The list author says: "Completed the St Jean Pied-du-Port to Santiago route in 40 days during Spring 2012. Why hurry if you're only going to do this once! Since it was so wet, cold and windy most of the trip, I took two (2) complete sets of everything I wore, so I could keep dressed in chilly hostels, while one set dried overnight. A few days were so extreme that I had to wear almost everything at once, including rainsuit and poncho! Likewise, those nights ( but without rain gear :) Summer pilgrims will differ."
"Protection from the elements saved energy for walking, and if colorful kept cars and bicycles from running you down. Mine was orange and yellow for safety. Some European countries requires persons walking along the road to wear high-visibility safety vests."
"A warm fleece under your jacket provides the equivalence of a winter jacket, but can be worn separately. I wore mine almost every night, and many days of cold wind-blown rain, under jacket or poncho. Actually carried and sometimes wore two, and even slept in them both some nights."
"Great boots, dried over-night if soaked, but didn't over-heat my feet to create blisters. I wore these ankle high version for greater support over the loose rocks on hills. They make one of the few 14 W boots that I find comfortable."
"I carried my water bottle in a sling for easier access, others used camelbacks but I prefer unbreakable metal bottles when I travel. Good reliable product, pretty colors cost more.Can be used in emergency to heat water. My sling was similar to: Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Shoulder Sling"
"Lightweight addition to all-weather trekking, since many synthetic rain jackets eventually soak through. I used baby carabiners to connect and weight down the corners against the wind. Yes, the width is not great, but it was generally so cold on my pilgrimage that I was wearing the Marmot jacket underneath. If it wasn't cold enough for that, I wore a T-shirt and didn't worry if my arms got wet."
"You need to bring you own towel and "soaps", since hostels provide showers but not these personal items. I decorated mine with motivational symbols to make it easier to ID on the communal drying racks. If dry, can be used as a scarf in cold weather."
"Bright yellow journal didn't get lost, and this paper didn't spoil in the damp weather. Wrote in pencil so ink wouldn't smear. Carries a 2nd orange one to write addresses in and my poetry as I trekked."
"Large book, but relatively light due to only sketched pictures and maps, no heavy colored prints. Great for learning history & culture along route, and not missing out on the on-the-ground-experience. I tore out the day's chapter and gave to other pilgrims as I went so it got lighter."
"A lightweight pack, with comfortable harness, shoulders and waist, really makes the 815+ Km journey more pleasant. I found that a larger pack facilitated quicker packing in the morning, thus a happier pilgrim!"