Salomon vs North Face Hiking

Salomon vs North Face Hiking Shoes

Next to roasting marshmallows over a fire and fishing down at the lake, it’s hard to come up with a more iconic outdoor activity than hiking.

Camino Albergue

Bed Bugs on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino to Santiago might be a spiritual journey, but it’s not exempt from common earthly troubles like bed bugs. Who would have thought that such little creatures could be such a huge pain in the neck? In the past decade, bed bugs have infested some albergues along the Camino causing trouble not only to pilgrims but also hospitaleros.

Although bed bugs on the Camino de Santiago are inconvenient, the problem is being handled and should not be a reason to give this one-of-a-kind journey. In fact, bed bugs are not exclusive to the Camino or the cheap albergues. You can equally come across them in a five-star hotel. Their widespread reign was not brought about by uncleanliness as much as by the massive increase in international travel.

Hiking shoe

Best Lightweight Hiking Shoes for Summer

Depending on the terrain and the weather I like to have a good choice of hiking shoes, walking boots, or trail running shoes for my many treks.

Santiago arrow

Is It Safe Walking the Camino de Santiago Alone?

One of the most common questions I am asked – is it safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone?  This became a question being asked more again recently when someone went missing on the Camino. However my opinion remains unchanged – yes, it is safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone. I would think it safer than most local walking routes in most countries; safer than walking home from Dublin or any large city on a Friday or Saturday night.

backpacking pillow

Best Backpacking Pillows

At the end of a day’s long hike, a comfy backpacking pillow will add that much-needed level of comfort.

Best Osprey Backpacks

Best Osprey Backpacks for Hiking & Backpacking

When it comes to the best Osprey backpacks, you can find many of them and you may feel lost. Have no worries – we’ll help you out with your selection.

Icebreaker vs Smartwool

Icebreaker vs Smartwool

Which one of these two brands is the right choice? Read our in-depth Icebreaker vs Smartwool review to find the answer to that question and see their products.

Bedroll vs Sleeping Bags

Bedroll vs Sleeping Bag: What is the best to buy?

Which one of these two options should you go with: bedroll vs sleeping bag? Read the advantages and disadvantages of both products and pick the best choice.

North Face vs Canada Goose

North Face vs Canada Goose

Both brands offer fashionable and functional jackets. To ensure you will buy the brand that best suits your needs, read this North Face vs Canada Goose review.

Hiker holds a Nalgene bottle

Nalgene vs Hydro Flask

If you are not sure if you want to get a lightweight plastic bottle or a stainless steel bottle, check out this Nalgene vs Hydro flask comparison.

Black Yeti bottle

Yeti 36 oz vs 46 oz – Which Size Is Better?

If you’ve already decided to go with Yeti, you probably have one last dilemma left – the size. In this guide, I compare the 46 oz bottle with the 36 oz version. 

Female hiker with a water bottle

Hydro Flask vs RTIC Bottle

In order to help you make a decision and get yourself a suitable stainless steel bottle for adventures, I’ve compared Hydro Flask with the RTIC Bottle.

Hydro Flask bottle on a fence

CamelBak vs Hydro Flask

Stainless steel bottles are the new norm, and both CamelBak and Hydro Flask want you to go with theirs.  But which one of these two brands is the better choice?

Nano Puff vs Micro Puff

Nano Puff vs Micro Puff: Which Jacket is Best?

We bring up a new review where we compare the technology of Patagonia Nano Puff vs Micro Puff. Check it out and choose the one that meets your preferences.

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags

When you are camping or hiking, a good night’s sleep is key for mental and physical recovery.

Marmot vs North Face

Marmot vs North Face – Which Brand is Better?

The helpful comparison of two great brands in the outdoor industry – Marmot vs North Face that you exactly should read if you haven’t decided yet.

osprey vs camelbak

Osprey vs CamelBak Hydration Packs Reviews

Designed to make drinking-on-the-go efficient and convenient, hydration packs are undoubtedly one of the best innovations in the world of hiking. With these, you never have to slow down or stop to take a sip of water.

Rain poncho

Poncho vs Rain Jacket?

Preparing for rain when you’re about to embark on the Camino de Santiago may not seem like something you need to do all year round, but you’d be surprised.

Whilst it offers brilliant weather during most of the summer, there’s always the chance of rain – I have been caught in thunderstorms in July and August. That’s why deciding between a poncho and a rain jacket is really important if you want to stay dry and get the most out of your Camino.

Best Lightweight Backpacks

10 Best Lightweight Backpacks You Can Buy

Finding the right backpack for your needs can be quite challenging. We are presenting the 10 best ultralight backpacks you can buy on the market.

Backpack fitting

How to Choose a Backpack for the Camino de Santiago

After choosing the best hiking boots or hiking shoes for your feet, a backpack is the second most important piece of equipment you need for walking any of the Camino routes (see Camino packing list).  Bear in mind this humble backpack is going to hold all your belonging for a month, sometime more.

Sculpture of Santiago

What is a Pilgrim?

The first thing that comes to mind when I ask myself what is a pilgrim is Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s partying crowd, or of Homer in the Odyssey.

I associate the words pilgrim and pilgrimages as belonging to a bygone era.

Going on a pilgrimage in the middle ages was often the only form of travel that was acceptable, therefore, those seeking adventure could legitimately travel across countries.

Black Hydro Flask on a Shore

Hydro Flask 32 oz vs 40 oz vs 64 oz

If you want to buy a Hydro Flask bottle, but are not sure which size to go for, this Hydro Flask 32 oz vs 40 oz vs 64 oz comparison will be of great help.

Backpacker in the Californian wilderness

Best 7 Beginner Backpacking Trips in California

If you want to go on a backpacking adventure, but are not sure where, check out our picks for the best beginner backpacking trips in California.

Magellan vs Garmin

Magellan vs Garmin

If you can’t decide which of these two brands is better, this Magellan vs Garmin comparison will help you pick the best GPS for your needs.

crocs classic

Do Crocs Run Big?

These extremely popular foam-made clogs are available in more than 100 different styles for men, women, and kids. In other words, there are Crocs for every season and occasion.

Hikers eating a meal

Day Hike Lunch Ideas

Are you looking to prepare easy, delicious, and nutritious meals? These day hike lunch ideas and snacks will be perfect for your adventure.

Sunset on el Camino

Camino de Santiago Poem

We trained for months to walk the trail
Got all the guide books in the mail
We knew that we would never fail
el Camino de Santiago.

Hiking Headlamp

Best Headlamp for Hiking

The best hiking headlamps will be easy to use in all dark or low light situations. I use it mostly for early morning starts.

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