These are additional tips that accompany the Packing List. Don’t hesitate to contact Andrew or Bruce if you have specific questions. Contact info is at end of these notes.
- Your main luggage will be transported daily to our next destination. You are allowed ONE luggage item to be transported daily. In addition, bring a daypack large enough to accommodate your lunch/snacks, water bottles, rain gear, and other small items you might want to have during the day. A 20-30 liter pack is the size range most people bring.
- We highly recommend a carry-on roller bag or pack. Checked luggage which is lost is a major problem prior to beginning a trek.
- Wear one set of clothing that you can keep clean for the plane ride home. You will not need any “dress-up” clothing. People in the area are used to hikers and any type of outdoors clothing is welcomed at all the places we will visit.
- People generally wear sturdy, waterproof trail low-cut hikers or mid-height lightweight hiking boots.
- Think layers of clothing. Temperatures will vary, so you’ll want to be able to easily change layers. Google the temperatures in our arrival city to see the averages.
- Nylon or silk liner socks are HIGHLY recommended to reduce chafing and wick moisture away from your feet during the day. Blisters are very bad news on the trail.
- Walkers frequently bring alpine pants that unzip at the knees so they can double as shorts.
- Many women wear fitness/yoga leggings during the day.
- RainPROOF, not rain RESISTANT, rain gear is essential, both coat and pants. We recommend getting very lightweight, breathable gear to reduce sweating and quick drying. We do not recommend getting dual-purpose insulated raincoat…you will sweat and be very uncomfortable while walking.
- Bring one water bottle. You can buy a plastic bottle of water after arrival and use that for your second bottle for the duration of the trip.
- Walkers poles are recommended. They reduce balance fatigue, and provide knee stability going downhill. Get poles that fold and fit into your luggage…airport security does not like to see poles sticking out of a backpack. They claim they can be weapons!
- This category is highly variable depending on personal preferences.
- Think travel size for everything. REI and Safeway are good for travel-size items.
- The Woolite travel packs in foil are perfect for washing out underwear in the bathroom sink at night! You will not have access to Laundromats. The sink is your washing machine.
- Sheets of Moleskin are great, so you can cut out the right sized piece if you get a blister. We have scissors. We have extras of all blister repair supplies, so don’t over-purchase.
- Many people bring a roll of 1” white athletic tape, to stick a piece on if they start to get a hot-spot on their foot.
- SportSlick (or other brand) is a wax-like lubricant that you can put on heels, thighs, anyplace where you want to cut down abrasion. Some like it, some don’t.
- Bringing a laptop/iPad is personal preference. Most people do not. Many walkers come on trips specifically to get away from the usual demands of staying connected all the time. Smartphone’s offer the basic contact, email, and emergency connecting you will need. Read the Pilgrimage Common Questions on the website for more info on this. One additional note: If your electronic devices are stolen, we will not cover the cost of replacement. We have not had problems with thievery, but it is always a possibility.
- You can pick up an International Power Adapter when you arrive at the airport or at any drugstore or quick stop shop in Europe. They are very inexpensive.
- Be sure to bring a copies of passport/I.D./Tickets/health card with you. Store in a separate bag from where you are keeping your originals, in case of loss.
No question too small or too weird!