Clothes Stuff

Picking what clothes to bring on the Camino involves some trade-offs:

  • I hate washing clothes! So if I take extra clothes it means fewer times I have to wash. BUT that means extra weight to carry for 500 miles 😦  Since I will be doing a daily blog, I need time for blogging/editing photos… not washing clothes every day.
  • Lightweight hiking clothes usually means big dollars. I don’t want to spend a fortune just to save a few ounces. OR do I?
  • Rain gear is heavy. So do I pack rain gear OR leave it home and get wet?

In the end, I decided on packing enough clothes so I could go 3 days without washing.

Here is what I settled on:

Shirts

I’m bringing 5 shirts (actually 4 in my backpack & one to wear). I figure I will only get 1 day out of each. I decided on the following:

  • 2 long sleeve technical shirts (Mountain Hardware Photon Zip T). These are made from a perforated fabric that lets air in to keep you cool, and has excellent moisture-wicking abilities along with great stretch. Plus I won’t have to use sunscreen on my arms when I wearing these shirts (6 oz each).

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  • 2 short sleeve technical shirts (Terramar Helix T-Shirt – Lightweight, UPF 25+). Like the shirts above, these are made from a perforated fabric that lets air in to keep you cool and has excellent moisture-wicking abilities along with great stretch. I plan on using these shirts toward the end of my trip when it gets really hot (4.5 oz each).

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  • 1 Hawaiian Shirt. Yes, I know this is a luxury item. But I plan on wearing this in the evenings. Nothing feels better than wearing a nice Hawaiian shirt 🙂 (6 oz… but soooo worth it)
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I guess they couldn’t find a model brave enough to wear this lovely shirt 🙂

Convertible Pants

I decided to bring a pair of convertible pants for cold and/or rainy days (or in the evenings). These are the type of pants where the bottoms can be zipped-off to become a pair of shorts. I settled on the Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants. (11 oz)

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Hiking Shorts

I’m bringing 3 pairs of shorts (actually 2 in my backpack & one to wear). I figure I will get 1 (maybe 2 )  days out of each. I looked at several different high-end brands, but they were stupidly expensive and were only 1-2 ounces lighter than what I bought. I ended up finding some really nice Coleman Belted Cargo Shorts at Sam’s Club for $16 each! They are made from a nice wicking material and are fast drying (9.6 oz each including the belt)

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They have lots of great pockets and the back pockets are “pick-pocket” proof!

Underwear

Everybody raves about ExOfficio underwear so I bought a pair for $25! to test on my training hikes. Yes, they work well, but not any better than my $8 pair of Terramar Pro Mesh Boxer Briefs from Sierra Trading Post. I’m bringing 3 pairs of underwear (actually 2 in my backpack & one to wear). I figure I will only get 1 day out of each. (2.5 oz each)

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Socks

I’m bringing 3 pairs of socks (actually 2 in my backpack & one to wear). I figure I will only get 1 day out of each pair. I decided on the Terramar Midweight Cool-Dri Pro Hiker Socks. I used them last year in the blazing heat (like 118° F) hiking around Sedona, AZ last summer and was pleased with their performance. (3oz per pair)

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Note the lighter areas are a thinner material that helps keep your feet dry & cool.

Raingear

I decided to just go with a lightweight rain jacket (and leave the rain pants home) I ended up buying a discontinued Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Rain Jacket for cheap. This has their best waterproof/breathable technology and I have tested it and I’m very satisfied with it. (14 oz)

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Fleece Jacket

Since the Camino starts in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains it will be cool in the mornings and in the evenings. So I will bring a lightweight fleece jacket which I will donate to a thrift shop when I no longer need it. I bought a cheap jacket (Peak Performance Midlayer Fleece Jacket) from Sierra Trading Post and it weighs just 7 oz. If it gets really cold, I can layer this with the above rain jacket for extra warmth.

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Gloves

As mentioned before, it can get cold in the beginning stages of the Camino, so I bought a cheap pair ($8) of lightweight gloves from Amazon. I will donate to a thrift shop when I no longer need them. (4oz for the pair)

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Hat

They say you need a good hat for the Camino since you be walking for 500 miles and most it will be in direct sunlight. So I ended up buying the RedHead No Fly Zone Big Brim Safari Hat from Bass Pro Shops. Many of the hats I looked at had too wide of a brim that would hit against my backpack. The brim on this hat was just right. It is lightweight and has excellent ventilation. (4oz)

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