10 tips for enjoying the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago
Discover the recommendations that will make it easier for you to make the pilgrimage on the “camino de Santiago routes“.
1.- The early bird… Well, that’s it, early bird. In this way you avoid the hot hours, you enjoy the scenery more, the sunrises, and, if this is the case, you arrive earlier at the hostels. Many pilgrims opt for 7 a.m. as the appropriate departure time.
2.- Less is more. Forget about the ‘just in case’ and lighten your luggage, there are enough shops in case you forget something. Keep in mind that everything you carry you will have to carry for many kilometres. Nowadays there are different companies that take your luggage to the next stage.
3.- Invest in good footwear. We won’t tell you to opt for boots since many pilgrims choose sports boots but let yourself be advised by an expert and choose a shoe with a good sole that is comfortable for you; add two pairs of good socks to this.
4.- Get some rest. It is not a competition. Enjoy the scenery and stop at least every two hours to hydrate and recharge your batteries. The journey is loaded with places suitable for it.
5.- Let yourself go. Whether you travel alone or in company is inevitable to chat with people from around the world, if you have no company do not worry. You will see the same people every day because you will coincide when you make the stage. Promote fri endship and human relationships.
6.- One or two canes. Trekking poles will help you avoid injuries, accumulate fatigue and distribute weight better. Better two than one.
7.- Release your material first. Don’t leave everything for the last day. In the case of footwear, walk through your locality first to ‘tame’ it and add weight to your backpack. This test will serve to adapt your material at the beginning of your adventure.
8.- Several essential objects. It depends on tastes but a few bridles could save you from many compromised situations (breaking seams, repairing zippers or carrying objects). Add to your kit a few clothes pegs to hang the clothes in your backpack and finish drying the clothes, some plastic bags and a multipurpose knife.
9.- Don’t forget your cell phone. It is very obvious, we all know the use it has, but also in the same object we carry interesting applications, music, a flashlight and a camera.
10.- Don’t forget a first-aid kit. More if you have to take a specific medication. Add some gauze, dressings for the treatment of blisters, chlorhexidine (it is an antiseptic), a pair of tweezers, vaseline for rubbing, sunscreen and sterile needle to cure blisters.