PACKLIST

 

You will find here a list of all you will need (our suggestions) when you make your way, or even only a part of theway, on foot:

  • Rucksack
  • Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Pole
  • Poncho
  • Windcheater
  • Gaiters
  • Hat
  • Clothes (incl. those you are wearing):
  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of briefs
  • 1 pair of swimming trunks
  • 1 long-sleeved T-shirt
  • 2 short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Toiletries/medications:
  • Toilet bag
  • Hand towel
  • Loo paper
  • Safety pins
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Nail scissors
  • Stag cream for sensitive skin
  • Sticking plaster
  • Muscle ointment (rubbing alcohol)
  • Voltaren cream + tablets
  • Arnica and D30 belladonna globules
  • Spare pair of spectacles
  • Pocket knife
  • Spoon
  • Lighter
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Sleeping bag
  • Washing line
  • Sleeping underpad
  • in for snacks
  • Plastic bags
  • Literature / information / documents / money:
  • Pilgrims‘ passes
  • Covering letter(s)
  • Passport
  • Credit card
  • Cash card
  • Address list
  • Writing pad
  • Pencil
  • Kompass walking map
  • Travel guide on the Way of St James

Remarks:
Supplement this list as much as you like, but remember you have to carry everything. You will see pilgrims carrying hairdryers, kettles or a nice dress to wear in the evening. This „what to pack“ list should only be viewed as a guide for you and your back. If you regularly take medication, then you must remember that too. You will find water everywhere, but a water bottle is definitely an advantage. You do not need a heavy anorak. If it turns cold, then simply put more things on. You need the plastic bags firstly to manage the contents of your rucksack and secondly to keep them watertight. You should also pack blister plasters, but these are only recommended for those who have never seen how secondary blisters can develop around the blister plaster, if you walk for two, three or more days with these plasters on your feet.

On the subject of blisters, there is no guaranteed way of avoiding them. But you will certainly get them, if you do not take certain preventive measures. Never set out with shoes that you have not already worn in. Remove your shoes whenever you take a rest, remove the insole and leave it to dry. Remove your socks. Dry feet are much more resistant to blisters and in modern Gore-Tex shoes your feet never get dry. As soon as you feel a pressure point, or if you have an inflamed area on your feet, cover it with a sticking plaster as a protection against friction. The pressure will not spread to the surrounding areas of skin. And if blisters do appear, burst them when they get bigger (with a needle or the point of a knife sterilised over a flame), and then let the foot dry out. Blisters and other little niggles are definitely no reason for you to abandon your pilgrimage.

And the most important thing you can do for your body is drink, drink and drink. Walkers in the Tyrol are not subject to the drink-driving laws. However, concentrate where possible during the day on the magnificent spring water. Drink much more than your thirst tells you to.

One old mountain climber’s saying goes as follows:
Drink like a calf (a lot) and walk like an oxthen you will go far and stay healthy.