GETTING READY TO GO

WHAT ESSENTIAL ITEMS DO I NEED FOR THE CAMINO?

A bag. It is essential to carry your baggage. It is important to be comfortable. Make sure you weigh it before departure. It shouldn’t be more than 10% of your weight. Some bags have pockets to distribute the load.

Footwear. This is the most important aspect. It is essential to wear appropriate shoes. You can find trekking shoes in sports shops, which are the most suitable. Make sure you wear them in a couple of months before the trip. Those who release their shoes or do the Camino with inappropriate shoes are probably going to leave the experience due to the inconveniences.

Middle mountains trousers. They should be used before the trip. Practical and pleasant. They will be used for walking every day. A great idea could be bringing a raincoat for the trousers in case it rains.

Shorts. In the summer they can be used for sleeping in, for walking during some stretches if the weather is hot or even to swim in the pools and rivers you will find along the Camino.

A sweatshirt. Comfortable and lightweight. It will be useful during the cold days, even though you have to carry it when the weather warms up.

2 T- shirts. One to wear and a spare.

3 or 4 pegs for drying clothes. Very useful.

3 pairs of seamless socks.

3 sets of underwear.

Flip-flops. Essentials to have a shower in the shelter or to rest your feet after a great walk.

Toothbrush and toothpaste.

Deodorant.

Sleeping bags. If you are going to do the Camino during the winter, we recommend you bring a sleeping bag for when the temperatures drop. In summer, a lighter option will be sufficient.

Special towel. In sports shops you can find fast drying towels. They are not expensive and they are lightweight

Petroleum gel. You should apply a little amount over your feet before each stage because it prevents a lot of blisters.

Pillowcase. A must

Sunscreen. A must

Travel documents. ID Card or passport, health card (pilgrims from other countries will need a European Health Card) and bank card. It is always convenient to carry a small amount of cash with you.

Raincoat. Essential due to the weather.

Mobile phone and its charger. Mobile phones can be a help or hindrance. Some walkers are absorbed by their screens, but having a mobile phone can be very useful in the event of an emergency.

Credentials. The document certifying your status as a pilgrim.

OPTIONAL ITEMS?

Stick(s) or staff. More and more pilgrims are using these aids. Special sticks are gradually becoming more popular that the traditional pilgrim’s staff.

A hat. It can be useful in the spring and summer months.

Earplugs. You never know who will be next to you in the shelter. A good night’s rest is essential.

A First-Aid Kit. It should include plasters, an iodized antiseptic (Betadine), bandages, thread, a needle, a lighter, sticking plaster and anti-inflammatory medication. However, a recommendation is that if you need any of these products you should buy them along the Camino at any of the pharmacies you will find on the way.

Swimsuit. Highly recommended during the summer months.

A little flashlight. The most suitable is the mining style one, worn on the forehead and secured with an elastic strap, leaving both hands free. It could be a life saver.

Packing for winter is more or less the same as in summer, although you will need a thicker sleeping bag to keep out the cold. Your sweatshirt should be thicker and your footwear sturdier, so that a muddy puddle won’t ruin your day. At the coldest time of the year, remember to take gloves, a hat and a scarf.

DO I NEED TO TRAIN BEFORE SETTING OFF?

The Camino is a reasonable route for the majority of people so it is not necessary to be an athlete or super fit. However, in addition to your mental preparation, we recommend being in good shape and to practise walking in the shoes you will be wearing during the Camino.

HOW FAR WILL I BE WALKING EACH DAY?

Each stretch is approximately 20 km – a walk of around 7 hours. The terrain is sometimes stony and is a succession of paths, country roads and tracks. Part of the charm of Galicia is its valleys and mountains, which means you should be ready for uphill and downhill stretches.

THE WEATHER DURING THE CAMINO

WHICH IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO DO THE CAMINO?

Any time is good. Especially, during April, May, June, September and October, because there are fewer pilgrims and tourists, and mild temperatures.

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER WILL I FIND?

The last 100 km of the Camino run through Galicia, in the northwest of Spain. It has a mild climate with an oceanic influence and is normally rainy. Due to its terrain, we can find different microclimates along the route. Average temperatures range from 6 degrees during the winter to 20 degrees during summer.

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES

OUR RESERVATION POLICY

1.BOOKING PAYMENT

Deposit (50 euros per person) to formalise the booking.

Payment method:

Payment from Spain: bank transfer

International payments: bank transfer

2.COMMUNUCATION

Send an email to info@caminoyouthtravel.com informing us that payment has been made. The booking is not confirmed until we receive this email.

3.BOOKING CONFIRMATION

Once we receive the registration form and the 50 euros payment for each person registered for administration costs, we will send confirmation of your booking. The deposit will be allocated to the final price.

4.OTHER PAYMENTS

Other payments must be paid 30 days before the beginning of the Camino. We will contact you and we will send you in a week by postal mail all the documents concerning your trip. If you wish to book a trip less than 30 days ahead of time, the full amount will be payable.

INCLUDED AND OPTIONAL SERVICES

All included and optional services are specified on the factsheet you will receive on payment of the deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations made by the client must be notified in writing at: info@caminoyouthtravel.com

At all times, the consumer and the user can withdraw the services requested, and are entitled to a refund, but must indemnify the Agency as follows:

Administrative costs. (50 euros /person deposit) NON-REFUNDABLE

Cancellation costs

Pay for penalty costs:

If the cancellation is made with more than 10 days and less than 15 prior to the start of the trip: 5% of the cost, once deducted the 100 euros /person deposit.

If the cancellation is made between the day 3-10 at the beginning of the trip: 25% of the cost, once deducted the 100 euros /person deposit.

If you don’t show or you don’t bring the register without any previous cancellation will mean the lost of the whole import.

No refunds will be made in the event of the cancellation or modification to the services once the trip has started.

In the event that the Agency is forced to cancel any of its programs, the client will receive full compensation for the cost of the program.