Travel with “Extreme Weather”: Tips for Staying Safe and Comfortable

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The climate on the Camino de Santiago is changing, with more extreme weather events occurring. The Camino has always been subject to variable weather conditions, but in recent years, the frequency and severity of these events have increased. The summers arriving early and lasting longer is a prime example of this trend, and it’s important to take steps to stay safe and comfortable while walking the Camino in extreme weather conditions.

Extreme weather safe tips Mon the Camino

Why are these extreme weather conditions occurring?

Climate change is one of the main contributing factors to extreme weather conditions along the camino. It is caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, in the Earth’s atmosphere. These gases trap heat from the sun, causing the planet’s temperature to rise. As a result, we’re seeing more extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, and severe storms. On the Camino, these events can make walking conditions challenging and even dangerous. Dehydration is a common risk, as well as overheating and heat exhaustion. In extreme cases, heatstroke can also occur, which is a medical emergency.

As a responsible company, we believe it’s important to do our part in reducing our impact on climate change. That’s why we’ve made a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint . In addition, we offset all of our clients’ trip CO2 emissions through verified carbon offset programs, which fund renewable energy, and other projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are some top tips to travel safely in hot weather!

  1. Check the Weather Before You Go

It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you travel, but this is especially important when traveling in extreme weather conditions. Be sure to check the forecast for the days leading up to your trip, as well as the days you’ll be traveling. This will help you prepare for any unexpected changes in weather conditions.

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  1. Pack Accordingly

Once you have an idea of what the weather will be like, it’s time to pack accordingly. When walking the Camino in extreme weather, be sure to pack light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. If you’ll be traveling in rainy or cooler conditions, bring a waterproof jacket, a warm hat, and gloves.

  1. Pack Extra Clothes

It’s always a good idea to pack extra clothes when traveling, but this is especially important when traveling in extreme weather conditions. If you’re walking in the rain, you’ll want to change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Pack a change of socks and a t-shirt in your backpack to change into when you arrive at your hotel.

  1. Adapt Your Starting Time

Plan your starting time to avoid the hottest time of the day. Starting around 6 or 7 am will get you to your destination by 1 pm in most cases and avoid the zenith sun. Ask your accommodation for a picnic breakfast as no refund will be made on that.

  1. Walk with Extra Liquid

When walking in extreme heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring at least 0.5 liters of water per person, and consider bringing 2 liters if the weather is exceptionally hot. It’s also a good idea to bring along some electrolyte tablets or a sports drink to help replace lost fluids and minerals.

  1. Have a More Balanced Diet

Alcohol is a diuretic, so it’s best to avoid drinking too much when traveling in extreme heat. Instead, focus on eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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  1. Sun Protection

Be sure to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Consider wearing a long-sleeved shirt made from lightweight, breathable material to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

  1. Walk on the Shadier Side of the Road

When walking in extreme heat, try to walk on the shadier side of the road wherever possible. This will help you stay cooler and avoid direct exposure to the sun.

Don’t Overexert Yourself: Listen to Your Body

  1. Don’t Push Too Hard

If you’re not used to exercising in extreme weather conditions, it’s important to take things slow and not push yourself too hard. If you feel like you can’t continue, trust your instincts and take a break. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you can always resume your trip once you’ve had a chance to rest.

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At Follow the Camino we provide comprehensive support throughout the entire Camino journey, from planning and preparation to on-the-ground support and assistance. Our team of experienced Camino experts are available to answer any questions and provide guidance every step of the way.

Traveling in extreme weather conditions can be a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to explore new places and have unique experiences. By following these tips, you can stay safe and comfortable on your trip and make the most of your time in any weather. Remember to always stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and listen to your body to avoid overexertion.


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