The short answer,
as little as possible!
By the time you’ve read this… my journey will have begun!!
Since I will be carrying everything with me in a backpack the whole 500 miles, I will want it to weigh as little as possible. Many people have been curious about what I will take, and how I will carry it.
So here is the packing list:
- The backpack and backpack rain cover
- The Camino Shell – read about the history of the camino shell here.
- Sleep sack
- My medicine! Plus Tylenol
- Small guide book
- 1 small quick dry towel
- Passport, driver’s license, Euros, and 2 credit cards
- Headlamp (just in case)
- 1 short sleeved shirt – quick dry
- 1 long sleeved shirt – quick dry
- 1 jacket – lightweight but warm
- 1 rain jacket
- 2 long exercise plants
- 1 shorter exercise pant
- 1 shirt to wear that I won’t hike in
- Hiking shoes, walking trainers, shower shoes
- Trekking poles
- 4 pair socks
- 1 liter Nalgene
- Water purifying pills
- 1 spork/can opener/bottle opener all in 1 tool
- Highly concentrated soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent
- Body glide for chaffing and a few various other toiletries
- Spare glasses
- Walk The Way With Her cards to pass out
- 2 carabiners
- 3 energy bars
- Cell phone and charger, portable cell charger, power converter.
On top of that, a few dear friends have given me a few small things to carry with me: an angel, an intention bracelet, and a courage medallion. I will also take a pink strand of pearls to use to pay tribute to several sorority sisters who have died from breast cancer. Plus a few rocks! – Read about that tradition here. More on that later!
Thank you everyone for your donations, support, and words of encouragement so far! The next blog will be written from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port where the The Frances Way of the Camino de Santiago begins. Read more about Saint-Jean here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
The Foglia Family Foundation who will graciously match all donations up to $50,000.
Bob Lee who has been a wonderful mentor and good friend.
The Daily Herald for sharing my story. You can read the article here.