I think that for most people, a countdown of 17 days would not be labelled “early preparations”, but I remind you dear reader, that I am the queen of procrastination, and as such this is positively premature as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve spent the weekend watching some camino videos on the various internet video platforms.
My favourite is from Andrew Suzuki, concise, helpful and entertaining. The thoughts overall are “pack light” and remember that Spain is not a third world country and you will probably be able to pick stuff up along the way.
Jaén has a tiny outdoors shop “Campingmania” near San Ildefonso.
I’ve got a ridiculously low budget for doing the whole thing – this summer probably has to come in under €1000, and I’ll be sharing my purchases and expenses here, partly to keep myself in check. I agree that probably some time spent crawling the internet and online ordering could have saved me some cash, but I prefer to support local shops (and er, I haven’t really left myself that much time…).
I’m using my sketchbook to help me plan!
I do have some good quality gear from other adventures to kick me off (phew):
1. 1 pair TIVA walking sandals (broken-in in India 🙂 )
I’ve added this link because they’ve got quite a nice Instagram photo competition on the go for the photographers out there 🙂
2. Goretex Waterproof
3. Trusty Sigg waterbottle
and today I added to this:
4. Ferrino 36l backpack €86
5. Ferrino XL travel towel €22
Additionally, I’m going to get a whistle, light, hat, knife and walking poles. I’ll get to my local pharmacy as well to stock up on some first aid items :-).
I don’t think I need much else, equipment-wise, but any thoughts from seasoned walkers would be interesting.
I’ll have my Spanish mobile with me, rather than my computer, and I’ve downloaded wordpress to my mobile. I doubt I’ll be posting lengthy reflections, but hopefully I’ll get some pictures up!