Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 13 - All about packing

I know I only have to start packing for the camino in about 21 months time but I admit, it's nagging somewhere in the back of my head already. The fact that I'm going to have to pack almost everything I need for about 30 days in one backpack.

That just doesn't seem possible to me.

I'd like to show you what the bed in my spare bedroom looked like the evening before I left on my Kilimanjaro trip. Everything you see in this picture had to go into one backpack and one duffelbag. The sleeping bag wasn't even in the picture yet, as I picked that up in Tanzania.

Get the picture? I'm not a good packer. I won't admit to too many flaws but that certainly is one I can't get away from. The Kilimanjaro trip really has taught me quite bit though and I'm hoping that when I finally have to pack that camino bag that I will be an expert on what to leave and what to take.

It's going to be a long walk and there are no porters or sherpas, so I'm going to have to be a sensible packer for once in my life. I've started searching all the sites for packing tips and I've come across a wealth of information already.

I am going to have to sift through all the suggestions and make it fit for myself. One thing I've learnt from the Kili trip is to transfer shampoos, creams, toothpaste etc into small containers. It's surprising how long one can make shampoo eg. last if you really have to!

To give you an idea of the difference in my size moisturiser and the number of wetwipes I packed, compared to that of my friend who shared a tent with me, here is the evidence...

Looks like I have my work cut out for me!


  1. Ummm yeah..a thing or two!! But remember you can also simply ditch it depending on what it is..or the magic word..Correo / Post Office!! Did me a world of good on the Portuguese route two years ago! Have fun planning..and then shopping for the new stuff! Karin

  2. Hello Sitsha. Your captures a wonderful. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  3. ksam - thx for passing that tip on, I never thought of that! Good old Correos, with the Internet we almost forget that they are still around!

    Kathleen - thx for visiting, I'll have a look at your site as well! :)

  4. Yes, but shipping to AFRICA could be a bit spendy! Think of the tapas that bill would buy! ::laughing::

    Just look at things, and if you wonder "Will I need this?" then the answer is "no." It's that simple. Anything you discover you need, the Camino will provide... have faith :)


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