Preparing the backpack

You’d think packing a backpack would be easy, right?  Just stuff it with what you need, and put it on.

I discovered it’s a bit more complicated than that.

The impression I get from Camino veterans is that you actually need a lot less than you think.  For example, you only need two changes of clothes, and you’re already wearing one.  So, the spare shirt, pants, socks, underwear, and maybe one light jacket.

Perhaps there’s a raincoat in there, along with a towel and a sleeping bag.  Of course there’s a water bottle in a side pocket.  And of course, there are your toiletries like soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and whatever prescriptions you need.

But what else comes with that?

I had heard of a suggestion that your pack should weigh no more than 10% of your body weight.  Well, as of right now, I weigh about 217 pounds, so I should carry about 20 pounds worth.

Here’s the thing; my pack currently has a change of clothes, a raincoat, sleeping bag, towel, and my Android tablet plus accesories.  That’s without the poles, food and water, and toiletries.   The current total weight:16 pounds.

Oh dear …

My backpack

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