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Deciding to walk the Camino is a process, but what’s even more of a process is deciding what to pack to ensure a buen Camino. While the Camino can be completed with the right attitude, some light training and a good pair of walking shoes… Some hikers love their gadgets! Especially on tougher sections.
With the holiday season coming up, here is some inspiration for the hardcore hiker in your life.
- Smartwool Brand Socks
You can’t go hiking without a good pair of socks. Hiking long routes is a recipe for blisters so the key is good socks (and proper shoes!). By a large margin, Smartwool brand socks have been the most recommended socks for hikers and for good reason. They were made for active people by active people. Breathability, odour resistance, and temperature control are just some of the qualities these socks hold. Get yours at Basecamp.ie now.
2. Leki Voyager Walking Poles
Trekking poles, though not necessary, are incredibly helpful in reducing the weight carried by your knees, enhancing stability, and providing support in all types of terrain. The Leki Voyager pair offers strength and comfort and is lightweight to not hinder your voyage. Recommended for older hikers and those who experience sore muscles and muscle pain, trekking poles, are a great help and can be purchased here.
3. Osprey Escapist 25 Backpack
The less weight in your hiking bag the better! That is probably the number one saying while getting ready for hikes. The Osprey Escapist 25 Backpack is lightweight, comfortable, durable, has many pockets, adjustable straps, and a rain cover so hikers have all the basics covered. Its ergonomic design makes this bag great for those wanting to carry their life for days at a time but don’t want to feel like they are, thus making it great for hiking. Buy your backpack here.
4. BUFF Camino High UV Buff
A BUFF is a versatile headwear accessory that can be used as a beanie, headband, and more. Due to the buff being multipurpose and lightweight, many seasoned hikers have said it is a must-pack item for hikes. For hikes during the warm seasons, they can protect your face from the sun, keep your hair out of your face, and help with sweat. For hikes in the colder seasons, they can keep your nose, neck, and face warm. All in all, it is a win-win. If you book with Follow the Camino, you can get a complimentary buff but if you would like to purchase one, you can here.
5. Platypus Platy Plus Bottle 1.0 L
Platypus Platy Plus Bottle 1.0 L is a taste and BPA free collapsable waterbottle that serve its purpose then can be compressed to save space. They are simple, durable, reusable, and can hold the right amount of water before getting to a water refill station. Hikers highly recommend this for their source of hydration, whether it is a short hiking trip or hiking the Camino de Santiago. To see what the hype is all about, get yours here today.
6. Leatherman Sidekick
Outdoor adventures call for cool gadgets! The Leatherman Sidekick is a handy pocket-sized tool that functions as many household items such as a knife and screwdriver amongst other uses. Sturdy and full of components that will surely be helpful in any situation, the leatherman sidekick would make an excellent gift for any hiker. Purchase one here.
7. Lifeventure Ultralight Dry Bag
The Lifeventure Ultralight Dry Bag Multipack is made from durable nylon fabric which makes the dry bags extremely lightweight. The bags are waterproof and in an oval-like shape for maximum space efficiency. Whether if it has just rained or the bag has accidentally fallen into the sea, your items are guaranteed to stay dry. In a pack of three, all your stuff can fit and stay dry throughout your outdoor adventure, making it a perfect gift for the hiker in your life, you can purchase some here.
All these items have been rated and recommended highly by seasoned hikers. It is recommended for you to try these products and see if they fit your needs before your journey as everyone is different.
Travel marketing executive, originally from Tipperary (as the song goes, it’s a long way to Tipperary). Enjoys photography and hiking around the world, visited 5 of the 7 continents. Plans to visit Antarctica very soon.