Not long ago I wrote a blog post about my thinking and reasoning behind finding the right pack. For me, obviously – we all want and need different things. But I think I have done really well! Doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate others, and I still check out new models that sound interesting. But all … More Oh hello!
If you have a significant pilgrim in your life, and want to contribute to their preparations with some practical, inexpensive and most importantly lightweight presents, here are some things I am sure they will be delighted to get (I know I would) in no particular order: Casa Ivar, on the Camino forum, sells some lovely … More The perfect pilgrim present 2020
Some women (and some men) have discovered the joys of walking in a skirt. I am one of them – I can change the tights underneath to suit the weather, temperature, or needs on the day. These skirts are often short-ish to allow for unrestricted movement, though some hikers choose a more modest length when … More Kit cycle completed
As in, things that are not too hard or soft or hot or cold or big or small, but Just Right. My favourites are, in random order: Pacerpoles: I won’t go on any long walk without my Pacerpoles. The specially designed handle make them an absolute joy to use and can be rinsed off so … More My Goldilocks list
I have always been a water snob. I am Norwegian and used to drinking crystal clear, cold, clean water, and can’t stand chlorinated and smelly water no matter how safe it is. I have also always tried to avoid excess plastic waste, and didn’t want to be one of the many, many pilgrims (and other … More Top pilgrim tip: Brita filter bottle
Today it’s three days until I fly out. Getting there will take a bit of time, but I don’t mind – I get to stay in Santiago one evening and morning, see some of Spain on the bus, arrive in time to have a meal with other pilgrims. Thinking about packing (yes, still) and how … More Kit tetris for camino nerds
You may have noticed that I have been very quiet lately and not exactly posting mileage every other day of this #walk1000miles challenge, or as much as a photo of a refreshing clear and cold winter walk. That’s because I am stuck to the laptop working, for one, and also because my knee suddenly and … More A new level of Camino Chic
The humble nail scissors are among my staple kit items. I know many would rather bring nail clippers because they are more precise, less fiddly, and there is no risk of having them confiscated at security if you travel with hand luggage only, like I do. In fact, scissors are on the list of things … More Top pilgrim tip: Nail scissors
When planning a trip away that involves a lot of physical activity and also sleeping in dorms close to complete strangers, most people will instinctively reach for some sort of scented product – perfumes, lotions, bodysprays, aerosol or roll-on deodorants that will keep them fresh and subdue or mask any unpleasant whiffs and put that nicely … More Top pilgrim tip: Crystal deodorant
Early this year I said yes to a few invitations and made a few plans, booking tickets sooner rather than later to make sure I actually went … and all with hand luggage only. For the first trip I took my hand luggage max size wheelie case, but it annoyed me whenever I wasn’t on … More Light, lighter … lightest?