St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles - Camino Frances. Day 1 St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles 24km, 7 to 9 hours.
St Jean Pied de Port is a beautiful bustling French market town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which creates a natural border between France and Spain It is the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances, the most popular of all the Camino routes. This, however, makes the route very busy during the peak summer months of July and August. You can buy most last minute items, like a hat, sun cream, or walking poles in St Jean at Before setting out check the weather forecast in the pilgrim’s office at the top of the main street, 39 Rue de la Citadelle, web address below. They will also supply a pilgrim’s passport and information on the route ahead with an updated list of hostels. My Way – Camino de Santiago. Camino de Santiago Packing List for Women. Camino Trip Planning Tips. Here are my Camino trip planning tips to help you be the most prepared pilgrimage traveler.
They are my lessons that I learned that you may also find useful. But first, a little humor: "The storm is coming whether you’re aware of it or not, and whether you’re prepared for it or not. Thank God you have a man like me in your life, a man with a variety of umbrellas for sale in an affordable range of prices.” ~ "Jarod Kintz, "This Book is Not FOR SALE" Hopefully you can see the humor in this quote, regarding preparedness for the Camino de Santiago! One can never plan for every possibility, even in your Camino trip planning! Indeed, perhaps the single most important preparation we can do for the Camino de Santiago is prepare mentally. Suggested Packing List for Your Camino de Santiago. Here is my personal Camino de Santiago packing list that I offer as a suggestion for your own trip planning.
If you are taking a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and plan on carrying a backpack, I hope my own list of items will help guide you when you put together your own checklist of travel items. The key to a happy Camino is to travel light. Closely examine your needs and your priorities. What is a luxury? My Camino de Santiago packing list: what worked, what didn’t – Bite-sized Travel. 10 tips for the Camino de Santiago. 1.
Make a packing list This is the smartest step you'll take on the Camino. Start your list several weeks before you travel. Talk to pilgrims. Consult blogs, tour companies and Twitter (use the hashtag #caminodesantiago). Essentials include: a sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle, medicines, camera, blister plasters, anti-inflammatories, wipes, a plastic bag, light fabrics that dry easily, travel towel and sleeping bag if necessary. Weather can be unpredictable in Galicia, so bring a poncho and fleece for cool evenings. 2. There is a time to buy new hiking boots, but that time it is not the day before your Camino. Blisters are a problem for even the hardiest of hikers, so be sure to get your boots ahead of time and break them in over several long walks before you travel. 3.
Lots of pilgrims stay at cheap-and-cheerful refugios (hostels) along the route. My Ridiculously Detailed Camino de Santiago Packing List. Back in September, I completed one of the most challenging and satisfying experiences of my life.
In a little over a month I walked from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a small French town at the base of the Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela and onward to Finisterre on Spain’s Atlantic coast. These paths are part of a vast network of medieval pilgrim routes across Europe collectively known as the Camino de Santiago. I’ll write more about the experience in the future, but wanted to devote one post solely to the gear I took — exactly what I chose to take and leave behind, and how well those choices worked over the course of my five week walk. A few points before I start: This equipment was what I carried on the Camino Frances and Finisterre, between late August and early October.
Note that this post is broken it up into several sections — if you’re only interested in a particular part, you can skip straight to it. Backpack Clothing Shoes Shirts. What To Pack For The Camino De Santiago. I have never been particularly great at packing for my trips and holidays.
I always over pack and end up taking half of my wardrobe and never even pulling it out of the suitcase while on holiday. Blister Treatment for Marathoners. Blisters and running go hand-in-hand.
Or, is that foot-in-foot? Puns aside, blisters can be excruciating. Blisters form on the bottoms and side of the feet and toes, and between the toes. Tight-laced shoes can also cause blisters to form on the top of the feet. Blisters are caused by friction and exacerbated by moisture. Marathon runners must deal with blisters. Minimizing Blisters Well-fitting, broken-in shoes are the most important factor in minimizing blisters. Try to keep your feet dry, moisture makes the skin soft. Treating and Running with Blisters Sometimes you'll have to run on blisters. You can either do nothing and grit out the pain, or treat the blisters during the race. Camino de Santiago: Budget Breakdown. As I promised in this post, I’ve put together a budget breakdown detailing how much it cost me to complete my pilgrimage.
Unlike my other trips, I didn’t obsessively track every penny Euro I spent. So, the following costs are not exact to the cent, but they’re accurate. To make things clearer, I’ve also added an explanation to each item/category. Lastly, I’m no financial expert. I did this to give you, dear readers, an idea of how much it would cost to do what I did. I flew in and out of Madrid because of a couple of things: 1) It’s a popular airport, so the chances of me finding a cheap ticket are high. 2) Although I’ve been to Madrid for World Youth Day in 2011, I didn’t really get to see the city. My flights were on American Airlines and British Airways and were generally smooth; nothing to complain about.
I should also mention that I didn’t book my flight separately (I.e. the connection was booked by BA), so I assumed it would give me enough transit time, right? Nope. St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles - Camino Frances.