55 Days – Packing Light

Packing light for a long hike such as the Camino de Santiago or the Kumano Kodo can seem daunting, but with a little bit of planning and organization, it can be done easily. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your hike and pack only what you need:

  1. Make a list of essentials: Before you start packing, make a list of the items that you absolutely need for your hike. This should include items such as a good pair of hiking boots or shoes, a waterproof and breathable jacket, a hat or sun visor, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and a water bottle or hydration system.
  2. Choose versatile clothing: When choosing clothing to bring on your hike, opt for items that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. For example, a pair of convertible pants can be worn as shorts during the day and as pants in the evening. Bring clothing that is made of quick-drying and moisture-wicking materials, as these will help keep you comfortable during your hike.
  3. Use compression bags: Compression bags are great tools for maximizing space and keeping your clothing and gear organized. Compression bags can be used to compress your clothing and make more room in your backpack.
  4. Minimize toiletries: Toiletries can take up a lot of space in your backpack, so it’s important to minimize what you bring. Bring only travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and soap, and opt for multi-purpose items such as a face wash that can also be used as a shampoo.
  5. Leave non-essential items behind: Before you leave for your hike, take a look at the items in your backpack and ask yourself if you really need them. Are there items that you can leave behind, such as extra books? Removing non-essential items will not only lighten your load but also will make you focus on what is important.

By following these tips, you can pack light for your long hike and have a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. Remember, the less you carry, the more energy you’ll have to enjoy the journey. Buen Camino!

Phrase of the Day:

“Buen Camino” is a Spanish phrase that literally translates to “good road.” It is often used to wish someone a good journey, especially on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route in Spain that leads to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The phrase is used as a greeting among pilgrims on the Camino, both as a way to say “hello” and to express good wishes for the journey ahead. It can also be used as a farewell, as a way to say “goodbye” and to wish someone well on their journey home. It can also be used more generally as a way to wish someone a good trip or journey in any context.

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