I have been packing for this trip for several months, but now it is crunch time. I have been hiking with my backpack with about 15 lbs of weight since the first of the year. Several days ago I started packing my backpack with what I would be taking on the Camino and have been walking ten miles or more for the last three days with this weight. So . . . what am I taking on this pilgrimage for six weeks?
This is what I have today , less than a week before my departure. Not shown are my hiking sticks, sunglasses, a small cloth bag to stuff my fleece jacket in to make it my pillow, hiking boots and hiking sandals. What I have shown and listed above weighs 16 lbs.; that does not include water. I am four lbs. overweight. Perhaps my next blog will list what will have to be eliminated.
Today I was going to put a large sheet in my back yard and open up my sleeping bag and all of my clothes and spray them with Permethrin (an insect repellent highly recommended), but it is raining! Southern California needs the rain, so I can’t complain; it just means I can’t cross it off on my “to do list” yet.
If any of you have previous experience in backpacking in general or on the Camino specifically and have any suggestions or if anyone has any questions about this packing list, I would like to hear from you. I have never backpacked before, only day hikes.
On Monday, April 11 I will begin my pilgrimage by walking out my front door with my backpack, leaving the comfort and safety of my home, to a hotel near the San Diego Airport. On Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 a.m. my flight is scheduled to leave for Spain.
Let it rain today! I am sure I will be walking in rain soon enough.