Someone wrote that pilgrims on the camino de Santiago carry all their worries on their backs in their knapsacks. I think all my worries are in my head. I’ve prepared what I think I should carry on my back and therefore I will not have to worry about rain, being cold, too much sun on my face, and so on.
Worry #1 Protecting myself from unwanted attention
I’ve decided to wear no jewellry, and bland clothing. I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I have hidden places for money and important papers. I’ve had my hair cut very short.
Worry #2 Bedbugs at the albureques
I have a plastic cover for the bunk mattresses. I’ve written down places to avoid.
Worry #3 Being robbed on the journey
I’ve several Pacsafe items to help keep my money safe. I’m not carrying a lot of money. I will use banking machines along the way. I’ve mailed all my important info on Visa to myself. I won’t be flashing a lot of money around. There was a suggestion to keep around 30 euros close by for each day’s purchases and payments at alburques.
Worry #4 Being assaulted along the isolated paths
I’ve made up my mind to walk with someone else most of the way, friends I make. I’ve also done a self defense course. And I’ve bought some personal alarms.
Worry #5 Being injured or sick
Can’t do much except have insurance, which I do. I’ve brought a knee brace and medicines.
Worry #6 Becoming malnourished or dehydrated
I’ve bought some breakfast cereals and nut mixtures, also protein bars. Most people adjust to the new diet and do okay so I am just adding to the standard breakfasts I’ve heard about which consist of only pastries and coffee. I will carry a litre of water at all times and fill up at each fountain. I will avoid coffee.
What would you worry about if you were going on this 790 km walk?