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Hiking luxury

Walking the Camino de Santiago last year, I was given the trail name 'Snow Light'. The 'Light' part of my name is because I knew the weight of everything in my pack - I was travelling as light as I knew how. But I still carried one luxury item.

So did my friend, Lloyd. Here's a quote from 'Walking the Camino: A Journey for the Heart and Soul':

The heat is suffocating, so we dive into the first bar we see for some cool drinks and ham sandwiches. Lloyd whips a heavy glass jar of Colman’s mustard out of his pack. ‘This’ll spice it up a bit!’
I laugh. All that unnecessary weight! ‘Any meal can be improved with some mustard. I always carry a jar with me.’

I wasn't jealous of the mustard, but I have to admit to being just a little bit jealous of another Camino friend who carried a showy (and heavy!) dress in her rucksack to wear in the evening. Fancy managing to look elegant on a hiking trip!

Julia with campercar bedhead (!) sporting her lightweight yet useful silk scarf.

My luxury item? Well, of course, it is something lightweight and practical - a silk scarf.

I have used it as a shawl and scarf to keep warm and as a sunshade. I have knotted the ends together to create a bag. If I needed to, I could use it as a bandage. To me, that's the perfect luxury item for hiking - something with many potential uses.

What would your luxury item be? Something silk? A dress? Make-up? Mustard?

If you're planning to walk the Camino or any other long-distance hike and are not sure what to pack, I have included a list in my book 'Walking the Camino: A Journey for the Heart and Soul', and you can also see each item I took on my summer Camino on YouTube.

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Neil Pitts
Neil Pitts
Jun 23, 2023

I've racked my brains and I can't think of anything. Define a luxury. Something you could do without? Could you do without your silk scarf that has so many uses? Could your friend survive without his mustard that makes so many meals a pleaseure? Hmmm. I have a penknife I always carry. It is not entirely necessary, but is more pleasing to use than my multi-tool. That's probably it..

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I always give myself a pat on the back when I return home and find that I've used everything apart from first aid and necessary (who defines that?) emergency kit. I bet you do, too!

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