armour underwear
Salomon trail shoes with superfeet insoles
1 baseball cap
1 buff
Small over the shoulder bag containing the following: Phone and Earphones, Passport, Flight details, Debit card, Small amount of money, Camino Society Ireland Credential

Within the backpack:
Vaude Backpack raincover
Silk liner
1 pair of Sandals
700ml Water bottle – attached to pack with carabiner
Small plastic folder containing: – Flight details – Prescription – E111 card

Top pocket of pack:
Craghopper Kiwi Classic Jacket – Hooded rain/wind jacket (replacing the Helly Hansen Loke Jacket)
Berghaus Rain trousers

Within a Compression sack:
1 pair of shorts
Helly hansen t shirt
Icebreaker coolmax t shirt
2 under armour underwear
2 pair of bridgedale socks

Within a dry sack:
First aid kit (ibuprofen, motillium, etc – includes blister kit, germoline, small swiss knife with scissors)

Within a dry sack:
Toiletry kit (Travel toothbrush/toothpaste, roll on deodorant, Lifeventure all purpose soap 100ml, disposable razor, hand sanitiser)
Quick-drying REI packable towel
Wet wipes

Within a dry sack:
Ear plugs
12 safety pins for drying clothes
Phone charger / lead / Adapter
Power bank for phone
(Still debating whether to bring my action camera with strap attachment)
Camino Shell (take out when I start walking)

Backpack Waist pockets
Headlamp / tiny torch
2 carabiners

If you have any questions about my packing list, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

Osprey Talon 33 Backpack

Just a quick post about the above. I’ve been eyeing it up for quite a while now, even before my recent Camino Finisterre. There are many different sites and forums that rave about it, because of it’s many pockets, because it is well-ventilated and because it is probably the lightest pack on the market. However, this particular rucksack is not sold in Ireland for some strange reason. So, for my recent trip to Spain, I stuck with my trusted and loved Lowe Alpine Airzone 35-45litre and left a change for another day. It’s a great bag “but” it’s a little too big for the Caminos that I usually take, which are 1-2 weeks.

The left is the Osprey Talon and the right is my current Lowe Alpine.

As mentioned before, my next outing in Spain will be along the Camino Ingles next May. However, before then, I have a good bit of testing to do when it comes in the post. This is the first time I have purchased a pack online without trying it out beforehand, but I can always send it back if it doesn’t suit. I think it’s safe to say that 2 packs will suffice now 🙂 Here’s hoping my Lowe Alpine doesn’t read this post!!

Here is a review of the Talon 33:

Out with the Old – In with the New..

Shoes…they always need to be changed and I found that today was the best time to do it. My trusted pair of Jack Wolfskins that I bought in June last have served me well over two Caminos in September and May and the sole is well worn. Secondly, I have a voucher that is due to go out of date if not used! And lastly, I am walking two legs of the Lough Derg way next weekend. I would love some time to get used to them before then.

I went to Great Outdoors in the morning. Town was full of tourists plus there was a rugby game on. I probably would have chosen a less busier time if I knew about that. Anyway, I arrived there and had a look at what they had in stock. Plenty of Meindl, Saloman, North Face, Merrell and Colombia. No Jack Wolfskin however. Hmm. I like the pair I own but I didn’t want to leave the store empty handed. I have previously worn Colombia and North Face and I liked them so I took a look at those.

In the end, I chose a pair of Colombia Conspiracy Outdry. I’m looking for a lightweight shoe and one that dries quickly. I was told by the assistant that this is a great all round shoe. I’m happy with that. I’ll take it with me to Limerick and see how I get on over the two days. YouTube reviews are positive on the whole and the only concern I have is what would happen if it is hot. I’ll take them out tomorrow and see how I get on.