My Camino morning routine – 5 things working for me

Each morning walking Camino de Santiago from St Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain last year, I followed a particular morning routine which worked for me.

I had one single blister over the 775km of hiking and that was up the heel a bit (I suspect some grit or something got stuck inside that sock).

My own and only Camino blister

Otherwise, all good. I didn’t get sick or overly tired. I just had a jolly good time 🙂

The 5 things I did before walking in the morning, in rough order of importance to me, were as follows:

  1. Apply foot cream – always and generously. Some hikers swear that harden up your feet is the way to go. Get them hard and “crusty”. Not for me.
  2. Drink 1/2 liter of water – Or as much water as you can muster. You don’t want to start walking thirsty. And then use your water supply too soon.
  3. Apply sun screen or face cream. Depending on weather forecast and what’s on for the day. Your face will thank you for it.
  4. Stretching – important for oldies like me. Some mornings were seriously cold.
  5. Hang a second pair of socks off the backpack. That way you have two pairs to switch between at each break (for me it is 1 to 1 1/2 hours). Now you always wear “dry” socks, at least for a while. A bonus is that you cool off your feet while you are changing your socks

And always wear a hat. I saw far too many pilgrims without any head wear at all. And from what I could tell, they suffered from that omission. Some suffered pretty badly… (no pictures, you get that picture anyway)

The above is also obviously my normal morning routine for any longer hike, not just for the Camino.

What do you do for morning routine before your hike? Would you agree with my routine?

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