We know everybody likes a good packing list, so who wouldn’t love my comprehensive and link-heavy un-packing list after the Camino Inglés in June/July? What worked: Osprey Tempest 30 pack (previous version), which I was determined to replace before something wears out on it. Very glad I took it – it stops me overpacking, carries … More Camino Inglés Un-packing list
In September 2015 I went for a walk from Astorga to Santiago, as I do sometimes in September. On my own, as I do sometimes. But somehow I felt I couldn’t quite find my feet, which is unusual. Not until I got to Sarria and met brand new, slightly unprepared and very enthusiastic peregrina A, aka … More Camino Inglés ’17 – No time like suddenly!
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 Best Buys: 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 Best Buys: 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?
Today I was tagged in a message on Facebook and the link took me to a photo of myself and a friend glowing with sun, shower and accomplishment and unmistakable Camino sparkle, waiting for our meal in Lorca. She and I started the Long Walk from St Jean Pied de Port together in 2012, but she damaged … More Planning a sudden Camino?
This question comes up on the Camino forum(s) again and again. With so many cheap tickets and steep checked bag fees it is tempting to pack light and take your Camino pack on the flight as hand luggage. But can you take your collapsible hiking poles too? No, you can’t. You need to put them … More Taking hiking poles on the plane