LIST Ruth Potterton
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Potterton, the Irish Pilgrim, shares her packing
totals 14 lbs. including the weight of the rucksack,
a 45 litre Lowe Alpine, no frame.
advice: I am horrified to read about people thinking
of carrying 35 lbs. this is madness especially for
a woman. I
carried 14 lbs. and had all I needed.
35 lbs. will put unnecessary strain on legs/knees/backs
and feet . . . over the years I have met many people
with all sorts of problems and an awful lot of them
were trying to carry huge weights.
3 shirts (the very light kind made by Lowe Alpine,
that dry overnight)
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of track suit bottoms (for the evenings and
if it was very cold)
1 pair of walking sandals for evenings, etc.
4 pairs of thick socks
4 pairs of very thin liner socks, this means that
the thick socks don't need to be washed each day,
just wash the liner socks
Basic underclothes, 4 pairs pants, 2 bras
1 very light cotton nightshirt, this is so useful,
put it on when you have had a shower to walk around
in, lovely to lie on your bunk relaxing in, etc.
1 very light rain jacket (Lowe Alpine) I did not
bring rain legs but just let my legs get wet, easy
to dry them.
1 fleece, again Lowe Alpine
1 travel towel, one of those that dries you but
is tiny and light
1 cotton neck scarf, mops the sweat, keeps the sun
off, keeps the rain from running down the back of
6 clothes pegs, essential for drying clothes in
4 safety pins very large for pinning socks etc.
to rucksack to dry
1 very light sleeping bag (if traveling in summer
just bring a silk bag, only weighs a few ounces)
Basic wash things: toothbrush, facecloth, nailbrush
(also useful for scrubbing socks and mud off boots/shoes)
Small quantity of shampoo and soap (buy more as
1 small torch (flashlight)
Spare boot laces which also can be used as clothes
Swiss army knife
Camera such as a compact Olympus, with waist pouch
Basic medical kit for emergencies, second skin and
plasters for blisters, sterile needle, bandage
Fanny pack or some kind of separate case for your
money, passport, credit cards
Plastic ziplock bags for notebook, Pilgrim credentials,
Pilgrim guide and books
Rucksack cover Everything is stored in platic bags,
essential as it can rain a lot.
Also use plastic bags to keep your things dry while
having a shower as there is never anywhere to put
things while showering
Water - Instead of fancy water bottles, I always
carry two 500 ml bottles of water, can be found
in Spain, fill them at fountains and buy fresh bottles
à Q.Pratique depart