Packing Lists for Other Seasons
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Be careful when buying your rain poncho. Some brands are just not up to the job when it rains down furiously (it does that a lot in spring and autumn, especially in Galicia). In winter you are more likely to encounter snow and hail, so take a poncho anyway.
If you find yourself walking at a very rainy time, in addition to your backpack cover, you might want to consider packing the contents of your backpack in plastic bags before re-packing them. This helps keep everything dry when even the ponchos let in the water.
Weigh your backpack as you add items on your 'wants' list. You'll be surprised how little you can take, how the small things add up. An extra pair of socks or knickers, or that evening shawl...it all makes for a heavier load in the end.
All items used in your First Aid kit can be replaced in pharmacies along the camino route. You might have to carry extras as not so many places will be open in winter.
Carrying a guidebook adds weight to your pack and a lot of pilgrims prefer electronic guides. Many people who do carry them tend to rip away pages as they walk the trail, leaving the pack lighter as the journey goes on.
You need a very warm sleeping bag in winter, one that will keep you warm at minus temperatures.There are special sleeping bags that you can buy online and in camping stores near you.
Feather-weight sarongs are useful items to carry as they can be used in many different ways. They protect your neck and head from the sun, can be used as a skirt, wrap-dress, towel, emergency arm-sling or bandage, emergency backpack, picnic blanket.....The list goes on! I'll leave the rest to your imagination!