Most of us have occasionally opted for a backpack that did not fit well with our Camino de Santiago. We must take into account several important points when choosing it and one of them is not to choose the backpack for the price. Choosing a backpack for the price is an incorrect choice. If you do not want to have problems with weight, the arrangement of the load or with the anchors, … do not look at the price of your backpack. It pays to spend it right on a good backpack.
The capacity of the backpack ideal for any time of the year should be between 30 and 45 liters. If it is cold or rainy you will wear your clothes on, so you should not obsess over a wider backpack. Every time we go better equipped to the Road with clothes less voluminous and with better capacity of protection.
The larger the backpack, the heavier it will be and the more we will fill it. Do not think that as it is bigger you will carry the same things, but more comfortable (in fact, you will carry more things as they fit you.) Once you have made your luggage, you have to check that it does not exceed 10% of your weight , including the backpack.
We must think if we carry the same bag if we walk from Sarria or if we make the Camino from France, Irún, Seville, … Our answer is yes. We should always use the same backpack, familiarize ourselves with it and make the backpack part of us. If we have chosen a backpack with the appropriate capacity we will use it for 5 days or for 30 days. Remember that the number of changes should not be increased to be more days (for that we recommend you buy some new seedlings halfway).
What characteristics should we look for in our backpack on the Way?
Padded shoulder straps and adjustable shoulder, waist and chest straps.
Lumbar reinforcement and weight compensation system to distribute between shoulders and back.
Aeration system in contact with the back.
Belts that allow the backpack to be compacted.
Easy accessibility to the main space.
The quality of a backpack is measured largely by the seams.
It is best to have outside fasteners for a jacket or sleeping bag (you do not have to carry them inside the backpack)
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The great essentials on the Camino de Santiago
A few weeks ago we asked in social networks that if we could only take with us to the Way of Santiago an item, other than clothing, without which we were not able to carry out the adventure of the Camino, what would it be?
You should choose a single element essential to walk the Way of St. James and we put as an example the flashlight, a multipurpose razor, ibuprofen, mat … We knew it was complicated, but then you started to have a very clear majority of it: Vaseline
We can not agree more with you. Undoubtedly, Vaseline is the great ally of the pilgrim and not only do we say it. If we put vaseline on the feet before going for a walk, we get the foot especially hydrated, thus avoiding friction with the boot or shoe. The result is simple: less friction and therefore less blistering, sores or wounds.
Tip: Although it is a trademark we recommend Vicks Vaporub, that mint vaseline indicated for colds and respiratory problems. On the one hand, we hydrate the foot and on the other hand we refresh it.
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2.Mobile 3.Flash Light 4.Multiuses razor
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Many times you ask us which Way of Santiago is most suitable for each one of you, which you should choose, which is better … better for what? It is a question that depends a lot on different factors.
1.French Way: We all know that the French Way is the busiest, even crowded in certain parts of the year. However, it is the best services offered to pilgrims. That is why if we choose the right time is the most suitable way for any pilgrim who tries to enter the Camino de Santiago. In addition, if we travel a minimum distance enough to know the essence of the Way is the most recommend for new pilgrims. If you have the possibility of walking the whole from Saint Jean, it will be the best experience of your life.
2. Portuguese way: little by little it is eating terrain to the French Way and this returns to be for the beauty of its landscapes and the improved variety of services that are appearing next to the Way. The Portuguese Way offers an inland route, along the coast or even the Spiritual Variant that we recommend especially for those who can not do more than the minimum 100 km essential to get the Compostela.
3. Camino del Norte: recognized not long ago as a World Heritage Site, it has begun to attract specially experienced foreign pilgrims or nationals. It is the most recommended for its landscapes (without doubt), its renowned gastronomy and for the milder climate for the summer season.
4. Primitivo Way: as you know, part of Oviedo and during 13 stages copies Alfonso ll el Casto’s path when he visited Compostela after the discovery of the remains of the Apostle. Equally recognized as a World Heritage Site along with the Northern Way, it is an Inner Trail through forests and mountains that shows one of the hardest routes of all the Roads of Santiago.
5. English Way: it is increasing in number of pilgrims and has recognized the Compostela of special form when mixing nautical miles (in Boat) and kilometers on foot. From Ferrol we have the necessary kilometers to get the Compostela on foot and, honestly, this first stretch is the most attractive in landscapes of this Way.
6. Road to Fisterra and Muxía: it is our special recommendation for this year. We can make a stretch of the Camino de Santiago, any of them, and complete it with the pilgrimage to Fisterra (3-4 stages) and continue to Muxía (2 more stages). A Costa da Morte has a magical and unique energy. No one regrets to approach a few more days until the zone to recharge of force through its landscapes and sunsets.
There are more Caminos, but this is our recommendation for this year. If you need the best travel services and experiences to make your Camino something unique do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tricks against rain on the Camino de Santiago
We want to make you participate in some advice and recommendations to fight the rain and prevent it from hardening our adventure on the Camino de Santiago. Some of these tips are basic and others for less common will be very, but very effective:
1. Poncho or jacket? We undoubtedly opted for a waterproof and light jacket. The poncho has the disadvantage that with the wind is a little ineffective. There are technical jackets that are known as Three Quarters, which are very advisable to avoid water in the upper area of the pants. Clearly it is necessary to opt for the jackets with hood (better if it is of the rollers in the neck)
2. Waterproof pants. We have several types, although the essence is the same: protect us from water and allow perspiration. We recommend to look in the hunting section of some commercial surface a trousers that are used so that the hunters do not get wet. We have full-leg or mid-leg and usually have the waterproofing applied at the front in the direction of the road.
3. Shorts of technical fabric and fast drying. On the one hand, they have the discomfort of going with their legs to the rain, but depending on the temperature is a really practical option, in addition to having the ease of drying them right away.
4. Gaiters. They are very comfortable to avoid the dust of the Camino in summer, but when it rains they still become better allies by avoiding wetting the boots, socks, trousers or our own legs.
5. Boots with any type of waterproof or moisture repellent system. Little can be said about this point, right?
6. Cap with visor: again another element of basic protection in summer and in this case helps to avoid the annoying rain by slipping on our face or hindering the vision (important ally for pilgrims with glasses) The idea is to help the hood to protect us better.
7. Backpack cover: it is the most comfortable for any pilgrim, but in terms of efficiency has its weaknesses as it does not really prevent it from getting a little wet when the rain falls between our back and the backpack. There are several ways to supplement the case: 1. With modern backpacks that already have waterproof back contact points. 2. With modern sprays that allow waterproofing the backpack in its entirety. 3. With the bags of all the life to protect the interior of the backpack and of the elements that contains. (effective but cumbersome when it comes to packaging and unpacking)
Little more should be on hand to fight against the discomfort of the rain, but if you have a trick do not hesitate to comment below.
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