These boots are made for walking

Walking the Camino de Santiago is something I’ve wanted to do for many years, but as the time approaches for me to actually do it, the truth is dawning. Dreaming about it, and actually doing it, are not the same.

I do usually plan for things quite thoroughly, and this trip will be no different. The one thing that I’m particularly worried about is weight. I recently read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, in which she walks the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a great book, very funny and personal, and I’d recommend it to anyone off on a long distance walk. But the one thing that really stood out to me was the disaster of her far-too-heavy backpack, meaning she could barely stand up at first. It’s a problem I’m hoping to avoid!

So over the last couple of months I’ve been buying and borrowing the kit that I’ll need for my walk, with a strong commitment to carry as little weight as possible (my ‘towel’ weighs 100g). Yesterday I put it all together in a pile. Just a couple of things left to get, but I’m getting nervous. It looks like a lot…


I’ll include my final packing list later this week when I’ve got everything together, and we’ll see throughout my journey whether I’ve got it right (or, more likely, not).


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna says:

    I’m eagerly reading Camino blogs as I prepare to leave for my Camino tomorrow – I literally have everything laid out on my bed thinking – far out, as strict as I have been, that’s a lot! It weighed 6.5kg last week but a couple more things have snuck in. I’m avoiding weighing it again 🙂 How much did yours weigh when you departed? Love your blog, thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Hi Donna,

      That’s so exciting. I think if you’ve got it to 6.5 kilos you’re doing well – I had a similar experience, and kept adding things – I think when I left the house it was 8 kilos on the dot. I’m planning​ to be stricter this time, but we’ll see…!

      I’ve just looked at your blog too. I love your photos from the Sydney coastal walks. My hubbie and I did a couple of those last year. It’s beautiful.

      Good luck with the last bit of packing, and buen Camino!



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