The first time I walked down the Camino de Santiago the gear I had was fairly basic. I did not have much money, I was back at university as a mature student and so I had kept everything as cheap as possible. In some ways that worked, however it caused me quite a bit of pain with blisters during the first few days – then I had to get rid of my cheap boots and buy good quality walking shoes in Pamplona.
The Basic Principles of Layering This is the third post in my series about walking gear for the Camino, the first was on choosing boots or walking shoes, the second on choosing a rucksack. This is a general article on waterproofs - the age old discussion about a waterproof jacket or poncho continues on the forum, and here and here. Layering your clothing is a tried-and-tested way to ensure your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather. There are [...]