Camino de Santiago Tips (Camino Frances)

After completing the Camino we came up with some great tips that can make your camino go much smoother! See below:

Enjoy every moment in the Camino! Scenery is beautiful.
Enjoy every moment in the Camino! Scenery is beautiful.

  1. Pack light: Most people recommend 10% body weight. We recommend 9%.
  2. Get fitted at your local store to buy the correct size of your backpack. Try to get something small. Vanessa had a 55 liter and Sebastian a 56 liter. Ours were slightly larger because we were going to be traveling after our camino. People with 35 liter backpacks seemed to have an easier time walking.
  3. Prepare for uphill, downhill, different terrains, rocks, grass, pavement, etc. It is never the same!
  4. No vino no camino. You are in Spain enjoy your wine!
  5. Reservations for private albergues: To our surprise a lot of pilgrims make reservations at albergues. We thought pilgrims walked, got tired, found an albergue and spent the night there. We had read that May is not as busy when compared to June….Well IT IS busy and some places will be full and your only option is to sleep on the floor or keep walking to the next town (which sometimes can be another 10+ Km away). Keep that in mind if you will be staying in a town that you know does not have many albergues
  6. Pace yourself! This is your camino, enjoy each step and don't rush it. This will only exhaust you and possibly cause injury. You might feel rushed the first and last days with the big crowds. Remember to enjoy it.
  7. Water and snacks! Always carry these with you. The great thing about the Camino is that you will be walking through plenty of towns during the day where you can pick up snacks, breakfast and lunch. However, there are days where the distance in between towns can be very far and you want to make sure you carry food and hydration. Also, during certain times of the day or certain week days some restaurants will not be serving food or are closed. Click here to read more about our experiences with Spain's culture 

    Having lunch at the French Pyrenees!
    Having lunch at the French Pyrenees!

     

  8. Albergues: People wake up early and make noise and some snore very loudly. Bring headphones and play some music or white noise. You won't sleep after 7 a.m. Click here to read more about Albergues
  9. Have cash with you. Many albergues and restaurants will not take debit and credit cards.
  10. Dinner: Most towns have a bar or restaurant you can eat at for 8-13 euros (appetizer, entree, dessert and bottle of wine). You can also cook at the albergue if they have a kitchen. If you plan on cooking make sure you get your items before stores close. Some grocery stores close as early as 6 p.m. Read more about Spain's culture
  11. It will be windy, it will be cold, it will be hot. Make sure to try out your clothes before hand. Click here to read bout our Gear!

    Second Day of Walking!
    Second Day of Walking!


  12. Get rid of stuff. You might think you need a lot of items. You don't! Your back, legs and feet will thank you! Keep it basic and remember there are plenty of stores along the way. In the bigger cities you will find big sports stores in case you feel like you need something.
  13. New friendships: Meet new people. You will bump into some people over and over and you are meant to talk to them and make new friends.
  14. You are meant to be walking the Camino during this time. Enjoy each moment.

French Pyrenees
French Pyrenees

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After completing the Camino we came up with some great tips that can make your camino go much smoother! See below:

Enjoy every moment in the Camino! Scenery is beautiful.
Enjoy every moment in the Camino! Scenery is beautiful.

  1. Pack light: Most people recommend 10% body weight. We recommend 9%.
  2. Get fitted at your local store to buy the correct size of your backpack. Try to get something small. Vanessa had a 55 liter and Sebastian a 56 liter. Ours were slightly larger because we were going to be traveling after our camino. People with 35 liter backpacks seemed to have an easier time walking.
  3. Prepare for uphill, downhill, different terrains, rocks, grass, pavement, etc. It is never the same!
  4. No vino no camino. You are in Spain enjoy your wine!
  5. Reservations for private albergues: To our surprise a lot of pilgrims make reservations at albergues. We thought pilgrims walked, got tired, found an albergue and spent the night there. We had read that May is not as busy when compared to June….Well IT IS busy and some places will be full and your only option is to sleep on the floor or keep walking to the next town (which sometimes can be another 10+ Km away). Keep that in mind if you will be staying in a town that you know does not have many albergues
  6. Pace yourself! This is your camino, enjoy each step and don't rush it. This will only exhaust you and possibly cause injury. You might feel rushed the first and last days with the big crowds. Remember to enjoy it.
  7. Water and snacks! Always carry these with you. The great thing about the Camino is that you will be walking through plenty of towns during the day where you can pick up snacks, breakfast and lunch. However, there are days where the distance in between towns can be very far and you want to make sure you carry food and hydration. Also, during certain times of the day or certain week days some restaurants will not be serving food or are closed. Click here to read more about our experiences with Spain's culture 

    Having lunch at the French Pyrenees!
    Having lunch at the French Pyrenees!

     

  8. Albergues: People wake up early and make noise and some snore very loudly. Bring headphones and play some music or white noise. You won't sleep after 7 a.m. Click here to read more about Albergues
  9. Have cash with you. Many albergues and restaurants will not take debit and credit cards.
  10. Dinner: Most towns have a bar or restaurant you can eat at for 8-13 euros (appetizer, entree, dessert and bottle of wine). You can also cook at the albergue if they have a kitchen. If you plan on cooking make sure you get your items before stores close. Some grocery stores close as early as 6 p.m. Read more about Spain's culture
  11. It will be windy, it will be cold, it will be hot. Make sure to try out your clothes before hand. Click here to read bout our Gear!

    Second Day of Walking!
    Second Day of Walking!


  12. Get rid of stuff. You might think you need a lot of items. You don't! Your back, legs and feet will thank you! Keep it basic and remember there are plenty of stores along the way. In the bigger cities you will find big sports stores in case you feel like you need something.
  13. New friendships: Meet new people. You will bump into some people over and over and you are meant to talk to them and make new friends.
  14. You are meant to be walking the Camino during this time. Enjoy each moment.

French Pyrenees
French Pyrenees

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