First Packing Test

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So here’s my Camino gear laid out in all its glory. What a lot of stuff! Do I really need all this junk? Will it even fit in my pack?

Yes, I agree – it looks like a lot – and while I am not a minimalist, this seems excessive. Let’s start from square one and see what all this is.

(For the video, see: GEAR LIST AND FIRST PACKING!)

Clothes

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OK so let’s start with the ultimate in minimalism: nothing! OK so I am on the Camino with no clothes and that’s likely going to be a problem so firs things first – get dressed.

For full coverage, I will put on a hat, buff, shirt, underwear, pants/shorts, sock liners and socks, and shoes. Note that at this point I haven’t actually packed anything, because these clothes are on my body.

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But I will need some packed clothes as backups or at least something to wear while I am laundering my worn clothes. So that basically means doubling everything. Instead of doubling my shoes, I will bring sandals for around town or to switch things up on the walk. And yes, there is a second hat there.

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In case of bad weather, I’ll need rain gear. While I might opt for a rain kilt, I am going to assume pants for the packing test.

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Gear

Now that I am dressed, prepared to do laundry, and ready for rain, it’s time to hike. For that I am bringing trekking poles. I am also keeping sunglasses in a protective case (they’re prescription – probably not easy to replace).

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Food and drink will be transported in a water bottle system. I’ll also bring some other items like my tactical spork in case of ninja attack.

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I’ll need some hygiene items including the all-important towel. Those will go in a waterproof bag (I’ll have another for a waist pack that will contain valuables and basically never leave my side). Then comes the sleeping system which currently consists of a liner, long johns, and a down jacket.

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I am also bringing some tech, Camino “bling,” and my shell of course. Now it’s time to pack up.

Packing Time!

The (packed) clothes fit easily into an 8 liter dry bag (yellow), and the sandals will ride on the outside of the pack. Those knee wraps would have fit too but I may not pack those together with the clothes and the hat will be separate for sure.

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The rain gear also packs down into some stuff sacks.

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Next comes the sleep system – each piece has its own stuff sack which is good because it is a more modular system and parts of it may serve as a pillow.

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That just left some of the miscellaneous items, some of which will ride on the outside of the pack either strapped or in stretch pockets.

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Conclusion

The Osprey Exos 38 seems to be a perfect size for what I plan to bring. For the gram geeks out there, my base weight came in at just under 17 lbs. Certainly not “ultralight” but not bad for my first go-round.

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Buen Camino!

 

 

 

 

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