Tips For New Peregrinos on the Camino de Santiago

Here are some suggestions. Use any you like.
1. Travel light. They recommend 10% of your body weight. I saw happier pilgrims with 10 or 12 pounds on their backs.
2. Stop to smell the manure. Just kidding. Take a photo or snack or rest. Talk to the Spanish people and fellow pilgrims.
3. Don’t be consumed with not getting a bed for the night. Best to travel April,May,June, September or October.
4. Prepare your own meals for less expense. Find alberiques with kitchen facilities.
5. You can get the pilgrim’s meal before 3 p.m. Or after 7p.m. Ask for half a meal if you find it too filling.
6. Try the foods and wines of the area
7. Learn some Spanish before you go. Duolingo is an amazing free app.
8. Try Wise Pilgrim app for iPhone and ipad. There are other free apps about the camino.
9. Try not to carry any more than 200 euros and keep it in four different places on your body. There are ATM in most bigger towns.
10. Do not leave passport, travel materials,money or other valuables around the alberique, or when you shower. Do not trust strangers to keep it safe.
11. Have a fleecey for cool evenings.
12. Bring 12 clothes pins with your name written on them for laundry. I carried a small bottle of dish detergent for washing clothes.
13. Take copies of your passport and keep in safe place in case your passport is stolen.
14. Send important information to yourself online, so you don’t have to worry about it. Bank contact numbers, insurance info in case you get sick, travel details.
15. Keep a bag of nuts, chocolate and fruit in an easily accessible place for breaks.
16. Keep two water bottles full or carry a camelback.
17. Do stop at Irache and fill a bottle with wine for later.
18. Do visit Gaudi’s church in Astorga
19. Do go to the castle in Ponferrada
20. The Shewee for women is amazing for rainy days especially and days when the trail is busy. Practice at home prior to camino
21. Bring a small first aid supply kit. Water tabs for when you are unsure of water, polysporin for cuts, needle and thread for blisters, alcohol swabs for sterilizing, cream for reducing friction, Compeed
22. Rest every hour or 90 min. Take off your socks and let your feet breathe.
23. Bring Vaseline for bum chaffing …not fun!
24. A hat and sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin cancer
25. John Brierley’s guide book..maps are included

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About Newfoundland Traveller

I'm a Newfoundlander with a love of reading, writing and travelling. I've travelled around our province and lived in four provinces of Canada. I love a good book and a good blog. My family means the world to me, and some day I hope to travel to many countries of the world with my husband and sons' families.
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3 Responses to Tips For New Peregrinos on the Camino de Santiago

  1. Isabelle says:

    Thanks for your tips! I can’t wait to return to the camino…

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