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Monday, June 6, 2011

Useless Stuff

Here’s the list of common stuff that is (IMHO) useless on the Camino:

Sunglasses. Shocking as it may sound I didn’t feel the need for them a single time on the stretch of the whole Camino. The sun is always either on your back or right on top of you. It never shines directly into your eyes.

Sleeping bag. Most of albuerges have blankets for those few chilly nights. Sleeping bag liner (like the one I had) is all you need. The same goes for sleeping mats and absolute extreme – tents.

Walking sticks. Seriously, the only uses for them I can think of is to annoy other people with the constant tsk tsk tsk sounds or in those frequent situations when you have to kill a baby whale or something. Other than that I fail to comprehend how hitting asphalt with a stick every second or so is contributing to your general walking experience.

Umbrella. I’ve seen people carrying those quite often. The thing is that light drizzle is nothing and when the heavy rain comes (been there), trust me, no umbrella is gonna help you. Get a poncho instead. It doesn’t weight anything and will do the job protecting both you and your backpack from any rain.

Entourage. You don’t need to bring friends from back home. You’ll make new ones on the fly. The ones that will match your speed, endurance, willingness to sightsee, etc. And the ones that you will leave in a heartbeat and without any regret if they start to be inconvenient company. That’s something you won’t be able to do with your real friends without alienating them and putting a strain on your relationship.